Pulse of the Wetland investigates the ecological dynamic and rhythms of the Macquarie Marshes as they recover from prolonged drought and fire. It is the field work component of the international MOSSES AND MARSHES project, a collaboration between Goldsmith and UK-based Andrew Howe. The pair met through the remote collaboration network, Arts Territory Exchange. Using historical and academic research, on-site documentation using sound and video, and community stories, the project weaves synchronous narratives into a body of soundscapes and videos that ask questions about the future of the wetlands.
In three phases conducted between 2019-2021, desk-top research, on-site documentation and story gathering took place at various sites across the Macquarie Marshes and surrounding communities alongside extensive correspondence between Goldsmith and Howe. The resulting artworks have been designed to be presented back to wetland communities in various formats, and to date there have been four exhibitions under the MOSSES AND MARSHES title — in 20201 in Oswestry and Shrewsbury (UK), and 2022 in Canberra (ACT) and Coonamble (NSW). The exhibition works are a mix of 2D and 3D works by Howe, along with individual and collaborative video and sound works by Goldsmith. A book of the collaboration was published by the artists in 2021.
See more about the MOSSES AND MARSHES book, exhibition, and community engagement works here:
Stage 2 of this project (story gathering) was made possible through a Quick Response Grant provided by Regional Arts NSW through the Regional Arts Fund, an Australian Government initiative supporting the arts in regional, remote and very remote Australia. Stage 3 of this project (public programming and the book publication) was made possibly by a Create NSW Arts and Cultural Funding Program grant. The project has received additional funds through Australian Cultural Fund crowdfunding campaigns.