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29 OCTOBER 2012

Virtual Warrane: An Aboriginal contribution to the vision

"Aboriginal multimedia expert Brett Leavy is exhibiting realistic simulations of Sydney Cove and Circular Quay before the arrival of colonial settlers in the late 18th century.

Using Unity (beta) game engine software, he and a team of modellers, photographers and sound artists have set up at Sydney's colonial-era Customs House a wall of media screens and a video gaming room to educate visitors about the early vegetation, wildlife, fishing and culture of the original residents of what is now the Sydney business district. (Ghostly wireframes of some of the current CBD towers, and the Sydney Opera House, can be navigated as an overlay to the underlying environmental simulation.)"

(Davina Jackson, 8 August 2012, Virtual ANZ)

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Simon Perkins
18 MARCH 2012

Australian Aboriginal On-line Television: short-form original content

"Australian Aboriginal On–line Television aims to be one of the world's best video sites. We specialize in short–form original content – from new, emerging talents. We're committed to delivering an exceptional entertainment experience and we do so by engaging and empowering our audience every step of the way.

Everyone can Watch Videos on Australian Aboriginal On–line Television. By uploading your video people will be able to see first–hand accounts of current events, find videos about their hobbies and interests, and discover the quirky and unusual. As more people capture special moments on video, Australian Aboriginal On–line Television is empowering them to become the broadcasters of tomorrow.

Australian Aboriginal On–line Television is not only a video sharing website but also has social network features, you can make friends, and send them videos and private messages. Australian Aboriginal On–line Television also has built in rating system and comment system so that people can discuss on their interested videos, not only comment but also, people can rate Comments."

(Australian Aboriginal On–line Television)

Fig.1 "Australia's Natural Heritage", Oski Pictures Australia (http://www.oskipictures.com/).

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Simon Perkins
16 MARCH 2012

Babakiueria: the colonialisation of European Australians by Indigenous Australians

"Presenter Duranga Manika (Michelle Torres) describes her fascination with white people and their customs and explains how she spent six months living with a 'typical white family' (Tony Barry, Cecily Polson, Kelan Angel, Margeurita Haynes). She also asks members of the general public for their opinions on white people and speaks to the Minister for White Affairs (Bob Maza).

[Geoffrey] Atherden's script takes stereotypes of Australian culture and, with tongue–in–cheek humour, views them as though for the first time, as mysterious, alien and strange. Here, the barbecue is singled out. Elsewhere Manika describes the football match as ritualised violence and betting at the TAB as a religion, while a police commissioner calls the Anzac Day March a ritual where white people 'honour their warrior ancestors' but wonders why it can't be done at home.

Presenter Duranga Manika's ethnographic study of white people simplifies, patronises and mystifies her subjects. Every mundane detail of this one family's everyday life is invested with serious cultural significance. Bob Maza's Minister for White Affairs compresses a history of government treatment of Indigenous Australians into one self–satisfied, authoritative figure. It is interesting that while these characters treat 'white' culture with such fascination, they treat 'black' culture as such a given that the audience does not find out much about it."

(Kate Matthews, Australian Screen)

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Simon Perkins
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