Monday 19 July 2021, 12.30 – 2.30pm 

Location: Adelaide Town Hall, First Floor Gallery, 128 King William Street, Adelaide

Featuring: ART WORKS Writer in Residence Connal Lee, Emerging Curator Ann-Marie Green and Artist in Residence Rebecca McEwan

Pricing: Free, bookings essential

Please join us for the Biophilia Finissage event Is Nature Conscious? Emerging Curator Ann-Marie Green will introduce the exhibition, and discuss Artist in Residence Rebecca McEwan’s ArtPOD residency before welcoming audience participation in the philosopher’s talk led by Writer in Residence Connal Lee. Light refreshments will follow.

The philosopher’s talk will explore the mysteries of consciousness and ask whether nature can be thought of as a conscious entity. Philosophers and scientists have grappled with the complex question of what it means for humans and animals to be thought of as conscious; key themes of memory, capacity to feel pleasure and pain and awareness of the world emerge. This talk seeks audience discussion around the question of whether nature is conscious and if so, what are the implications of this? 

ART WORKS is a collaborative program of residencies, curatorial mentorship and creative engagements, designed in partnership with the City of Adelaide to provide a city-based platform for artists, curators and writers to pursue new ways of working and engaging with audiences. 

Image: Michael Kutschbach, fuliguline, HD digital video still, 2021. Photograph courtesy the artist.