[NetBehaviour] About hosting Networking the Unseen exhibition at Furtherfield

ruth catlow ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org
Tue Jun 21 12:24:05 CEST 2016

Hi Everyone,

Last Friday we opened an exhibition curated by Gretta Louw, and 
featuring /Yama/, an installation she has made in collaboration with 
Neil Jupurrurla Cook, the Artistic Director of the Warnayaka Art Centre, 
along with other artists and members of the Warlpiri people of Lajamanu, 
in Central Australia.

With the Warnayaka Art Centre, over 4 or 5 years Gretta has formed an 
extraordinary artistic bridge- the Yama installation is fun, delicious, 
respectful, bold and provocative, in the face of social, political and 
environmental stress, and an exchange fraught with potential ethical and 
etiquett-ical bear-traps.

Here is a photo by Michael Erglis of the Yama installation at 
Furtherfield Gallery.

The exhibition also features work by 5 other Australian artists of 
diverse heritages.

On Saturday Gretta led a tour of the exhibition. Then Warlpiri educator 
Steve Jampijimpa Patrick talked about the work in the context of the 
five pillars of Warlpiri culture. You can watch the short video that he 
showed here on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFZq7AduGrc

The discussion of "so called technology" pursued questions of: cultural 
continuity, churn and loss; in contrast with stories said to pre-date 
humans; medium-message relations (McLuhan-stylee), the opportunities and 
threats of openness and sharing in amongst the global flows of capital 
in the network age.

I noticed as Jampijimpa drew in the sand, how his drawing resonated with 
the network diagrams that have informed and shaped our work at 
Furtherfield for the last 20 years, our understanding of the importance 
of connectedness and especially our DIWO campaign. 

Here you can see the Warnayaka 'logo' incorporated into our new DIWO 

I cannot properly convey the full impact that these meetings and events 
are having on me and the other people who have attended. It is unfolding 
slowly, in unexpected ways. (/Yama/, is a Warlpiri word translates as 
'reflection'- sky to land, inward to outward, shadow falling from object 
across another object). I will write more with more reflections as they 
arise and as I talk to others.

I urge you to see the exhibition if you can. And to talk to Gretta.
We'll post images from the exhibition very soon.


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