The Colony - Dare to stop us

Opening 1.30pm Sunday August 4th 2019 South Coast Regional Arts Centre in Goolwa

Suspended in a surreal, timeless now, a Colony cargo unit has been dispatched to claim this space.

Welcome to The Colony Showroom: Winner takes all. Just follow the arrows of progress offering comfort, convenience and MORE. Enjoy the kaleidoscope of culture, absurd technology, jingles, top colonizing tips and toys. Be dazzled by our catchy supremacist rules, songs of denial, and promise of subliminal invasion. Marvel as the relentless machinery of The Colony hijacks our stories and values.

Resistance seems futile against the bureaucratic might and seduction of supremacy. Can we escape? What would it take to disrupt the colonizers? Where do they hide?

 Over time a Ngarrindjeri live-art painting of resistance will creep over the grey cargo, mapping out a different future. From a makeshift tent a Ngarrindjeri man demands Treaty: “Are you still listening? We need to come to terms with our shared history.”

Dare to stop us. The rules are rigged. How do we play a different game? How do we want to share our limited time on this planet?

The Colony 2019

The Colony 2019

The Colony is an experimental, collaborative installation, including projections, sculptures, drawings, paintings, philosophical memes, satirical poetry and tactical art.

When: SALA 2019 - Aug 1 – Sep 1 2019

Artist floor talk at 1.30pm Sunday August 4th

Opening at 2pm with Welcome to Country by Clyde Rigney Jnr

Join us for drinks afterwards

Where: South Coast Regional Arts Centre

Old Police Station, Goolwa Terrace, Goolwa SA 5214

A Change Media initiative

CURATED BY:

Jen Lyons-Reid

Carl Kuddell

‘Excuse Purifer’, Jen Lyons-Reid, Carl Kuddell, Felix Weber, kinetic multi-channel installation, 2019

‘Excuse Purifer’, Jen Lyons-Reid, Carl Kuddell, Felix Weber, kinetic multi-channel installation, 2019


ARTISTS:

Clyde Rigney Jnr

Cedric Varcoe

Damien Shen

Emilija Kasumovic

Jelena Vujnovic

Catherine Olsson

Nadia Vernari

Ngarrindjeri Media Team

Johanis Lyons-Reid

Felix Weber

Jen Lyons-Reid

Carl Kuddell

Works by Emilijia Kasumovic (left) and Jelena Voijnuvic (middle background), The Colony, 2019

Works by Emilijia Kasumovic (left) and Jelena Voijnuvic (middle background), The Colony, 2019

Background:

The Colony is a ‘What Privilege?’ work in progress, a cross-cultural exploration of power and privilege in arts and culture.

‘What Privilege?’ is a national Change Media initiative with a range of diverse community partners, to explore how we can creatively notice, disrupt and reframe colonizing mindsets and behaviours that maintain privilege and reinforce oppression.

‘Settlement’, Jen Lyons-Reid, Carl Kuddell, Ferlix Weber, barbwire on metal, 2019

‘Settlement’, Jen Lyons-Reid, Carl Kuddell, Ferlix Weber, barbwire on metal, 2019


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the

Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the South Australian Government through Arts SA.

Adelaide Festival of Ideas 2018

What Privilege Panel: Notice, disrupt + reframe supremacy thinking

Speakers: Carl Kuddell, Clyde Rigney Jnr, Veronica Pardo

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Find the audio recording of our AFOI panel talk here:

https://adelaidefestivalofideas.com.au/sessions/panel-notice-disrupt-and-reframe-supremacy-thinking/

We had a full house  attend both panel and workshop sessions on Sat July 14th 2018 at Nexus Arts as part of AFOI 2018.

We are all players in a complex, global game of power and privilege. We all know the game. The rules are rigged. In the urgency to collectively imagine a better future together, what ideas, tools and visions will we bring? How can we change if we use the same thinking that got us stuck in the first place?
This panel explores how we can share our values, listen to others and equitably create a world we all want to live in.


What Privilege? challenges us to notice, disrupt and reframe our values, highlighting how power and privilege are unavoidable forces impacting our negotiations. Every day we all encounter and perpetuate colonising mindsets and culturally sanctioned oppressive values. It takes practice, humility and courage to recognise how we gain benefits at the expense of others and how we can creatively change our power dynamics, to break the silence and build intersectional solidarity. Join us for three 10min presentations, hear from Change Media and two of their national partners why and how they are using What Privilege?, and find out how to use these tools in your life, workplace and practice.

Change Media’s founders Jen Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell discuss how supremacy thinking affects our ability to take creative risks, sharing some of their ‘glorious failures’ and provocative mischief, outcomes from Jen’s Australia Council Fellowship and decades of troublemaking across media and the arts.  

Ngarrindjeri man and former CEO of the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority, Clyde Rigney Jnr used What Privilege to consider ‘who is coming to visit’ during his recent Treaty negotiations with government. How can we engage respectfully with Ngarrindjeri culture and values? How do we come to terms?

Arts Access Victoria’s executive director, Veronica Pardo uses What Privilege to lead critical conversations across arts and health sectors to actively subvert exclusionary employment and engagement in the arts and explore privilege, to acknowledge we don't all have equal access to creative agency.

 

What Privilege Game Workshop
Facilitated by Jen Lyons-Reid, Carl Kuddell and Marshall Cowan

https://adelaidefestivalofideas.com.au/sessions/what-privilege-game-workshop/

 

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What Privilege? games use question-thinking and play, based on 50 cheeky power character cards and hilarious supremacy scenarios, to check our privileged mindsets. This is a transformative process – beyond guilt and blame, to collectively develop negotiation skills to notice, disrupt and reframe our shared terms of engagement.

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What Privilege? games highlight how we all play competitive games on a daily basis, perpetuating colonising mindsets and structural violence. This workshop uses game-play to create a fun space to safely take risks together, supercharge our learned and deeply ingrained behaviours and notice how we benefit from complex, privileged assumptions. Around 70 people across 6 tables joined us for an hour of hilarious game-play to check our privileges.

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Change Media’s founders Jen Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell offered a glimpse into the new What Privilege card games, based on a decade of research and development across critical literacy, harm and solidarity, in collaboration with a range of national partner organisations.

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Carl Kuddell introduced 15min of What Privilege Tarot to lead critical conversations across sectors. Players are invited to consider their work practice and lifestyles through the lens of colonising character cards. Who comes to visit - in your past, presence and future?

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Change Media were joined by Fire Hazard Games Australia’s Marshall Cowan to run a new 30min group dynamic game ‘My Team is Better Than Yours’, using a new set of 50 Mission cards. UnHealthy competition anyone?

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This initiative has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the South Australian Government through Arts SA.

Photos: Carl Kuddell and Cathy Olsson