*This is a 3 minute preview of a 20 minute piece.
Ngurini (Searching), 2015
Immersive installation, originally a 360° cylindrical arena with 6 projectors and 7 sound speakers.
Story & Narration: Yalata Anangu Community including; Russell Bryant, Rita Bryant, Mima Smart & Keith Peters
Artists: Linda Dement, Jessie Boylan, Luke Harrald, Paul Brown & Alphaville/Nuclear Futures
Project Coordinator: Ellise Barkley
Projection Design: Nic Mollison
Archival material: Ara Irititja Archive, Michelle Anderson & Yalata Anangu Community
Cinematography: Jessie Boylan, Danielle Marwick
Ngurini (searching) explores the forced relocation and intergenerational response of Pitjantjatjara Anangu in the aftermath of Britain’s atomic testing at Maralinga in South Australia. It embodies community stories of landscape and migration, and is inspired by the resilience and hopes of current generations. This work is a culmination of a community-based arts project with Pitjantjatjara Anangu from Yalata and Oak Valley, who were relocated from traditional lands and the Ooldea Mission from 1952 when Britain commenced its nuclear testing program in Australia.
About the Nuclear Futures Partnership Initiative:
Nuclear Futures is a three-year program of arts activities, originating in Australia, and extending across six countries. It supports artists working with atomic survivor communities, to bear witness to the legacies of the atomic age through creative arts.
In Nuclear Futures, communities and artists use theatre, film, paintings and sculpture, literature, photography, digital arts and other art forms to make creative works that reflect both the horror of living with nuclear radiation, and the resilience of communities as they face the nuclear future. Click here for a snapshot of our projects.
Nuclear Futures is an initiative that creates new partnerships with other arts organizations, and with educational and cultural institutions, research facilities, campaign groups and atomic survivor and nuclear veterans communities – in Australia, Britain, Japan, Marshall Islands, Kazakhstan and India.
Coordination is by Alphaville, a Sydney-based company specializing in multi-platform creative arts that have social justice and environmental themes; and which originate and grow via community development processes.
We want to extend previous sharing of stories amongst nuclear survivors, with focus on the theme of community resilience – exploring how experience of the bomb translates into community development and international campaigns for peace and disarmament.
Ngurini will be included in a showcase in Adelaide at Tandanya in September to November 2016.