terra nullius project (2016)

terra nullius project proposition n. 2, yuill/crowley (NSW), 27 Aug – 24 Sept 2016 – Colonial Empire – the three orders – pencil annotations / 'act-no-charity' / blanket & spray paint – Terra Nullius briefing – 52 pages, 52 steel trays / Housing Models – transpect (NZ) et al.  terra nullius project proposition n. 2, explores aspects of archaeologies of cultural interaction and the expanding interest in Australian archaeologies of contact that have  moved on from pan-colonialist paradigms to the implementation of social archaeologies, with the discipline of archaeology increasingly seen as a colonial construct in appropriating the past of the colonised (McNiven and Russell 2005). Social archaeology has turned to the integration of present-day community, oral history, Indigenous landscape and archaeological sites with Indigenous community ownership of their country and their past.

There are two main ways of procuring something. Have someone give it to you or get it yourself.The same is true for the procurement of housing for Aboriginal populations in rural and remote Australia. True also is the adage that "nothing comes for free' - it is the encumhrances of the housing that is "given" that cause the current paradigm of Aboriginal housing "provision" to fail. Housing solutions that have been "given" tend to involve the imposition of Western-style paradigms of house and community, loss of control and debt.The housing generated by the inhabitants themselves brings choice, flexibility, independence and a sense of pride. Most housing models to date have been deemed by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal commentators to be outright failures. Most have also fallen into the "given" category. The different impacts of these paradigms are fundamenta! to understanding the abject failure of government housing policies and the housing they provide.  Excerpt; Smith S, self-built, ArchitectureAU.