Rob Garbutt is an Australian researcher, writer and artist who works at the intersection of place, identity and belonging. Rob’s work puts the micro into dynamic relationship with larger scales to inspire attention to the world around us, and the ways we flow in, through and against it.
The word ‘relationship’ best characterises Rob’s work. Through his background in the sciences, humanities and arts Rob draws connections between the many ways we understand and inhabit the world. And through words, images and sound Rob explores how to communicate by connecting head with body and heart.
His output spans exhibitions using photography, video and sound, non-fiction writing for general readers, articles and books for an academic audience, heritage signage, as well as public speaking. This work has examined such things as the idea of being ‘a local’, how science patterns our relationships with nature, belonging in aged-care settings, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal relations in regional south-east Australia, tuning to the world through listening, and the close relationship between focus and blur.