At PICA we recognise that we are situated within the unceded lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We pay our respects and offer our gratitude to Elders past and present, and to those emerging leaders in the community. We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the importance of their care and continued connection to culture, community and Country.

Always was, always will be.

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Come join artist Joshua Ophel in his studio at PICA. We will screen some of his video works, discuss some of the ideas and aims of his art practice, and continue the conversation with a Q&A.

Joshua Ophel engages video, interview and collaboration to examine dialogue as a site of performance of identity and power relations. Through these forms, he deploys reflexive listening and interpreting to navigate the spaces between Auslan and English.
The work develops an asymmetry in audio and text, constructing barriers of delays and misunderstanding to share the experience of unreliable auto-captions. By complicating the translation, the work invites the viewer to consider the significance of accessibility and the consequences of exclusion. To challenge the brief consideration of Deafness offered by news media and address the domestic landscape of cultural exchange, Interpreting the News amplifies the Deaf voice and imagines a form of dialogue with television in the home.