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Roundtable: Lucas Ihlein and guests, Soil and the Carbon Economy

Saturday 23 March 2019, 2–4pm
Free entry

During Shapes of Knowledge, a roundtable discussion about soil carbon sequestration and its opportunities and challenges was held as part of Lucas Ihlein’s project Baking Earth: Soil and the Carbon Economy. The conversation’s focus was on how to do it, how to measure it, and how to legislate for it.

Panellists: Allan Yeomans (inventor of the Yeomans Carbon Still), Louisa Kiely (Carbon Farmers of Australia), Dru Marsh (EPA Victoria), Lucas Ihlein (artist) and Niels and Maja Olsen (regenerative farmers).

Lucas Ihlein is a Wollongong-based artist and educator, who 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. He is a founding member of artists’ collectives SquatSpace, Big Fag Press, and Teaching and Learning Cinema. Major exhibitions include The Yeomans Project (with Ian Milliss), Art Gallery of New South Wales (2013-14); Green Bans Art Walk, The Cross Arts Projects & Big Fag Press, Sydney (2011); In the Balance: Art for a Changing World, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2010); There Goes the Neighbourhood, Performance Space, Sydney (2009); The Bon Scott Project, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth (2008); and Bilateral, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide (2002). In 2010 Lucas completed a practice-based research PhD at Deakin University entitled “Framing Everyday Experience: Blogging as Art”, which won the Alfred Deakin Medal for best Doctoral Thesis in Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2015 Ihlein was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship for Emerging and Experimental Arts. He is currently an ARC DECRA Research Fellow at University of Wollongong, Australia.

Lucas Ihlein participated in Shapes of Knowledge at Monash University Museum of Art, 9 February – 13 April 2019.

Allan Yeomans is the Managing Director of the Yeomans Plow Co, and author of the book PRIORITY ONE: Together We Can Beat Global Warming (2005). Allan’s main concern for the last thirty years has been the prevention of global warming and the halting of climate change. He sees this as the most urgent problem facing humanity this century.  His invention of the Yeomans Carbon Still aims to contribute to the collective effort to draw down greenhouse gases from the atmosphere using agricultural soils as a carbon sink. In the mid-twentieth century, Allan worked with his father PA Yeomans on the development of the Keyline Design System for sustainable agriculture.

Image: Lucas Ihlein and Kim Williams, Watershed Land Art Project, 2018–. Community legume planting at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, February 2018. Image courtesy of the artists