Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Prudence Ann Gibson

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

Dr Prudence Gibson is author of both academic and trade books, both peer-review papers and mainstream articles. All her work is informed by theoretical concepts of plant studies, eco-feminism, sustainable art+design and post-human theory. Her work extends to scripting and producing video art, narrative projects and curatorial approaches to plants inspired by new aesthetics and new plant science.  She is Lead CI on the 2020-23 ARC Linkage grant Exploring the cultural value of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens Herbarium collection using an environmental aesthetic. In this role she has commissioned artists, poets, sound designers and micro-fiction writers to collaborate with her and with expert scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, in order to revalue their collections.

Gibson's own practice weaves fictional elements and narrative threads into her scholarly publications. She is also a producer of NTROs and is part of a team commissioned by City of Sydney to create a Barlow Street Banksia Forest in Haymarket. Her next scholarly sole author book, The Herbarium and Me, is an ecological memoir of the Herbarium, Mt Annan, Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens. It will be a selection of essays on the herbarium's specimens and botanists. She has been invited as a keynote speaker to a number of events and symposia most recently the Potsdam Film University 2021 Fabulation symposium, the Mind of Plants Symposium 2021 and the Being with Plants 2021 conference. She has been invited to present as part of The Conversation's partnership with the State Library of Queensland Live panel discussion "Once Upon a Plant." She collaborates with scholars at York University (Canada) and Kew Gardens (London).

Recent talks:

  1. Mind of Plants book and conference video (front page) June 2021: https://www.themindofplants.com/
  2. Being with Plants conference July 2021 https://youtu.be/k_sHKZbS4jU
  3. Queensland Library (with The Conversation) panel - Plants and People July 2021: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwveW0IjCB0

 

 

