Bol'ngu Shooting Star Story

Deger, Jennifer, and Marrawungu, Susan (2010) Bol'ngu Shooting Star Story. [Video]

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Abstract

This film directed by Susan Marrawakamirr and produced by Jennifer Deger explores the history and enduring power of the Marrawungu homeland of Dhuwalkij using video, archival images and songs, and computer generated special effects.

Research Statement

Research Background This video was made as part of an AIATSIS funded project Envisioning Country. The aim was to use new media technologies as a means of making visible to others some of the visual dynamics of Yolngu imaginations and memories in relation to kin and country.
Research Contribution This practice-led resesarch project employed a variety of post-production special effects to animate country, memory and affective relations in a unique and ‘hyper-real’ rendering of the power of kin and country. The results offer significant challenge to ‘traditional’ approaches to the study and representation of Yolngu society. The video foregrounds Yolngu voices, structurally highlighting divergent points of view between the sisters, to offer important insights into the role individual interpretation and innovation as well as the role of media in mediating intergenerational relations in Arnhem Land. But, more radically, it highlights Yolngu visual aesthetics in new ways.
Research Significance This research breaks new ground by situating anthropologists and Yolngu as co-creative agents in projects of shared ethnography. The value of the research is attested to by the following indicators: the commissioning of a section of this film for a nationally significant touring exhibition, Yirrkala Drawings (2013)and various screenings in national and international university settings. The methodologies developed in this research laid the ground for Deger’s successful Future Fellowship application and formation of the now internationally sucesful media collective, Miyarrka Media.
Item ID: 36678
Item Type: Video
Keywords: Yolngu, video, ancestral identities, Dhuwa
Media of Output: SD Video
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Funders: Australian Research Council, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2014 00:15
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 100%
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