For the first time and exclusively to Melbourne, the Red Centre’s nationally acclaimed and visually spectacular Aboriginal light festival, Parrtjima – A Festival in Light, is set to deliver a taste of its extraordinary, immersive light installations outside of the Territory.
Coming to Melbourne’s Fed Square for two nights only, Parrtjima will present its Grounded installation from March 10-11.
Grounded transforms Indigenous artworks and stories into a large-scale animated sequence that is projected onto the ground, accompanied by an immersive, atmospheric soundscape.
A vibrant, seamless canvas projected on Country in Alice Springs (Mparntwe), Grounded encourages people (especially kids!) to interact with the installation, to step in and become a piece of the stunning art, and discover the Dreamtime stories and song lines presented by the artists.
The Grounded activation will feature the work of 12 artists who have participated in Parrtjima from a range of art centres. Artists include Sharon Alice, Marina Pumani Brown, Anne Dixon, Hannah Nungarrayi, Serena Hayes, Annette Nungala, Roseanna Larry, Mary James, June Smith, Corban Clause Williams, Cassaria Young Hogan and Isaac Girrabul.
The soundscapes were composed by Damian Robinson, Wicked Beat Sound System and Rhyan Clapham, aka DOBBY.
The only authentic Aboriginal light festival of its kind, Parrtjima is delivered by Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) on behalf of the Northern Territory Government, and is produced by Creative Directors AGB Events. The Grounded activation is being delivered in partnership with the Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation (MAP Co).