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French & Mottershead

Presented in Season 2 2018

Presented by Arts House & Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Audio experience

11am – 5pm, Sat 1 Dec
11am – 5pm, Sun 2 Dec
50 mins

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens
Meeting Point: Visitors Centre
Observatory Gate, Birdwood Ave (opposite The Shrine of Remembrance)

Show Program:
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Bushland makes references to themes of death, dying and decomposition that may not be suitable for children. Please call Arts House if you would like to discuss further. We recommend you dress for weather and walking.


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Lie beneath the trees and fade into the leaf litter of the forest floor. A visually evocative audio work, Bushland connects you to the biochemical processes that will continue long after you’ve lost consciousness, as you’re slowly and gently subsumed by the earth over thousands of years.

Bushland is an adaptation of Woodland, one of four works in UK duo French & Mottershead’s Afterlife series, which explores, in poetic and precise detail, the human body’s decomposition and the influence of different environments. Created in collaboration with forensic anthropologists, ecologists and conservators and now nuanced with Australian experts, it reveals minute details in the science of decay and renewal, to allay the fear of the unknown.

A love poem to the forest and the body, Bushland is both visceral and meditative. It’s a chance to step out of time and connect to your body as never before – your body as it could be one day.

Writers & Devisors:
Rebecca French, Andrew Mottershead
Science Advisers:
Dr Carolyn Rando & Prof. Shari Forbes

Supported by – “Bushland is presented in partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, The Bundanon Trust, Metro Arts, and the City of Melbourne through Arts House. Bushland is an adaptation of Woodland, one of four audio works from French & Mottershead’s Afterlife series, which was supported by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England.”

Image by – Paul Blakemore