For millennia artists, designers and craftspeople have looked to, and relied on, nature for the space, materials and inspiration to live and work.

The many ways creative practitioners interpret and utilise nature in their work can be shaped by any number of contexts, experiences and attitudes. Working with nature means different things to different people.

Hear curator of Indigenous Art, Hannah Presley together with artist Geoff Nees and designers Talin Hazbar and Elliot Bastianon discuss a selection of works premiered at the NGV Triennial, and the different ways of engaging with the materials, processes and forces of the living world to give form to ideas and tackle urgent issues of our time.

Together they consider the deep cultural histories embodied in creating in collaboration with nature; and spiral through time, perspectives and place to discuss what this kind of creative collaboration might bring to our contemporary lives.

This program was part of Triennial Conversations, which took place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December to mark the opening of NGV Triennial 2020.

NGV Triennial 2020 Playlist

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JR’s Homily to Country With NGV’s Senior Curator of Contemporary Design & Architecture Triennial conversations: JR / Rivers in Decline Badger Bates, Gabrielle Chan, Rachel Strachan and Alan Whyte in conversation with Ewan McEoin In conversation: Revising Narratives Claire G. Coleman, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Timothy Moore and Scotty So in conversation with Pip Wallis Triennial conversations: Resonant Nature Refik Anadol and Dr Tessa Laird in conversation with Simone LeAmon Triennial conversations: Nature as Collaborator Talin Hazbar, Elliot Bastianon, Geoff Nees and Hannah Presley in conversation with Myf Doughty Triennial conversations: Oceans on the Edge Professor Madeleine van Oppen, Pirjo Haikola and Alex Goad in conversation with Ewan McEoin Triennial conversations: Get Real Estate Jill Garner, Amy Muir and Michael Bleby in conversation with Ewan McEoin In conversation: Future First Nations Megan Cope, Angela Tiatia and Hannah Presley in conversation with Myles Russell-Cook In conversation: A Dark Horizon Dr. Edward Colless and Professor Larissa Hjorthin in conversation with Dr. Simon Maidment In conversation: House Of Heroines Lara Schnitger in conversation with Pip Wallis Refik Anadol on Quantum Memories Triennial conversations Faye Toogood on Downtime Triennial conversations Erez Nevi Pana on Crystalline Triennial conversations Interview: Glenda Nicholls Interview: Diamond Stingily Interview: Liam Young Triennial | JR Interview with William Badger Bates Triennial profile | Refik Anadol Interview: Tomoaki Suzuki Interview Interview: Faye Toogood Interview Interview: Alicja Kwade Interview: Fred Wilson Interview: Porky Hefer Kengo Kuma | Botanical pavilion Triennial profile Installing JR’s Homily to Country NGV Triennial 2020 Preparing for NGV Triennial 2020 Celebrating contemporary art, design and architecture Bringing NGV Triennial 2020 to life Celebrating contemporary art, design and architecture