Dadirri is the Aboriginal practice of inner deap listening and quiet still awareness; tapping into the deep spring that is within all of us. Miriam Rose is a pioneer of using this practice as a gift, not just for fellow Aboriginal peoples, but for all Australians.
Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann is an Aboriginal elder from Nauiyu. She is a renownded artist, writer, and public speaker. Becomming the Northern Territory’s premier qualified Indigenous teacher in 1975, Miriam held the position of Art Consultant with the Professional Services Branch until 1993 when she was appointed Proncipal at one of the schools in her home town.
The key role of dLab is to respond to innate projects and ideas in each location it finds itself. In the Northern Territory our facilitators, Elle Fredericksen and Yasmine Smith have been working closely with Miriam-Rose as well as Pip Gordon of the Gathering Tree and Djilpin Arts who have supported their work on the ground and sought our assistance in developing part of the visual story of Dadirri through the production of a three minute film.
With additional investment, a thirty minute film will be created highlighting Dadirri’s practical applications in mental health, trauma recovery, education and even its potential to provide economic development to the Nauiyu community through Educational Tourism Tours and University Affiliated Courses.
Alongside the film, resources that support ‘on country’ learning experiences through an interactive application using locally produced and maintained content would provide a holistic response.
The Blanasi Collection
Named after master didgeridoo player, David Blanasi, the Blanasi Collection is of international significance. After his disappearance in 2001, the paintings came under the care of of the Ghunmarn Cultural Centre owned and operated by Djilpin Arts.
dLux MediaArts has come on board as Djilpin Arts main technology partner for the development of an augmented reality gallery experience, using the dLab Program as the content driver.
The National dLab Program has been working with Djilpin Arts since 2013, and begun prototyping the first augmented reality animation and video experiences for the Blanasi Collection during September 2015. The outcome of this project will be a complilation of content to be used in a museum iPad tour where visitors can navigate their way through the exhibition using the paintings as trigger images to access stories and local knowledge.
This year more films and educational animations that talk up cultural and traditional practices from Arnhem Land will be created. In March, dLux sent dLab mentored animation artist, Alice Markham, from its Wagga Wagga location to assist Elle and Yas in delivering workshops with local participants.
The augmented reality tour launch will coincide with the opening of the Ghunmarn Cultural Centre on July 23.