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2019
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson P, 2019, 'The ocean hospital – a walk around the ward', in Quigley K; Cohen M (ed.), The Aesthetics of the Undersea, Routledge, pp. 191 - 208, https://www.routledge.com/The-Aesthetics-of-the-Undersea-1st-Edition/Cohen-Quigley/p/book/9780367001582
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson P, 2018, 'The Colour Green', in Gibson P; Baylee B (ed.), Covert Plants Vegetal Consciousness and Agency in an Anthropocentric World, Punctum Books, Santa Barbara, pp. 163 - 183, https://punctumbooks.com/titles/covert-plants/
    Books | 2018
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson P, 2018, Covert Plants Vegetal Consciousness and Agency in an Anthropocentric World
    Books | 2018
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson PA, 2018, The Plant Contract: Art’s Return to Vegetal Life, Critical Plant Studies, Brill Rodopi, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004360549
    Books | 2016
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Brits B; Gibson P; Ireland A, 2016, Aesthetics After Finitude An Anthology of Essays, Re.Press
    Books | 2015
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson P, 2015, Janet Laurence The Pharmacy of Plants, NewSouth
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson P, 2021, 'The Green Man', Sydney Review of Books, https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/essay/the-green-man/
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson P, 2021, 'Earth Voice: plant blindness, magic and art', Antennae: the journal of nature in visual culture, vol. 53, pp. 112 - 122, http://www.antennae.org.uk/
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson P; Gagliano M, 2020, 'Roślina feministyczna. Zmieniające się relacje z lilią wodną.(Feminist Plant)', Mocak Fourm 15, 2020, vol. 15, https://en.mocak.pl/mocak-forum-no-15
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson P; James S, 2019, 'Lantana at Gloaming: Invasive Plants in the Anthropocene', Evental Aesthetics, vol. 8, pp. 39 - 54, https://eventalaesthetics.net/ea-vol8-2019-ai-and-computation/
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson PA, 2017, 'A Natural Contract: The Plant Plague', Art and Australia, vol. 54/1, pp. 108 - 115, http://www.artandaustralia.com/natural-contract-plant-plague
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson PA, 2017, 'The Green Man: The Desire for Deeper Connections with Nature', AJE: Australasian Journal of Eco-criticism and Cultural Ecology, vol. 6, pp. 1 - 8, https://openjournals.library.sydney.edu.au/
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson PA; Gagliano M, 2017, 'The Feminist Plant: Changing Relations with the Water Lily', Ethics and the Environment, vol. 22, pp. 125 - 147, http://dx.doi.org/10.2979/ethicsenviro.22.2.06
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson PA, 2016, 'Review of Michael Richardson’s Gestures of Testimony,', Textual Practice, vol. 30
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson PA, 2016, 'Prudence Gibson reviews Jussi Parikka’s A Geology of Media', Critical Inquiry, https://criticalinquiry.uchicago.edu/prudence_gibson_reviews_jussi_parikkas_a_geology_of_media/
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson PA, 2015, 'Plant Thinking as Geo Philosophy', Transformations Journal, http://www.transformationsjournal.org/issues/26/02.shtml
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson PA, 2015, 'Janet Laurence: Aesthetics of Care', Antennae: the journal of nature in visual culture, vol. Spring, pp. 39 - 52, http://www.antennae.org.uk/back-issues/4583697895
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson PA, 2014, 'Hijacking Telepathy as a Speculative Aesthetic.', Evental Aesthetics, vol. 3, pp. 42 - 60, http://eventalaesthetics.net/hijacking-vol-3-no-2-2014/prudence-gibson-hijacking-telepathic-art-experience-as-a-speculative-aesthetic/
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson PA, 2013, 'Machinic Interagency and co-evolution', MC Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, vol. 16, http://www.media-culture.org.au/
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson PA, 2013, 'The House on the Hill: Art Experience and Fiction', Evental Aesthetics, vol. 2, pp. 7 - 14, http://www.eventalaesthetics.net/
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson P, 2012, 'Body of Art and Love', M/C Journal, vol. 15, http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/474
  • Creative Written Works | 2018
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Dawson P, 2018, Lover Nature, Covert Plants: Vegetal Consciousness and Agency in an Anthropocentric World, Gibson P; Brits B, (ed.), Punctum Books, https://www.amazon.com/Covert-Plants-Vegetal-Consciousness-Anthropocentric/dp/1947447696
    Curatorial Outputs | 2013
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Eastwood D; Muecke S; Gibson P; Ireland A; Haley R; Pailthorpe B; Drinkall J, 2013, The Carpentry of Speculative Things: An Art Experiment, exhibited at: Alaska Projects, Sydney, 02 July 2013 - 07 July 2013, The Carpentry of Speculative Things: An Art Experiment
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2013
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Haley R; Gibson P; Behrens M, 2013, The Pharmacy of Love & Hate, ALASKA PROJECTS ARTBAR, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 25 October 2013 - 25 October 2013, medium: Performance, Art, Workshop, at: http://www.mca.com.au/artbar-pages/2013/#Alaska
    Conference Papers | 2013
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson PA, 2013, 'Kiss My Edit: Experimental Art Writing Pedagogy', in ACUADS conference 2013: Locations of practice, sites for creativity: from the studio to the cloud, ACUADS, College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney, presented at ACUADS 2013, College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney, 26 September 2013 - 27 September 2013, http://acuads.com.au/conference/2013-conference/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2013
    Dr Prudence Ann Gibson
    Gibson PA, 2013, The Carpentry of Speculative Things, The Carpentry of Speculative Things, Alaska Projects, Sydney, 02 July 2013 - 07 July 2013, medium: hard copy catalogue

Awards

Grants

2020-3                 Lead Chief Investigator ARC Linkage LP190100069 $296, 000

2019                 UNSW Art and Design Dean’s Award for best scholarly single author book – The Plant Contract, Brill.

2019                 UNSW Art and Design Faculty Research Grant $9, 465   

2018                 UNSW Art and Design Faculty Research Grant $10,500

2017                 UNSW Art and Design Faculty Research Grant $1,800

2015                 UNSW School of Arts and Media School Research Grant $5000 for Janet Laurence monograph New South Publishing.

2014                 Australia Council New Work grant (Visual Arts Board)  $20 000 to write a book on ‘Plant sentience, bio-art and aesthetics of cure.’

2014                 Dean’s Student Leadership Award – Research, FASS, UNSW

2013                 Dean’s Student Leadership Award – Creative and Performing Arts, FASS, UNSW.                             

2011                 Full-time post-graduate scholarship APA UNSW for PhD in writing,   $24 000 per annum for three years.

2011                 International Independent Publishers (silver) Award for category of essay/creative non fiction for the book The Rapture of Death.

2009                 Australia Council New Work grant (Visual Arts Board) $10 000 to write a book, The Rapture of Death.

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