“Every form of culture has the potential to re-imagine a better world. For me, art is about asking, ‘What if?’” – Berndnaut Smilde
What can art do? What can architecture do? Who holds the right to the city? Are nature and culture one and the same? How does thought become action? In this issue, my final as editor, I am preoccupied with these questions; questions I feel are personal, political and universal.
Biologist Eugene F. Stoermer first coined the term anthropocene (the ‘age of man’ or, gender neutrally, the ‘human epoch’) in the early ’80s. While geologists haven’t quite come around to this idea (official rock-watchers say we’re still in the Holocene), it is long past time for us humans to see ourselves as both problem and solution. Time moves slowly when measured by the layering of sediment; meanwhile, we unearth primordial rocks at the speed of light. We are climate change. So what are we going to do about it?
Once upon a time, this magazine was just a word document with dot-pointed dreams. Four years later, still humble, it has grown beyond my wildest imaginings and will go from strength to strength as I pass the baton to incoming editor par excellence, Sara Savage. As I depart this beloved publication to grapple with some of the aforementioned questions, my swansong is an art-heavy issue full of rich images and ideas to quicken the heart and fire the imagination. Thank you for coming along on the journey. The time is now to turn thought into action.
Eugenia Lim is an artist who uses video, installation and performance to activate people in private and public space. She was AP's founding editor-in-chief and has returned as editor-at-large. In art and life, she is interested in the intersection between the personal and the geopolitical. Agnès Varda is her hero.
Alice Oehr is a designer & illustrator from Melbourne. Her distinct colourful style incorporates her love of food, pattern, collage and drawing. Many of Alice's ideas have made their way onto textiles, homewares, magazines, books, and even once as a series of 6ft tall Ancient Egyptian statues for a marquee at the Spring Racing Carnival.