Objects of Culture and Science

Objects of Culture and Science

Dr Mandy Quadrio & Dr Christine Hansen              Tasmania / Loetriwitter & Sweden

Objects of Culture and Science

At the centre of this project is a 120 year old Tasmanian Aboriginal shell necklace unearthed in a Museum of Ethnography in Europe. My aim is to centre this necklace in an investigation that opens new narratives at the confluence of Indigenous knowledges, environmental science and contemporary art. Since the shells entered the collection, the sea Country around Loetriwitter / Trouwunna / Tasmania has warmed, slowed and acidified, threatening the fragile life-worlds from which the shells emerged, concerns largely irrelevant to European ethnography. As a collaboration between myself, Trawlwoolway artist Dr Mandy Quadrio, curator Dr Christine Hansen, National Museums of World Culture, Sweden and Gothenburg University, the project aims to bring environmental concerns to ethnographic collections by way of cross-cultural research.

With thanks to the: Australia Council for the Arts