rus in urbe


June 2022

Exhibited at Upending | Mending, Belconnen Arts Centre, 2022

by Ben Ennis Butler
Garden in the City

Our domestic landscapes bear witness to the scars of European settlement, land-clearing practices, development, localised gardening movements and, increasingly, the effects of climate change.

A viewer approaches a plinth containing a keypad and a receipt printer. They enter their postcode on the kaypad and receive a printed receipt depicting plant species that have been spotted in the specified location and predictions for future plant growth in an increasingly warmer climate.

The receipt represents the throw-away nature of current societal trends, but its contents represent a step towards the regeneration of the urban environment.




In-situ at Belco Arts. Photography: Gemma Fischer






CANBERRA DESIGN LAB 


An interdisciplinary team of design based-researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.


An interdisciplinary team of design based-researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.