DeTox – clean it up!: place-based artistic practice

The Sydney Environment Institute, in partnership with the Sydney College of the Arts and SSSHARC, invites you to a seminar that explores place-based artistic practice.

Artist Daniel Peltz is a 2022 Gilbert Fellow in the Humanities at SSSHARC (The Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre) and will introduce the most recent developments of his multi-layered project DeTox / Clean it up!. Working in a small glass-factory town in Rejmyre, Swedenthis long-term project considers the problem of industrial waste contamination from the perspective of the social; how do we, as a community, clean our abandoned, soiled selves and the ground beneath our feet?

Join us for an online immersive discussion unravelling questions like, how do we find the value of the place where we are living, and ourselves within that place, when both of these things have been systematically devalued? What role can art play in this process?

This workshop was hosted with SSSHARC (The Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre) and was presented online on Wednesday 4 May 2022.


Robyn Backen (Chair) is a Sydney based artist and a Senior Lecturer at SCA, University of Sydney. Over the past two decades, her artworks have evolved from a deep intrigue into communication and telephonic systems. Drawing upon new and defunct technology research, she builds works that investigate pattern systems referencing language, nature, and remembering. Robyn’s work is not bound by medium or scale, with large public commissions contrasting against smaller sound and light works.

Daniel Peltz is an artist and Professor of Time and Space Arts with a specialization in Site and Situation Specific Practices at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki. Through public projects, performances and media installations, Peltz’ artworks explore complex social systems, attempting to provoke ruptures in the socio/cultural fabric through which new ways of being may emerge and be considered. To accomplish these goals, he uses a range of intervention, ethnographic and performance strategies. His projects often take the form of existing social systems to directly engage non-art audiences in the language of critical art practice.

Marco Marcon was born in Italy and migrated to Australia in 1985. Marcon has worked as editor of Praxis M, the former Western Australian journal of contemporary art, and lecturer at several universities. In 1998 he co-founded SPACED (formerly known as IASKA), an organisation he has been directing ever since. Marcon has a substantial publication record comprising many dozens of articles and essays that have appeared in magazines, journals, art catalogues and books.

Header image: Daniel Peltz, ‘Not for Export’, lecture performance documentation, video still.