Sofie Burgoyne Field Notes from Care WorkersDates: Every Thursday, 5pm
Field Notes from Care Workers is a series of encounters between human and more-than-human beings who consider care as a part of their work. The condition of the encounter is that something remains that can be shared with another. Each Thursday at sunset, this something will go live for you, to think and be with care, as a material and a process. The process runs parallel to a collaborative project titled Gestures of Care between Tasmanian artists Sofie Burgoyne, Wendy Morrow and Tess Campbell who are working with care as a material and as a process
- Field Notes from Care Workers have developed these resources for care, this is an evolving document, which you are invited to add to.
Week Four: Thursday 2 July
Listening to and with the river
Selena de Carvalho
When invited to participate in the Gestures of Care process I put forward that perhaps my conversation with a ‘speculative care worker’ might take place between myself, and the river that flows in the valley where I live. I have taken root here for the last 12 years, and saw this as a way to acknowledge the enduring support, sustenance and nourishing of this water supply. During the first week of June 2020 I committed to engaging in conversation with the river, this took the form of submerging myself in her waters everyday for 7 days, walking through the frost covered field, to dive from the sandstone rock, some days putting it off, avoiding the conversation like a conflict or a duty, and other times repeatedly breaking her waters, merging and submerging, savouring the dialogue. I have written a piece that will be made into a sign, installed at the waterhole. The artist fee for the river will be put towards planting trees along her banks.
Selena de Carvalho is an experimental artist based in lutruwrita [Tasmania]. A core question of her work is how do ‘we’ deal with decline? In a culture so predicated on economic growth and extraction, that ignores the inevitability of decline. What becomes of a place and its people when extractive economies are exhausted? When ecosystems are impoverished through unnoticed extinctions? When climate change becomes a lead actor. This is the long term focus of her attention, operating as a framework for deeper inquiry within her practice, which braids numerous mediums including participatory installation, performance, workshops, sculpture, time based media, urban hacking, print media and writing.
- Read water holds memory here: water-holds-memory.pdf
This project was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.
Sofie Burgoyne is a female-identifying dance artist based in nipaluna / Hobart, lutruwita / Tasmania. At present, Sofie moves between the two roles, dancer & choreographer, often performing in the work that she makes. Sofie understands her artistic practice as a form of soft activism that takes inspiration from the natural process of sprouting; sending thought & action beyond oneself, into the environment & spurring activity in another. Sofie prioritises collaboration & cross art-form conversation as processes of leaning into unexpected encounters.