Shard is a trio of light sculptures that acts as a platform for the stories of Baykali Ganumbarr, Yalyalwuy Gondarra and Watjarr (Marko) Garmu. Hear the...
Christian Lovelady (Australia) / Yalyalwuy Gondarra (Australia) / Baykali Ganambarr (Australia) / Watjarr Garmu (Australia) / Tristan Garner (Australia)
Shard is a trio of light sculptures that acts as a platform for the stories of Baykali Ganumbarr, Yalyalwuy Gondarra and Watjarr (Marko) Garmu. Hear the truth of this land’s past. Older than all religions of the world, the lessons we can glimpse are only a shard of the broken window of the culture of this country.
Standing 2.2m tall and viewable from all sides, the giant shards act as mirrors by day then illuminate by night to display animations inside each mirror box. As you move and shift around the objects you’ll experience infinite reflections and intricate animated effects that reveal dreamtime stories from Arnhem Land. Watch as the fire dances, the yidaki (traditional didgeridoo) sings and poetry is spoken. Shard invites you to understand what is left to learn for our shared future.
Lighting designer and programmer Christian Lovelady has partnered with Yalyalwuy Gondorra, Wajtarr Garmu and Baykali Ganambarr to create this portal into a world unknown, a story from outside average understanding and a platform of poetry. Having spent four years working closely with Djuki Mala, and the last 2 years often touring with the dancers as their lighting designer, Christian gained a rich understanding of Yolngu culture. He recognized their use of English not as a formulaic language with one path per phrase but more as a tree of infinite possibilities for more effective articulation where Yalyalwuy, Baykali and Watjarr had the greatest grasp.
Using LED screen technology has given Yal, Baykali and Watjarr a new way to express themselves and truly brings their language to fresh eyes and ears.
Country represented by installation: Australia