Endless Study, Infinite Debt: Infrastructural Inequalities


Infrastructural Inequalities Exhibition, Ideas Platform, Artspace, Woolloomooloo, 26 September – 7 October 2018.

Infrastructural Inequalities Public Program, Artspace, Woolloomooloo, 6–7 October 2018.

Infrastructural Inequalities was an exhibition and two-day public program that brought together researchers and practitioners from a diverse range of disciplinary backgrounds for collaborative dialogue and exchange around infrastructure – its forms, distributions, and potentials. A joint project between Snack Syndicate and the Housing for Health Incubator, the event was organised around two key themes that intersect and overlap: ‘Living Infrastructures’ which explored pre-invasion infrastructures, architecture and design, bureaucracy, and waste; and ‘Data Infrastructures’ which examined prediction, data collection and curation, logistics, data mining, and surveillance. The event asked: In what ways do infrastructures produce unequal distributions of access to the resources necessary for living? What conceptual, material, and political challenges impede more just distributions? And, how can we respond to and intervene in states of infrastructural inequality?

Infrastructural Inequalities exhibition featured work by the Karrabing Film Collective, Dean Cross and Jack Green that explored the expropriation of land and the networks of bureaucracy that constitute settler-colonial Australia and post-invasion infrastructures.


Dean Cross, DAMN, 2018, pure pigment print on Australian cotton with wool felt, Round-Up dyed cotton and fish hooks

Dean Cross, DRILLIN’ & PUMPIN’, 2018, pure pigment print on Australian cotton with raw canvas, Round-Up dyed cotton, fish hooks, cotton thread and found photograph

Dean Cross, Wonderful Australia in Pictures, 2018, perfect-bound book, stickers

Karrabing Film Collective, Wutharr, Saltwater Dreams, 2016, single channel video, 29 min.

Jack Green, It’s a Captain Cook Thing, 2017, acrylic on canvas

Jack Green, Yee-haw, Money trucks, 2017, acrylic on canvas

Snack Syndicate, Index, 2018, digital print on card, archive box

Infrastructural Inequalities public program featured contributions from: Fiona Allon, Keg De Souza, Karrabing Film Collective, Kirsty Howey, Monica Monin, Michael Mossman, Lorna Munro, Anna Munster, Joseph Pugliese, Michael Richardson, Joel Sherwood-Spring, Uncle Jimmy Smith, Kynan Tan, Paul Torzillo, Marian Tubbs, and Eve Vincent.



Infrastructural Inequalities Public Program

Saturday 6 October

Pre-Invasion Infrastructures Walking Tour, 10:00
Uncle Jimmy Smith

Welcome to Country, 13:00
Craig Madden

Introducing infrastructural inequalities, 13:15

The limits of design, 13:30-14:45
Paul Torzillo
Keg De Souza
Michael Mossman

Survival guide, 15:00-16:00
Joel Sherwood-Spring

Vulgar Latin – Screening, 16:30-16:45
Marian Tubbs

Unruly waste, 16:45-17:30
Fiona Allon

Sunday 7 October

Introducing data infrastructures, 11:00

Platform politics: operations, processes, practices, 11:15-12:00
Anna Munster

Wutharr, Saltwater Dreams – Screening, 12:15 – 12:45
Karrabing Film Collective

Representing governance under settler occupation, 12:45-13:45
Tess Lea
Kirsty Howey
Eve Vincent

The politics of prediction and the automation of inequality, 14:45-16:15
Monica Monin
Joseph Pugliese
Michael Richardson

Polymorphism (Data Centre Simulation) – Screening, 16:30-17:00
Kynan Tan





Image List (top to bottom):

  1. Infrastructural Inequalities Exhibition (install view)
  2. Infrastructural Inequalities Exhibition (install view)
  3. Infrastructural Inequalities Exhibition (install view)
  4. Jack Green, Yee-haw, Money trucks, 2017, acrylic on canvas
  5. Karrabing Film Collective, Saltwater Dreams, 2016, single-channel video
  6. Dean Cross, Wonderful Australia in Pictures, 2018, perfect-bound book
  7. Snack Syndicate, Index, 2018 digital print on card

Photography by Jacquie Manning