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The Girraween Lagoon Story

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posted on 2023-10-03, 00:55 authored by Martin PotterMartin Potter
The Girraween Lagoon Story

History

Location

Darwin International Film Festival (DIFF); Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory

Start date

2023-09-22

End date

2023-09-24

Language

English; Larrakia

Notes

The Girraween Lagoon Story Description (107 words) Girraween Lagoon, 35 kilometres southeast of Darwin, is known as the ‘place of flowers’. It’s a unique site: a waterbody where the seven seasons observed by the Larrakia people manifest clearly on the surface of the lagoon and surrounds, and where evidence of past environments is preserved deep below the water’s surface. In this immersive media experience, presented in a portable planetarium-style dome, Larrakia Elder Lorraine Williams leads viewers through the Gulumoerrgin seasonal calendar year and 140,000 years of regional environmental history uncovered through recent scientific research. The Girraween Lagoon Story is an excerpt from The Earth Above: A Deep Time View of Australia’s Epic History and was created in collaboration with the Larrakia and Wulna communities by Deakin MotionLab for the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH). Acknowledgments and credits The Earth Above: A Deep Time View of Australia’s Epic History is produced by the Deakin MotionLab for the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH). The Girraween Lagoon Story was created in collaboration with the Larrakia and Wulna communities. Producer & Editor: Martin Potter Writers: Lorraine Williams and Martin Potter Indigenous consultants and voices: Lorraine Williams, Annie Risk, Donna Jackson and Stephanie Williams Research and fact-checking: Michael Bird, Michael Brand and Cassandra Rowe (CABAH) Animators: Scott Jackson, Nick McKinnon and Angus Thomson Editor: Jagnoor Jaswal Designer: Maria Bates Sound Design: J. David Franzke Composer: Simon Walbrook Sand Artwork: Lowell Hunter Special thanks: Cian McCue and Moogie Down Productions

Research statement

Background Girraween Lagoon, 35 kilometres southeast of Darwin, is known as 'the place of flowers' It’s a unique site: a water body where the seven seasons observed by the Larrakia people manifest clearly on the surface of the lagoon and surrounds, and where evidence of past environments is preserved deep below the water’s surface. In this immersive media experience, presented in a portable planetarium-style dome, Larrakia Elder Lorraine Williams leads viewers through the Gulumoerrgin seasonal calendar year and 140,000 years of regional environmental history uncovered through recent scientific research. Contribution The Girraween Lagoon Story is produced by the Deakin MotionLab for the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) and created in collaboration with the Larrakia and Wulna communities. This is an immersive experience for fulldome projection using UnrealEngine 3D animations to visualise the 7 annual seasons as described by the Larrakia. The video then unpacks a deep time story held in the ancient pollen record preserved in the sediment beneath the lagoon. CABAH researchers have taken a 19 metre core sample and using this data, the video visualises deep time landscapes going back 140,000 years. Significance This immersive experience of Girraween lagoon was premiered on Country both as part of the Darwin International Film Festival and at the Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory in a custom inflatable fulldome accompanied with contextual material including postcards, posters and videos. Over 3 days the work was experienced by 2500 people. The immersive video experience visualises for the first time the 7 seasons of the Larrakia and visually reconstructs ancient landscapes at Girraween lagoon using ancient pollen and charcoal records. The work also incorporates a substantial Larrakia language component.

Publication classification

JR1 Recorded/Rendered Creative Works – Film/Video

Scale

NTRO Minor

Extent

Fulldome installation; 7 minute animated immersive video and surround soundscape.

Editor/Contributor(s)

Williams L, Bird M, Cassandra R, Brand M, Jackson S, Thomson A

Event

Darwin International Film Festival; and Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory : Darwin, Northern Territory

Publisher

Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH)

Place of publication

Darwin, N.T.