March, 2023

01mar10:00 am5:00 pmStyx LamentArtist: Julia Adzuki, Patrick Dallard and Tomas Björkdal in collaboration with Amy Barrows, Tresa Briscoe-hough, Luke John Campbell, Pema Choo, Rodrigo Diaz-Icasuriaga, Lisa Flack, Warwick Lloyd Mauger 'daynu', Amalia Patourakis, Clare Pitt, Raku Pitt, Katrina Schlunke, Sara Wright, Sue Stack and Anna Wylie10:00 am - 5:00 pm Event Type :Exhibit


Event Details

Launch: Thursday 23 February 2023, 5.30–7.30pm
Dates: 24 February – 25 March 2023
Times: Tuesday – Friday, 10am–5pm and Saturday 10am–2pm
Workshop: Ecological grief – a space for Lament with Julia Adzuki. Saturday 25 February, 10am–1pm. Learn more.

How do we practice the rites and rights of Nature? Can we touch sense the sentience of trees? Does the fallen forest still resonate?

Styx Lament took place in an area of clear felled old-growth forest in the Styx Valley in November 2019, as a collaborative and embodied approach to environmental grief. A performance ritual exploring listening and lament as acts of sonic activism, rendering the senses receptive to place, exploring relations of care at a site of destruction.

The process began with a song, calling ancestors together with Ruth Langford at LongHouse. Followed by plant mediations, Skinner Releasing (somatic movement) and Deep Listening practices with SymbioLab. A group of 17 people joined in a 2 day ritual of movement, meditation, listening and sharing stories in the Styx Valley, between tall trees and logging coups. Carrying the body of a felled tree, slow walking to the end of the road, sitting in a circle on the stump of a sentinel, there was grief and an immanent sense that the forest still holds us.

A collaborative artistic process led by Julia Adzuki together with Patrick Dallard, Lisa Flack, Luke John Campbell, Rodrigo Diaz-Icasuriaga, Anna Wylie, Katrina Schlunke, Raku Pitt, Clare Pitt, Sara Wright, Tresa Briscoe-hough, Amalia Patourakis, Pema Choo, Sue Stack, Amy Barrows and Warwick Lloyd Mauger ‘daynu’.

Filmed and recorded by Tomas Björkdal in the Styx Valley.

Sound sculptures with Musk Daisy Bush and Eucalyptus regnans charcoal by Julia Adzuki and Patrick Dallard. Film editing and multichannel sound installation by Tomas Björkdal.

Proudly supported by Moonah Arts Centre, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and Viriditas Foundation.

Artist bio

SymbioLab is mobile laboratory for relational art, ecology and listening. Founded in 2009 by artists Julia Adzuki and Patrick Dallard, the vision is to respond to ecological grief and climate anxiety with multi-sensorial art experiences. Based in Sweden, SymbioLab has toured Europe with an intra-active aquaponic system; Eat and be Eaten, with edible plants and Garra Rufa fish, inviting direct participation in the food chain. Since 2016, SymbioLab has been working with resonance as a connective practice, making instruments and touring with bAUM, a tactile sound acoustic instrument, for experiencing the physicality of sound and awakening the senses. SymbioLab works in collaboration with other artists and researchers, as initiators of Styx Lament, The Shit Project; addressing local sewerage issues and the sound collective Ljudtornet. Together with Ljudtornet collaborators, Julia has initiated the Ministry for Environmental Grief, a group dedicated to singing laments for lost and vulnerable ecologies. Patrick is certified facilitator of Deep Listening (a sonic practice by P.Oliveros) and Julia is a certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique (a somatic movement practice by J.Skinner).

Image: SymbioLab, Styx Lament, 2019, video still. Image: Tomas Björkdal


(Wednesday) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Moonah Arts Centre - Exhibit Space

23-27 Albert Road, Moonah TAS 7009

Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series

March 2, 2023 10:00 amMarch 3, 2023 10:00 amMarch 4, 2023 10:00 amMarch 7, 2023 10:00 amMarch 8, 2023 10:00 amMarch 9, 2023 10:00 amMarch 10, 2023 10:00 amMarch 11, 2023 10:00 amMarch 14, 2023 10:00 amMarch 15, 2023 10:00 amMarch 16, 2023 10:00 amMarch 17, 2023 10:00 amMarch 18, 2023 10:00 amMarch 21, 2023 10:00 amMarch 22, 2023 10:00 amMarch 23, 2023 10:00 amMarch 24, 2023 10:00 amMarch 25, 2023 10:00 am