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Practical Honours: On Plant Time

19 September 2023
7.00pm – 9.00pm AEST
Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab
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Two hands in the shape of a plant, growing on an alien landscape.

Rachael Adamson | John Han | Cristian Speranza

On Plant Time is a night featuring the culmination of three practical honours projects. Working through the disciplines of video instillation, contemporary performance and film these artists each use their medium to explore important questions about time, relationality and place. They ask question about how we interact with our surroundings and how those surrounds interact and impact us and our perceptions of the everyday world. 

The projects each have showing from 7pm. Rachael's project will also run an all day lab from 10am that you are welcome to drop in and experiecne. 



An exploration of SymbioSonics by Rachael Adamson.

Welcome to a fusion of nature, technology, and the human. Using newly available cutting-edge sensor systems and biofeedback, humans and digital systems are able to explore the hidden symphony of plant life, enabling us to listen to and feel the intricate melodies of photosynthesis and growth. Verdance: An exploration of SymbioSonics facilitates a convergence of the biosphere, the technosphere and the anthroposphere, exploring a new state of coexistence in SymbioSonic harmony.

Please join Verdance throughout the day from 10am - 6:30pm for an open lab.


Oh Darling

A cinematic music video by John Han

Following the heart-wrenching parting from her beloved son, the mother has been unable to bring herself to enter his room, burdened by the weight of her regrets and guilt. She now faces the unsettling fear that her son's presence, his very scent, may soon dissipate from the room. In a poignant moment, she finds herself standing once more before that closed door...

Experience a somewhat weird yet heartwarming story that embodies the essence of 'Han,' a cherished theme in Korean cinema. If you had the chance to reunite with a loved one, what dance would your heart lead you to?


Again, Again!

A film installation by Cristian Speranza

Turning to the daily routines of their respective female protagonists, Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) and Eric Gravel's Full Time (2021) are dismantled and reassembled into a looping flow of images. Projected alongside one another, the two films are both coupled and uncoupled by their portrayals of labouring onscreen female bodies.


This event is presented by the School of Arts, Design and Architecture with assistance from the Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab.




Io Myers Studio and Studio One are a part of the the Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab (CPL) which is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington Campus. Please note this is a live event only, and will not be available via livestream. 










Wheelchair Access
The Creative Practice Lab is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington campus. The closest accessible drop-off point to the venue is a lift accessible underground carpark opposite the building. Access via Gate 2, High Street and turn right at the round about. Vehicles can drop off patrons directly in front of the venue or proceed to the underground carpark to the right which is a 200 metre walk approximately.

More information on getting there can be found via our interactive accessibility map available here

Hearing Loop
The Creative Practice Lab has hearing assistive technology available. Patrons wishing to utilise this service must collect a Roger™ inductive neck loop receiver from the venue staff, and this system can be used with a hearing aid or cochlear implant with a T-coil, or with headphones. Please advise if you require the use of the hearing loop before arrival.

To book and discuss access services, please call the CPL on 02 9348 2313 or email




The Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab is easily accessible via public transport and the closest light rail stop is UNSW Anzac Parade (L3 line). For more information please call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or visit

Free parking is also available in the Barker St Car Park (Gate 14) from 5.30pm. For access to free parking, event patrons must park in the UNSW Permit Holder bays, available on all levels. The Barker St Car Park (Gate 14) parking station is located here. 

Paid casual and visitor parking is offered via the CellOPark App and ‘pay by plate meters’ in all other UNSW car parks. For more information head here






For all the other enquiries, please email or call the Creative Practice Lab on 02 9348 2313.

The Creative Practice Lab is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9348 2313. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9348 2313. For more information on all other relay calls visit here.