Wednesday 20 March, 1-2pm
G104, Building G
Monash Art, Design and Architecture
Monash University, Caulfield Campus
FREE /// All welcome
Wollongong-based artist and educator, Lucas Ihlein holds learning at the very centre of his artistic practice, understanding his artworks (prints, film and text) as tools to satisfy his own desire to learn. Importantly, he opens up the processes of his learning so that the audience may also be present in knowledge production, as it unfolds rather than after the fact. Ihlein’s projects tend to explore the relationship between socially engaged art, agriculture and environmental management.
Ihlein’s project Baking Earth: Soil and the Carbon Economy as part of Shapes of Knowledge features the Yeomans Carbon Still, a device invented by Allan Yeomans to test carbon levels in soil. During the exhibition, soil samples will be processed in the gallery and the artist and Yeomans will lead a public discussion about the future viability of a system for paying farmers to draw carbon dioxide down from the atmosphere into the soil. Hear Lucas talk about his long-term research into Australian agricultural innovation and its relationship to art.