Everything is possibly an oracle at CARPARK, Brisbane

Exhibition at CARPARK, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Opening: Saturday, 7 September 2019, 5-7pm
Closing performance: Saturday, 28 September 2019, 2pm-4pm

Taking a liquid, archipelagic approach to loosening the knot of the mystifying ways in which things come to matter, Everything is possibly an oracle unfolds the imaginative seeing techniques, languages and sensing practices that Caitlin Franzmann (lead of the Australia research pod), Christy Gast (lead of the New York research pod) and Camila Marambio (founder of Ensayos) have been exploring together and apart for years. This time, their felting, weaving, dyeing, drawing, singing, divining, drifting, crying, wailing, tuning, hosting, dancing, filming, falling, writing and macerating conspire to soften the portals that channel the aqueous knowledge of bodies of water on this planet.

This exhibition is a part of Ensayos, a nomadic research program initiated in Tierra del Fuego in 2010. Ensayo #4 (Coastal Curriculum) involves research pods in Tierra del Fuego, Norway, New York, and now, Australia. The artists, scientists and scholars who partake in Ensayos meet intermittently to cross-pollinate and share their experiences with archipelagic intersections of identity, history, geography, language and law. In the weeks leading up to Everything is possibly an oracle, Caitlin, Camila, and Christy, along with Sarita Gálvez and Carla Macchiavello (also of Ensayos) spent time on the isles of Minjerribah and Canaipa and later also consulted the Brisbane River and the Enoggera Reservoir on the question of how to turn from meaning to mattering.

Ensayos honours the traditional custodians of the lands and waters were we roam and learn, including the Selk’nam, Yaghan, Kawéskar and Haush peoples of Tierra del Fuego and the Jagara, Yuggera, Turrbal, Quandamooka people of South-East Queensland. We give special thanks to Freja, Sonja and Glynn Carmichael, Sharon Jewell, Dale Harding, Helen Franzmann and Denny Ryan, Kathy and Peter Franzmann, Kyle Weiss, Lawrence English, Christine Black and Mary Graham.

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.