‘Fewer and fewer people have sung the song cycles all the way through, experiencing the country opening up in their consciousness as they sing the songs. Whilst there are fewer people to teach, there are more people to be taught than can possibly be managed…
My understanding is that research is at the core of the Monash Country Lines Archive. I think this is exactly the right approach.’
Deborah Bird Rose
Professor of Social Inclusion
Macquarie University, 2010
The Monash Country Lines Archive (MCLA) is a collaborative Monash University project between the Monash Indigenous Studies entre (MISC), Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Information Technology with a team of Monash researchers, digital animators and post-graduate students from the Monash Indigenous Centre, Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Information Technology. The Monash Country Line Archive demands intellectual engagement in regards to issues associated with how best to construct a living archive that is a decolonised space in which communities are happy to see their material stored. It also provides an exciting place for scholars to work and share knowledge.
To assist Indigenous Australian communities in the animation of stories that combine their history, knowledge, poetry, songs, performance and language to provide material for Elders and younger generations to sit together and share knowledge.
The Monash Country Lines Archive uses world-class 3D animation to assist in the sharing and preservation of knowledge and stories.
Ownership & Access
Every animation is made in partnership with the Indigenous community who own the narrative and knowledge that is to be animated. This partnership will be across all levels of production including initial meetings, negotiating permissions to animate, story boards, languages to be used, sound recording and the vision that the community have for their animated representation of Country. The copyright of each animated story, song or performance remains with the Indigenous owners. Whilst the Monash Country Lines Archive Program will retain an archival copy of the animations, we will need to negotiate permissions to use the animations.
The MCLA Team
The Monash Country Lines Archive is supported by a cross-disciplinary group of researchers and post graduate students from the Monash Indigenous Student Centre, Faculty of Arts and the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics (COSI), Faculty of Information Technology (IT):
- Professor Lynette Russell, Director Monash Indigenous Studies Centre
- Associate Professor John Bradley, Deputy Director Monash Indigenous Studies Centre and Program Director of the Monash Country Lines Archive
- Dr. Shannon Faulkhead, Finkel Fellow, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre
- Dr. Tom Chandler, Lecturer, Faculty of IT and MCLA 3D Animation Team Leader
- Brent McKee, Lead Animator, Faculty of IT
- Chandara Ung, Character Creation and Character Animation Support / Masters by Research Candidate, Faculty of IT