The second of CAM's Terrace Projections – a new commission by Castlemaine-based artist Zoe Scoglio, Agri-Cultures.
During the cold dark nights of winter, the Castlemaine Art Museum façade will be illuminated with video from the summer and autumnal days at Gung Hoe Growers and the Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op, from 6pm every night.
Agri-Cultures is a commissioned video work by local artist Zoe Scoglio in dialogue with local small-scale farmers Gung Hoe growers in response to the theme ‘Industry’.
Focusing on the manual labours and tactile relations, this is a visual portrait of the daily regenerative wholistic practices and emergent cultures at the Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op.
As a volunteer at Gung Hoe Growers, this commission was an opportunity for Zoe Scoglio to enter more deeply into conversation and to further learn from and attend to the practices of daily care-full cultivation.
Scoglio witnessed their regenerative, reciprocal and wholistic approach, and the continuum between caring for the cultures within our guts, within the soils and within our social spheres.
This work attends to the metabolic flows of energy between stomach and soil, that nourish life in both a material and immaterial way. It also considers the workers and the community who produce the food to include the sun, rain and micro-biomes.
"What I’m coming to understand is that to grow food radically is to honour the relationships with all beings of a place, and to grow in such a way that does justice to the past, present and future expressions of this land."
– Claudia, Gung Hoe Growers Member, Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op Blog
"Farming is a deep act of service. With our hands and hearts, we are in service to the land, the soil, the water, the air, to the many who are part of our ecosystem and to our human community who we hope to feed. We are in service to both current and future generations. We are in service to the soil."
– Sas, Gung Hoe Growers Co-Founder, Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op Blog
This work was made on unceded Dja Dja Wurrung Country. I acknowledge the deep and ongoing Cultures and care for Country by First Nations peoples and pay respect to all elders past and present.
Thanks to Mel Willard, Claudia Lang and the community that is Gung Hoe Growers and the Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op.
Through the Commonwealth Government's RISE funding, Castlemaine Art Museum will host Terrace Nights and Terrace Projections, a program of exhibitions, installations and events for the community. Using the medium of light, CAM is bringing contemporary images and ideas to the streets of Castlemaine. In a series of commissions, local and national artists will respond to a range of relevant topics such as car culture, First Nations and queer communities, industry, incarceration and young people.
The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.