Indigenous digital art as politics in Australia

Bessant, J and Watts, R 2017, 'Indigenous digital art as politics in Australia', Culture, Theory and Critique, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 306-319.


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Title Indigenous digital art as politics in Australia
Author(s) Bessant, J
Watts, R
Year 2017
Journal name Culture, Theory and Critique
Volume number 58
Issue number 3
Start page 306
End page 319
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This essay contributes to discussions about Indigenous politics and debates about contemporary democracy. It uses a case study of video art produced by young indigenous people and a community development organisation in the Pilbara, Australia. Those involved in the project use digital media under the auspices of the Big hART Yijala Yala Project to produce an interactive comic series. The essay addresses the following questions: Do contemporary community development projects play a conservatising role serving the interests of a neoliberal polity? Given the long-standing practice of representing modern media as a vehicle for western domination what, if anything, do these projects imply about the political relations between Aboriginal and non-indigenous Australians? Are Indigenous media and cultural work inherently political? What conceptions of the political are at stake in such arguments? We focus on how certain groups of young people use new media, and how their activities are political. The argument is that Indigenous media like these are 'inherently political' because they are about efforts to reclaim the images of indigenous peoples for themselves.
Subject Sociology not elsewhere classified
Media Studies
Keyword(s) New media
politics
indigenous art
youth studies
sociology
DOI - identifier 10.1080/14735784.2016.1203810
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ISSN 1473-5784
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