New Aboriginal multimedia artwork for Barangaroo

22 Feb 2017

Barangaroo Ngangamay, a unique multimedia artwork celebrating the strength, vibrancy and continuity of local Aboriginal people and their culture launches on 11 March at Barangaroo Reserve.

Barangaroo Ngangamay is the first project developed under the Barangaroo Artistic Associates Program, a multi-disciplinary artist-in-residence program designed to capture moments in time and deepen the experience of Barangaroo.

The work is the result of collaboration between renowned Aboriginal multimedia artists and curators, Genevieve Grieves and Amanda Jane Reynolds, some members of the local Aboriginal community through workshops with Elders and members of Sydney clans, and neighbours from the north, south and west.

Barangaroo Ngangamay (Barangaroo Dreaming) is an innovative multimedia artwork embedded within the iconic Sydney sandstone of Barangaroo Reserve and accessible on mobile devices via a downloadable app.

It is a unique Aboriginal cultural experience, using modern-day technology to tell ancient stories of the world’s oldest living culture.

The artwork features five rock engravings, known as petroglyphs, which have been hand-carved into five sandstone rocks around Barangaroo Reserve by male Elders Vic Simms, Steven Russell and Laurie Bimson using hand tools such as stones, mallets and chisels.

The engravings act as a key to unlock a series of mesmerising short films depicting the life cycles of the sun, moon and women. Each film is accessible to visitors to Barangaroo Reserve through their smart phone or tablet using a geo-location app, which plays the films when approaching the petroglyphs.

The engravings are aligned with the ecological and historical surrounds at Barangaroo Reserve and feature in the cultural stories told in the short films.

Barangaroo Ngangamay will run throughout 2017 and the engravings will be on permanent display at Barangaroo Reserve.

The project was selected in 2016 as part of the Authority’s Artistic Associates Program, which is funded under the Barangaroo Public Art and Cultural Plan.

For more details of the 11 March launch event details, please visit Barangaroo.sydney