House Conspiracy, as a part of the Brisbane and Elsewhere Art UnTriennial, presents ‘Glossopteris: Black Beyond Coal’, featuring works and performances by:
Leah Barclay & Monica Gagliano
Seamus Kirkpatrick, a.k.a. Wake the Mountain (Sing the Mountain Back to Sleep)
Omegachild & Danny McShane
‘Glossopteris: Black Beyond Coal’ will see Indian artists Raju Sutar, Vaishali Oak, and Thaj Backer exhibiting alongside performances by local musicians Seamus Kirkpatrick and Greg Reason, plus a special collaborative performance by sound artist Leah Barclay and ‘Thus Spoke the Plant’ author/scientist Monica Gagliano. Included will also be an India-Australia responsive text work by local writer/poet Meredith McLean, and a screening of ‘Waiting for Postcards’, a short film by Danny McShane that documents the making of Omegachild’s debut EP as he embarks on a musical journey throughout India.
‘Glossopteris’ takes its name from a genus of extinct plants whose remains contributed greatly to the Permian coal deposits of Australia and India, and whose fossils led geologists to the knowledge of our lands’ connected past in the Gondwana era. During his recent residency with House Conspiracy, Raju Sutar developed ‘Black Beyond Coal’, a series of works that oppose his countryman Adani’s Carmichael coal mine. In standing in solidarity with the Wangan and Jagalingou People, the traditional owners of the land, at this critical time, Sutar’s series became a catalyst for the Glossopteris theme and its inter-disciplinary curatorial approach, which sees the exhibition extend into two offsite events.
At its conclusion, the exhibition will transition across the street into an up late Club Conspiracy concert event. At approx 8:15pm, a symbolic ‘Boundary Street Conspiracy Crossing’ walk between the two venues, House (42 Mollison St) to Club (10 Browning St), will take place. 25% of ticket sales from this event will be donated to the Wangan and Jagalingou People’s fund to Stop Adani.
Monica Gagliano will be conducting a ‘Thus Spoke the Plant’ reading, Q&A, and book signing at The Book Merchant Jenkins, the following day at 1pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/2276827035910854/
*Schedule for performance times will be announced closer to date of event.
Image: Raju Sutar, ‘Black Beyond Coal’ still