A walk-through experience of Aboriginal dance in the Welcome area of the Gallery of First Australians (GFA) at the new National Museum of Australia (NMA).
The Welcome is based on a cycle of six dances that reflect cultures from different parts of the country – a men’s dance, a women’s dance, a fishing dance, a drumming dance, a rainbow serpent story, and an urban dance.
The six dancers are projected life-size onto the walls of the gallery – three on each side. Images from the GFA collection of paintings by aboriginal children are integrated with the dance and music. The image of a snake sculpture from the GFA collections circles the room in the period between dances.
The audience interface responds to footsteps in real-time from 32 square metres of vibration sensitive carpet. Six network synchronised PC workstations render interactive 3d graphics and surround sound effects over six data projectors and thirty speakers mounted in the gallery.
Barrass S. (2007) An Immersive Interactive Experience of Contemporary Aboriginal Dance at the National Museum of Australia, in Ros Bandt, Michelle Duffy and Dolly MacKinnon (eds), Hearing Places: Sound, Place, Time, Culture, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 111-125, ISBN 1-84718-255-0; ISBN 13: 9781847182555