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ArtsForum - Hilary Green


Botanical Imperialism: How Botanical Exploration and Trade have Contributed to the Cultivated Landscape as carpet

Start Date

4 Apr 2013 12:30 pm

End Date

4 Apr 2013 1:30 pm


Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk)

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ArtsForum is a series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk). Students and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Botanical ImperialismWhat relevance do medieval flower carpets of Mughal India have to the representation of economic botany and the perception of landscape in contemporary Tasmania? By constructing a series of comparisons and contrasts across diverse disciplines (such as textiles, botany, ecology, agriculture and trade) and time frames the concept of the cultivated landscape as carpet begins to reveal itself. Using the carpet (in both a literal material translation and as a metaphor) to read the landscape, this project aims to re-present botanical imagery as seen through the lens of the perceptive glance, versus, the politics and manipulations of consumption. The research culminates with the creation of a herbarium of heirloom vegetable specimens, consisting of exquisitely finely woven tapestry and densely layered work on paper.

Surviving Higher Degree by Research study–panel discussion 1.05pm - 1.45pm

Malcom Bywaters (PhD just completed at Melbourne University), Sue Henderson (PhD at UTAS in Visual Arts), Robert Lewis (PhD in Theatre at UTAS) and Amelia Rowe (MFA in Visual Arts at UTAS and soon to be going to Paris for the cite studio residency).