UNEARTHED (2022)

Projection Art: by Betty Sargeant, Lorraine Brigdale, Justin Dwyer

GOTAFE North Street, Shepparton AUSTRALIA (permanent installation). Opening 18th March 2022, Shepparton Festival – 23m x 5m.

Fitzroy Street St Kilda, AUSTRALIA (December 2021).

UNEARTHED is a projection mapped mural that’s inspired by the wild spaces that exist within and around us. The mural features contemporary re-workings of Yorta Yorta shields by Lorraine Brigdale and enlarged micrographs by Betty Sargeant. At night the wall is transformed into a projection mapped light experience.

“In this project is an opportunity to unite a First Nation (Yorta Yorta) woman’s view of Aboriginal war shields together with contemporary ideas in scientific imagery, illumination and video art. The collaboration prioritises Aboriginal art as an integral part of the visual imagery, encouraging a conversation around cultural awareness which is always this artist’s intention” (Lorraine Brigdale).

“The circular patterns in the mural have been made from micrographs and mathematical noise. I photographed the microscopic detail of wasp wings and Justin Dwyer applied mathematical noise to the images. This created circular motifs that fuse scientific imagery with computer generative processes. These motifs remind me of the contour lines found in many topographic maps. I love that this visual motif comes from a process involving nature, scientific equipment, computational mathematics and digital graphical design” (Betty Sargeant). 

Projection Art

Betty Sargeant lives and works on the land of the Yaluk-ut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung people. The permanent UNEARTHED mural is on Yorta Yora country. The artists pay respect to elders past and present. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land.

UNEARTHED is supported by Shepparton Festival and the Australian Government through Festivals Australia.

This project is supported by Asialink Arts, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and The Australian High Commission in New Dehli, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Thanks to GOTAFE, DULUX Australia, La Trobe University (Shepparton).

CREDITS:

Betty Sargeant: Artist (micrographs), creative director, producer

Lorraine Brigdale: Artist (shields), cultural leader

Justin Dwyer: Artist (projection mapping), TouchDesigner programmer

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Asialink Arts

The Exertion Games Lab

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