Manbuyŋa Garmak Warramiri

Kathy Guthadjaka – Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University Michael Christie – Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University Helen Verran – Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University Kathy Guthadjaka is Senior Research Fellow & Elder on Country with the Northern Institute. She belongs to the Warramiri clan group, and is a senior elder from Gäwa, a small Yolŋu…

An Ambiguous Palette

Ian Hance – PhD Candidate, Charles Darwin University In the late 1970’s early 1980’s   the paint manufacturer Art Spectrum then based in Carlton, Victoria developed a series of colours in oils, watercolours and gouache for artists that made up what they called an Australian palette. In this paper their Australian palette is discussed as it…

Visualizing “The Xenotext”

Dr Christian Bök – Charles Darwin University “The Xenotext” is an artistic exercise currently being undertaken by the poet Christian Bök, who proposes to create an example of “living poetry.” Bök has generated a short verse about language and genetics, whereupon he has used a “chemical alphabet” to translate this poem into a sequence of…

The Country Suite: storytelling across the realms

Molly Reynolds – Documentary filmmaker The feature film Charlie’s Country is about an aging blackfella Charlie (David Gulpilil) who is struggling to cope with changes to life in his Aboriginal community. He returns bush to try to live the old way, setting off a chain of events with unexpected consequences. The online instillation Still Our…

Visualizing New Public Governance in Contemporary Northern Australia

Helen Verran – Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University New Public governance? Here is a recent list of buzz-words articulating what this newly coined term means: “joined-up governance, cross-cutting solutions, networked governance, cross-sector working”. What it adds up to is “accentuating the importance of engaging societal actors across organisational, institutional, domain, and sectoral boundaries to address…

Neolife

Oron Catts – SymbioticA, University of Western Australia Tissue engineering and regenerative biology are usually discussed in relation to biomedical research and applications. However in the last decade we witness a shift; there is a growing interest in exploring spin-off tissue engineering and regenerative biology technologies for other ends, such as consumer products, art and…

Keep it warm! Incubators as simulators

Ionat Zurr – SymbioticA, University of Western Australia Developments in the life sciences and biomedical technologies tend to use revolutionary rhetoric and the illusion of breaking free from hegemonic social constructions; however these constructions are inbuilt within the developments of these technologies, their interpretation and application. Through a series of historical and contemporary narratives we…

Building Museum Collections – ethos and principles

Christine Tarbett-Buckley – Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory / Charles Darwin University Museum collections are individually distinctive and traditionally reflective of natural and cultural history genres as relevant in time and place. The development of a collection is fundamental to museum practice and underpins an ongoing viability and vulnerability in museum operations…

NT landscapes research: Images, stories and performance of places

Michaela Spencer – Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University Endre Danyi – Department of Sociology, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University To make something visible is a powerful act of collective knowing. The governing gaze, as Foucauldian researchers and STS scholars have taught us, changes what is gazed upon, people, cattle, microbes alike. But how do those that…