Communicating Knowledge about the World: Reflective, Collaborating Artists


Art and film-making practices are shared across linguistic and socially diverse social contexts, reflecting a variety of ways of knowing about the world, or epistemological views. There are points of connection and dissonance when one works with a cultural group that shares little of the language and cultural practice that an individual identifies as their own culture. This paper explores the experiences of four artists working from the Northern Territory of Australia. It highlights individual responses to adjust and adapt to artistic contexts outside their own perceptual norms as they work with Indigenous groups. From these reflections come strategies to build effective collaborative art projects that develop a deeper, sustainable form of trans-cultural communication, where one way of doing and being does not seek to overwhelm or dominate the other. Visual expressions are shown as one way to break through difficult histories and current problems, extending empathetic discussion about what it means to know about art and the places it is created in. This notion will be illustrated by art-works created in this context. The underpinning idea is that a shift in epistemology works two ways when art practice is open to respect and change.

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Birut Zemits, Charles Darwin University, Australia
Stephen Anderson, Tiwi Design, Australia
Aly de Groot, Charles Darwin University, Australia
Jennifer Taylor, Independent Artist, Australia

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Conference: ACERP2016
Stream: Philosophy - Philosophy and the Arts

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