AUSTRALIA: Witness Tree Project
Partnering with University of South Australia, Adelaide, and Peter Walker, Program Director: Master of Design, School of Art, Architecture and Design, the Witness Tree Project will travel to Australia to explore the meaning of Cultural Ecology in Australia and how it has been practiced historically by both the Aboriginal and White Cultures. We will look at the different approaches to living in the environment of the Australian continent, how these different cultures have been shaped by the land and how they have interacted with each other. Using living Historic Trees as a focal point, in the Seminar component we will investigate historic events in both cultures that helped inform, shape and influence their given societies. In the Studio or field, using local materials, objects will be created in response to the research, writing and reading done in the seminar. 12-14 students from RISD and 12-14 students from UniSA will work together during this Winter Session Travel course. Based out of the Adelaide campus and utilizing the Academic and Studio facilities there, the research and studio work will be executed. Several overnight field trips are planned to visit Aboriginal communities for engagement and interactive learning. An exhibition of the objects is planned in Adelaide with the exhibition returning to RISD for display.
This is a co-requisite course. Students must plan and register for FD-1732 and HPSS-W732. Students will receive 3 studio credits and 3 liberal arts credits.
Estimated Travel Cost: $2,784 (includes tuition, accommodation, field trips, local transportation, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance) – airfare not included.