A video poem about Australia, written and voiced by Amanda Stewart, internationally recognised via the multi-lingual poetry project, Lyrikline, from Germany.
The poem and video meet in a rapid array of cultural icons and national self-conceptions common in Australia, especially 'White Australia'. A lovingly critical eye is cast on these familiar points of national identification, along with an affirmation of the deeper national truths to be found in the ancient indigenous culture that resides at the heart of this land.
Amanda's voice performance combines the cadences of spoken-word with more experimental modes of sound-poetry, giving the video a stylised and expressive tone.
Video concept, editing, soundscape: Marie Craven pixie-guts.blogspot.com
Poem & voice: Amanda Stewart lyrikline.org/en/poems/kitsch-postcards-1409
Voice recording: Lyrikline/Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, 2002 lyrikline.org
Images: Flickr Creative Commons (artists below)
Sounds: Frankenflute, Technai
For valuable support, thanks: Nigel Wells
Creative Commons photographs: acb, AJ, Alan, Anders Vindegg, Aristocrats Hat, ARM Climate Research, Aussie Mobs, Bernard Spragg, Bradjward, Brent M, Brian Yap, Charles Strebor, Chip 2904, Crow911, David Cook, Eduardo Il Magnifico, Francisco Martins, Horatio J Kookaburra, James, John Goodridge, Kevin Anderson, Klaus Stiefel, Kris McCracken, Leonard J Matthews, Luke Zeme, Matt Francey, Michael Dawes, Mr B Baskerville, NASA Johnson, NASA Marshall, Paul Hocksenar, Paul Williams, Pelle the Poet, Pete the Poet, PJR, rrriles, Sam Ilic, Shiny Things, Simon Lieschke, Tasmanian Archive, Tatters, Tim Johnson.
Notes on the making of the video:
Artist Film Workshop, Melbourne, Australia, 2018:
TriQuarterly Online, Issue 156, 2019: