The Podcast of Perpetual Plastix – Tea with Rox & Rebecca

Welcome, welcome, welcome, come in my children.

In this episode of the Podcast, we take you on a journey through a holy beacon of hope, known as the Articulate project space located on Parramatta Road in Leichhardt.

Sitting over a cuppa join us as we chat to the artist, Rox De Luca and writer and researcher, Rebecca Prince-Ruiz about creating sustainable pathways, preventing plastic wastefulness and discussing Rox’s own exhibition at the time, ‘Gleaning for Plastics, Defying Wastefulness’.

To find out more about Rox De Luca and her art, click here. To find out more about Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and her foundation ‘Plastic Free July’, click here.

I would like to thank both Rox and Rebecca for sitting down and sharing your wealth of knowledge with us and being incredibly generous with your time. I also want to thank Kim Williams as well for facilitating this dialogue and arranging the meeting, it was a huge eye-opener for both of the Sisters. Thank you to Lucas Ihlein and Kim Williams also, for assisting me throughout this entire process.

Image captured: Rox De Luca’s installation, credit Meryn Martin, 2020

‘Gleaning for Plastix’ in conversation with Rox de Luca

On Friday the 28th of August, The Sisters of Perpetual Plastix made a voyage out to Leichhardt to visit the Articulate project space. We were visiting another protector of plastix, Rox de Luca.

Rox’s most recent exhibition ‘Gleaning for plastics, defying wastefulness’ features incredibly intricate arrangements of plastics, sourced when walking her local beach, either on Bondi or in Rose Bay.

“She collects the weather-worn fragments from the sand, and she takes them home to clean and to categorize by size, colour and shape. Then her defiant transformations occur”.  

Gleaning for plastics, defying wastefulness by Paul Allatson © 2020  

Plastic Penance with HRH MC Nannarchy

In part two of The Podcast of Perpetual Plastix, Sister Ninny Nurdles sits down with the one and only HRH MC Nannarchy (or Nanna for short).

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HRH MC Nannarchy is aided and abetted by her granddaughter Helen Ramoutsaki. Dr Ramoutsaki is an Adjunct Research Associate with the Creative Ecologies Research Theme at The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia.

Absolution in the age of COVID-19

Today’s stats reveal that Australia currently has 6,713 confirmed cases of COVID-19, half of those in NSW alone. Worldwide we’re bordering on hitting 3 million positive cases, with over 206,000 deaths total, and sadly it just keeps growing.

It’s in times like these that we often doubt our sources of spirituality. Why me and my family? Why am I suffering despite being a strong person of faith?

Ninny Nurdles has a holy experience

When we initially explored ideas for using movement and text for a performance, we all assumed we’d have a live audience, a space to utilise and the backing of the Sydney Biennale to support us. When the spread of COVID-19 led to the closure of various locations and the banning of public gatherings, we had to be resourceful and adaptive to how we could continue staging this work with the Sisters. 

Sister Ninny Nurdles is born

Welcome. Sister Ninny Nurdles signing in to tell you about what’s been going on, what’s happening currently, and what’s to come before us.

Let’s start from the beginning… The Book of Genesis, page – wait, not that beginning.

Sister Ninny Nurdles trying on her costume for the first time, taken in early March 2020

Sister GlitterNullius and Sister Ninny Nurdles are two nuns with completely diverse conceptions and backgrounds, brought to you by Kim and Lucas’ project apart of the Biennale of Sydney 2020. For more information on their goals to achieve a Plastic-Free Biennale, click here.

Hence, The Sisters of Perpetual Plastix were born.