Prudence Gibson

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Prudence Gibson is author of both academic and trade books, both peer-review papers and mainstream articles. All her work is informed by theoretical concepts of plant studies, eco-feminism, sustainable art+design and post-human theory. Her work extends to scripting and producing video art, narrative projects and curatorial approaches to plants inspired by new aesthetics and new plant science.  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. In this role she has commissioned artists, poets, sound designers and micro-fiction writers to collaborate with her and with expert scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, in order to revalue their collections.

Gibson's own practice weaves fictional elements and narrative threads into her scholarly publications. She is also a producer of NTROs and is part of a team commissioned by City of Sydney to create a Barlow Street Banksia Forest in Haymarket. Her next scholarly sole author book, The Herbarium and Me, is an ecological memoir of the Herbarium, Mt Annan, Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens. It will be a selection of essays on the herbarium's specimens and botanists. She has been invited as a keynote speaker to a number of events and symposia most recently the Potsdam Film University 2021 Fabulation symposium, the Mind of Plants Symposium 2021 and the Being with Plants 2021 conference. She has been invited to present as part of The Conversation's partnership with the State Library of Queensland Live panel discussion "Once Upon a Plant." She collaborates with scholars at York University (Canada) and Kew Gardens (London).

Recent talks:

  1. Mind of Plants book and conference video (front page) June 2021: https://www.themindofplants.com/
  2. Being with Plants conference July 2021 https://youtu.be/k_sHKZbS4jU
  3. Queensland Library (with The Conversation) panel - Plants and People July 2021: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwveW0IjCB0

 

 

Journal articles
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Gibson P, 2021, 'Earth Voice: plant blindness, magic and art', Antennae: the journal of nature in visual culture, vol. 53, pp. 112 - 122, http://www.antennae.org.uk/
2021
Gibson P, 2021, 'The Green Man', Sydney Review of Books, https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/essay/the-green-man/
2021
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/mocak-forum-no-15
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; 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, 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, 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
Books
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Gibson P, 2018, Covert Plants Vegetal Consciousness and Agency in an Anthropocentric World
2018
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
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 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
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.

My expertise is in the areas of Visual Culture, Creative Writing and Sustainable Design, specifically in the fields of Environmental Humanities and Critical Plant Studies.

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