Prudence Gibson

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Prudence Gibson is Research Fellow at Art and Design, UNSW.

She is Lead CI on the 2020-23 ARC Linkage grant Exploring the cultural value of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens Herbarium collection using an environmental aesthetic.

Her area of research interest is Critical Plant Studies (Environmental Aesthetics) that addresses the crossover between plant collections and art/narrative.

Specifically, she is best known for the way she weaves fictional elements or narrative threads into her scholarly publications.

She is author of the following books:

2018 The Plant Contract, Brill, Boston.

2018 Covert Plants (editor) Punctum, San Diego

2016 Aesthetics After Finitude (editor) re.press, Melbourne.

2015 Janet Laurence: The Pharmacy of Plants, New South, Sydney.

2010 The Rapture of Death, Sydney

She is also author of over 300 catalogue essays, peer-reviewed chapters and articles; and mainstream essays.

Her next scholarly sole author book, The Herbarium and I, is an ecological memoir of the Herbarium, Mt Annan, Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens. It will be a wunderkammer of essays on the herbarium's specimens and botanists.

 

Journal articles
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Gibson P; Gagliano M, 2020, 'Roślina feministyczna. Zmieniające się relacje z lilią wodną.(Feminist Plant)', Mocak Fourm 15, 2020, vol. 15, https://en.mocak.pl/
2020
Gibson P; James S, 2019, 'Lantana at Gloaming: Invasive Plants in the Anthropocene', Evental Aesthetics, vol. 8, pp. 39 - 54, https://eventalaesthetics.net/ea-vol8-2019-ai-and-computation/
2019
Gibson PA, 2017, 'The Green Man: The Desire for Deeper Connections with Nature', AJE: Australasian Journal of Eco-criticism and Cultural Ecology, vol. 6, pp. 1 - 8, https://openjournals.library.sydney.edu.au/
2017
Gibson PA, 2017, 'A Natural Contract: The Plant Plague', Art and Australia, vol. 54/1, pp. 108 - 115, http://www.artandaustralia.com/natural-contract-plant-plague
2017
Gibson PA; Gagliano M, 2017, 'The Feminist Plant: Changing Relations with the Water Lily', Ethics and the Environment, vol. 22, pp. 125 - 147, http://dx.doi.org/10.2979/ethicsenviro.22.2.06
2017
Gibson PA, 2016, 'Prudence Gibson reviews Jussi Parikka’s A Geology of Media', Critical Inquiry, https://criticalinquiry.uchicago.edu/prudence_gibson_reviews_jussi_parikkas_a_geology_of_media/
2016
Gibson PA, 2016, 'Review of Michael Richardson’s Gestures of Testimony,', Textual Practice, vol. 30
2016
Gibson PA, 2015, 'Janet Laurence: Aesthetics of Care', Antennae: the journal of nature in visual culture, vol. Spring, pp. 39 - 52, http://www.antennae.org.uk/back-issues/4583697895
2015
Gibson PA, 2015, 'Plant Thinking as Geo Philosophy', Transformations Journal, http://www.transformationsjournal.org/issues/26/02.shtml
2015
Gibson PA, 2014, 'Hijacking Telepathy as a Speculative Aesthetic.', Evental Aesthetics, vol. 3, pp. 42 - 60, http://eventalaesthetics.net/hijacking-vol-3-no-2-2014/prudence-gibson-hijacking-telepathic-art-experience-as-a-speculative-aesthetic/
2014
Gibson PA, 2013, 'The House on the Hill: Art Experience and Fiction', Evental Aesthetics, vol. 2, pp. 7 - 14, http://www.eventalaesthetics.net/
2013
Gibson PA, 2013, 'Machinic Interagency and co-evolution', MC Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, vol. 16, http://www.media-culture.org.au/
2013
Gibson P, 2012, 'Body of Art and Love', M/C Journal, vol. 15, http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/474
2012
Book Chapters
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Gibson P, 2019, 'The ocean hospital – a walk around the ward', in Quigley K; Cohen M (ed.), The Aesthetics of the Undersea, Routledge, pp. 191 - 208, https://www.routledge.com/The-Aesthetics-of-the-Undersea-1st-Edition/Cohen-Quigley/p/book/9780367001582
2019
Gibson P, 2018, 'The Colour Green', in Gibson P; Baylee B (ed.), Covert Plants Vegetal Consciousness and Agency in an Anthropocentric World, Punctum Books, Santa Barbara, pp. 163 - 183, https://punctumbooks.com/titles/covert-plants/
2018
Creative Written Works
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Dawson P, 2018, Lover Nature, Covert Plants: Vegetal Consciousness and Agency in an Anthropocentric World, Gibson P; Brits B, (ed.), Punctum Books, https://www.amazon.com/Covert-Plants-Vegetal-Consciousness-Anthropocentric/dp/1947447696
2018
Books
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Gibson PA, 2018, The Plant Contract: Art’s Return to Vegetal Life, Critical Plant Studies, Brill Rodopi, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004360549
2018
Gibson P, 2018, Covert Plants Vegetal Consciousness and Agency in an Anthropocentric World
2018
Brits B; Gibson P; Ireland A, 2016, Aesthetics After Finitude An Anthology of Essays, Re.Press
2016
Gibson P, 2015, Janet Laurence The Pharmacy of Plants, NewSouth
2015
Creative Works (non-textual)
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Gibson PA, 2013, The Carpentry of Speculative Things, The Carpentry of Speculative Things, Alaska Projects, Sydney, 02 July 2013 - 07 July 2013, medium: hard copy catalogue
2013
Haley R; Gibson P; Behrens M, 2013, The Pharmacy of Love & Hate, ALASKA PROJECTS ARTBAR, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 25 October 2013 - 25 October 2013, medium: Performance, Art, Workshop, at: http://www.mca.com.au/artbar-pages/2013/#Alaska
2013
Conference Papers
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Gibson PA, 2013, 'Kiss My Edit: Experimental Art Writing Pedagogy', in ACUADS conference 2013: Locations of practice, sites for creativity: from the studio to the cloud, ACUADS, College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney, presented at ACUADS 2013, College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney, 26 September 2013 - 27 September 2013, http://acuads.com.au/conference/2013-conference/
2013
Curatorial Outputs
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Eastwood D; Muecke S; Gibson P; Ireland A; Haley R; Pailthorpe B; Drinkall J, 2013, The Carpentry of Speculative Things: An Art Experiment, exhibited at: Alaska Projects, Sydney, 02 July 2013 - 07 July 2013, The Carpentry of Speculative Things: An Art Experiment
2013

