Bukulatjpi, David Gurrumburuwuy, Deger, Jennifer, and Marrawakamirr, Susan (2009) Djalkiri. In: Deger, Jennifer, (ed.) interventions: experiments between art and ethnography. Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 34-35.

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Essay in interventions exhibition catalogue. Djalkiri means foundation, footstep, anchor. It is also the name of the house where Susan Marrawakamirr lives with her children and grandchildren in the Yolngu community of Gapuwiyak in northern Australia. beside the house is another djalkiri: the garpany (grave) fro her husband Bangana Wunungmurra who dies in 2001, aged 37.

Research Statement

Research Background This text frames the experimental and collaborative artwork produced by Bukulatjpi, Deger and Marrawungu as part of at the interventions: experiments between art and ethnography, the first explicitly 'ethnographic art' exhibition held in Australia, in association with the Australian Anthropological Association annual conference in Sydney 2009 at Macquarie University.
Research Contribution This collaboratively written text acts as a supporting creative statement for the Djalkiri #1 and #2 installation. It gestures to the ways in which Indigenous concepts and practices can provide a material framework for the production of an intercultural art.
Research Significance This short text--together with the artworks itself as well as exhibition that the author curated--marks a formative moment in the recognition of creative practice as a legitimate form of collaboration and social theorising in anthropology. Perhaps more importantly it demonstrates a Yolngu interest in experimenting with new cultural forms and contexts. The ideas and voices explored here, together accompanying artwork provided an important foundation for the collaborative and creative methodologies and theories explored in Deger's current Future Fellowship.
Item ID: 34076
Item Type: Book Chapter (Creative Work)
Media of Output: 1 x HD video; 1 x Mixed media: SD video, bark and acrylic paint
ISBN: 978-1-74138-345-4
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Catalogue contributors: Michael Aird, Chris Barry, Jennifer Biddle, Rosie Napurrurla Tasman, Susan Marrawakamirr, David Gurrumurruwuy Bukulatjpi, Anthony Redmond, John von Sturmer.

Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 06:02
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950205 Visual Communication @ 50%
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