69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

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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 Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

Swimming Yesterday

17 June 2021–10 July 2021

‘Swimming Yesterday’ is guided by the knowledge of Brad Steadman, a storyteller of Ngemba ancestry whose impact on language, art, cultural mentorship and community development is omnipresent throughout Brewarrina and the wider region.

Under the custodianship of the Ngemba Wayilwan people, and owned cooperatively with nearby language groups including the Baranbinja, Morowari, Kula, Naualko, Ualarai, Weilwan, Kamilaroi, Kamu and Paarkinlji people, the Brewarrina Fish Traps comprise a nearly half-kilometer long complex of dry stone walls and holding ponds within the Barwon River in northwestern New South Wales.

Since time immemorial, people periodically gathered in large numbers at the fish traps for not only subsistence but cultural and spiritual purposes.

The fish traps sit in today’s irrigation ravaged Barwon as a surviving piece of both the country’s ancient past and recent abuse.

The filmmakers would like to acknowledge the traditional ancestors of the lands on which this work was made. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging and thank them for allowing us to work and travel safely

Director: Damian Kane
Cinematographer: Louis Mitchell
Narration: Brad Steadman
Featuring: Brad Hardy & Clem Orcher
Soundtrack: Peter Steadman
Sound design & mix: Haraldur Thrastarson
Colour: Daniel Stonehouse
Title design: Cosmo Feltham
STRAY VOLTAGE is KINGS Artist Run’s iterative video program, collaboratively facilitated by Rebecca McCauley and Aaron Claringbold. Looking to the potential that exists between seemingly incompatible ideas, STRAY VOLTAGE premises an experimental program of critically engaged moving image works, fundamentally grounded by the earth.