In 1774 Captain James Cook charted an island located between what is now called New Caledonia and the Queensland coast, using it as a navigational point to direct the course of his voyage to the place now known as Australia. Sandy Island was drawn and redrawn in maps and reproduced in digital charts until 2014 when it was officially Undiscovered.
This fictional object is both the site and the diagram used to express a series of ideas and themes the stem from the BLEED reference experience, as artist Joel Spring tells a story of a fictional island, exploring how colonialism, surveillance networks and bodies arrive on the beach.
Tracing the ways processes of maintenance and restoration ensure the literal uploading and copying of colonial infrastructures to the internet, Spring explores narratives of resistance and protest, alongside others of mass surveillance and extractive practices to demonstrate that the ability to narrate and power to block other narratives is very important. Forcing those to overhear and listen in. Colonialism places strict limitations of resource acquisition for communities – if we understand ‘hearing’ to be a resource – this too is operational in colonisation.
The BLEED ECHO Reference Group projects are original artworks responding to and ricocheting from the five artist projects and curatorial conversations of BLEED.
- Presented by Arts Houseand Campbelltown Arts Centre as part of BLEED 2020
- Lead artist: Joel Spring
- BLEED is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, City of Campbelltown through Campbelltown Arts Centre and City of Melbourne through Arts House.
ScheduleFrom July 20
Pre-recorded sound and video.
Joel Spring is a Wiradjuri man raised between Redfern and Alice Springs. A Sydney-based architecture graduate, he is an interdisciplinary artist working between solo works and Future Method studio. Working across research, activism, architecture, and broadcasting, he currently focuses on the contested narratives of Sydney’s and Australia’s urban culture and Indigenous history in the face of ongoing colonisation. Joel has experience creating, producing, recording radio/podcasts and other sonic work.