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'Think Like a Worm' exhibition launched by Creative Fellow Cass Tytler

8 May 2024

Cass Tytler, a Forrest Research Foundation Creative and Performance Fellow, has successfully presented an exhibition titled Think Like a Worm.

Think Like a Worm was a multidisciplinary place-based art event held on Saturday April 13th, 2024 at the Inglewood Mt Lawley Community Garden, Perth. Cass and independent artist Elizabeth Millar worked to enact transdisciplinary place-based research and extended pedagogies in the making of this project. The artworks responded to the research, with the grounding premise being to ‘think like a worm’, which included the textures, sensations, movements and sounds worms may encounter below the ground.

The art event comprised:

– A worm composting workshop by local waste educator, Peg Davies.
– A musical performance about worms.
– An audio-visual installation featuring projections, animations that lit the ground, an eight channel sound installation, and lighting accentuating the garden’s organic elements at night.
– A serving of tea from herbs grown in the garden – bush mint, lemon balm, anise hyssop and okra ‘coffee’ – curated by community garden members themselves.

Community members attend the worm composting workshop. Photo credit: Eduardo Cossio. 


107 community members attended this three-hour event.

The art event worked to foster ecological literacies firmly rooted in empirical, contextual, and experiential realms. The ‘think like a worm’ project was characterised by community care and interdependence, where grounded practises created the conditions to learn beyond a singular sense of the self.

Cass is a member of Edith Cowan University’s Centre for People, Place & Planet.


This project was made possible by the City of Stirling through the Community Grants Program. Cass and Elizabeth gratefully acknowledge the support of the Inglewood Mount Lawley Community Garden Committee and all Members, The Centre for People, Place & Planet (ECU), The School of Education (ECU) and the Forrest Research Foundation.