Regional Futures is a state-wide program of creative development and conversations that places artists at the centre of a dialogue exploring a future vision for the place where they live and create. Artists from across regional NSW have been commissioned to create work that responds to the prompt ‘What does the future look like for your region?’.
Kim V. Goldsmith (Dubbo) is one of four artists in a cross-region collaboration between Orana Arts and Arts Mid North Coast and project partners, including Dubbo Regional Council, who have commissioned Goldsmith for the project. The other artists are Allison Reynolds (Coonabarabran, Orana Arts), Kit Kelen (Bulahdelah, Arts Mid North Coast) and Ronnie Grammatica (Crescent Head, Arts Mid North Coast). The group are taking the Regional Futures prompt one step further by asking what does the future look like for the regions in a post-carbon world.
Goldsmith’s project, Vaticinor (The Augur) will seek to (re)imagine what a post-carbon regional landscape might sound like from the perspective of more-than-human species, and how the hopes and fears of regional communities might be shaping a renewables future where human needs dominate. The project picks up threads of ideas from American composer and music theorist, John Cage (1912-1992) and the many questions he posed about what is silence, what is noise, the context of sound, and the importance of asking questions. While considering these questions, Goldsmith is preparing to gather recordings from sites of renewable energy generation and end use (both rural and urban). Utilising processes developed on ecoPULSE.art projects, she will also undertake community consultations, gathering and mapping stories, and documenting the project as it develops.
As part of the commission with Dubbo Regional Council, Goldsmith will be piloting a residency at Wellington Caves over several long weekends in May and June 2022.
Regional Futures is a two-stage project — the second stage, from June 2022, a selective process.