Large-scale sculptural work comes to Fed Square for Reconciliation Week

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Artist Barkindji Kent Morris presents “Unvanished”, a large-scale sculptural work and multi-sensory experience developed as part of Reconciliation Week.

Measuring six meters wide and four meters high and surrounded by a lighted pool that invites people to reflect, the work is strongly inspired by the artist’s photo-based digital practice. Not gone is part of Reconciliation Week and can be found 24 hours a day at Federation Square from Friday, May 27 through Sunday, June 5.

What do you want to know

  • Not gone is a large-scale sculptural work by artist Barkindji Kent Morris
  • It integrates sound, light and sculpture for a multi-sensory experience
  • The artwork can be found in Federation Square during Reconciliation Week (May 27 – June 5)

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The piece is produced in collaboration with multidisciplinary sound designer James Henry and includes a soundscape that features a constant heartbeat synchronized with the lighting design – representative of the continuation of culture, knowledge and identity through the generations. “As a community, we must continually strive to share our stories and experiences and promote change so that we can better understand, respect and integrate First Nations knowledge, philosophies and experiences into our daily lives,” says artist Kent Morris on Not gone.

Not gone also incorporates an augmented reality filter, developed in collaboration with the technology studio Phoria, which allows users to use their device to explore the work digitally, create their own content and share their experiences of the work on social networks.

“The interaction of native birds with the built environment reflects resilience, adaptation, continuity and change,” Morris said. “As a community, we must continually strive to share our stories and experiences and promote change so that we can better understand, respect and integrate First Nations knowledge, philosophies and experiences into our daily lives.

The opening takes place on the first day of Reconciliation Week, Friday, May 27. Starting at 6 p.m., the ceremony will include a Welcome to Country and performances by female dance group Shauntai Batzke and Wurundjeri, Djirri Djirri. Guest speakers will include Kimberley Moulton of Museums Victoria and a talk by the artist himself, Kent Morris.

For more information on what’s happening at Federation Square, head here.

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