Exercises i0ㄥ.a+ʇeNsio_01, 2019

17 minUTES, 16 secONDS, stereo sound

​December 12 2019 The Old Bar, NAARM, AUS

This work contains the voices of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples who have passed away.

This project is an exploration in grief, texture, privilege, edges, media, thresholds, melancholy, power, the economy of repetition, land, chaos and time.
It is an exercise in love, an exercise in tension.

This project features excerpts of the recorded voice of Fanny Cochrane Smith (1834-1905). Originally recorded on wax cylinders, these are some of the earliest recordings of Tasmanian Aboriginal songs and language, and some of the earliest recordings made in Australia. The project also features excerpts from John Laws’ interview with Paul Keating, which was broadcast on Radio 2UE, Sydney, 17 June 1993. 

The recordings of Fanny Cochrane Smith were made by Horace Watson at the Royal Society of Tasmania on 5 August 1899, and are part of a collection of recordings made between 1899 and 1903. This recording of Fanny Cochrane Smith has been retrieved from the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) in compliance with the Terms and Conditions described on the NFSA website and the Copyright Laws of Australia. 

National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA)