Hyphen-Australian is an exploration into the experience of being a multi-racial, non-White Australian. The diversity in Australia's population mean that many of us live in between cultures, constantly negotiating the terms at which we interact with broader Australian society. It makes the statement that "Australian" is not synonymous with "White", although many of us are hyphenated, with varied histories and abstract ancestry. Making attempts at normalising this changing face are important, especially when we consider that popular culture is dominated by the Western-face, and many coloured characters are still included to check the diversity box, so to speak.
The datamosh/glitch visual language is a way of expressing this negotiated space, this ambiguity of identity, and our existence between mainstream culture and other peoples expectations. By utilising this visual language, we are renegotiating some of the terms at which the conversation itself arises. By subverting and challenging what is expected, we are better able to negotiate this new space on our own terms, one where all things are neither here nor there.
This video was created in response to the brief delivered by SBS on Genero.tv on diversity in Australia.