Held over two weeks in February, the Quarry Pedagogies Summer Camps explored key ideas around rehabilitation and our relationship to land through art, education and research.
Held in February 2023 at The Beech Forest Quarry, the first Quarry Pedagogies Summer Camps were invitation-only and free to attend, with transport, food and accommodation provided.
Camp participants (70 in total) spent five nights from Sunday to Thursday investigating key themes of rehabilitation through education as well as self-initiated projects on site.
The aim of the project was to bring people together to investigate notions of pedagogy through place, land rehabilitation, ecology at the edge, and forms of regenerative culture.
The future requires rehabilitation.
The camp program was essentially about rehabilitation: how we work with rehabilitation as a process and a program, and how we propose an alternative mode of rehabilitation that, instead of filling or flooding the quarry, considers other approaches and outcomes.
The Quarry, as a former extraction landscape and current rehabilitation project, raises a range of themes and questions about our relationship to land. We were interested in unpacking the idea of rehabilitation, and shifting from extraction to care.
Program activities during the camp were informed by a series of prompts. These prompts come in in the form of tools, materials, questions, themes and readings that each in different ways related to rehabilitation.
|Power Towers|| 2020
|Infrastructure and Activity|| 2018
|Building Remnants|| 2018
|Modeling Siteworks|| 2018
|A few thoughts before I go|| 2018
|Smashing Things with Hammers|| 2018
|In the Pines|| 2013
|Testing Grounds Programming Methodology|| 2016
We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Eastern Kulin Nation as traditional custodians, on whose unceded lands we work and live.
We respectfully acknowledge elders – past, present and emerging. And we extend our deepest respects to all First Nations peoples. In the context of the work we do, we express gratitude for our shared connection through place, to the oldest continuing cultures on earth.
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