perspective for the Asia-Pacific Multimedia Conference, Melbourne October 1997
Koori Arts Collective
INFORMATION BREAKS EVERYTHING UP
KNOWLEDGE BRINGS IT ALL TOGETHER
In Crack the Binary Code you ask what multimedia means to an arts audience,
we ask you what you think multimedia represents to the indigenous psyche.
Speaking from an indigenous perspective where the oral tradition regulates the
distribution of information to a very personal level, the Koori Art Collective is wary of
the dimensions offered up by new information technology. Indigenous people have a direct
connection with the ancient words of our ancestors because all of our information has been
spoken along the line through the generations and across millennia. There are two elements
a play here, identity and time, each element is embraced by a deep and abiding respect.
Each persons identity gives that individual a moral right to very particular
information at every stage of their life. Certain information is only available to
individuals at a time in their lives when they are equipped to give the information the
respect it deserves. Information is only a particle of knowledge which is ultimately what
we all aspire to, but which we as individuals must earn with time. You will earn the right
to knowledge only by respecting all aspects of the information that you are given.
If you come across indigenous information on the WWW or through this new technology
or by any other means please take the time to identify the traditional keepers of the
information and then takes the steps to gain their permission to use that information. Be
mindful of the need to earn the right to use the information by your own moral obligation
to respect what you are given by this means
The Koori Arts Collective would like you, the participants of this multimedia
conference to respect and abide by the indigenous concept of identity and time in this new
dimension with no obvious physical boundaries or perceived moral codes.
Regards with deference, esteem or honour
Avoid degrading, insulting or interfering with or interrupting
Treat with consideration, space, refrains from offending or corrupting or tempting
Respect persons feelings innocence or neutrality.