NDA Special Events

‘listen in’ at Melbourne Law School, UNSW Law School and Ian Potter Museum of Art

On October 17th, the Manus Recording Project Collective would like to invite you to ‘listen in’ with us either at the Ian Potter or at Melbourne Law School or UNSW Law School, all of which are open to the public and free to attend. Since 24 July 2018, six men – Farhad Ban­desh, Behrouz Boochani, Samad Abdul, Shamin­dan Kana­p­athi, Kazem Kazemi and Abdul Aziz Muhamat – have been send­ing daily audio record­ings from Manus Island, where they are indefinitely detained, to Melbourne. The ten minute long record­ings are then played through­out the day in the gallery at the Ian Potter Museum of Art and in the foyer at Melbourne Law School. The recordings are part of an artwork entitled how are you today by the Manus Recording Project Collective and commissioned for Eavesdropping. The work aims to open a chan­nel for a form of speech at a moment when words can sometimes seem to have been exhausted. It is at once extremely intimate – a rare opportunity to listen to these men lis­ten­ing, only very recently, some four thou­sand kilo­me­tres away – and is highly polit­i­cal.
Locations: Melbourne Law School foyer, UNSW Law + Ian Potter Gallery of Art, Swanston St, Parkville
For full details about this event at the Ian Potter Gallery of Art see here.

Further associated events:

  • On 19 October 2018, you are invited to attend a dedicated listening session at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, from 6pm, at which we invite lis­ten­ers to spend one hour with the record­ings from this emerg­ing archive – one record­ing from each man. Mel­bourne col­lab­o­ra­tors Michael Green, André Dao and Jon Tjhia will intro­duce and dis­cuss. For more information and to RSVP, head here.
  • On 23 October 2018, Dr Mehera San Roque and Professor Tim McNamara will be discussing the controversial use of language and accent analysis in asylum claims to determine the national or ethnic origins of the asylum seeker. The event will take place from 6pm at Melbourne Law School. Full details will be available here soon.


Launching Human Rights Defender: Refugee Voices 17 October 2018

The Australian Human Rights Institute and the UNSW Forced Migration Research Network invite you to the launch of the latest edition of the Human Rights Defender on Refugee Voices: The Power of Storytelling.

This magazine by guest editors Dr Susanne Schmeidl and Isobel Blomfield focuses on the importance of allowing refugees to tell their own story through different avenues (narratives, photography, and poetry) and features stories of displacement and resilience from Somalia, Myanmar and Syria.To close the National Day of Action for Refugees, join us at Penny Lane Bar and Café, UNSW Sydney, for light refreshments, drinks and discussion.
Location: Penny Lane Bar and Cafe
Time: 5pm – 6.30pm AEDT
For more details about the launch and to RSVP, see here.