Throughout 2021 I am working on a research led Honours project at the University of New South Wales, Art & Design, Sydney, Australia. The traditional custodians of this place where I live are the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. Sovereignty of this land where I live was never ceded.
I am a 'settler coloniser' who came here from Aotearoa, New Zealand over 30 years ago.1 I am using the privilege of my education to prioritise the 'process and practices with which settler colonisers may begin to participate in the work of bureaucratic, cultural, linguistic and psychological decolonisation'.2 I am researching, among other things, how to develop a decolonisation practice using Maori analysis, the indigenous people of Aotearoa, New Zealand.3 This means 'I recognise Maori as tangata whenua [people of the land]: by learning about the meaning of tangata whenua in the Maori sense'.4
These short video poems are an experimentation of conceptualising how I relate to my immediate environment during the learning I undertake, as a "grateful interloper" on the unceded land where I live.5
Female gaze in Autumn
Listen to Deep Water
White Myth of place
'Velvet Cloak' Cotinus coggygria
(Gundungurra and Darug country)
1. Huygens, I. (2011). ‘Developing a Decolonisation Practice for Settler Colonisers: A Case Study from Aotearoa New Zealand’, Settler Colonial Studies, 1:2, 53-81, DOI: 10.1080/2201473X.2011.10648812
2. Ibid. p 55.
3. Ibid. p 53
4. Ibid. p 72
5. Kanngieser A & Todd Z, Critical Modes of Listening 2021, Listening as Relation, 2021, 1:06:49 accessed 10 July 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGe0DYMroEg