O'Brien, Kevin & Markham, Michael (2009) Finding country. [Web-based Exhibition]
The Finding Country Exhibition seeks a pluralist contest between the traditions of aboriginal space (Country), and European space (property) in Australia. Aboriginal Country is excluded from the Australian city. The city of Brisbane, located on the aboriginal Country of the Turrbal people, is the common ground of this confrontation.
It is the show Australia rejected.
Despite the 1992 landmark Mabo case High Court decision, a decision that struck down the doctrine of terra nullius (an empty land belonging to no-one), architecture in Australia continues its 18th century European tradition of drawing on empty paper. The aboriginal position is that this paper is not empty, but is full of what can’t be seen.
The aboriginal map of Australia reveals a continent with many Countries and many spaces. The prevailing spectrum of architectural positions, bookended by decorated sheds and metaphysical decks, continues to bring aboriginal Country into decline. If the opposite position is considered it is possible to find something lost. Cities historically enter states of decline, frequently associated with some form of catastrophe. Others end in a whimper. It is not unreasonable to imagine an opportunity for the recovery of Country through decline.
The central exhibit is an 8×3m drawing of the city of Brisbane consisting of approximately 50 individual grid submissions emptied by half to find something special. Each grid is an explicit architectural negotiation with decline, whilst carrying an implicit personal challenge to non-aboriginal architects to engage Country.
Since 2006, the Finding Country project has endeavoured to assert an aboriginal origin for architecture in Australia. It is led and directed by Kevin O’Brien a descendent of the Kaurareg and Meriam people of north-eastern Australia, and an architect working in Brisbane.
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|Item Type:||Creative Work (Web-based Exhibition)|
An ongoing project initiated by Kevin O’Brien and Michael Markham in 2005.
2005 Shortlisted for RAIA Directorship of the Australian Pavilion, Venice Biennale.
2007 Shortlisted for RAIA Directorship of the Australian Pavilion, Venice Biennale.
2011 QUT Lecture Series - Finding Country:
|Funders:||Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), Arts Queensland's Backing Indigenous Arts Program, Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency (QIAMEA), QUT School of Design|
|Material:||Drawing of the city of Brisbane consisting of approximately 50 individual grid submissions emptied by half|
|Measurements or Duration:||8×3m|
|Number of Pieces:||1|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2009 The Author(s)|
|Deposited On:||23 Sep 2014 22:42|
|Last Modified:||24 Feb 2016 06:01|
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