Arts Festival 2001
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia
Born: 1969, Saltburn, N.Yorkshire, England
Resides: Sydney, Australia
Born: 1940, Washington, Arkansas, USA
Resides: Marseille, France
contain objects that are visible yet not intended to be looked at.
These include steam heat radiators, electric heat radiators, electric
light switches, electrical outlets, electrical wires, water pipes,
gas pipes, lighting fixtures, wooden trim, paint, surveillance cameras,
burglar alarms, etcetera.
a graphite pencil or ballpoint pen, make a list on paper or wood
of all the not-to-be-looked-at objects in a museum room.
a camera instead of a pencil
• Jimmie Durham grew sick of associations with feathers and beads
• Document all the objects aside from Indigenous artefacts = Strategies
of avoidance, as we were taught.
• Level an argument that even a coffee cup is as anthropologically significant
as a boomerang.
• Dynamics of high and low culture in art (hierachy)
• Exhibit all materials used in the production of a show
• Indicate a bit of Jimmy Durham in my show
• Exhibit the clichés which give us the ideas of another race and
• Make people look at the very structure and craft employed in the workings
of a museum or gallery
• Draw parallels with the Australian Aboriginal situation and that of the
Native American Indian.
• Each situation is infinitely more complex than we think
• Collect all forms and representations of how we encounter and learn about
Native American culture and “Indians” in my culture
Jimmie in mind
1. A slide
show, Images from the Berndt museum of anthropology,
2. A hand written wall of all the materials used in Jimmie Durham’s
career so far, an American confederate soldier firing shots into the text
of a Cherokee Indian,
3. A shelf containing all materials used to create the show, as well as some
toys and cards of everyday introductions to indigenous cultures.