︎ To Film, to Relate to Land

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In 1975, when Mervyn Bishop photographed Whitlam and Lingiari exchanging a handful of soil, he provided a symbol for the Indigenous struggle for equity, and thereby helped to establish land rights as a fundamental issue of Australia’s subsequent era. Through their extensive analytics, which can be couched in terms of filmmaking, Karrabing illustrate the damaging impact of a deeply lacking land rights policy - one that is all the more damaging in its latest guise: the Intervention. [...]


︎I have seen the ghost of a friend

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The highlighted text was generated using language modelling software XLNet. I gave the machine the following few sentences as its source.


︎ Grapevine Residency  - ‘Gossip’

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How do artworks produce new historical truths? How can an artwork revise history? The example that this question starts from for me is an engraving from 1865 that depicts a colonial scene from 1770, and features the Union Jack, a flag that didn't exist until 1801. Lots to think through with this example but I'm interested in how the artwork is used to establish counterfactuals as historical truths. [...]


︎ Gold Farmers

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For the American gamer who can trade a day of pay for many days of would-be grinding, purchasing gold makes sense. Yet this trade is only viable because the worker who accrued the gold has a much lower wage than the American gamer. Gold-farming is thus a form of offshore outsourcing: the same activity that Steve Bannon would later position himself as diametrically opposed to. In this way the very existence of the gold-farming industry is predicated on the exploitation of global income inequalities. [...]


︎ Nana

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Ever since I moved into my new flat a couple of months ago, I’ve been looking after a ghost. I do this by playing her music. Sometimes I play songs off my laptop, but she likes it best when I sing. She’s old you see; a tiny, shrivelled old lady. Despite being able to hum along, she prefers to sit there quietly in her rocking-chair and really listen. [...]








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