KNOWLEDGE GROUND

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 09.12.19

“Dance is so ephemeral; we felt we owed it to acknowledge 30 years of dance and more than 200 alumni – dancers, designers, musicians, etc, and, above all, the cultural custodians who gave us the stories”. Steven Page – who's been with Bangarra as director and choreographer almost all of those creative years - was explaining the origins of the exhibition at Carriageworks and, more permanently, the website that brings together all this archival material. Long-term Bangarra designer, Jake Nash immodestly added that “Carriageworks is less an exhibition, more an immersive experience”, and certainly, you enter through a darkened, fire-lit tunnel to a huge darkened performance space – it's gleaming floor reflecting three massive stage elements that turn out to be much larger and more dramatic than their original appearances st the back of a distant stage in the Opera House. The magical smoking sacred ring from 'Bennelong', the giant swinging Women's Business stick nest from 'Skin' and the aggressively red numbers 1788, also from 'Bennelong'. There are also fabulous slow lotion photos of the minutiae of dance movement on a big screen. And the whole picture is set in place by that shining floor, which just cries out to be danced on. Beyond the drama of that room, you get down to the nitty-gritty in a room beyond which is dominated by the huge, 3D set wall capturing the essence of Country, while it also displays a selection of long-time costumier, Jennifer Irwin's outfits, “born on Country”. There's a sound room where the even more essential team-member, the late David Page's music is played. And here, bear in mind brother Stephen's remarkable assessment that while his dance was abstract, David's music “was at the heart of it all, for it gave us the story”. Often that music is based» Read More

 

Daniel Boyd Shines Again

Daniel Boyd Shines Again

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.12.19

Internationally renowned architect Sir David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates and award-winning Sydney-based contemporary Aboriginal artist Daniel Boyd have been chosen to design a new public square and artwork near Circular Quay in Sydney. Based in Accra, London and New York,...» Read More

 

Linear?

Linear?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.11.19

“Linear explores over 60,000 years of creative, scientific and technological development and ingenuity through the stories, content and work from leading Indigenous cultural practitioners from across Australia”. Well, I guess Sydney's Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences – better known...» Read More

 

The Auction Time of Year

The Auction Time of Year

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 28.11.19

“Toward the end of 1991, women’s Awelye ceremonies were being held in Utopia. December was overwhelmingly humid with hot northerly winds. The anticipation of rain and the ongoing ceremonial activity enlivened the spiritual atmosphere. A number of exceptional paintings (by...» Read More

 

AUSTRALIA'S CROWN JEWELS

AUSTRALIA'S CROWN JEWELS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.11.19

I've written much in recent months about the absence of progress in developing the hoped-for National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs. And, just a few days ago, I discovered and republished a story about the Quandamooka people's plans for...» Read More

 

Re-imagining a museum of our First Nations

Re-imagining a museum of our First Nations

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.11.19

This story is re-published from The Conversation under Creative Commons license. It was written by Kieran Wong, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Monash University. Kieran Wong also consults to COX Architecture, who are the Lead Architects for the Quandamooka Art, Museum...» Read More

 

Going Native in the Kitchen

Going Native in the Kitchen

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.11.19

John Newton is keen that we eat 'The Oldest Foods on Earth', ie Australian Indigenous foods, grown (sometimes cultivated), cooked and tasted here for up to 60,000 years. He's so keen that his 2016 book of that name on the...» Read More

 

Emu Runner

Emu Runner

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.11.19

So, pretty much wherever you look these days, there's an Aboriginal film or TV series. Last year's AACT Awards hailed Warwick Thornton's 'Sweet Country' in just about all major creative categories. And Best TV Drama Series was the Ivan Sen...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Exhibition

Linear?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.11.19

“Linear explores over 60,000 years of creative, scientific and technological development and ingenuity through the stories, content and work from leading Indigenous cultural practitioners from across Australia”. Well, I guess Sydney's Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences – better known...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

The Auction Time of Year

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 28.11.19

“Toward the end of 1991, women’s Awelye ceremonies were being held in Utopia. December was overwhelmingly humid with hot northerly winds. The anticipation of rain and the ongoing ceremonial activity enlivened the spiritual atmosphere. A number of exceptional paintings (by...» Read More

Events: Event

The Auction Time of Year

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 28.11.19

“Toward the end of 1991, women’s Awelye ceremonies were being held in Utopia. December was overwhelmingly humid with hot northerly winds. The anticipation of rain and the ongoing ceremonial activity enlivened the spiritual atmosphere. A number of exceptional paintings (by...» Read More

Events: Event

AUSTRALIA'S CROWN JEWELS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.11.19

I've written much in recent months about the absence of progress in developing the hoped-for National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs. And, just a few days ago, I discovered and republished a story about the Quandamooka people's plans for...» Read More

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

KNOWLEDGE GROUND

09.12.19 KNOWLEDGE GROUND
Carriageworks, Wilson Street, Eveleigh, Sydney
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