For Aboriginal people of Australia, the place where saltwater and freshwater meet, is a site of intermingling, mixing and sharing of knowledge. The Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land call this place where the river meets the sea: Ganmu and it is usually used as a metaphor for 'two way learning.' This unit of study explores how contact with other cultures through the reciprocal sharing of images, stories, histories, experiences, ideas, skills and culture can activate collaborative practices to create meaningful connections both locally and globally. The investigation of issues such as representation and presentation, protocols and practices, combined with a critical understanding of the cultural complexities of Indigenous culture, will foster greater understanding and enable students to facilitate the development of a collaborative and sustainable practice.
1 x 1-hour seminar/week and 1x 2-hour studio class/week
in class participation, preparation of reading material, active contribution to group discussions, (10%) and oral (10 min powerpoint presentation) with written submission of 1,000 words (20%) and production and exhibition of fully resolved body of work (painting/s) (70%)