Four Winds in Blak Box

January —
February 2019
Curated by Daniel Browning with Uncle Wes Marne, Auntie Edna Watson, Savarna Russell, Shaun Millwood
Four Winds in Blak Box

Utp was delighted to install its surround-sound pavilion, Four Winds in Blak Box at Blacktown Showgrounds in the heart of Western Sydney, from 9 January to 2 February 2019, in partnership with Blacktown Arts and Sydney Festival.

Further Information

The state-of-the-art surround-sound space captured the imagination of Sydney-siders when unveiled in 2018 at Barangaroo and a brand-new program of works is set for 2019.

Four Winds was curated by Daniel Browning with elders, young people and musicians from Blacktown, Australia’s most populous First Peoples community. Four Winds draws on the oral history and speculative future of Blacktown and Greater Western Sydney from the perspective of Blacktown Elders and teenagers. It explores the need for greater dialogue between younger and older Aboriginal people – both of whose voices can go unheard in the national conversation. Four Winds is both a remembering of the past and a collective vision for the future.

Blak Box embraces the First Peoples concept of ‘deep listening’ which is based on stories, silences and the spaces that lie between. It is an innovative model that encourages audiences to step inside Blak Box and simply listen to sound, ideas and language from a First Peoples perspective.  Blak Box utilises cutting-edge surround-sound equipment and production methods enclosed in a space designed to be the perfect space for conversation, in this instance, an inter-generational conversation.

About Blak Box

The pavilion — which glows luminously from dusk – straddles sound, creative writing, contemporary architecture and temporary public art.  First presented at Barangaroo in Sydney’s CBD in June 2018, the pavilion won the Silver in the annual DrivenXDesign NOW Awards in 2018. Architect Kevin O’Brien hopes Blak Box can act as a mechanism for daydreaming and convey, “an idea of contemporary Aboriginality”.

Creative Team

Curator: Daniel Browning

Producer: Andrea James

Cultural Consultant: Lily Shearer

Key Artists: Uncle Wes Marne, Auntie Edna Watson, Savarna Russell, Shaun Millwood

Composition: Eric Avery

Songwoman: Emma Donovan

Architect: Kevin O'Brien

Lighting Design: Karen Norris

Sound Technician: Troy Russell

Event Details

Dates: 9 January to 2 February 2019

Days: Tuesday to Sunday

Times: 6:00pm, 7:15pm and 8:30pm

Duration: 55 Minute Sessions

Location: Blacktown Showground Precinct, Richmond Road, Blacktown, NSW

Cost: $35 + Booking Fee

Image Credit

Joshua Morris