Set in 2029, The Planting is a speculative sound work exploring the largest landcare project in ‘Australian’ history.

A continent-wide project of care and repair, The National Planting Project – known affectionately as The Planting – is transforming the way people relate to Country and each other.

The Planting will premiere in the second half of 2021 as a sound-feature for live audiences. Online, it is being designed to be experienced in tandem with ‘noisy’ weather events such as hailstorms or high winds.

The Planting is being created in partnership with RMIT University and the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) Sound Studios, and with the support of Bertha Foundation as part of the 2020 Bertha Challenge Fellowship program.

Lead Artist – Alex Kelly
Dramaturg – David Pledger
Sound Design – Lawrence Harvey
Composition – Aaron Cupples
Producer – Sophia Marinos
Design – Elliat Rich
Editing – Caddie Brain
Additional sound – Anna Cadden, Zoe Scoglio

Featuring Bruce Pascoe, Naomi Klein, Zena Cumpston, Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher, Danny Gardner, Jason Smith and Antonia Juhasz.


The Planting is supported by the Bertha Foundation Bertha Challenge 2021.