Show goes out on a limb
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.
Animator and media artist Sohan Ariel Hayes in Kings Park.