Where: Nightcliff Foreshore Park, cnr Chapman Rd and Casuarina Drive
When: 6.30-8.30pm, Friday 25th June, 2021
What to bring: Chair or rug to sit on, BYO picnic (some food trucks nearby)
$5 per person (free for First Nations people)
Miyarrka Media are a Gapuwiyak-based arts collective who make films, exhibitions and books with the motto “we share life”. They will host a screening of their award-winning short film Ringtone, inviting you into the surprising role of mobile phones in contemporary Yolŋu life, and rich connections made through image and sound.
They will also introduce to Darwin the amazing work of Amanda Strong, a Michif interdisciplinary artist with a focus on filmmaking, stop motion animations and media art, currently based on unceded Coast Salish territories also known as Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Solar Cinema will be set up near the corner of Chapman Rd and Casuarina Drive to screen these films under the stars on Nightcliff Foreshore, followed by a Q&A and discussion between the filmmakers. The program includes ‘Ringtone’ by Miyarrka Media, and ‘Biidaaban’, ‘Flood’ and ‘Four Faces of the Moon’ by Amanda Strong.
Miyarrka Media is an arts collective based in the Yolŋu community of Gapuwiyak in northern Australia. Led by Dhalwaŋu elder Paul Gurrumuruwuy and JCU/CDU’s Jennifer Deger, Miyarrka Media have exhibited in the United States, Europe, Australia and Taiwan. Their collaborations include the award-winning films Ringtone (2014), Manapanmirr, in Christmas Spirit (2012) and the installations include Christmas Birrimbirr (2011), Gapuwiyak Calling (2014), and Warwuyu [Worry] (2018). Miyarrka Media’s co-created book, Phone & Spear: a Yuta Anthropology has recently been released in print (Goldsmiths Press, 2019) and digital formats (phone-and-spear.pubpub.org).
Amanda Strong is a Michif (Metis) interdisciplinary artist with a focus on filmmaking, stop motion animations and media art. Currently based on unceded Coast Salish territories also known as Vancouver, BC, Canada. Strong’s work is fiercely process-driven and takes form in various mediums such as: virtual reality, stop-motion, 2D/3D animation, gallery/museum installations, published books and community-activated projects. Strong and her team at Spotted Fawn Productions are currently working on the research and development of bringing these works into more interactive spaces. Her films have screened across the globe, most notably at Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and Ottawa International Animation Festival (Biidaaban The Dawn Comes; Four Faces of the Moon; Flood). Most recently, Amanda was selected as the First Canadian Director and first Animated Project for the Sundance Institute Indigenous Filmmaking Lab.
Pics: Still image from Biidaaban by Amanda Strong; Filmmaker Amanda Strong