How do we describe the smells of the river, mangrove mud, dried algae and crab holes? 
How do we trace the stories of cyclical time with our noses? 
How do we engage sensorially with the foundation of our waters?

Join environmental scientist Amanda Reichelt-Brushett, interdisciplinary scholar and media artist, Grayson Cooke, and author and wine writer, Moya Costello, on a sensory field trip across lands, waters and locations, to collectively invent new vocabulary for interpreting river aromas and watery sediments. 

Extend upon your understanding of Arts for the Commons’ (A4C) Biennale of Sydney project through a co-designed experience that acknowledges the nose as a unique sensory tool enabling our bodies to analyse and remember and to rejoice in the knowing of the body and knowledges not yet known. 

Facilitators Reichelt-Brushett, Cooke and Costello will introduce expert wine vocabulary and support a reimagining of expressions such as ‘zesty notes’ and ‘woody potency’ to tell the stories and details of waters’ muddy foundations. 

Dates & Times 

Sunday, 5 June 2022

3–4.30 pm 

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The Cutaway, Barangaroo

$15 +booking fees

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Participant Bios

Grayson Cooke 

Born in New Zealand and based in Australia, Grayson Cooke is an interdisciplinary scholar and media artist, Associate Professor of Media at Southern Cross University. Grayson has exhibited and performed at galleries and festivals internationally, and published widely in academic journals. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD from Concordia University in Montreal. 

Moya Costello 

Moya Costello, PhD Adelaide University, is an author and wine writer and has published critical and creative work in books, journals and anthologies. Costello has awarded writing grants, attended writers’ festivals guest spots and has judged writing competitions. Costello is an adjunct lecturer at Southern Cross University and has taught food and wine writing at Le Cordon Bleu. 

Amanda Reichelt-Brushett

 Amanda Reichelt-Brushett is an interdisciplinary researcher focused on understanding the sources, fate and consequences of contaminants in the environment.  Amanda’s chemistry and pollution studies are founded in science and move beyond tradition to engage communities and provide new visual and sensory perspectives through gallery exhibitions and festivals.