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2015 Image - Music - Text Conference




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Image – Music – Text: An Interdisciplinary Symposium Exploring Media in Indigenous Histories

20 March 2015

Old Darlington School, Darlington campus, University of Sydney

Digital copying, and the widespread dissemination of computer-based media platforms, allows a wholly new relationship between media archives and Indigenous knowledge holders.

Sound recording, film and still photography have, since their inception, shaped encounters between Indigenous and non-Indigenous societies. The wide distribution of media also facilitates new and innovative uses of historical objects in contemporary live performance. ‘Image – Music – Text’ brings together an ensemble of researchers from a range of disciplines, all of whom are working interactively and experimentally with historic media in cross-cultural situations.

This one-day forum will examine the relationship between performers, the people who documented them and the afterlives of resulting records in order to better understand the historical and contemporary relevance of these interactions. The fluidity of our own media moment, including the large-scale digitisation of media archives, makes it timely – and indeed necessary – to rethink the significance of these encounters.

‘Image – Music – Text’ is jointly organised by the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC), the Research Centre for Music Diversity at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney and the School of History, Australian National University.

Convenors: Linda Barwick, Amanda Harris and Martin Thomas



Welcome to Country



Martin Thomas: The Flight of Discovery: Following the Contrail of the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition



Jane Lydon: The pulse of imperial networks: photography, digitisation, return






Amanda Harris: Pan-Indigenous encounter in the 1950s: “Ethnic Dancer” Beth Dean



PANEL: Mediating the Present: Contemporary Perspectives on the Archive
Paul Arthur, Melinda Hinkson, Harold Short, Julia Torpey






Ian McLean: Trouble in the Archive



Reuben Brown and Linda Barwick: Curating the musical record






PANEL: Repatriation in the digital age: a panel on use and reuse of images, music and text
Clint Bracknell, Genevieve Campbell, Sally Treloyn





5-6 Launch & drinks

Book Launch:
Expeditions into Empire: Exploratory Journeys and the Making of the Modern World (ed. Martin Thomas) to be launched by Kirsten McKenzie

Circulating Cultures: Exchanges of Australian Indigenous Music, Dance and Media (ed. Amanda Harris) to be launched by Linda Barwick


Dinner at local restaurant





Old Darlington School (ODS)
Forum Restaurant, Darlington Centre (FR)

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