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28 November 2018
Lens on Health: Reading Mother Country
Presentation for Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Eighth Gathering
University of Sydney at International Conference Centre, Darling Harbour

Circling, spiralling and crossing forms
express personal feelings of connection
and collective scientific observations.

At the 2018 Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Eight Gathering in Sydney I present my animated response to a question posed by Dr Megan Williams at the Lens on HealthRoundable. Megan was then Senior Lecturer and Head of the Indigenous Health Discipline at the Graduate School of Health at UTS. Her question was, 'What is your relationship to Aboriginal Australia?'

This animation begins with a childhood memory and expands to reflect many interactions with people and with places, where past, present and future stories may be read. Stories are read in the languages of the arts and the sciences and felt through the universal primal forms in nature - circling, spiralling and crossing - that reflect both scientific data and subjective expressions of connection.

Lisa Roberts


Video documentation: Lisa Roberts
Cover photo: Sebastian Reategui 2018
L-R: Megan Williams, Lisa Roberts


L-R. Lunar animation: Lisa Roberts
Underwater sun: William Gladstone
Yamarr Waaruubinn: Chels Marshall


Lisa Roberts

credits in order of appearance

Ocean gesture: Vikki Quill (tracing ancient Chinese calligraphic form)
Motion-captured by Jason Benedek (UTS)
Quote reference: Josephine Flood (2004. p.15)
Excerpt from music, 'Song to my Ancestors': Alison O'Carroll
Photo: Roberts family collection
Map: Anthony Higgins
Data projections with frogs: Lisa Roberts with Anne Russell
Phytoplankton animation: Lisa Roberts with Sue Fenech (UTS)
Growing and Sharing Knowledge animation: Lisa Roberts
with Shawn Wilson (Univerity of Sydney)
Music, Pedestrian Journey: Jason Benedek (UTS)
Polar Time animation art & data guidance: Dana Bergstrom (AAD)
Natural Cycles animation: Brad Freese
Krill animation: Lisa Roberts with So Kawaguchi, Robbie Kilpatrick, Rob King, and Steve Nicol (AAD)
Animal motion reference: James Gray, 1953
Seagrass swimmers:
Bliss Boaden
Isobel Cummings
Shona Wilson
Gumbaygnirr Story/Art/Video:
Chels Marshall. Australian National University (ANU)
Special effects: Lisa Roberts with Jason Benedek (UTS)
Gumbaygnirr Voice:
Michael Jarrett
Possum skin drumming:
Laura McBride
Underwater video/sound:
William Gladstone (UTS)
Antarctic sea ice 'breath' data: AAD
Infinity sign trace source: Singapore zoo Great Ape. John Matthews. (2008)
Antarctic Elephant seal sound recording: Lisa Roberts (2003)
Southern Ocean Currents trace source: AAD
Alveoli opening animation: Lisa Roberts with Nicholas Kiraly
Underwater sunlight video: William Gladstone (UTS)
Yamarr Waaruubiin - Gumbaygnirr fish designs: Chels Marshall (ANU)
Errand into the Maze gesture:
Barbara Cuckson (Rozelle School of Visual Arts)
Motion-captured by Jason Benedek (UTS)
Seagrass video: William Gladstone (UTS)
Gumbaygnirr country video: Chels Marshall (ANU)
Gumbaygnirr Swimmer: Lacey Froglet Butterfly Edwards
Antarctic krill sex data:
So Kawaguchi
Steve Nichol
Andrew Constable
Rob King
Graham Ewing