Christmas Birrimbirr: Christmas Spirit [Catalogue]

Gurrumuruwuy, Paul, Wanambi, Fiona Y., Deger, Jennifer, and Mackenzie, David (2011) Christmas Birrimbirr: Christmas Spirit [Catalogue]. Miyarrka Media and Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin, NT, Australia.

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This is the catalogue produced for the Christmas Birrimbirr (Christmas Spirit) exhibition at the Chan Contemporary Art Gallery, Darwin, 7-18 December 2011.

The essay explores the poetics of connection that link the wolma thunder cloud of the impending wet season to the life-giving rains of Christmas, and how this becomes a time for Yolngu to remember lost loved ones.

Research Statement

Research Background Produced as part of Deger's ARC post-doc research, Digital Technologies, Mediated Futures: Envisioning Culture in Arnhem Land, this catalogue forms part of the exhibition output associated with Christmas Birrimbirr, curated by Miyarrka Media in Darwin in 2011. Miyarrka Media, a collective of Indigenous and non-Indigenous filmmakers, co-founded with Deger in 2009 as part of her commitment to practice-led and collaborative research.
Research Contribution The catalogue essay, written in the collective voice, gives a conceptual background to the show discussing concepts that emerged in the reflexive production of this immersive installation eg the'gift of grief'. In both images and text the catalogue affirms Miyarrka's claim to occupy a new postiion between visual art, ethnographic documentary and Yolngu ritual.
Research Significance This exhibition attracted national media attention. It also led to an invitation to expand the exhibition substantially for an international audience in Denmark in a show that opened in Demark in 2014. The catelogue provided a key text in the intial discussions regarding the potential of this commission by the Moesgaard Museum.
Item ID: 34070
Item Type: Book (Creative Work)
Media of Output: Three channel video installation, photographs and sculptural elements
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Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), Centre for Contemporary Arts and Politics (UNSW), Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, NT, Ian Potter Foundation, East Arnhem Shire, Arnhem Land Progress Association, Darwin Visual Arts Association, Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts Aboriginal Corporation, Traditional Credit Union, 24 Hour Art
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 06:07
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8904 Media Services > 890402 Film and Video Services (excl. Animation and Computer Generated Imagery) @ 40%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950205 Visual Communication @ 40%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 20%
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