CREATIVES FOR REGENESIS

DARUG, GUNDUNGURRA AND WIRADJURI COUNTRY

A project of the Greater Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network

ARTICLES

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Wisdom and the Knowledge Code

In "Wisdom and the Knowledge Code: The Map is Not the Territory," the author delves into the intricate nuances of cultural understanding and the pursuit of wisdom. Through personal anecdotes and reflections, the narrative challenges readers to reevaluate the limitations of Western education and embrace the richness of diverse philosophies. Prepare to embark on a thought-provoking journey that explores the intersections of anthropology, Buddhist teachings, and the complexities of cultural exchange.

|Jan 2, 2024

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Creating a Mycelium Network of Creative Praxis

The 2023 NENA Conference in Canberra, themed “Life After Capitalism,” convened a diverse array of voices to confront pressing global challenges. Led by Michelle Moloney of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, the event sparked discussions on climate change, wealth inequality, and environmental degradation, offering inspiration and dialogue on holistic solutions. This preface captures the essence of the conference, highlighting the urgency of reimagining societal frameworks and offering hope for a more sustainable and equitable future.

|Nov 27, 2023

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Glaring Cognitive Dissonance

In Professor Holden’s recent address at the National Press Club, he sheds light on the stark contrast between mainstream economic discourse and the lived experiences of many Australians. This article explores Holden’s insights into key economic topics like productivity, education, climate change, and aging, while also critiquing prevailing narratives and examining alternative perspectives. As societies grapple with complex challenges, this discussion prompts readers to rethink traditional economic paradigms and consider pathways toward a more equitable and sustainable future.

|Oct 19, 2023

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Reimagining Conservation in Australia

Reimagining Conservation in Australia: Recognising First Nations Knowledge Systems" presents insights from the Reimagining Conservation Forum, highlighting the urgent need to integrate Indigenous wisdom into conservation efforts. Through collaborative dialogue and practical examples like the Balpara approach, the article advocates for a transformative shift towards pluraversities as repositories of diverse knowledge. This preface invites readers to engage with the imperative of weaving together Indigenous and Western knowledge systems for the benefit of Australia's natural heritage.

|Sep 29, 2023

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HEARTS ALL A’TATTOO

Ruminations at the Car Boot Sale The too early Sunday morn dashing its chill upon us’s two wrapt in warm knee length coats with words of mist coming from our chatter, she and I at an open-air Car Boot Sale Market beside a pristine, glistening river way, way too...

|Sep 9, 2023

OUR STORY...

The Regenesis Collective project has been established by the Greater Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network as a home for creatives of the Seven Valleys (Lithgow) and  Blue Mountains community to explore and celebrate the connection between the magical beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and our creative energies and social engagement.

Through our projects, blog posts, events and publishing, we are inspired by the way in which the songlines of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures have kept their culture alive through the arts—through storytelling, song, dance, performance and painting—across millennia for more than 65,000 years.

We join the new zeitgeist of regenerative thinking across all aspects of society—agriculture, food production, economy, urban planning, laws, community and cultural production. As part of the Greater Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network we contribute to our Provocations—Dreaming our Collective Futures through the Arts.

Part of the new zeitgeist is the growing interest in re-wilding, both of the natural environment’s ecology of plants, insects and animals, and in terms of human re-wilding.  The reconnection with the ‘inner-wild’—that part of our psyche that yearns to be free of packaged, monetised, consumerism. That seeks to be free of the limitations of rational materialism—that dances to the tune of more liminal vibrations, of poetry rather than prose.

This is challenging the old story of extractivism that has shaped Australia since white colonial settlement, bringing with it the interlinked problems now facing our society—climate change through global warming from fossil fuel emissions, environmental degradation of soils and waterways, extinction of many plants, animals, birds and insects, ands negative impact on coral reefs and wild fishing resources. It includwa rising levels of wealth inequality and insecurity associated with homelessness, poverty and social conflict.

And with this, a rising tide of ‘mental illness’, experienced as anxiety, depression, and profound loneliness that no amount of material wealth can assuage.

As we embrace this new zeitgeist of regenesis, based on a relationist logic we wish to see how we can contribute to this new story through the arts, creating a new songline of regenesis reshaping our society and our sense of who we are and what we stand for.

Through the creative arts we can all experience the idea of ‘co-becoming’ which the Women Elders of North East Arnhem Land tell us is the correct way of understanding life.  As Gundungurra Elder, Aunty Sharyn Hall explains, this idea of ‘co-becoming’ is intrinsic to the way we understand County (Ngurra).

Ngurra takes in everything within the physical, cultural, and spiritual landscape – landforms, waters, air, trees, rocks, plants, animals, foods, medicines, minerals, stories, and special places. It includes cultural practice, kinship, knowledge, songs, stories, and art, as well as spiritual beings, and people: past, present, and future.