The AEGIS Art & Ecologies Research Network focuses on cultural responses to global climate change, the poetics of place, and relations between human and nonhuman animals through interdisciplinary research.

Based in the School of Art at RMIT University, Melbourne, AEGIS includes researchers from other universities and independent scholars responding to two broad fields of enquiry: the arts and environmental humanities, and the natural sciences

One of the central aims of the network is to facilitate cultural practices engaging with ecological issues: from current urban environmental politics, cultural geography and the social construction of space, to the cultural communication of science, extinction studies, biosemiotics and multi-species ethnographies.
AEGIS also investigates how environmental history, Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge Systems and other histories of the longue durée bear on the affective connections between human and nonhuman ecologies.

AEGIS enables interdisciplinary dialogues on how cultural practices might contribute to knowledge of nonhuman species and contested global ecologies of cities, agricultural domains, oceans, forests, deserts, mountainous regions and other cold climates.

Acknowledgement of Country

AEGIS acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we work. We respectfully acknowledge their Elders, past and present. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters across Australia and its Dreaming. Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer.


Notes from the Field

FRI 26 FEB – THU 27 JUN 2021 Murray Art Museum and online
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Notes from the Field is first a portrait of a place – Bogong Village, in the Alpine region of North East Victoria. Bogong is a place of exceptional natural beauty, and a site of many intersecting concerns. Halfway between Mount Beauty and Falls Creek, it was established in its current form as a worker’s village for the Kiewa Hydroelectric scheme.

Felix Wilson, Boulder, Rocky Valley Creek, 2019.

Experimenta Social: Feeling Data

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This Experimenta Social brings together artists who explore our connection to natural environments. 

Lucy Bleach is interested in geological terms and processes. Her installations play with time and scale, drawing connections between real and deep time. Debbie Symons takes inspiration from ecological sciences to bring attention to our rapidly changing global eco-systems.

Debbie Symons, Limacina Helicina Antarctica – The butterfly effect. 2017. Video still.