In her multimedia installation, other[wize], Jenny Fraser recounts and reflects on her family history, and she describes it as ‘celebrating the lives of Mununjali family members that were moved from their traditional homelands in South East Queensland, to work on properties in the Gulf of Carpentaria’. Memory is pivotal and, as Salman Rushdie writes in Imaginary Homelands, ‘the struggle of man against power ... is the struggle of memory against forgetting’. Excerpt from Other[wize] essay, Linda Carroli
Artist Statement
other[wize] is a new media arts project that celebrates the lives of Yugambeh family members that were moved from their traditional homelands in SE "Queensland", to work on properties in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The project highlights an era of 1800's colonial australia and explores the prickly issues of Native Policing, dispossession, displacement, massacres and survival [… ]other[wize] is an interactive work where stories are imparted through the use of family photographs, video, audio, and text - including Yugambeh language and relevant historical documents. The 'objects' are representative of important people or events and they transport the viewer to a story about someone from the past […] Events evolve in a non-linear way, grasping at the unknown, not sure of what will be found or how it relates to other information, until perhaps another time, leaving the viewer without a Narrator. This concept reflects how many Aboriginal people experience family histories. The viewer has the opportunity to experience a similar 'fragmentation' of history and they might think about their own relationship to place and times.


Fraser, Jenny




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Multimedia installation


CD ROM / interactive installation / Linker social software


Fraser, Jenny, “Other[wize],” ADELTA, accessed May 30, 2024, http://sstars.ws/items/show/257.