The Longford Project Lab, Articulate Project Space, Sydney, exhibition, 8-23 Feb 2014. Curated by Nicholas Tsoutas and Brianna Munting.
The Longford Project Lab follows on from a residency during January 2014 in Longford, Tasmania, during which time connections to the community were formed. The residency will be ground work for the lab at Articulate. The Longford Project group is investigating the intersection of family and cultural histories through residencies developing skills through collaboration, community immersion and critical dialogues between the Longford community, Indigenous peoples, artists, writers & curators.The residencies interrogate the ideological, personal and geographical relationships between people, landscape, history and home and the tensions surrounding the group’s personal connection to Longford, Tasmania. The residencies will be an interrogation of genealogical, colonial and post colonial histories of settlement and displacement, and community stories.
The residencies provide the opportunity for new collaborative practices to emerge expanding on the group’s previous work, Alchemy (2012). This residency will explore Longford as a point of departure for mapping our colonial and post colonial connections. It will engage with community to discover relations and interconnections of the local and global diaspora and Indigenous peoples. It will document the stories of those who came into Longford, or were always there, and then radiated out. By engaging with the participants’ family histories and the Longford residents’ memories and their family histories, the research will identify the relationship of these family stories to the larger political and cultural histories of Tasmania and Australia, developing a philosophy of history and an the ethics of responsibility for the present made possible by the past. This opportunity emphasises the importance of meaningful exchange through immersion, negotiation and partnerships in and with cultures and across disciplines.