Film se­ries un­earths Ochre Sto­ries

Broome Advertiser - - HAPPENINGS - Peter de Krui­jff

The nat­u­ral clay pig­ment ochre is in­trin­sic to the Abo­rig­i­nal art­works out of the small com­mu­nity of War­mun.

In the fram­ing and pack­ing shed of War­mun Arts, Dolorosa Car­ring­ton sits hunched on the floor with an iPad and a smat­ter­ing of ochre pieces, dirt, leaves, pa­per and other ma­te­ri­als.

Start­ing with a pile of dirt, she pushes it out to­wards the sides, tak­ing a still im­age ev­ery few move­ments for a stop-mo­tion an­i­mated film.

Then she adds a few bits of white ochre into the shot as if it is be­ing un­cov­ered from the ground.

The sequence is for a short movie about dig­ging for ochre, which will be part of a se­ries of films merged with Gija sto­ry­telling ex­plor­ing “Ochre Sto­ries”.

“Now that I’ve done my first an­i­ma­tion, I just feel so good and proud,” Car­ring­ton said.

“I just loved the way you move or add things then ‘click, click’ and see­ing it from start to fin­ish, it’s like ‘wow’, like a lit­tle movie.”

The project is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the art cen­tre with WA Mu­seum and the Cen­tre for De­sign In­no­va­tion at Swin­burne Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy.

Swin­burne com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­sign se­nior lec­turer and ex­ter­nal en­gage­ment aca­demic di­rec­tor Sa­man­tha Ed­ward­sVan­den­hoek said her re­cent first visit to the com­mu­nity for the project was about work­ing with se­nior artists to de­ter­mine what sto­ries about ochre they wanted to share and how they would be in­ter­preted and an­i­mated.

“Stop-mo­tion is a tac­tile and hands-on dig­i­tal sto­ry­telling tech­nique that does not re­quire com­puter ex­per­tise to pro­duce au­then­tic and emo­tive an­i­mated sto­ries,” she said.

Dr Ed­wards-Van­den­hoek also worked on this visit with me­dia work­ers and high school stu­dents to trial and de­velop a se­ries of ex­per­i­men­tal short mo­tion an­i­ma­tions us­ing ochre as the medium and sto­ry­telling ve­hi­cle.

Pic­ture: Swin­burne Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy

War­mun Arts me­dia worker Dolorosa Car­ring­ton, who is sup­ported by PAKAM, makes a stop-mo­tion an­i­ma­tion.

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