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A new series of public talks on design, futures, and social justice hosted by USYD Design Lab and UTS Indigenous Design Synergies.

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Design Activism #1_

Futuring Decolonisation in Design: Indigenous theories of transformation

Welcome to Country by Gadigal Yuin Elder Aunty Rhonda Grovenor Dixon

Visiting Raukawa scholar Dr Naomi Simmonds, Senior Lecturer/Researcher, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi @NaomiSimmonds

Nadeena Dixon, Wiradjuri, Gadigal and Yuin designer @NadeenaDixonArt

Dr Jason De Santolo, Garrwa and Barunggam filmmaker and scholar, Director of Indigenous Excellence, UTS School of Design @JJDeSantolo

This series celebrates design activism with a focus on Indigenous leadership in ongoing acts of resistance against structural inequality and environmental devastation. The talks are organised and designed through an ongoing collaboration between USYD Design Lab and Indigenous Design Synergies, UTS.

All are welcome. Please get in touch if you have any specific accessibility needs.

@ActivismDesign @SYD_DesignLab @IndigneousDS

The talks are happening just before the opening of the end of year exhibition for Design and Architecture students. The exhibition is open to the public from 6.30pm.

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About Dr Naomi Simmonds:

Taku Ara Rā: Walking in our ancestors’ footsteps

In recent decades, hīkoi has become synonymous as a means of protest and resistance, an expression of Māori identities, histories and sovereignty. Dr Naomi Simmonds has been exploring how the practice of hīkoi can also be used to reconnect with ancestral pathways and lifeways that affirm and celebrate tribal narratives and identities.

With the help of a Marsden Fund Fast-Start grant, Dr Simmonds has reconnected with the journey of a prominent ancestress for many iwi, Māhinaarangi . Māhinaarangi is known to have journeyed some 500kms from the lands of her people in Kahungunu (near Te Aute in the East) to those of her husband, Tūrongo, at Rangiātea (near Te Awamutu) whilst heavily pregnant.

Māhinaarangi’s hīkoi was an impressive feat and it provides both a physical and conceptual map as significant as those of more celebrated European cartographers. Yet her legacy is largely hidden today, as these lands have been renamed, surveyed and privatised. Māhinaarangi was a cartographer in her own right - mapping her stories, histories, language and knowledge onto the land upon which her footsteps fell. Dr Simmonds has used indigenous research methods to retrace the hīkoi across ridges and ranges, lakes and rivers, and pūrākau storytelling to map Māhingaarangi’s trail.

About Nadeena Dixon:

Nadeena Dixon is a Wiradjuri, Yuin & Gadigal (Dharug-Boorongberigal clan) Indigenous Multi disciplinary Artist. Her practice encompasses Print Making, Multi Platform Production including photography, animation, video, editing, sound, and web design and integration.

She is recognised as a Master Weaver in Indigenous Cultural Traditions, her cultural practices include dance, song, language, songwriting, contemporary theatre storytelling ,and contemporary ceremony. She is an experienced guitarist ,singer and performance artist. https://nadeenadixonart.com/

NAVA Artist Profile: Nadeena Dixon

About Dr Jason De Santolo:

Dr Jason De Santolo (Garrwa and Barunggam) is a researcher, creative producer & father committed to forging a sustainable world for future generations through transformative research strategies, storytelling & practices of renewal. His unique research practice integrates video, creative practice & design strategies. Jason co-edited Decolonizing Research: Indigenous storywork as methodology with Jo-Ann Archibald and Jenny Lee-Morgan was published in 2019 through Zed Books. His latest documentary Warburdar Bununu/Water Shield explores water contamination in Borroloola, NT and was released by Browncabs in 2019.

Warburdar Bununu film (2019)

SRB article 'Sun Showers and White Ochre' (2019)

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