2020-3                 Lead Chief Investigator ARC Linkage LP190100069 $296, 000

2019                 UNSW Art and Design Dean’s Award for best scholarly single author book – The Plant Contract, Brill.

2019                 UNSW Art and Design Faculty Research Grant $9, 465   

2018                 UNSW Art and Design Faculty Research Grant $10,500

2017                 UNSW Art and Design Faculty Research Grant $1,800

2015                 UNSW School of Arts and Media School Research Grant $5000 for Janet Laurence monograph New South Publishing.

2014                 Australia Council New Work grant (Visual Arts Board)  $20 000 to write a book on ‘Plant sentience, bio-art and aesthetics of cure.’

2014                 Dean’s Student Leadership Award – Research, FASS, UNSW

2013                 Dean’s Student Leadership Award – Creative and Performing Arts, FASS, UNSW.                             

2011                 Full-time post-graduate scholarship APA UNSW for PhD in writing,   $24 000 per annum for three years.

2011                 International Independent Publishers (silver) Award for category of essay/creative non fiction for the book The Rapture of Death.

2009                 Australia Council New Work grant (Visual Arts Board) $10 000 to write a book, The Rapture of Death.

Environmental Aesthetics; Critical Plant Studies; Herbarium Studies; Speculative Aesthetics and Plants; Plant Philosophy and Narrative.

Richardson M; Gibson P, 2019, The Plant Contract - a review, http://australianhumanitiesreview.org/2019/05/27/review-12/
2019
Allor D; Swenson H, 2018, ‘Premodern Plants’, https://link.springer.com/journal/41280/9/4
2018
Gibson P; Crott E, 2018, Review: David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948 – 2018, MCA Sydney., https://theconversation.com/david-goldblatts-kind-calm-photographs-of-south-africa-exist-in-a-morality-minefield-105211
2018