Urban Undercurrents: The Hidden Infrastructure of Wild Cities

Urban Undercurrents: The Hidden Infrastructure of Wild Cities

  • 17 September 2021, 4–5.15pm
  • Note: Headphones are recommended for this interactive panel.

  • Online

Free, register here
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A panel that roams, tracing the human and more-than-human entanglements of what lies beneath the city and its culture/natures.

Artistic intervention, speculative proposition, community discussion—this live/digital event takes place in and between the cultural spaces of the Collingwood Yards and Collingwood Underground Carpark, inviting the audience into an experience of the city’s metaphoric and literal subterranea. What happens when climate action goes underground? How do government and industry agendas reverberate beneath our feet? What are the wild undercurrents and hidden infrastructures coursing all around—how do we encounter feral ecologies, contaminated creativity and stray ethics? And how do we make space for conversations and rituals that create the conditions for regeneration and wild life?


  • A/Prof Wendy Steele (Urban Research)
    Wendy Steele is an A/Professor in Sustainability and Urban Planning in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies whose research focuses on wild cities and quiet activism in climate change bringing together critical theories and qualitative methodologies to explore human-nature relationships in the urban age.
  • Prof David Carlin (Creative Writing)
    David Carlin is a writer, interdisciplinary creative artist, teacher and Professor of Creative Writing in the School of Media and Communication. As a writer and interdisciplinary creative practice researcher, he develops and conducts research projects that use creative methods to tell, respond to and think with new stories about relations of difference, power, identity and collective worldmaking.
  • Dr Fiona Hillary (Art in Public Space)
    Fiona Hillary is a lecturer in the Master of Art - Art in Public Space and has extensive experience in practice-led-research curating the Centre for Art, Society and Transformation’s Urban Laboratory since 2013.  Fiona’s curatorial interest lies in praxiological approaches to test-sites of public practice. Working with neon, social practice and in collaborative contexts Fiona has experience in permanent and ephemeral works.
  • Dr Jordan Lacey (Soundscape Design)
    Jordan Lacey is a creative practitioner, transdisciplinary researcher, musician and curator who specialises in soundscape design and the creation of public sound art installations. He was recently awarded an Australian Research Council (DECRA) grant titled Translating Ambiance. This project combines biophilic design and ambiance theory to discover new techniques for the creation of sound art installations.
  • Aviva Reed (Visual Ecologist)
    Aviva Reed is a transdisciplinary visual ecologist. Her practice reframes scientific theories, particularly concepts associated with evolution and ecological categorisations. Her work moves between performance, ritual, lecture, publications and visual art. She explores time, scale and relationship using storytelling, visualisations, soundscapes and conversation.

In collaboration with KERB Journal of Landscape Architecture, the Alliance for Praxis Research (RMIT/Monash) and Master of Public Arts students (RMIT).

This event is part of the Festival of Urbanism – a series of talks and conversations on planning and making our cities and regions. Brought to you by the Henry Halloran Trust with the assistance of the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, in partnership with Urban Planning and Design at Monash Art, Design and Architecture.

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