South West Light - 2012
South West Light was an opportunity for ND5 to engage with a vast region of extraordinary ecological and cultural diversity framed by pristine beaches, majestic forests, mountain ranges, and the workings and scars of settler culture.
Our work supports ‘environmentality’ as a permanent concern for artists. We seek to encourage and reinforce public attention towards the fate of the earth, along with a responsibility to act on that awareness. A hybrid of related questions spring from this position, such as; What is the meaning of ‘place’ in an increasingly globalised world? Why has the interest in environmental politics and action increased so rapidly this century? How do ethical, aesthetic and political concerns collide in eco-critical work? What is the future of discourses on the environment? How do we reconcile environmental justice with environmental preservation? What is the place of humans in nature? And so on.
ND5 is also a case study in what can happen when a group forms from diverse but supportive individuals who are secure enough in their own practice to experiment with it. Collaborative practice demonstrates a way of working and thinking about what we do as visual artists where the profit derived from each other’s enthusiasm, research and practice is more than enough motivation to spend time together. Sharing resources in a resource rich world is also a small stand against the excesses of our culture and its rummaging and vociferous ways, and provides a plausible alternative that allows us to tread a little lighter on this earth.
We publish our findings through exhibition in different places, cultures, and environments to see who responds and how they respond, and in turn how we can expand upon what we are doing, thinking and making. We chart our engagement with and the growing realisations that come through production. In this sense we rely on others to corroborate and collaborate, not just artistically, but also as political and environmental and indigenous critics. Hence we evolve and hopefully gain clarity and insight into what we are doing and why we feel compelled to do it. At the very least we offer our sincerity, respect and acknowledgement, and hope that our endeavours will be viewed in this light.