Remote Avant-Garde: Aboriginal Art under Occupation
Jennifer Loureide Biddle is Director of Visual Anthropology & Visual Culture and Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Experimental Arts at the University of New South Wales. She is the author of
Yarrenyty Arltere Artists
This chapter is about the burgeoning of animation as a remote avant-garde aesthetic. It offers a close and sustained analysis of the stop-motion, still-life animation of Yarrenyty Arltere’s film Antanette and Tom (2010), in relation to the multiplatform still-life aesthetic platform of Yarrenyty Arltere Artists. There is a marked emergence of animation as an experimental art form across remote Aboriginal communities. Animation uniquely enables the capacity to present (not represent) Aboriginal life world(s): making proximate and making ready unique social conditions for cultural emergence, revelation, and encounter. It responds to the pressing issue of how distinct Indigenous cultural ways of doing and being can be kept potent and relevant, alive and enlivened—in a word, animated—through process-based art practice today.
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