Rear Left

Unmigration

Posted in Media & Movements by rearleft on June 2, 2009

Home. Away.

Engaging with Australia because I can’t re-engage with something I never really put any effort into knowing before, just as there can be no re-conciliation in this land where there never was a treaty.

These pages will now enter a new phase. One eye zoomed out on the intergalactic, one in tight searching Oz for signs of life.

Blip one:

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Pemulwuy Dream Team is a video game for the Wii console, crafted by Zanny Begg and Keg De Souza (You Are Here) and Andy Nicholson. The work builds on the crew’s residency at the Redfern Community Center. The game, accompanied by embroidered boxing capes representing some of its fighters is currently installed as part of There Goes the Neighbourhood (also currated by Keg and Zanny), an exhibition and series of events that address gentrification, both in Sydney and elsewhere.

Players box as either representatives of indigenous resistance from the present (eg local youth, 18th century freedom fighters) or personifications of the enemies of native people (eg a speed dealer, gentrification). The title refers to Pemulwuy, an indigenous man who lived in the area that was to become Sydney in the latter half of the 18th century. After many successful campaigns against the colonists, Pemulwuy was shot by a settler in 1802. They mailed his head back to England in a jar.

And it don’t stop ’til we get the po-po off The Block

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  1. mextremist said, on June 2, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    whoa… so the revolution wiil not be televised, but gamed?

    • rearleft said, on June 2, 2009 at 5:10 PM

      “All but war is simulation” – PEO STRI

      • mextremist said, on June 5, 2009 at 10:54 AM

        that peo stri is some fucking scary shit man. d’ya hear that the drones raining death from above in swat and the af-pak border are being controlled with hacked x-box controllers? i keep thinking how the morality of killing from afar, via this weirdly simulated, game-like experience affects these soldiers. would you get ptsd if all your war memories feel like a rawer, less fun version of call of duty?


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