Trails of Feelings
“Trails of Feelings.” Interactive digital application produced for the Koorie Heritage Trust in association with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Hosted on the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions website.
Trails of Feeling is a public engagement initiative between the Koorie Heritage Trust and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. It draws inspiration from the remnant sites of the decommissioned Another View Walking Trail (1995) that lie, often overlooked, in Melbourne streetscapes. The Another View Walking Trail sought to challenge the colonial histories connected to Melbourne CBD’s built environment through the placement of site responsive artworks. Its approach was informed by the political climate of the Australian history wars, a historical public debate over the interpretation of Australian history, in particular the extent to which British invasion impacted Aboriginal people and culture. Trails of Feeling builds upon the original historical approach of the Another View Walking Trail by reanimating the three remnant sites to emphasise local Aboriginal histories, stories and beliefs that have been obscured, but never diminished, by the changing environment. Through the sites’ multi-temporal histories we explore meaning and memory and seek to deepen our emotional understanding of both past and present.