Felix Wilson

Nocturnal Ecologies

Artwork by Felix Wilson

Wilson's art investigates the complexities and paradoxes of the human relationship to nature, with a focus on exploring the ecologies of the contemporary night-time city.

As Dan Rule explains:

“The nocturnal city is awash with a multitude of complex and layered connections spanning nature, the built environment, electricity, life and light. The illuminated buildings, streets, gardens and public spaces that characterise the city of Melbourne, tie its inhabitants to the immense brown coal mines and power stations of the Latrobe Valley, some 150 kilometres east, via a vast network of electrical infrastructure. By embarking in the process of burning brown coal – a substance that was formed from vegetation that grew more than 25 million years ago, which can be traced though fossilised remains found during the mining process – we artificially irradiate our modern city, decimate species, and in-turn, entwine our contemporary pursuits and follies with that of deep time.”

Nocturnal Ecologies was exhibited at Bargoonga Nganjin from 9 August – 1 November 2019

Image credit: Felix Wilson, Nocturnal Ecologies, installation view, 2019. Photo J. Forsyth.