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Design Activism Studio: What’s pain like?

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Together with Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation, Indigenous Land and Sea Cooperation and Museum of Freedom and Tolerance, ‘irRelevance’ architecture studio at Curtin University questions traditional trajectories of indigenous spatial practice analysis.

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Curtin University 3rd year architecture students, along with the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation, Indigenous Land and Sea Cooperation and Museum of Freedom and Tolerance presents space art installations on 7 September at the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation.

Saturday 7 September 2019
10 am - 12 pm
Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation, 295 Manning Road, Waterford

What does architecture of relevance look like for country and people? How do we find new architectural identities based on indigenous spatial practices? How do we understand the memories, dreams and life histories of this land with empathy? What does pain feel like?

Join us to explore a journey that speaks of unresolved and unspoken issues of an underserved community and its innate love of land, and the work of 220 built environment students’ to find a unique spatial identity for Australian shelter via the Culture Annex for Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation’s Kyana Indigenous art collection.

The project involves the redevelopment of a heritage-listed building originally used as an orphanage for Aboriginal youth. Contested as a place of abuse and suicide yet emerging as a place of healing, the precinct and the buildings are living testimony of compromised landscape for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

The installations are work-in-progress insights to investigate meanings of land and people, interchangeably used in Noongar terminology for both earth and pregnant female. We invite you to interact with our young artists, listen to their stories, carry an iota of pain and take away take away a new understanding of what design activism can achieve.