Curatorial statement

This year’s Screen/Media/Art program is presented through a set of screening, listening and experience Labs, video and audio installations, a large interactive media touch-table and the conference’s special opening event featuring the international award-winning film Island of the Hungry Ghosts

At this moment of radical planetary danger, destruction and ruin, the conference theme provides a powerful curatorial provocation. Running throughout the conference the Screen/Media/Art program tethers the multiple forces of risky feature length documentary making, critical-political national cinema remix, emerging northern Australian experimental media art, new Australian, US and European student works, collaborative video-making as advocacy in South America, looped eco-acoustic and video installations, interactive touchscreen projects, and a new intercultural immersive Australian VR project that channels creation forces within and between ancient cosmologies. This assemblage of different genres, styles and forms is offered as a profane illumination of the importance of non-literary multi-sensory post-‘visual’ cultural critique, and story for re-imagining contemporary anthropology. 

We hope that everyone can take some time with at least some of these works.

Ripples intersect. New angles for viewing, hearing, thinking and feeling take shape. Crisis. Radical hope. Sensory reload. Action. Transformation. Political remix. 

Program curators: Lisa Stefanoff and Jennifer Deger

Screen/Media/Art program

The following events, labs and screenings are part of the program, click on the links to read more.

Events and performances

ANSA Creative showcase 2018Upstairs in The Cairns Institute: throughout the conference

Warwuyun (Worry) by Miyarrka Media, interactive touchscreen, 2017
Upstairs in The Cairns Institute: throughout the conference

Nightscapes of Cairns by Matthew Buttacavoli and Sebastian J. Lowe, runtime 26:40
Upstairs in The Cairns Institute: throughout the conference

LAKA by Rosealee Pearson and S. Shakthidharan, projection, 2018
Downstairs in The Cairns Institute: throughout the conference

Opening film: Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) by Gabrielle Brady
The Cairns Institute, D3-054: Tue 4th Dec, 17:30-19:30

Performance: ERBERYEWEN
The Cairns Institute, D3-Foyer: Tue 4th Dec, 19:30-21:30

Performance: Wik Chaprah – Cha tru chath (Wik Blood Speaks to You) by Fiona Wirrer-George Oochunyung 
The Cairns Institute, D3-054: Wed 5th Dec, 16:15-16:35

Performance: Requiem for the Reef by Leah Barclay (Griffith University)
The Cairns Institute, D3-Foyer: Thu 6th Dec, 16:00-16:30

Opening of the artwork Microplastics Found in Human Embryo (2018) by Robyn Glade-Wright
Outside the main entrance of The Cairns Institute: Fri 7th Dec, 10:45-11:15


L05    The role and use of creative processes from an Australian Indigenous ontological standpoint. A collaborative performance presentation of two current and evolving arts-based projects [Lab]
Convenor: Fiona Wirrer-George (James Cook University)
The Cairns Institute, D3-059: Fri 7th Dec, 09:00-10:45

L06    The risks & rewards of co-creation and collaboration – reconstituting methods to find new ways to dance with life in the age of death [Lab]
Convenors: Victoria Jane Coffey (James Cook University); Sebastian Lowe (James Cook University)
The Cairns Institute, D3-150: Thu 6th Dec, 09:00-10:45

L07    Listening to aquatic ecosystems [Lab]
Convenor: Leah Barclay (Griffith University)
Chancellery Building, A1-129: Fri 7th Dec, 09:00-10:45, 13:45-15:30

Convenor: Lisa Stefanoff (UNSW Art & Design)
Discussant: Leah Barclay (Griffith University)
The Cairns Institute, D3-063: Wed 5th Dec, 11:15-13:00, 13:00-14:00 (during lunch)

Media Stream

Media Stream consists of 4 screening sessions on the 6th and 7th of December, see the full program here. The following films will be shown:

Ujirei (2017) by Mateo Sobode
Farewell to Savage (2017) by Lucas Bessire
Albatross (2018) by Chris Jordan
Terror Nullius (2018) by Soda_Jerk
The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland (2018) by the Karrabing Film Collective
Strangers Ourselves (2018) by Laura Murray
Limbus Patrum (2018) by Alessandro Mangione
Grabbing Dignity (2017) by Felipe Roa





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