Brisbane Powerhouse – Australian Performing Arts Market Video.
Here’s something to get animated about
The Brisbane River has always been a centre for trade and movement, and in recent years it has become a huge part of the cultural zeitgeist of the city as well. So, helping to create a video which showcased the Indigenous story of how the river came to be made us feel truly honoured.
What we needed to do
APAM was established in 1994 to showcase local performers and connect them with producers with the aim of increasing opportunities in both the Australian and international performing arts sector. As a part of 2018’s Market, held at Brisbane Powerhouse, APAM wanted to celebrate Brisbane’s Indigenous history and the significance and strength of Indigenous art, performance and storytelling. Riki Salam from We Are 27 Creative was the Indigenous artist chosen to create the central artwork which depicted the story of how the Brisbane River came to be. Our job was to work with Riki to animate his amazing piece into a video to be projected on the massive front wall of Brisbane Powerhouse.
What we did
We got to work with artist Riki Salam, Shannon Ruska and the Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dance Company to create an animated video which told the story of how Mundagurra (the Rainbow Serpent) created the Brisbane River. For the three nights of the festival the animation was projected onto the side of the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse, which was a pretty big feat in itself (that wall is huge!). The end result told a moving story about the very river running behind the building itself and gave us a project that we’re really proud of.
Need-to-know best bit
This particular project was especially important in that it highlighted the importance of celebrating Indigenous culture in Australia and the beauty and significance of Indigenous art. Plus, we got to be a part of an event that is all about supporting and showcasing creativity in Australia.
Nick Did This...
Animation, Video Editing and Production.