Christmas Birrimbirr: Christmas Spirit

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

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Abstract

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.

Research Statement

Research Background This multimedia installation artwork is by the new media collective, Miyarrka Media, of which Deger is a founding member along with Paul Gurrumuruwuy. The project emerged as a result of longstanding research relationship with the community of Gapuwiyak, focused on local experimental and Yolngu directed video and photography projects.
Research Contribution This project experiments with using the affective force of film and photography as a medium of ethnographic encounter. The project began a new phase in Deger's research regarding Yolngu understandings of the category of 'art' and the role of mediated ritual in contemporary life. The work produces an immersive sensuous experience that breaks new ground in both visual anthropology and Yolngu art and ritual performance.
Research Significance Christmas Birrimbirr is the first new media art installation created and curated in a remote Aboriginal community. The exhibition attracted national coverage on ABC 7.30 and ABC Open. It resulted in an invitation to take up a Fellowship at the Centre of Religion and Media at New York University. It generated invitations for Deger and her Yolngu colleagues to present this work in a variety of overseas university and museum settings including New York University, Musee du Quay Branly, University College London, London University of the Arts, Dartmouth College, and ANU. It led to Miyarrka Media being commissioned to substantially expand this project as an immersive installation for Danish audiences in Oct 2014 as part of the opening of the Moesgaard Museum a new and already influential site for experimental museology in Europe.
Item ID: 34913
Item Type: Artefact
Keywords: collaborative methods, anthropology and art, Aboriginal art, ethnographic film
Additional Information:

See records in ResearchOnline@JCU for the exhibition catalogue (http://researchonline.jcu.edu.au/34070/) and the show/exhibition (http://researchonline.jcu.edu.au/36675/).

Media of Output: HD Video, photographs on paper, mixed media sculpture
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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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