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Telescope 2018

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posted on 2018-08-09, 00:00 authored by Dirk De Bruyn
Telescope is a feature length time lapse of reflections, changes in sunlight of my Melbourne suburban backyard, assembled over 20 years. Telescope starts in Super 8 and ends with digital video, shot mostly while the family were themselves at work, somewhere else. It is an emptied landscape. When people think of Australia they imagine open space and bush. But really most Australians inhabit or were born in suburban spaces, often with backyards with fences, big enough for fruit trees, lawns and clotheslines. I consider this a place of absence that speaks to many things that our culture avoids.The backyard as emblem of a White Australia that hit its highpoint in the 1950s, for example. Australia is a migrant culture settled by waves of newcomers escaping, running away from somewhere else, leaving to forget. Another story concerns the continued invisibility of the indigenous people. When the British first planted the Union Jack on Australian soil and said "there is nothing here" they set up a tradition of denial as our founding principle. This still plagues us. What is festering in Australian backyards are these denials and erasures that I try to bring out in the soundtrack, that plays like the radio that meanders through a lazy Sunday afternoon. Such sounds try to tell stories of absence, of occupation, and of a nostalgia for an Australia that no longer exists, but still palpably reverberates around the suburban backyard. This is a re-submission of an earlier submission to emphasise the international impact of the film which was shown at Suburbinale as an installation.

History

Publisher

Suburbinale

Place of publication

Groß-Enzersdorf, Austria

Creation date

2014-01-01

Language

eng

Notes

This non-tradition research output makes visible the hidden histories that reside in our suburban backyards in Auatralia, narratives of migration and occupation.

Publication classification

J1 Major original creative work

Extent

77 minute; mp4

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