Christmas Birrimbirr: Christmas Spirit [installation artwork]

Gurrumuruwuy, Paul, Wanambe, Fiona Y., Deger, Jennifer, and Mackenzie, David (2011) Christmas Birrimbirr: Christmas Spirit [installation artwork]. [Creative Work]

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Christmas Birrimbirr is a multimedia installation artwork, the first major production by the new media collective, Miyarrka Media, of which Deger is a founding member. A 3 screen installation forms the centrepiece of the work, playing on a loop over 39 minutes. Other elements include a Christmas tree sculpture, a series of family portraits, and shorter videos, both projected and displayed on monitors. Together they produce an immersive sensuous experience that breaks new ground in both visual anthropology and Yolngu art and ritual performance.

Item ID: 34913
Item Type: Creative Work (Recorded/Rendered Work - Inter-arts)
Media of Output: HD Video, photographs on paper, mixed media sculpture
Event Details: Chan Contemporary Art Space
7 - 18 December 2011
Keywords: collaborative methods, anthropology and art, Aboriginal art, ethnographic film
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This creative work is part of a Non-Traditional Research Output (NTRO) portfolio. For the research statements associated with the portfolio, see

See also records in ResearchOnline@JCU for the exhibition catalogue ( and the show/exhibition (

Funders: Australian Research Council, 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 Asssoc
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 12:12
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 30%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing @ 40%
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