As forest cultures endure the loss of the customary lands, their elders suffer the realisation that theirs is the last generation to remember everything...
The ill-fated Italian philosopher, Giordano Bruno, stated that “nothing can ever be known”. Despite all we have at our disposal, regardless of millennia of thought, reflection and wisdom… in spite of the knowledge, expertise and technologies we have at our disposal, we continue to consume, inundate and pollute the finite resources supporting life on Earth.
NOTHINGKNOWN is a quasi anthropological study of loss of culture, tradition and native title within indigenous Diaspora, in particular the Bidayuh and Kenyah of Sarawak, Malaysia. Through networks, documentation, observation and contemplation Garton considers Bruno’s assertion in what may well be the last decade of decadence.
The work is a result of several field trips to Sarawak made by the artist. Garton has worked in the region since 1992 when he assisted in the establishment of pre-internet computer networks for human rights workers and native title activists.
The soundtrack is based on a generative composition created for Tat Fat Size Temple, a Sound Drifting project for KunstRadio, Ars Electronica, September 1999. It is comprised of field recordings made at the Gawai Dayak, Rumah Sauh and Rumah Jeli Iban longhouses, Sarawak.
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