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Martumili Artists at Sydney’s Festival of Light

Submitted by author on Fri, 08/05/2022 - 19:52

Each year, as part of the Vivid Sydney festival of light, music and ideas, the Sydney Opera House sails are dramatically illuminated with an original projected artwork. This year, for the tenth annual Lighting of the Sails event, the work of Martumili Artists lit up the sails “in its most spectacular incarnation yet”[1]. The widely celebrated collaborative painting, Yarrkalpa - Hunting Ground, Parnngurr Area’ (2013), inspired the creation of a new digital artwork designed specifically for the event. In this way, Martu stories, knowledge and Country were spectacularly shared at one of Australia's most visited iconic landmarks - far beyond the scope of a traditional gallery space, and worlds away from Martu Country.  

In an exquisite rendition, Sydney-based animation agency Curiious Studio incorporated tactile elements of the ‘Yarrkalpa - Hunting Ground, Parnngurr Area’ (2013) painting, as well as segments from a related video artwork ‘Yarrkalpa - Always Walking Country’ (2014,  directed by Lynette Wallworth in collaboration with the Martu Artists and Anohni), and created a dynamic short video animation for projection on the Opera House sails. Modern technologies captured organic, physical textures, alongside high-resolution scans of the artwork. The resultant rich imagery was accompanied by a musical soundscape by Electric Fields.