Harbinger Consultants

Creative Sustainability :: Place, People, Product, Potential, Partnership + Pollinating

UPDATE | Progress & Projects

The buzz has reached a new pitch in our office with new projects now well under way. We are thrilled to be engaged in such a diverse range of projects and initiatives intended to enhance cultural and community development and opportunities.

Harbinger Consultants is working with Brecknock and GHD in the development of an Arts and Cultural Development Strategy for Ipswich City Council. Located west of Brisbane, Ipswich is a major centre in South East Queensland, earmarked for significant population growth in the decades to come.

We are also working with Blackall-Tambo Regional Council to undertake preliminary research towards a combined cultural heritage and social enterprise proposition. This project is intended to act as a catalyst for community based tourism and development. We will be travelling to Tambo in the near future to begin workshops and consultations.

Also, our public art projects with the Urban Land Development Authority continue with a public art strategy and projects in train for the Oonoonba UDA and projects in development for the Fitzgibbon UDA. On the weekend, we went bike riding to Fitzgibbon noting that a culturally diverse community is well and truly emerging. We were delighted to see several people engaged with the tuned railings artwork.

Several other projects are on the boil and we hope to share information, learnings and experiences as we go. Linda will be heading to Sydney soon to participate in a panel discussion about place blogging in the Right to the City Symposium. She has also been invited by Architecture Australia to contribute a report on the event and accompanying exhibition.

Linda has written an essay for a monograph that will accompany an upcoming exhibition by Gavin Sade and Priscilla Bracks (aka Kuuki). The exhibition, titled LUMIA :: art/light/motion, will open at the State Library of Queensland on 9 April. The exhibition will feature previous works produced by Kuuki – Charmed and e. Menura Superba and a new version of Distracted – and present two new works, Suzumushi and Flower Animals. In this suite of interactive works, Sade and Bracks offer multiple perspectives and converging narratives about nature. There is an attempt to reposition the viewer and problematise the self/other relationship as it is enunciated in the culture/nature divide. Consequently, Sade and Bracks are attentive to the connections between the social and environmental, and offer a means by which we can explore our own subjectivity in the face of ongoing environmental change and degradation.

Sade and Bracks offer multiple perspectives and converging narratives about nature. In most of these works, there is an attempt to reposition the viewer and problematise the self/other relationship as it is enunciated in the culture/nature divide. Consequently, Sade and Bracks are attentive to the connections between the social and environmental, and offer a means by which we can explore our own subjectivity and ontological condition in the face of ongoing environmental change and entropy.
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