Andrew Zukoski is an exchange student studying at the Australian National University for a year, on loan from Rice University in Houston, Texas.
He works mostly with video and sound, and is very interested in interactive technologies and the possibilities for video beyond the frame.
His work is often influenced by his nearly-complete studies as an engineer, drawing inspiration from the worlds of science and technology.
The Australian Journeys exhibition showcases objects that travelled to or from Australia. In making these crossings, the objects have brought with them an aura of their previous locations; they are representative of their home cultures, or transmit some reminder of love separated by oceans.
This definition of Australia in terms of its component relationships with the rest of the world blurs the boundaries of the continent, confuses and interlinks the lives of the people on both sides of the border. My piece examines this through video projections and readings of Walt Whitman.
Title: Listener up there ...
Date: May 2009
View Andrew Zukoski's Listener up there ... (MPEG4 31mb) duration 4:36
Some 160,000 convicts were sent to the Australian colonies from 1788 to 1868. One of those convicts was Thomas Lock. He was convicted of highway robbery and sentenced to 10 years' transportation to New South Wales. Before Lock left England, as he waited in prison for his sentence to be carried out, he used a penny to make a token of remembrance to leave behind. The inscription reads:
WHEN / THIS YOU / SEE / REMEMBER /
ME WHEN / I AM FAR / FROM the[e] /
THOMAS / LOCK / AGED 22 / TRANSPed /
Lock gave this memento to a loved one when he sailed for Australia. He arrived in Sydney in September 1845. It is not known if he ever returned to England.
Collector and consultant Peter Lane detailed his research on convict tokens in a presentation at the National Museum on 13 June 2009. The talk also covered the Alexander Mussen ambrotype and the Muriel McPhee trousseau.