Living Data

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned
that this program contains images and voices of deceased persons.

Living Data

Animating Change: Exhibition

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Stories, hypotheses, data and iconography are combined to make sense of climate change.
An Ultimo Science Festivalevent at The Muse, Ultimo TAFE, Sydney, 16 - 26 August 2012
Project leader: Lisa Roberts Exhibition curators: Christine McMillanand Lisa Roberts

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Artists from the Eora Aboriginal CollegeCollection, Australia and Christine McMillan (centre)

Combining stories, hypotheses, data and iconography
An Ultimo Science Festivalevent at The Muse, Ultimo TAFE, Sydney, 16 - 26 August 2012
Curators: Christine McMillanand Lisa Roberts

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Art from the Eora Collection (On walls, from left):

Urunga Whyman. Magpies on the Murray. Charcoal on paper

Penny Jarratt with Amanda Wood & Jamie Carr. Untitled. Mixed media

Kim Redman. Imagination world. Mixed media

Kenneth Currie. Mud Flats. Wood cut print

Deborah Young. Hunt at Dusk. Pastel on paper

Claude Haines. Untitled. Photomontage


Indigenous knowledges are unique to given cultures, localities and societies, and are "acquired by local peoples through daily experience" (Rosenberg 2000, p.19). The Mayan scholar Carlos Cordero (1995) describes the difference by saying that within the western knowledge system there is:

A separation of those areas called science from those called art and religion. The [Indigenous] knowledge base on the other hand, integrates those areas of knowledge so that science is both religious and aesthetic. We find then, an emphasis in the western tradition of approaching knowledge through the use of the intellect. For Indigenous people, knowledge is also approached through the senses and the intuition. (p.30)

Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods. Shawn Wilson, 2008


In 2004 I studied at the Eora Aboriginal College in Sydney. When organising this exhibition I realised what was missing was an Australian Indigenous perspective and so I invited contributions from Eora. The prints are from the Eroa Collection of work by past students. Their lines trace connections between humans and other entities - physical, biological, spiritual. I think of these lines as tracing flows of energy that may be measured and felt. Christine's work was placed first in this space. When people from Eora came with the prints they arranged them around her work and remarked how well they worked together. This made me wonder how much closer we may move together by sharing expressions (scientific and artists) of our connection to the world.