Critical Mass

'Code Switch', curated by Moorina Bonini & Tyson Campbell

Code Switch is an exhibition curated by Moorina Bonini (Yorta Yorta/Woiwurrung), and Tyson Campbell (Māori) that rewrites ancestral knowledges into the futures of First Nations communities that were never dormant.

James Tylor, Aotearoa my Hawaiki #11 (2015). Courtesy and copyright the artist.

James Tylor, Aotearoa my Hawaiki #11 (2015). Courtesy and copyright the artist.

Blak Dot
Thursday 12 - Sunday 29 September
Midday - 5pm
Free, no bookings required

Opening night
Thursday 12 September, 6-8pm
Special guest performance by Bella Waru. Smooth sounds by DJ Don’t Underestimate My Pussy.

Critical Conversation Program

Saturday 14 September, 1-3pm
CODE SWITCH Artist Talk at Blak Dot Gallery - Gabi Briggs, Quishile Charan and Bronté Perry, Ashley Perry. Facilitated by Moorina Bonini and Tyson Campbell

Saturday 21st of September 3pm - 4 pm
CODE SWITCH Critical Conversation with Writers at Blak Dot Gallery. With Brian Martin, Hannah Presley and Sara Daly. A conversation unpacking the writing contributed to the exhibition. Facilitated by Moorina Bonini and Tyson Campbell.

Friday 27th of September 5.30 – 7.30pm CODE SWITCH Oysters over the fire and conversation with Megan Cope and Brian Martin at Blak Dot Gallery.

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Wheelchair accessible


CODE SWITCH, Moorina Bonini & Tyson Campbell

This exhibition situates itself at the intersection of Indigenous knowledge, exchange and embodiment.

Curated by Moorina Bonini (Yorta Yorta/Woiwurrung), and Tyson Campbell (Ngati Maniapoto/Te Rarewa) who selected artists under the theme Code Switch:

Alternative knowledge systems are currently gaining cultural capital, and we are witnessing the art academy actively courting Indigenous knowledge systems into its fold as a form of “decolonising”. We might ask: is it decolonising or recolonising? 

To decolonise is a continued project of the Anglo-Celtic value system. Therefore it is imperative to ask: who benefits from the labour of such research?

We are interested in how alternative knowledge systems can be employed beneficially in artistic research, while considering the implications and ethics in the turn towards Indigenous knowledge systems within the art academy.

Artists: Ashley Perry, Megan Cope, James Tylor, Bronte Perry, Gabi Briggs, Quishille Charan and Tamsen Hopkinson.

Writing and research papers: Hannah Presley, Brian Martin, Sara Daly, Tyson Campbell and Moorina Bonini.

Opening ceremony performances: Bella Waru and Carly Sheppard.