Mediated Interactions

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

(self portrait)

April 2021

We grow

May 2021

Listen to Deep Water

(Warrane)

May 2021

White Myth of place

(Gundangurra country)

June 2021

'Velvet Cloak' Cotinus coggygria

(Gundangurra country)

June 2021

Opacity

 (Gundungurra and Darug country)

May 2021

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