15 Minute film documenting Andre Stitt’s three day performance installation at Artspace, Sydney. DVD produced and sent to various galleries and collections worldwide.
The name dingo comes from the language of the Eora Aboriginal people, who were the original inhabitants of the Sydney area. The performance akshun proposes a quotation of the German artist Joseph Beuys’ performance known as Coyote which he created in New York in 1974.
Within indigenous cultures the coyote was deified and attributed the archetype of trickster. A subversive and symbolic character capable of transformative power and healing. The Dingo like the Coyote has also become synonymous with fear; represented in dominant cultural iconography as antisocial menace. And, like the coyote, the dingo has also become the victim of legalised revenge and persecution.
Persecution by social control systems represents a transference of fear and guilt resulting in trauma and disassociation. Physical and psychological genocide is the mandated destruction of a group with the explicit outcome of eradicating it’s symbolic power and it’s capacity for perpetuating it’s own identity.
To para-quote Beuys: “You could say that a reckoning has to be made with the Dingo, and only then can this trauma be resolved.”