Digital media artist Donna Maree Robinson, sound artist Fiona Bishop-Vuibeqa and visual artist Tracey Johnson teamed up to produce a series of new media works as a contribution to the focus on Mackay’s history in 2012, its sesquicentennial year.
The objectives of the work were to collect new stories, particularly those depicting lesser-known histories of Mackay, to foreground the lives of ordinary people and revive stories and images for which there may be no written or photographic record. The stories were first person narratives of the memories and experiences of local people from diverse cultural backgrounds, upon which layers of visual imagery were melded to re-create what might have previously existed. The imagery was not literal but imagined: a blending of experiences, dreams and emotions, a merging of real and remembered landscapes in virtual time travel down “memory paths”.
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