Joan Ross: Did you ask the river?

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Joan Ross received the second $80,000 Mordant Family VR Commission for her proposed work Did you ask the river?, an immersive exploration of Ross’ vibrant landscapes of colonial Australia.

Working across video, animation, print, sculpture and installation, Joan Ross’ bold and experimental practice investigates the legacy of colonialism in Australia. Did you ask the river? transposes  Ross' Australia to VR, reimagining her intricate 2D animations as immersive worlds in the form of a first-person video game.

Did you ask the river? places participants in the shoes of an 18th Century colonial woman. Thrust into a jarring rendition of colonial Australia, participants are then allowed free reign to explore and occupy Ross’ dynamic and unsettling contested landscapes.

Did you ask the river? will be completed early in 2019.