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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist Run acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people

Christmas Birrimbirr (Christmas Spirit)

Miyarrka Media

Side Gallery
23 Nov 2019–14 Dec 2019
Opening 6pm Friday November 22nd

In Australia’s remote northeast Arnhem Land, Christmas is celebrated as a time to remember the dead, a time to evoke ancestral spirits (birrimbirr) and a time to renew and revitalize relationships amongst the living. Under the guidance of Yolngu director, Paul Gurrumuruwuy, Christmas Birrimbirr experiments with re-producing Yolngu Christmas rites in the gallery setting. Drawing on Yolngu aesthetics and social values, the work uses new media technologies to strengthen contemporary Yolngu society while “sharing feelings” across cultures.

Christmas Birrimbirr’s central focus is a three-channel video work that opens with images of the seasonal wulma clouds (brooding formations that signal the coming of both Christmas and the wet season).  Symbolically structured around the graves of three Dhalwangu clan leaders, the unfolding sounds and images enact a poetics of loss and renewal, mourning and joy.

Christmas Birrimbirr (Christmas Spirit) is a new iteration of Miyarrka Media work originally shown at Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin in 2011.

 

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  • Miyarrka Media is a media collective based in the community of Gapuwiyak in northeast Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia. It was formed to enable Yolngu to creatively use new media technologies at a community level. Working under Yolngu direction, Miyarrka’s goal is to use media to respond to contemporary Yolngu concerns and in the process, open up new possibilities and spaces for cultural expression and exhibition. Miyarrka Media was founded in 2009 by Paul Gurrumuruwuy, Fiona Yangathu, Jennifer Deger and David Mackenzie.