Green Bee #5
with Yin Paradies & Ecological Gyre Theory
An evening of radical perspectives on ecological art, activism and philosophy.
Hear from anarchist scholar and ecological activist Professor Yin Paradies. He will speak about decolonial approaches to activism and Indigenous perspectives around time, progress and environment.
Think with Ecological Gyre Theory (artists/researchers Chantelle Mitchell and Jaxon Waterhouse) about human/more-than-human entanglements. They will give a lecture-presentation that extends upon key themes of their work and attends to the communicative capacities of wind.
Open to all, the Green Bee is a series of free events facilitated by local artists, activists, scientists, environmentalists and community groups, to connect like-minded people to take climate action.
Join this series of working sessions to create and take climate action through a mix of art, advocacy, action, discussion, and practical support of local campaigns. Through this collaborative work, The Green Bee aims to build meaningful connections, future collaborations, support networks, and friendships.
The Green Bee is a partnership between Rebecca Jensen and Caitlin Dear, and Dancehouse. The project is supported by City of Yarra.
Professor Yin Paradies is an Aboriginal-Asian-Anglo Australian of the Wakaya people from the Gulf of Carpentaria. He is an anarchist radical scholar and ecological activist who is committed to understanding and interrupting the devastating impacts of modern societies. He seeks meaningful mutuality of becoming and embodied kinship with all life through transformed ways of knowing, being and doing.
Yin is Chair in Race Relations at Deakin University where he conducts research on the effects of racism and antiracism theories. He also teaches and undertakes research in Indigenous knowledges and decolonisation.
Ecological Gyre Theory:
Chantelle Mitchell and Jaxon Waterhouse are artists and researchers engaged in an ongoing collaborative practice, Ecological Gyre Theory. Through EGT they explore human/more-than-human entanglements across elemental and material forms, presenting speculative investigations into geology, extraction, floods and waterways, air and verdant ecologies.
Their current work with the communicative capacities of wind, follows it closely through the lens of observation and transit. In this exploration of encounters with and representations of the atmosphere, they chase the contours and flows of air as they become currents, gales and gusts across stage, screen and page.
Rebecca Jensen is dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Narrm. Her work is presented in theatres, galleries, public spaces — spilling into the spaces between disciplines. Rebecca is inspired by the equally speculative and practical forces of dance practice. Works include Deep Sea Dances, Dance Massive 2017, Explorer Keir Choreographic Award 2016, Sinkhole with Jess Gall and Arini Byng, Designhub RMIT, 215 Albion, Irene Rose Gallery 2018, MPavillion 2020. Shorter works have been presented by Experimental Dance Week Auckland, Tiny Festival Christchurch, Venice Biennale International Dance Festival, Victorian College of the Arts, Blindside, Liquid Architecture, Spring 1883 Windsor Hotel, Lucy Guerin Pieces for Small Spaces. Works in collaboration with Sarah Aiken include, What Am I Supposed To Do? (WAISTD) Art Centre Melbourne 2019, OVERWORLD 2014, Underworld 2017 and ongoing participatory project Deep Soulful Sweats. Rebecca has worked with artists including Jo Lloyd, Lucy Guerin inc, Shelley Lasica, Atlanta Eke, Lee Serle, Nathan Gray, Lilian Steiner, Amos Gerhardt, Sandra Parker. She was a recipient of danceWEB scholarship 2015, Artist in residence at Temperance Hall 2018, and was awarded a residency at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, supported by the Australia Council.
Caitlin Dear is an artist working with choreography, live art and practice-based research who presents across theatre, gallery and public settings. Her work prioritises audience participation, incorporating immersive or interactive elements to directly engage people with the inquiries of her projects. Working with dance, text and sound she creates sensorially and intellectually engaging experiences, whether it be a theatre show or an outdoor adventure. Her works engender clinical wonder and focused multiplicity, encouraging audiences to ponder philosophical problems from an embodied perspective with a scientific sensibility. Passionate about human-tree relations and ecologically-engaged artistic practice, Caitlin has presented at research symposiums on these subjects at Stockholm University of the Arts, Malmö Academy of Music and Inter Arts Center. Caitlin has worked with Dancehouse through the Emerging Choreographers Program, On The Table and Summer Space Grants. In Narrm/Melbourne, she has also worked with Lucy Guerin Inc, Testing Grounds and c3 contemporary artspace, as well as performing for other choreographers including at Melbourne Festival, Arts House, MPavilion and Dance Speaks. In Sweden, her work has been shown by Index the Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation and Weld Theatre. She has also worked with Danscentrum, Höjden and Index to lead research-based workshops as professional training opportunities for artists.