Rivers run

Gough, Julie (2009) Rivers run.

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Abstract

Rivers Run is a silent 40 minute dvd projection piece. It consists of footage from a kayaking journey taken on the South Esk River in northern Tasmania in 2009. Rivers Run shows my slow movements, as I arterially paddled through major colonial land grant properties — including Clarendon estate. Text scrolls up the face of the footage transcribed from original 1820s and 1830s records held in the Archives Office of Tasmania. These records are known as "the Depredations" or CSO 1/316 – 332 file 7578: The papers of Governor Arthur 1824–1836 relating to the Tasmanian Aborigines. The text in this film is a direct transcript of correspondence that relates riverbank skirmishes between Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people across Van Diemen's Land, as sent to Governor Arthur by the non Aboriginal people involved.

Research Statement

Research Background Rivers Run was exhibited in a solo exhibition of the same name at Cairns Regional Gallery. This was an exhibition of five artworks that together reveal my ongoing physical and psychological engagement with Tasmania and its history.
Research Contribution My process involves uncovering and representing historical stories to evaluate the impact of the past on our present lives. Combining found human made and natural materials from indoor and outdoor sites I manifest places that are anywhere and nowhere, internal worlds through which we might engage with our conflicting and subsumed histories.
Research Significance Testing how I recognize my island and if it still recognizes me six generations since my tribal past, each piece is a fragment of the desire to recall and understand what happened in lethal frontier Van Diemen’s Land before it became amnesiac Tasmania.
Item ID: 19933
Item Type: Artefact
Media of Output: DVD projection 40 min: 30 sec: colour: no audio
Keywords: Indigenous, Aboriginal, Australia, mixed-media, cross-cultural, colonisation, contemporary, exhibition
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Exhibited at Cairns Regional Gallery, 14 February - 5 March, 2010.

Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2012 03:55
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