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MADA Art Forum: The Mulka Project


Wednesday 6 March, 1-2pm
G104, Building G
Monash Art, Design and Architecture
Monash University, Caulfield Campus
FREE /// All welcome

The Mulka Project is a digital library and production centre that was established to sustain and protect Yolngu cultural knowledge and language under the leadership of community members. Located in Yirrkala in northeast Arnhem Land, it facilitates the production of audiovisual material and new-media artwork, along with repatriating valuable artworks, texts, images, sounds and videos of Yolngu culture.

Join us for an in-conversation with members of The Mulka Project who will be visiting Melbourne during MUMA’s international group exhibition Shapes of Knowledge, where they will present a cinema of works from the archive and discuss the collective and cross-generational qualities of their organisation.

‘Mulka’, meaning a sacred but public ceremony and to hold or protect, was officially established in 2008 to sustain and protect Yolngu cultural knowledge and language in north-east Arnhem Land under the leadership of community members. The Project essentially exists as a physical site for the storage of the Yolgnu archives and a space for creation, training and sharing of culture within the community. Steering the organisation’s new-media focus are two principles: a process of experimentation and the sophisticated use of ‘discovered’ materials which are central to Yolngu art history and connect the past to the present and people to each other.

The Mulka Project is currently Mundatjŋu Munuŋgurr, Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu, Patrina Munuŋgurr, Yirrmal Marika, Arian Pearson, Ishmael Marika, Wukun Wanambi, Rebecca Charlesworth and Joseph Brady.

The Mulka Project is participating in Shapes of Knowledge at Monash University Museum of Art, 9 February – 13 April 2018.

Image: Mulkun Wirrpanda, Milkarri Recording 2013. Image courtesy of The Mulka Project

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