Fjorn Bastos, an artist, researcher and community event organiser. As a researcher, she is interested in how neoliberal forms of governance in the contemporary formation of the colony use racialised and sexualised discourses to shape the political and instituting power. Fjorn is working on a program of research and public events that take a decolonial approach.
- Wednesday the 1st of Jul - 2020
Fjorn Bastos is an artist, researcher and community event organiser. As an artist she works primarily under the name Papaphilia. Solo, she produces hardware-based experimental dance music, and in collaboration with Mossy 333 produces narrativised dance-performances that tackle understandings around subjectification and self-determination as settlers in a colony. As a researcher she is interested in how neoliberal forms of governance in the contemporary formation of the colony use racialised and sexualised discourses to shape the political and instituting power. She also writes on sound-poetics and the challenge they pose, as specific social institutions, to Anglophone notions of sound and music as property. She has coordinated and overseen community-based projects that cross disciplinary fields, including the facilitation of visual and sound workshops, advocacy campaigning for lower socio-economic and marginalised communities and community building. She is also a director of creative sector consultancy Future Tense, and co producer of Writing and Concepts lecture series.
Her visual, sound and research practices archaeological and oriented by the analogy- she sifts through sounds, samples, tones and rhythmic possibilities; re-works fragments, investigates the origins and heritages of materials and how they interact with other sounds and ideas. Her practices thus involve considerations around the communal responsibilities of bringing form into being, their representational possibilities - and whether ideas should be visible/ audible at all. She pays attention to the collective political contexts, values and interpretations of signs, paying respect to their potential as an artefact of epistemologies and ontologies – as opposed to being driven by agenda, style, or genre.
Creative Sector Consultant - Future Tense
Sound and Visual - Papaphilia
We respectfully acknowledge the five language groups of the Kulin Nation as sovereign custodians of the lands on which we work and live. We extend our respects to ancestors and elders past, present and emerging, and to all First Nations people. In the context of the work we do, we express gratitude for our shared connection through place, to the oldest continuing cultures on earth.