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Dr David Hansen awarded funding for Corroboree project workshop

Frank P. Mahony, “…they peeped through the trees and saw before them the weird scene and dance…” 1899

Dr David Hansen, Associate Professor at the ANU School of Art Centre for Art History and Art Theory, has been awarded $9,460 from the College of Arts and Social Sciences internal grants scheme for a two-day meeting of key colleagues in 2016 as part of the Corroboree project.

The Corroboree project will research, record and present a collection and program of images, artefacts and performances of corroboree from first Indigenous-settler contact to the present. It will explore both the visual and performative aspects of Corroboree including as a vehicle of tribal history, as a platform for survival and negotiation, as a liminal zone, as a subject of ethnographic investigation, as a tourist entertainment, and as a racial/national icon.

The aims of the project are to create a substantial, accessible and useful database or hub of images of corroborees as presented in both Indigenous and settler art, literature, photography, film and sound, as well as developing g a major exhibition and performance program to be shown at the National Gallery of Australia and touring to at least two key institutions internationally

The funding will support a two-day workshop at the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at ANU in early 2016. This meeting will bring together eminent Indigenous and settler academics and artists working in various disciplines and institutions. It will provide the opportunity to present the latest research on the subject, help guide further investigations and to discuss the project development.

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