December 4; Que Kenny (Western Arrarnta woman, community support worker and activist) and Rachel O'Reilly (artist, critic, curator, PhD researcher at Goldsmiths’ Centre for Research Architecture & theory seminar leader at DAI) look forward to seeing some of you for the London/UK screening and discussion for  INFRACTIONS, feature documentary in dialogue with frontline Indigenous cultural workers' struggles against threats to more than 50% of Australia's Northern Territory from shale gas fracking.

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In the last decade, amid an unceasing mining boom, neo-paternalistic policies have aimed to reverse investments in remote Aboriginal homelands and land rights. With the lifting of a shale gas fracking moratorium in the Northern Territory in 2018, British, US and homegrown settler mining companies exploit the weakness of Indigenous rights paradigms – explained in the film by Professor Irene Watson – to licence the expansion of a toxic industry across vast, ancient underground water systems.

Challenging capitalist colonial models of land and water on the driest continent on earth, INFRACTIONS seeks to establish productive connections between disconnected archives of land, memory, activism and research.
Featuring contributions by: Dimakarri ‘Ray’ Dixon (Mudburra); Jack Green (Garawa, Gudanji); Gadrian Hoosan (Garrwa, Yanyuwa); Juliri Ingra (Gooreng Gooreng); Jackie Johnson (Gooreng Gooreng); Que Kenny (Western Arrarnta); Robert O’Keefe (Wambaya); Neola Savage (Gooreng Gooreng); the Sandridge Band, and Professor Irene Watson (Tanganekald, Meintangk Bunganditj), author of Aboriginal Peoples, Colonialism and International Law.

INFRACTIONS came out of an artist film commission granted to Rachel O'Reilly (AU/DE) by the KW Production Series, organised in collaboration with the Julia Stoschek Collection and OUTSET Germany_Switzerland, and was produced with additional support from The Australia Council for the Arts. KW Production Series is curated and produced by Mason Leaver-Yap.
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Que Kenny is a Western Arrarnta woman, community support worker and activist from Ntaria (Hermannsburg), 130km west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, also studying law at Deakin University, Melbourne. She has been involved in grassroots campaigns against the Northern Territory Emergency Response (‘The Intervention’) since 2007, and against Northern Territory gas fracking with the Protect Country Alliance.

Sarah Keenan
co-directs the Centre for Research on Race and Law at Birkbeck Law School, University of London. Her research and teaching are at the intersection of legal and political theory, geography and post-colonial studies. Her monograph Subversive Property: Law and the Production of Spaces of Belonging was published in the Routledge Social Justice series in 2015. She has recently completed a Leverhulme Fellowship on her current project Making Land Liquid: The Temporality of Title Registration.

Olivier Marboeuf
is a writer, storyteller and curator. He founded the independent art centre Espace Khiasma (2004–18) in Les Lilas, Paris, and ongoingly works in translation, making stories from experiences, poetics as politics from the French banlieues to Caribbean contexts, through oral culture, questions of representation, the visible, the invisible, bodies as archives and places as bodies. He produces films within Spectre productions and contributes to the cinematic distribution and research unit, Phantom.

Anthony Faramelli
lectures in visual and cultural theory at Goldsmiths, University of London, a mental health recovery programme consultant at Single Homeless Project, and a member of the Network for Institutional Analysis. His research intersects psychosocial theory, recent French philosophy and postcolonial theory, and often is focussed on social movement and indigenous resistance. He is the author of Resistance, Revolution and Fascism: Zapatismo and Assemblage Politics and an editor, with David Hancock and Rob White, of Spaces of Crisis and Critique: Heterotopias Beyond Foucault.

Rachel O’Reilly is an artist/critic/curator and PhD researcher at Goldsmiths’ Centre for Research Architecture, and theory seminar leader at the Dutch Art Institute.  Her artistic work has been presented internationally, most recently at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; E-flux, New York; and UNSW Galleries, Sydney. She has produced curatorial projects at the Australian Cinematheque/Gallery of Modern Art and Asia Pacific Triennial and more recently in collaboration: Ex-Embassy, Berlin and ‘Planetary Records: Performing Justice Between Art and Law', Contour Biennale.

INFRACTIONS is part of The Gas Imaginary (2013-19).

Director/Research: Rachel O'Reilly 

Editor/Visual Research: Sebastian Bodirsky

Camera: Tibor Hegedis, Colleen Raven (Nharla Photography), Rachel O'Reilly

Sound: Rachel O’Reilly 

Sound mixing: Jochen Jezussek

Map visuals: Valle Medina, Benjamin Reynolds (Pa.LaC.E)

Subtitles: Katharina Habibi

THANKS: ‘Stories from the Frontline: Artists on Climate and Cultural Change’, Katherine Regional Arts Centre September 2018, organized by the Protect Country Alliance, Mason Leaver-Yap, Lauren Mellor, Alex Read, Irene Watson, Billee McGinley, Lisa Stefanof, Diana McArty, Sarah Keenan, Kirsty Howey, Richard and Lindsay Johnson, Lloyd Beck, Caro McDonald, Marion Caris, David Nixon, Alex Kelly, Carmen Anselado, Cheryl Watson, Richard Bell, Beth Sometimes, Phil and Rick, Mimi Catterns, Bong Ramilo, Tam Hanson, Sonja Hornung, Jo Holden, Karen Auty, Kathy McKenzie, Lindy Nolan, Carol Matthews, Joe Collins, Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn, Sumu Sivanesan, Nathan Gray, Agnieszka Polska, Jacklyn O'Reilly, Louise O'Reilly, Lawrence O'Reilly, Jonathon Oxlade, Hypatia Volourmis, Marina Vishmidt, Siddhartha Lokanandi, Danny Butt, Filipa Cesar, Katja George, Anika Joyce Sadiq, Margarida Mendes, Dele Adeyemo, Constanza Mendoza, Regina Sarreiter, Watch This Space (Mparntwe), the Phd Roundtable of the Centre for Research Architecture Goldsmiths, the Extracted Bodies | Corporeal Grounds group of women artists in Berlin. 


ICA EVENT INFRACTIONS: Film screening and Panel Discussion 

DECEMBER 4, 6.30pm - 8.30pm 

Address: The Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH, United Kingdom

Guests: Que Kenny (Western Arrarnta), Sarah Keenan, Olivier Marboeuf, Anthony Faramelli  

Co-hosts: Birkbeck Centre for Research on Race and Law


Facebook handle: @infractionsdoc