Card Against History
Composing Archipelago Edition

Installation View
Collaboration with Raisa Kamila

Composing Archipelagos, Contemporary Art Tasmania

Jasmin Stephens

Cards Against History is an invitation to read texts from the journal of Dutch navigator Abel Tasman (1603-1659) and the poetry of Hamzah Fansuri, Sufi writer who live between sixteenth to seventeenth century.

In this game, we want both texts to be read in an unusual manner. To participate, one should pick a black card and fill the gaps with answers from the white cards. The black and white cards should be displayed side-by-side on the wall.

The text on the white cards is taken from translations of Hamzah Fansuri’s Syair Perahu (The Song of a Boat) by Johan Doorenboos, De Geschriften Van Hamzah Pansoeri (1933), and Burton Raffel, The Development of Modern Indonesian Poetry (1967).

The text on the black cards is from the translation of Abel Janszoon Tasman’s Journal (1642-1644), edited by J E Heeres (1898).

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