Responding to the provocation of the 2019 Design Canberra theme Utopia, Budawang/Yuin designer and writer Dr Danièle Hromek’s installation uses the form of woven net to break the grids of Canberra’s Civic Square through a filter of culture.
Architectural grids cut across the fluid lines of Country and nebulous boundaries of Aboriginal nations. Her installation, weaves together ideas of the grid and urbanity using ancient techniques and designs passed onto her from her family to form a net – a type of micro grid of detailed spaces. Djinjama refers to making, producing or building something in Dhurga. The work questions the architectural quest for ‘Utopia’ – asserting what may be utopic for one could be dystopic to another.
Budawang and Yuin artist and designer and writer Danièle Hromek uses her practice as a speculative tool to interrogate architectural history and Indigenous spatial experience of this land. Her design practice incorporates architecture, urban design, performance design and fine arts. She recently completed her PhD Architecture at the University of Technology in Sydney investigating how to design, write about and create spaces to affect Indigenous rights and culture. Danièlehas international experience as a designer having lived and worked in London, Paris, Barcelona, Vancouver and Sydney. Danièle runs Babana Djurumin Design company with her siblings, Siân and Michael.