Welcome to the 23rd Biennale of Sydney podcast, Being With, featuring local and international voices from across the rīvus exhibition and program. Each episode we dissect the rich and diverse relationships we hold with nature, science and technology through creative and conceptual practices that span art, design, environmentalism and activism.
Being With discusses ancestral and futuristic knowledge systems and cultural practices as tools for understanding. Join us and our guests to find out how our micro and macro relationships with the natural world can be understood and be nurtured.
Being with - Community | Jumana Emil Abboud
Jumana Emil Abboud
Born 1971 in Nazareth, Occupied Palestinian Territories
Lives and works in London, England and Jerusalem, Occupied Palestinian Territories
Jumana Emil Abboud uses drawing, video, performance, objects and text to navigate themes of memory, loss and resilience. Her interests lie in oral histories, the investigation of personal and collective stories and mythologies, particularly, folk tales and their sites of being and unbeing. Her work has often reflected a Palestinian cultural landscape, in which the struggle for continuity amid the wider political context necessitates a constant process of metamorphosis and ingenuity.
Being with - Seals | Hanna Tuulikki
Born 1982 in Brighton, England
Lives in Glasgow, Scotland
Hanna Tuulikki is a British-Finnish artist, composer and performer based in Glasgow, Scotland. Her practice spans performance and audiovisual installation, blending vocal music, choreography, costume and drawing. In her work, she investigates how the body communicates beyond and before words to tell stories through imitation, vocalisation and gesture. With a largely place-responsive process, she considers how bodily relationships and folk histories are encoded within specific environments, ecologies and places. Her recent work engages with what it means to live on a damaged planet, proposing contemporary queer ritual as a way to process the trauma that comes with ecological awareness.
Being with - AI | Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
Born 1982 in London, United Kingdom
Lives and works in London
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist examining our fraught relationships with nature and technology. Through artworks, writing, and curatorial projects, Ginsberg’s work explores subjects as diverse as artificial intelligence, exobiology, synthetic biology, conservation, biodiversity, and evolution, as she investigates the human impulse to “better” the world.
Being with - Eels | Leanne Tobin
Born 1961 in Newcastle, Australia
Lives in Sydney, Australia
Leanne Tobin is a multidisciplinary artist of Irish, English and Aboriginal heritage descending from the Buruberong and Wumali clans of the Dharug, the traditional Aboriginal people of the Greater Sydney region. Leanne works collaboratively with community groups, local schools and institutions using her art to tell local stories and to evoke an environmental conscience and respect towards the land and its original people. Her art practice seeks to encourage an open and honest dialogue about the past and to nurture, respect and care for Country, paying homage to our Old People and their legacy.