Exhibition: 10 years of cyberTribe celebrated with international Indigenous screen works: online exhibition

10 years of cyberTribe celebrated with international Indigenous screen works

2010 saw cyberTribe celebrating 10 years of exhibiting cutting edge and politically important artworks from Indigenous Artists internationally, both in its online gallery and other gallery spaces across the world. Over the past decade cyberTribe has brought together Indigenous artists from places across Australia, the Pacific, the Americas and elsewhere to participate in exhibitions of international standing.

To mark the occasion and celebrate the work of the artists involved, cyberTribe presents ingenious, an online exhibition featuring standout artwork from the archive from 2000 - 2010. “The definition of ingenious means clever, original and inventive and this showcase focuses on the moving image, non-conventional media and also inter-disciplinary media from this decade with screen-based perspectives from far and wide” said cyberTribe founder and curator Jenny Fraser.

ingenious features Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Maori, Samoan, Fijian, Native American, Native Canadian and Native South American Artists based in Australia, Aotearoa, South America, USA and Canada.  The artists are: James Luna, Bert Bennally (USA), Terrance Houle, Skawennati Tricia Fragnito (Canada), Latuff, Sergio Novello Barco (South America), Rachel Rakena, Niwhai Tupaea (Aotearoa), Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Polytoxic (Samoa), Torika Bolatagici, Salote Tawale (Fiji) and Tracey Moffatt, Michael Riley, Destiny Deacon, r e a, Jason Davidson and Jenny Fraser (Australia).

Other important milestones for cyberTribe over the years include winning the ABC Radio NationalIndigenous Cultural Centre/Keeping Place Award in 2009, for creating a unique place for Indigenous artists to create and exhibit new media work as well as more traditional forms. Museums Australia Director, Bernice Murphy, commented in the ABC RN announcement: “The award to cyberTribe reminds us all that Indigenous creativity needs to be supported in the most up-to-date forms – even in ‘regional cyberspace’ – as well as out back where communities are keeping fires of tradition and continuity burning strong.”

the other APT from 2006 was also selected for inclusion in the 2008 Biennale of Sydney. As part of the Biennale, Revolutions – Forms That Turn, Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev selected digital artworks and texts to be featured in its Online Venue. The exhibition as a whole and the Online Venue particularly, focussed on the different ways artists have ‘revolutionised’ contemporary art. It explored the impulse to revolt, rotating, turning upside down, shifting points of view, revolving, mirroring and reversing as formal devices, as well as chart their broader aesthetic, psychological, psychoanalytical, radical and political perspectives. "Being acknowledged in the Biennale of Sydney has again brought great importance to the relevance of online galleries as an exhibition venue”, said artist/curator Jenny Fraser.

cyberTribe started up in 1999 upon invitation from QUT Academic Paul Brown who brought fineartforum online magazine to Queensland from the USA, which already had Trophies of Honour~ Native American showcase, and cyberTribe was born as the local Australian Indigenous alternative to that.

cyberTribe launched its first exhibition in 2000 while at the Alchemy International Masterclass, the very first gathering at the new Powerhouse venue in Brisbane and since then cyberTribe has lived on beyond the closure of fineartforum.org and has maintained a professional curatorial program.



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