The importance of listening to Aboriginal voices is highlighted in new an immersive sound and light installation at The Sydney Festival. First unveiled in 2018, BLAK BOX is an innovative sonic experience based on the First Peoples concept of ‘deep listening’, a conscious practice that balances hearing stories with the quiet moments and silence in between. For The Sydney Festival, Urban Theatre Projects and Blacktown Arts presents a brand new program curated by Daniel Browning, Four Winds, an intimate listening experience that brings together the voices of Aboriginal elders and young people from Blacktown, Australia’s most densely populated First Peoples community.
The 55-minute immersive performance installation features the voices 94-year-old elder Uncle Wes Marne, and Senior Darug Elder Aunty Edna Watson in dialogue with teens Savarna Russell and Shaun Millwood. The artists share their experiences, challenges, wisdom and draw on the oral history and speculative future for Blacktown and Greater Western Sydney. With Aboriginal teenagers and elders historically some of the most ignored people in the country, Four Winds gives these important voices a place to be heard.
Designed by award-winning architect Kevin O’Brien with a hope to convey ‘an idea of contemporary Aboriginality’, BLAK BOX elevates Aboriginal voices in a tranquil, contemplative setting. Four Winds is a must-see poignant and urgent work at this year’s Sydney Festival.
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