Blog by Perry Tracey-Mooney.
The Living Histories project is about capturing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders stories and presenting them to an audience as a part of Clancestry. You might remember the very large scale portraits of Indigenous Elders on display in the QPAC tunnel for several months last year. This was the outcome for the 2014 Living Histories project.
The first step in the process is doing a series of recorded interviews which I am helping with. A series like the Living Histories project is something that I’ve personally been very interested in. I’ve always liked to listen to other people talk about themselves. I think the reason it appeals to me as much as it does is due to the fact that it’s real. Not going to lie, I’m a bit of a selfish person (ask anyone who knows me, they’ll tell you the same thing), yet listening to other people’s recounts of significant moments in their lives is something that I seriously cherish because it’s not about me, it’s about them.
It’s the transferring of knowledge and history in a way that’s relevant and intriguing. I haven’t had much experience with filming or sitting in on intimate interviews, so it felt a little like I was thrown in the deep end, but as things started to progress it became a familiar process that I found enjoyable.
It’s a very casual setting for the interviewees, although most of them are slightly confused, it’s a situation that they quickly take to and often find themselves saying things that they usually wouldn’t say. So many of the stories that have been shared with the crew have been raw; they remind you that you really don’t know what someone else has been through until you sit down, listen to and understand them.
This is the first legitimate digital project that I’ve been a part of which is really exciting especially as it’s one with subject matter that I find fascinating. If I’m honest the whole experience so far has been incredibly eye opening, and quite refreshing, I don’t often get the chance to listen to someone talk about how they became the person they are today.
The content being produced will make for a beautiful and emotional exhibition brought to you by QPAC’s Clancestry in collaboration with the team here at kuril dhagun.