Michael Green and Jon Tjhia (Manus Recording Project Collective) introduce and share recordings from the Eavesdropping audio archive of life in limbo on Manus Island. The archive is built from 10-minute recordings sent daily from 6 men detained by the Australian government on Manus Island: Farhad Bandesh, Behrouz Boochani, Samad Abdul, Shamindan Kanapathi, Kazem Kazemi and Abdul Aziz Muhamat.
Michael Green is a writer, radio-maker, and producer. He is the host of the podcast, The Messenger. He has won many national and international awards, including the 2017 Walkley Award for Radio/Audio feature. He has travelled to Manus Island twice.
Jon Tjhia is a radio-maker, musician, and writer. As the Wheeler Centre’s senior digital editor, he led its collaboration with Behind the Wire to produce The Messenger. He’s a founder of Paper Radio and Australian Audio Guide.
Green and Tjhia are in Wellington as part of Te Whare Hēra Eavesdropping Residency, a partnership with Massey University's Te Whare Hēra, supported by Liquid Architecture through Creative Victoria's International Engagement program.
Presented as part of October's Tuatara Open Late.