We acknowledge and pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the land on which we live, work and create on, the Kombumerri people and Yugambeh language region and to all First Nations elders past, present and future. Sovereignty was never ceded.
Studio 4217, 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise is open to public; Wednesday - Friday.
12pm - 5pm.
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Conversations with the Forest — A living, breathing and growing artwork
“A tree can only be as strong as the forest that surrounds it” (Peter Wohlleben)
Conversations with the Forest - Surfers Paradise invites us to help grow a micro-forest in Surfers Paradise on Kombumerri land. Using plant species native to the region, the forest will become a ‘paradise’ people can enjoy in Surfers. A soundscape created for the forest will filter through speakers – tones and sounds similar to the electric pulse language of the trees. The work asks us to think about how we regard and communicate with forests and trees, and to consider a future where plants are our equals.
‘Survival increases when saplings are embedded within the human social network. A tree planted by it’s human neighbors will live longer than one placed by an anonymous contractor. A street tree that is granted personhood and membership, one that is noticed, loved and given identity and history, lives longer than a municipal object arriving with no context and living with no collaborators’ (David George Haskell)
We will collaborate with the ferns, the fungi and the trees we will build a network to support the forest. Forest Agents are invited to work with the artistic team to help grow the forest. You can be a Forest Agent on the ground or in the digital realm.
‘Not being open to consider the very nature of our reasoning and assumptions regarding the relationship between brains and memories leaves us no space to seek other possibilities’ (Monica Gagliano)
CollaboratorsMerinda Davies - Artist
Justine Dillon - Indigenous Ranger & Kombumerri Traditional Owner
Monica Gagliano - Researcher - plant bioacoustics and cognition
‘It is through the unlearning that we can take those first steps away from objectifying plants and realise that recognising their subjectivity and inherent worth and dignity does not diminish our own but rather enriches it.’ (Monica Gagliano)
Write a love letter to the forest
Disintegrating your prayers into the soil. Unravelling your words between fern curls. Dissolving your hopes into physical plant form. Future dreams will be digested into soil by worms, microbes and beatles. Language diffused into root systems, carried through trunks and branches and into leaves.
︎ Write a letter
Send your letter, your poem, your prayer to the forest I will type it up and it will be planted into the soil when the forest is planted.
Forest Partners & Patrons
Conversations with the Forest has been made possible because of generous donations from; Anne Carlin, Dean Gould, Robin Gillies, Elle Evangelista, Bronwyn Davies, Claire Carlin, Gold Coast Yoga Centre, Leilani Croucher, Alba Nicolson, Helen Stubbs, Rozina Suliman, Tyler Hill, Leah Sheltonn, Lenine Bourke, Tristan Meecham, Gavin Webber, Keith Armstrong, Sam Creyton, Brian Murray, Rebecca Ross, Anna Yen, Lauren Watson, Natalie Lidgerwood, Ruby Donohoe, Gareth Hart, Ellamay Fitzgerald, Heiko Windisch, Kimberly Stokes, Courtney Scheu & Itamar Freed, Abby Kelso, Laurie Young, Emma Porteus, Katie Harris-MacLeod, Kate Baggerson, Daniele Constance, Amelia Reid, Lowana Davies, Aaron Chapman, Trang Ho and the generous anonymous donations.