April, 2020

02apr6:00 pm8:00 pmStyx LamentSymbioLab6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Event Type :Exhibit


Event Details

Styx Lament exhibition postponed

View the Styx Lament film.

Styx Lament from Julia Adzuki on Vimeo.

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

Styx Lament is a project presented in partnership with SymbioLab and Moonah Arts Centre.

The project began with a performance ritual, taking place in clear-felled old-growth forest in the Styx Valley in November 2019. Between the tall trees and a logging coup, a group of 17 people explored relations of care at a site of destruction, rendering the senses receptive to place.

An exhibition showing the outcomes of this project was scheduled to show at MAC in April 2020. Due to the threat of novel coronavirus COVID-19, international artists in exhibition are unable to travel to Tasmania. MAC has also made the difficult decision to close to the public to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone involved with the centre.

With this in mind, the Styx Lament exhibition at MAC has been postponed until 2021. We look forward to sharing this exciting project with you at that time.

Find out more by visiting juliaadzuki.com or SymbioLab’s website.


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

Filmed and recorded by Tomas Björkdal in the Styx Valley
Co-edited by Tomas Björkdal and Julia Adzuki
Forest lament song by Julia Adzuki

With special thanks to Ruth Langford and LongHouse for supporting the process and singing an invitation to the ancestors. And to Pauline Oliveros, Joan Skinner and Tuomas Rounakari for inspiring us with their listening, movement and lament practices.

We acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginal community as the Traditional Owners and ongoing custodians of lutruwita / Tasmania. We pay respects to palawa and pakana Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

Image: The Styx Lament group. Photo by Tomas Björkdal

A group of smiling people lean on a log in the Tasmanian wilderness.


(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm