Show goes out on a limb

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weeklylife - TANYA MACNAUGHTON

the top end of Fraser Av­enue to Kings Park Road and through to Pioneer Women’s Memo­rial.

Road clo­sures will be in place in and around Kings Park while the au­di­ence dis­cov­ers a vis­ual feast of 3D pro­jec­tions, an­i­ma­tion, song and light­ing ef­fects as they jour­ney through the Noon­gar six sea­sons of the South West Makuru, Djilba, Kam­barang, Bi­rak, Bunuru and Djeran.

This is fol­lowed by an ex­am­i­na­tion of knowl­edge, cre­ation sto­ries and ex­tinc­tion, fin­ish­ing with a seed lantern light in­stal­la­tion made by school­child­ren.

The team re­spon­si­ble for last year’s Home, in­clud­ing di­rec­tor Nigel Jamieson, artis­tic as­so­ciate Zoe Atkin­son and me­dia artist So­han Ariel Hayes, have re­united to bring this am­bi­tious in­stal­la­tion to life and make “the trees speak”.

West Leed­erville me­dia artist Hayes de­scribed the project as like a dif­fi­cult sec­ond novel.

“It’s been full of chal­lenges; this sec­tion along Frasers Av­enue is 700m and we’re try­ing to make an im­age work across that,” he said.

“It’s not just a flat im­age and the trees are in­cred­i­bly won­der­ful to work on; they do so many un­ex­pected things, so a lot of stuff that we thought might work, hasn’t.”

Hayes said cre­ativ­ity was al­ways part of his child­hood while grow­ing up in a hippy com­mune in Balin­gup be­fore his par­ents moved the fam­ily to live with the Or­ange peo­ple (or Ra­jneeshees) in Fre­man­tle.

His nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion to a ca­reer in art and mu­sic sees Hayes work in an­i­ma­tion and site-based film­mak­ing, cre­at­ing works re­lated to the his­tory of the site.

Boor­nawaanginy:thetrees Speak con­nects to coun­try and dis- cusses the two kinds of knowl­edge in un­der­stand­ing land and place: indige­nous knowl­edge and western sci­en­tific knowl­edge.

Free shut­tle buses will be pro­vided ev­ery eight min­utes to and from the event and El­iz­a­beth Quay Bus Sta­tion be­tween 7pm and 11.15pm.

The au­di­ence can ar­rive any time while the event runs con­tin­u­ously from 8pm to 10.30pm.

Boor­nawaanginy:thetrees Speak is ex­pected to take 45 min­utes to com­plete, plus 25 min­utes to walk back to the Kings Park Road en­trance.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d464708

An­i­ma­tor and me­dia artist So­han Ariel Hayes in Kings Park.

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