Future Archetypes Workshops by Arika Waulu

Future Archetypes allows us to dream up our future through our present selves. Creating a future resistance of archetypes.

Future Archetypes’ is an ongoing, multi-modal project that imagines First Nations futures through the development and subversion of comic book and superhero archetypes. This work will develop and evolve throughout the exhibition as a documentation of a workshop process.

Multi-media character development and investigation of personal history and culturally connected research, has been a key part of this project, and resulted in my own archetype – a protagonist named Wooluk (development sketch, pictured below) – a totemic being who turns into a Super Warrior Protest Baby. 

In this iteration of the project for Exhibiting Culture Online, I am also leading two emerging First Nations artists through a development process to create their own archetypes.  

In this process, artists are exploring how archetypes are the image of themselves, a descendant dreamed up by them – the ancestor, a being with superpowers and their own unique abilities: totem powers, element powers, celestial powers.

This iteration of the process also forms part of my burgeoning interest in focussing my practice on non-hierarchical, community driven development processes – as a site of true and long-lasting closeness.

These developmental stages of the project are not for consumption. It will take time, conversation, collaboration, physical and emotional space, and will reaffirm connection outside of scrutinised online platforms. 

Long term, Future Archetypes aims to exhibit documentation of development in later stages. 

About Arika Waulu

I am a koolyn language holder of the Djap Wurrung, Peek Wurrung, Dhauwurd Wurrung of so called western districts, victoria. I have been a community activator for the past 15 years, organising with the Black GST for 8 years and 7 years with Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance. I utilise a decolonial lens to creatively produce events and curate exhibitions that are grassroots focused, such as Landback Fest Atherton Gardens Fitzroy 2021, ‘We Are Our Grandmothers – Bloodties’ presented at Schoolhouse Studios 2019, ‘Because of her we can’ presented at Melbourne Museum 2018, ‘The Blak Matriarchy’ presented at Koorie Heritage Trust Federation Square 2017, and ‘Unnaturalized’ presented at Signal, as part of YIRRAMBOI 2017. I am currently working on my Landback initiative Wuurn Of Kanak and studying filmmaking and photography at LCI Art and Design Academy

The artists who are undertaking this development process:

Dixon Patten
Dixon Patten is a proud Yorta Yorta, Gunnai and Gunditjmara man who was born and raised in Melbourne. Dixon is the Creative Director and Lead Artist / Graphic Designer of Bayila Creative. He has over 10 years experience in the arts and design space as an artist, curator and graphic designer; who draws his influence from his connection to his culture and family.He is passionate about storytelling in all its forms and loves the information, wisdom, knowledge and energy exchange that unites us and bridges the gap between people(s).
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Coree Thorpe
Coree Thorpe is a Gunnai, Yorta Yorta, Gunditjmara and Wurundjeri emerging artist. Growing up surrounded by art and activism, Coree has always had a passion for creativity, for standing strong in who you are and for ensuring that community and family are at the heart of everything. Coree has been an integral member of the Koorie Youth Will Shake Spears Melbourne-based dance group for over 20 years, but it was in the last 4 years that he has picked up a paintbrush. Over the last few years Coree has also delivered commission pieces to various community members, organisations and mainstream. Coree uses different mediums that tie into Aboriginal culture. He uses metal and different textures to bring life to his art whilst capturing his connection to country and ongoing responsibility to look after the land.
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