The Bat Human Project event
On the evening of 29 April 2011, the ArtLab team presented the The Bat-Human Project: a free, fun, educational family and community site specific art event at Cook and Phillip Park, Sydney, 5-8pm.
We asked the public on a rainy night to ring brollie/rain coat, tarp, picnic and a burning desire for a better bat human relationship!
The event showcased the creative content and outcomes of the Sydney Artlab project (undertaken in November 2010) and aimed to generate a deeper understanding of the flying foxes in Sydney and their role within the natural and human environments. Artists, scientists, urban planners, flying fox carers, etc, involved in ArtLab were be on site to share their experiences and alternative view points relating to flying foxes in Sydney and their relocation from the Sydney Botanic Gardens.
The event included films and nature documentaries, a Q & A session, bat face painting, an upside down photo booth for the kids, performances by Tess de Quincey with Jim Denley, Peter Nobel and other family activities. The audience wasinvited to bring a picnic. Presented in the stunning park at sunset, with flying foxes migrating overhead alongside a backdrop of St Mary’s Cathedral and the City Scape, The Bat – Human Project will be a stunning site specific experience for attendees.
For a follow up radio documentary of the eent and its intentions see Michelle Rumery's 2SER program - http://soundcloud.com/michellerumery/feature-the-bat-human-project
The following video was made for Artlab Event 2 in Nov 2010 and gives some background context about the issues under pinning this event.
The project was originally inspired by the attempted relocation of the flying fox colony from the Botanical Gardens - and this raised one of those big questions that attracted us as artists - We wanted to really think about the kind of relationships we should be fostering between ourselves and the other amazing animal dwellers of our urban ecology - like the flying foxes in the gardens. So we tried tocreate processes that might open up a new space for creative conversation and discussion about the future we want, and need.