The consequence of chance

Gough, Julie (2010) The consequence of chance.

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Abstract

I started investigating the Ancestors. I am born into the era responsible to do so. There are countless websites and online forums, and archive repositories who advise and email documents and information as you wait. I like rootschat for British ancestors: http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php Each day for the past year I have added more to at least one of the ancestor’s files. I started about four year’s ago, seriously seeking knowledge about my foreign ancestors, meaning my non Aboriginal ancestors - who seemed like strangers, ships in my night. But there are so many incoming now it seems impossible. Think building a wall to the sky. But how high is the sky? So you go back and back and back, a compulsion. Then one day you wake up and realise you want, no need, to know about the ancestor’s brothers and sisters. Was he or she the youngest, did the others survive childhood, which were close and influenced your ancestor’s life? And then of course, being Australian, there are Transported Ancestors. I have at least twelve of them, re-emerging of late. Were they bad to the bone, or victims of circumstance? Was their one way journey south, as felons, the Consequence of chance?

Research Statement

Research Background The Consequence of Chance was part of a group exhibition in Manila titled Immemorial. Immemorial offers an extraordinary cultural exchange within a current social and political context, endeavouring to invigorate dialogue between cultures by way of an amalgamation of research, artistic and critical practice within a curatorial construct. The curatorial rationale of immemorial seeks to investigate commonalities of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, as they consider their ancestral histories and their present notions of cultural identity.
Research Contribution The Consequence of Chance contributes to the exhibition which aims to break down these notions of ‘difference’ by transplanting ancestral investigations and common accounts into an exploratory visual language, invigorating discourse on cultural perspectives. The curators, in developing the rationale, believe family stories of journeys,displacements, triumphs, interruptions and secrets transcend political boundaries as recognisable common threads.
Research Significance The rationale for the exhibition incorporates a much broader notion of cultural identity, many family histories have universal elements; these elements are not confined nor controlled by geographic or sovereign boundaries. The research component is a crucial element of the project. It is designed to maintain the integrity of the collaboration and to give the artists a common reference point from which to explore their individual response to the rationale.
Item ID: 19937
Item Type: Artefact
Media of Output: Four track sound work and shadow projection, variable dimensions
Keywords: Indigenous, Aboriginal, Australia, mixed-media, cross-cultural, colonisation, contemporary, exhibition
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IMMEMORIAL: REACHING BACK BEYOND MEMORY a collaborative exhibition by 24HR Art - Northern Territory Exhibited at the Centre for Contemporary Art and Green Papaya Art Projects in cooperation with the Vargas Museum and the Australian Embassy in Manila October, 2010, at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center.

Funders: Funded by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2012 00:48
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190504 Performance and Installation Art @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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