Let’s Dance: In Between the Message and Medium

By July 30, 2015 Events

Presented by The Australian Centre for the Moving Image in partnership with the Koorie Heritage Trust on Saturday 5 September a range of voices come together to discuss Indigenous representation in non-Indigenous media and give historical context to David Bowie’s iconic music video for ‘Let’s Dance’.

The forum is a companion piece to contemporary Indigenous artist Christian Thompson’s Dead Tongue, an exhibition responding to the ‘Let’s Dance’ video and other themes in David Bowie’s work on display at the Koorie Heritage Trust gallery from 1 August to 13 September, and coinciding with ACMI’s David Bowie is exhibition showing until 1 November.

David Bowie and director David Mallet shot the video for ‘Let’s Dance’ on location in Carinda, New South Wales in 1983. It featured young Indigenous performers and was described by Bowie as a “simple and direct statement” against racism.

Panelists in the fields of Indigenous art and culture, film, music and popular culture will explore the rapidly changing landscape of Australian Indigenous representation and identity in new media art and moving image. They will consider challenges faced by Australian Indigenous artists, including preconceptions about contemporary Indigenous expression.

This event will commence Saturday 5 September at 1pm at the Koorie Heritage Trust Gallery with a special viewing of Christian Thompson’s work, Dead Tongue, followed by an artist talk and will then move across Federation Square to ACMI’s Studio 1 for the Forum at 2pm. Let’s Dance: In Between the Message and Medium is a free event.

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