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We are in Wonder LAND Symposium

Rhonda Unrupa Dick, "Yaalytji" 2015
Screenprint 46.5 x 70cm, printed at Cicada Press, UNSW Art & Design. © the Artist. Courtesy of Tjala Arts and Desart Inc. Photo by S. Blackburn.

We are in Wonder LAND Symposium

Event dates

Friday, 15 May, 2015

Event times

9:30am - 4:00pm

“….   A rare opportunity to engage directly with experimental art and new media makers from Desert communities.”   Hetti Perkins

What might it mean to view Indigenous aesthetics and intercultural cosmopolitanisms not from entrenched metropolitan perspectives of Sydney, London or New York but from the so-called ‘remote’communities such as Hermannsburg, Amata or the town camps of Alice Springs? What does it mean to take seriously the demands of desert Aboriginal artists to represent themselves and their practice politically and culturally; to develop desert Aboriginal art history, to model art theory and shape public debate?

We are in Wonder LAND Symposium is a one-day event exploring the 2015 NIEA-Desart-UNSW Galleries exhibition We are in Wonder LAND: new experimental art from Central Australia (15 May – 15 August 2015)  and the Cicada Press Wonder LAND Artists-in-Residency (March 2015).

Convened by Dr Jennifer Biddle and Dr Lisa Stefanoff  (NIEA, UNSW Art & Design), the symposium presents for the first time to a Sydney audience, the innovation, dynamism and activism of an emergent ‘remote’ Central and Western desert avant-garde whose innovative art-making and emergent aesthetics is literally life-making: revivifying threatened vernacular languages, cultural traditions and intangible heritage and requiring new forms of engagement and encounter. 

We are in Wonder LAND Symposium provides a unique opportunity to hear directly from leading desert artists and other leading Indigenous curators, scholars and artists about the vital importance of new trajectories of tradition and experimentation shaping desert futures today. 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Nyurpaya Kaika Burton is a senior Pitjantjatjara artist who lives and works in Amata in South Australia.  She is a painter and sculptor for Tjala Arts; a sculptor and fibre-innovator for Tjanpi Desert Weavers, and a bilingual writer, featured most recently in Art and Australia in May 2014.

Wanta Steve Jampijinpa Patrick is a bicultural educator and researcher who lives and works in Lajamanu in the Northern Territory.  He is creative Director of Milpirri, the Warlpiri biennale produced in conjunction with Tracks Dance Company since 2005 and ARC Fellow in the School of Music, Australian National University. 

We are in Wonder LAND is a partnership between Desart Inc. and NIEA/UNSW Art & Design, curated by Philip Watkins (EO Desart Inc.), Jennifer Biddle and Lisa Stefanoff (NIEA, UNSW Art & Design) with curatorial advisor Brenda L. Croft. 

We are in Wonder LAND is supported by the Australian Research Council, the Australia Council for the Arts, Desart Inc, Cicada Press and NIEA/UNSW Art & Design. 

Free and open to the public. Registration Essential (via EventBrite). Please click on the register button to the right of this page
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Enquiries about the symposium can be directed to niea@unsw.edu.au

 


PROGRAM 15 May FRIDAY 

EG02 Lecture Theatre: Keynote Presentations

  • 9:00 am    Audience arrives
     
  • 9:15 am    Doors Open
     
  • 9.30 am    Welcome to Country
    • Vic Simms (La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council)
       
  • 9:45 am    Welcome to Wonder LAND Symposium and day’s event
    • MC Brenda L. Croft (NIEA/UNSW Art & Design) 
       
  • 9:50 am    Acknowledgements of Wonder LAND project partnerships and participants
    •  Dr. Jennifer Biddle (NIEA/UNSW Art & Design) 
       
  • 10:00 am  Keynote #1
    • Nyurpaya Kaika Burton (Tjala Arts and Tjanpi Desert Weavers) with Linda Rive (Interpreter and translator, Ara Irititja Digital Archive, Pitjantjatjara Council Cultural Heritage Unit)
  • 10:45 am   Q & A Keynote #1
    • (Brenda L. Croft)
       
  • 11:00 am   Keynote #2
    • Wanta Steve Jampijinpa Patrick (Artistic Director, Milpirri)
  • 11:45 am   Q & A Keynote #2
    • (Brenda L. Croft)
       
  • 12:00pm    Lunch Break  (un-catered)
    • Symposium attendees encouraged to look at show during this break 
       
  • 1:00pm      Artist Presentation #1
    • Robert Fielding (Mimili Maku)
  • 1:15pm      Q & A (Brenda L. Croft)
     
  • 1:30pm      Artist Presentation #2
    • Rhonda Dick (Tjala Arts) in conversation with Brenda L. Croft
  • 1:45pm    Q & A with audience
     
  • 2:00pm    Coffee/Tea Break  and audience relocation to UNSW GALLERIES  ‘We are in Wonder LAND’ exhibition

UNSW Galleries: We Are in Wonder LAND: Artist Talks

  • 2:30pm  Gloria Pannka and Marisa Maher (Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra – Many Hands Art Centre)  
    • Q & A (Brenda L. Croft)
       
  • 3:00pm  Margaret Boko and Sally Mulda (Tangentyere Artists)  
    • Q & A (Brenda L. Croft)
       
  • 3:30pm  Marlene Rubuntja (Yarrenyty Arltere Artists)
    • Q & A (Brenda L. Croft)
       
  • 4:00pm   Closing Formalities, END
     

We are in Wonder LAND is a partnership between Desart Inc. and NIEA/UNSW Art & Design, supported by the Australia Council, the Australian Research Council, and Cicada Press, UNSW Art & Design.

We are in Wonder LAND:  new experimental art from Central Australia, Galleries UNSW, May 15-August 15.

 

 

Location

15 May 2015
9:30am-4:00pm 

EG02 Lecture Theatre 
& UNSW Galleries
UNSW Art & Design 

Paddington Campus
Corner of Greens Road and Oxford Street
Paddington NSW 2021

People

Keynote Speakers
Nyurpaya Kaika Burton (Tjala Arts and Tjanpi Desert Weavers)
Wanta Steve Jampijinpa Patrick (Artistic Director, Milpirri)

Artist-presenters
Margaret Boko (Tangentyere Artists)
Rhonda Unurupa Dick (Tjala Arts)
Robert Fielding (Mimili Maku Arts)
Marisa Maher (Ngurratjuta Ntjarra Iltja / Many Hands Art Centre)
Sally Mulda (Tangentyere Artists)
Gloria Pannka (Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra/ Many Hands Art Centre)
Marlene Rubuntja (Yarrenyty Artlere)

Interpreter and translator
Linda Rive (Interpreter and translator, Ara Irititja Digital Archive, Pitjantjatjara Council Cultural Heritage Unit)

MC
Brenda L. Croft (NIEA, UNSW Art & Design) 

Convenors
Dr Jennifer Biddle (NIEA, UNSW Art & Design) 
Dr Lisa Stefanoff (NIEA, UNSW Art & Design)