UQ academic’s experimental video enhances International Symposium on Electronic Art

15 October 2020

Indigenous artist and University of Queensland academic Dr r e a Saunders has contributed stunning experimental video for a virtual exhibition, as part of an International Symposium on Electronic Art; ISEA2020 ART MONTREAL, 13-18 October – ONLINE.

Presenting under the professional name of r e a, her PAUSE.II video explores the “embodied experience of returning to one’s country (Gamilaraay), and the haunting sensorial effects that linger from its colonial past”.

“The ISEA2020 project is the outcome of a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, titled ‘Sensory Entanglements: New Cross Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Directions in the Creation and Evaluation of Multi-Sensorial Experience’,” r e a says.

“Collaborators included Concordia University and the University of New South Wales.”

As part of the ISEA 2020 Program, Sensory Entanglements: Decolonizing the Senses, presents three amazing artworks by; David Garneau, Suzanne Kite & r e a, as well as a Round Table in the Academic Program, in discussion with collaborating colleagues; Chris Salter, Jennifer Biddle, David Howes & Florencia Marchetti, as part of a live Q&A session (on Thursday 15 October). 

More details: https://sensoryentanglements.org .

Abstract - Refuting outmoded paradigms that lock culture into ‘once was’ models of tradition in which Indigenous life worlds and cosmologies are invariably rendered distant and past, Sensory Entanglements brings culture and heritage into sharp relief within the realm of contemporary media arts experiences. This round table will share insights about the collaborative processes of research-creation that led to the production of three portable sensory environments developed as uniquely embodied means for cultural knowledge transfer.



r e a is an artist/curator/ activist/academic/cultural educator/creative thinker from the Gamilaraay / Wailwan / Biripi (NSW) people of Indigenous Australia. r e a’s ongoing practise-led research takes its development from new and critical discourses exploring intersectionality and positionality, through the cultural convergence of Aboriginality; within the creative arts and technology, history and colonialism, the body and identity, gender and queer politics.

r e a is an artist whose experimental digital arts practice spans three decades of reinterpreting western theories of Aboriginality, reframing identity politics and repositioning new stories that challenge these ideas through a contemporary lens of art and history.

r e a has a doctorate in Visual Anthropology, University of New South Wales, Art & Design titled: “‘Vaguely Familiar’: haunted identities, contested histories, Indigenous futures”; which includes a creative body of work that explores the actions of learning to listen to country and draws on a legacy of lived experiences, the impact of intergenerational trauma, grief and loss. In reclamation there is an acknowledgement of de-colonisation / disruption / protest / Indigenisation.

r e a is based within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at UQ.