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DONHR Reading Group: Make or Break
Every Thurs 5-6pm from 8 Apr - 3 Jun 2021

The Department of Non Human Resources Weekly Reading Group
Sessions: 5-6pm on the following Thursdays 
                8 April,15 April, 22 April, 29 April, 6 May, 13 May, 20 May, 27 May, 3 June 2021 
Venue: In Lismore Regional Gallery & online Via Zoom.
To Join online via zoom: https://bit.ly/3dpNlCa
(Links to readings and access information to be posted here weekly)

Artists Make or Break will host a weekly reading group to explore a wide range of texts on sustainability, community and speculative futures. Texts will range from theory and non-fiction to kids stories, sci-fi and futurism, with recommendations sourced from within the Lismore community. Come every week or drop in to read, talk and imagine together.
Readers are welcome to gather in the Gallery each week, or join online.

Week 5: 
Thurs 6 May
5pm-6pm, book online or join via the zoom link below.

Week 4: The Nature of Technology
Thursday 29 April, 5-6pm, hosted by guests Max Nimmo and Holly Ahern
Zoom link: https://bit.ly/3dpNlCa
Access the text: Waiting, wandering and wondering by Robyin Curtis here>

We are excited to introduce two guest hosts to the DONHR Reading Group this week, Max Nimmo and Holly Ahern. Holly and Max have selected a text for Week 4 from the book ‘Navigation: A Publication for Place…’, which provides a set of “framing principles analogous to those of a logbook”.

About the reading: Continuing our discussions around time, this week’s reading considers the "fast-fashion" technology industry. When used well, tech can help industries become more connected, efficient and sustainable. But what are the environmental impacts of rapid response consumerism, the exploitation of online markets and the energy consumption required for such immaterial things? How then does this appetite for change impact our experiences of time?
Reference info: Excerpt by Robin Curtis from ‘Navigation: A Publication for a Place without a Historical Center, Created Continuously Anew in Meetings and Events That Occur in Empowered Spaces, Simultaneously’, various authors (2018).

Week 3: Un-Telling Time
Thursday 22 April, 5-6pm
Zoom link: https://bit.ly/3dpNlCa
Week 2 readers have chosen the second DONHR reading, which we’ll meet to discuss online only (Zoom link above) on Thursday 22 April 5-6pm. Make or Break have chosen a second complementary reading, recommended to DONHR by Angela Goh.
About the readings: First up in Week 3 is an excerpt from Big Scrub Rainforest, written by Environmental and Earth Scientist Rodney Holland and recommended to the DONHR reading group by Mark Dunphy. In introducing us to the complex ecosystems of the Northern Rivers region, Holland makes us really feel the place with all our senses: the mud between our toes, the towering trees, the slowness of geological time contrasting with the violence of its volatile moments. We’ve paired this text with an excerpt from ‘Fatally Confused’, where cultural theorist Michelle Bastian speaks eloquently of the disconnect between nature and culture when it comes to Western understandings of time, and the implications of this for our ability to properly internalise the urgency of climate crisis.

Text: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xJ4pbzD1cg8vkxsdjECdc24RcoLwlmFw/view?usp=sharing

Reference info: Excerpts from ‘The Big Scrub Rainforest: A Journey Through Time’, chapter by Rodney Holland (2017) and ‘Fatally Confused: Telling the Time in the Midst of Ecological Crises’, by Michelle Bastian (2012)

Access: This week, the 'Big Scrub Rainforest' excerpt is available as a scan (or as a large-print photocopy in the gallery). You can zoom in for legibility, however it may not be text-to-voice accessible. The 'Fatally Confused' excerpt, saved in the same pdf, is text-to-voice accessible. This week's session is online only. Auslan interpretation and/or live closed captioning can be organised with a bit of notice - drop us a line at makeorbreakart@gmail.com.

If you would like to join reading group in the gallery please contact Claudie Frock:
E: claudie.frock@lismore.nsw.gov.au
T: 02 6627 4600
* Gallery spaces are limited & COVID safe precautions will be in place.

Accessibility Info:
* Please let us know if you require an Auslan Interpreter to access this program.
* Where possible, large print and text to voice versions of texts will be made available for readers.
*Lismore Regional Gallery is a wheelchair accessible venue.


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