Common Ground: Asad Raza in conversation with Professor Alex McBratney

As we confront a world that reaches the limit of its material resources, can art and science afford to continue operating as autonomous disciplines? Is collaboration the key to developing more holistic and sustainable systems?

For his first work in Australia, presented by Kaldor Public Art Projects and Carriageworks, artist Asad Raza has collaborated with environmental scientists, biologists, gardeners and artists to develop a project that functions as a complex living network.

This discussion brings together Raza and Professor Alex McBratney, Director of the University of Sydney Institute of Agriculture, to delve into the collaborative processes behind the 34th Kaldor Public Art Project, and the fundamental importance of collaboration between the disciplines of art and science.

Join us for Asad Raza’s only public talk in Sydney, as the artist interviews the scientist, to explore how artistic projects have the potential to create new mediums for productive collaboration, dialogue and exchange.

Alex McBratney holds BSc, PhD and DSc degrees in soil science from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and the DScAgr degree from the University of Sydney for research in precision agriculture. He has made major contributions to soil science and agriculture through the development of the concepts of Pedometrics, Digital Soil Mapping and Precision Agriculture. After completing his PhD work at Rothamsted Experimental Station in the UK, Alex spent seven years with CSIRO Division of Soils in Brisbane. Alex joined the University of Sydney in 1989. He is currently Director of the Sydney Institute of Agriculture and Professor of Soil Science. He is Editor of the global soil science journal, Geoderma. He is heavily involved with the activities of the International Union of Soil Sciences and the global digital soil map project, GlobalSoilMap. In 2014 he was awarded the VV Dokuchaev medal by the International Union of Soil Sciences, which is the highest honour in the soil science discipline. Currently he is helping to develop and promote the concepts of global soil security and digitally decommoditised agriculture.

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Image: Asad Raza, Root sequence. Mother tongue , 2017, artmonte-carlo, Monte Carlo, 2018. Photo: Haydn Appleby.


Friday 3 May, 6pm

Add to Calendar Australia/Sydney Common Ground: Asad Raza in conversation with Professor Alex McBratney Join artist Asad Raza as he interviews acclaimed soil scientist Alex McBratney on the importance of collaborations between art and science. The Clothing Store, Carriageworks, Eveleigh


The Clothing Store, Carriageworks, Eveleigh


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