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Event, Exhibition, Talk

Melbourne Design Week 2024 – Rubbish on the Shore Live Build

Agency Projects in partnership with First Nations design thinkers continue the important conversation around issues facing Indigenous community organisations impacted by ghost nets and marine debris across the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Torres Strait.

Agency will build a structure from ghost net and marine debris across the ten days of design week, using waste materials collected by Indigenous Ranger Groups. The build will be led by Cave Urban, a multidisciplinary design studio formed by artists, architects and sculptors, and will slowly evolve across the week. The built structure will provide a striking visual and physical representation of the issues facing Indigenous communities, but will also invite design thinkers to consider new and unique uses for this waste material, which will in turn assist First Nations people in their quest to care for and heal Country.

Following on from Agency’s Rubbish on the Shore think-tank on Country in early May, the growing structure will form an active backdrop for talks and presentations about the cultural and environmental impacts of ghost net and marine debris pollution affecting First Nations communities. Agency have invited First Nations guests to share their cultural and environmental knowledge of the ghost net and marine debris problem as leaders and custodians of the lands and sea, inviting audiences to join their cause.

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Ghost nets in the Art Centre. Image courtesy Numbulwar Numburindi Arts.