Barkindji artist Kent Morris, in collaboration with Studio John Fish, presents 'Unvanished', a large scale sculptural work and multi-sensory experience developed as a part of Reconciliation Week.
Standing at six metres wide and four metres tall and surrounded by a lit pool that invites people to reflect, the piece is heavily inspired by the artist’s photo based digital practice. Unvanished is part of Reconciliation Week and can be found 24 hours a day in Federation Square from Friday May 27 to Sunday June 5.
What you need to know
- Unvanished is a large scale sculptural work by Barkindji artist Kent Morris and Studio John Fish
- It incorporates sound, light and sculpture for a multisensory experience
- The work can be found in Federation Square during Reconciliation Week (May 27 – June 5)
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The piece is made in collaboration with multidisciplinary sound designer James Henry and includes a soundscape that features a constant heartbeat synchronised to the lighting design – representative of the continuation of culture, knowledge and identity across generations. “As a community, we must continually strive to share our stories and experiences and promote change so that we can more fully understand, respect and incorporate First Nations knowledges, philosophies and experiences into our everyday lives,” states artist Kent Morris on Unvanished.
Unvanished also incorporates an Augmented Reality filter, developed in collaboration with tech studio Phoria, that allows people to use their device to explore the work digitally, create their own content and share their experiences of the artwork on social media.
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“The interaction of native birds with the built environment reflects resilience, adaption, continuity and change,” said Morris. “As a community, we must continually strive to share our stories and experiences and promote change so that we can more fully understand, respect and incorporate First Nations knowledges, philosophies and experiences into our everyday lives.”
The opening takes place on the first day of Reconciliation Week – Friday May 27. Starting at 6pm, the ceremony will feature a Welcome to Country and performances from Shauntai Batzke and Wurundjeri women’s dance group, Djirri Djirri. Guest speakers will include Kimberley Moulton of Museums Victoria and a speech from the artist himself, Kent Morris and a representative from Studio John Fish.
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