Conversations with the Forest

Conversations with the Forest invites us to help grow a micro-forest in Surfers Paradise on Kombumerri land. Using plant species native to the region, the forest will become a ‘paradise’ people can enjoy in Surfers. A soundscape created for the forest will filter through speakers –  tones and sounds similar to the electric pulse language of the trees. The work asks us to think about how we regard and communicate with forests and trees, and to consider a future where plants are our equals.

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This is a new work currently in development supported by GENERATE GC which is a City of Gold Coast initiative delivered in partnership with SITUATE Art in Festivals (Tas Dance), City of Gold Coast Regional Art Development Fund, Cavill Lane Surfers Paradise and Creative Partnerships Australia.


Merinda Davies - Lead artist

Justine Dillon - Indigenous Ranger & Kombumerri Traditional Owner

Monica Gagliano - Researcher - plant bioacoustics and cognition

Lawrence English - Sound artist, mentor

Rebecca Ross & Generate GC/Situate Art in Festivals - Producer