Christmas Birrimmbirr: julens ånd blandt aboriginere i Australien [Christmas Spirit among Aborigines in Australia]

Deger, Jennifer, Gurrumuruwuy, Paul, Yangathu, Fiona, and MacKenzie, David (2014) Christmas Birrimmbirr: julens ånd blandt aboriginere i Australien [Christmas Spirit among Aborigines in Australia]. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

Experimental exhibition designed with Yolngu collaborators to engage international audiences with the socially enriching experience of using digital media and ritual processes to connect with lost loved ones.

Research Statement

Research Background Anthropological researchers working with creative methods encounter very different epistemological and institutional expectations as they move between ethnographic museums and art galleries, and between various national and international contexts. As practice-led research and installation outputs become more established, it is necessary for researchers to carefully consider strategies of curation and contextualisation according to context and opportunity.
Research Contribution The curation and design of the installation Christmas Spirit and the Life of the Dead addresses the challenge of how to guide audiences to apprehend video and photographic images created out of very particular social and historical imperatives. In a substantial reworking of an orginal collaborative art project created for installation Darwin, this curation blended design processes with the creation of a range of audio-visual materials to create a new articulation of the project's core values: a highly aestheticized, Yolngu-directed process of sensuous coming-into-relation via digital remediation. The result is landmark installation that includes participatory elements for audience commentary, that models new approaches to the possibility of ethnographic display.
Research Significance Selected as a central feature of the ethnographic display at the new Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus, now established one of Denmark's premier cultural attractions, the exhibition has been seen so far (March 2016) by at least 100 000 visitors. The significance of project itself has been marked by invitations to discuss the work at University College London, Musee du quai Branly, the University of the Arts London, New York University, Gottingen Ethnographic film festival; it has been taught in visual anthropology programs in the US, Europe and Australia.
Item ID: 41556
Show/Exhibition: Christmas Birrimmbirr: julens ånd blandt aboriginere i Australien
Moesgaard Museum, Aarhus, Denmark
11 October 2014 - 30 December 2018
Media of Output: HD video × 10, framed photographs × 7, sculpture × 1
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Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), Moesgaard Museum
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 03:41
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 @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing @ 20%
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