What Counts as Knowledge: Living Cultures

This paper discusses senior Palawa artist Lola Greeno’s work as a significant contribution to the recognition of First Nations’ practices as living cultures in Tasmania.

Greeno’s recommendation to ‘know yourself, the community you come from, and your community’s challenges’ connects to Bruno Latour’s observations of the personal, the collective and knowledge. The paper reports on conversations between Greeno and Katherine Moline over a three year period as part of ‘The Data Imaginary: Fears and Fantasies’, an exhibition dedicated to exploring what counts as knowledge for Griffith University Art Museum in 2021. The paper argues for Greeno’s recommendation to prepare for pushback against any change to the racialised and discriminatory status quo, however nuanced. It concludes that each generation must renew the social pacts they deem relevant to reciprocityand to critically reflect on the way that serious play mobilises interventions in aesthetics to support an expanded and inclusive definition of data.

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