15 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350
Time7.00pm – 7.00am
A unique collaboration sees the stunning patterns and colours of the Pitcha Makin Fellas’ paintings, cut outs and stamps transposed by The Electric Canvas onto the former Bank of NSW building.
Australia before colonisation comprised 200 to 300 autonomous ‘nations’ or ‘language groups’. The nations of Indigenous Australia were, and are, as distinct from each other as the nations of Europe or Africa.
More Than 1 Nation constructs a visually beautiful tale of redemption, honour, triumph and renewal from a history that includes cultural misappropriation and degradation by European colonists. The pulling apart of Aboriginal culture and community gives way to a contemporary ‘roaring days’ era in which the roar in the Fellas’ story is the collective voice of Aboriginal Australians at the forefront of culture and community, reminding us that they were here before gold, were present on the goldfields and are still here, now.
Conjuring the last 40 000 years in striking imagery, Pitcha Makin Fellas’ patterned paintings contain the building blocks to animate The Electric Canvas’ architectural projection, accompanied by an original soundtrack*. The resulting work is a powerful narrative around the resilience and creative strength of Aboriginal people and their generosity of spirit. It is made as a gift to all Australians and a call to reinforce that Australia remains magnificently diverse and More Than 1 Nation, still.
*Featuring Only A Few, an original composition written by Peter-Shane Rotumah, Ian Johnson and Henry Thorpe, and I Hope You Will Dream by Myles Walsh.
Image courtesy of the artists
The Electric Canvas is an award-winning Australian company recognised internationally as a leader in large-scale and architectural projections. Established in 1997, they have worked on many prestigious projects worldwide presenting architectural, stadium field-of-play and immersive projections using a variety of technologies. The company is a complete solution provider with a multi-discipline in-house content department and specialist technical staff. The stories they tell, the experiences they create and the memories they help forge through the art of large-scale projection are the result of flawlessly blending technical expertise with artistic vision. The deadly mob known as Pitcha Makin Fellas have been working together since 2013. They are Myles Walsh, Ted Laxton, Adrian Rigney, Joe Lee, Thomas Marks and Peter-Shane Rotumah. Passionate about culture and community, the fellas like to tell stories through their art, which has been shown and collected by the Koorie Heritage Trust, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Ballarat and Melbourne Museum.