How can place travel?
Through networks of migration, trade, and exchange engendered in both deep time and every day, place and travel are integral to contemporary Indigenous experiences. Perhaps we can understand migration, trade and exchange as forms of commuting, and understand ourselves as commuting cultures. With commuting cultures come commuting knowledges which travel, exchange and take form over time and across distance.
This notion of commuting is the framework of how the Visiting Curators* – a curatorium of five curators, artists and writers from across the Great Ocean – are collaborating. Over three exhibition projects we have been interrogating the interconnection of both place and travel through a series of commissioned works by artists also located around the Great Ocean. In considering the conditions that engender our mobility as arts workers as well as the desire to build meaningful exchange across the waters, the curatorium has sought to foreground complex, wide-ranging experiences of Indigeneity that are inclusive of both ancestral knowledges and global connections.
Travelling Places: A Non-Symposium is a day of storytelling, skill sharing and dialogue centred on notions of place. As a non-symposium, the event rejects the authorial, academic voice in favour of asserting multivocality and openness as imperative to building understanding and collective futures.
*The Visting Curators are Sarah Biscarra Dilley (yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash, Chicana), Freja Carmichael (Quandamooka), Léuli Eshrāghi (Sāmoa, Irān, Guangdong), Tarah Hogue (Métis, Dutch Canadian) and Lana Lopesi (Sāmoa).
Layover is the second iteration of an ongoing curatorial project which was initiated in 2017 at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane culminating in the exhibition The Commute, with the third iteration, Transits and Returns to open at the Vancouver Art Gallery in September 2019. Layover then marks the midpoint of this journey.
Travelling Places: A Non-Symposium is supported by Auckland Arts Festival and Vancouver Art Gallery.