australienation

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Jenny Fraser

What I can hope for is that new audiences will contemplate notions of some binary oppositions: Alien/Native, Security/Insecurity, Isolation/Belonging, Sympathy/Antipathy.

So I also offer this quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton We only know the last sad squires ride slowly towards the sea, And a new people takes the land: and still it is not we.

Jenny Fraser is a digital native working within a fluid screen-based practice. Because of the diverse creative media Fraser uses, much of her work defies categorization, taking iconic and everyday symbols of Australian life and places them into a context that questions the values they represent. With a laconic sense of humour she picks away at the fabric of our society, exposing contradictions, absurdities, and denial. Her practice has also been partly defined through a strong commitment to Artist / Curating as an act of sovereignty and emancipation, founding cyberTribe online gallery in 1999. A Murri, she was born in Mareeba, Far North Queensland in 1971 and her old people originally hailed from Yugambeh Country in the Gold Coast Hinterland on the South East Queensland / Northern New South Wales border. She has completed a Master of Indigenous Wellbeing at Southern Cross University in Lismore, New South Wales and is currently finalising a PhD in the Art of Aboriginal healing and Decolonisation at Batchelor Institute in the Northern Territory. In 2015 Jenny was appointed as an Adjunct Research Fellow at The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, in Queensland, Australia.

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Ranjini Rusch

12 January at 08:49PM

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Simple Truth

Billy Shannon

12 January at 08:58PM

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Apart from the binary notions there is the sense that this occurs all the time and we happen to witness one of very many events. The almost ‘holiday video’ quality of it reenforces the fact that we are alien tourists, especially since it is a video at sea, outside our terrestrial habitat.

I love both the composition of the video and the humour of it and feel that it has a place in space because it let’s the aliens know that we are onto their tricks..

Ranjini Rusch

12 January at 09:35PM

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Launch it!

jenny fraser

14 January at 01:31PM

Launch

I should also mention that this video is shot on the Great Barrier Reef, which is currently under threat by the actions (and inactions) of the Queensland and Australian Governments. In 30 years time, when the Forever Now record is accessed, we will have seen the death of the Great Barrier Reef, and, as scientists predict, our society will bear witness to the death of sea life in general, all over the world.

Norie Neumark

15 January at 11:01AM

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Wonderfully strange to imagine that there will be an unknown in 30 years where the Great Barrier Reef, and the sea life in general, as Jenny says, can be somehow remembered. (Let's hope the marvelous gifts in this project mean that the 'first contact' there will be better than one in Australienation ) I'm really moved by the title, Australienation, as it disturbs any simple 'sublime' or direct 'horror' in this powerful work that opens so many emotions and questions and thoughts. Thank you Jenny.

Donna Cole

16 January at 09:09PM

Launch

I found myself drawn into the subtle play of clouds and ocean with the moodiness bringing out feelings in relation to this great titled work. Being filmed at The great Barrier Reef is very apt. Great work Jenny.

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