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The Mulka Project

MADA Art Forum: The Mulka Project

Wednesday 6 March 2019, 1–2pm
Lecture Theatre G1.04
Building G 
Monash Art Design & Architecture
Monash University, Caulfield Campus

During their visit to Melbourne for MUMA’s international group exhibition Shapes of Knowledge, The Mulka Project presented a cinema of works from the archive and discussed the collective and cross-generational qualities of their organisation.

The Mulka Project is a digital library and production centre that was established to sustain and protect Yolŋu 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 Yolŋu culture.

‘Mulka’, meaning a sacred but public ceremony and to hold or protect, was officially established in 2008 to sustain and protect Yolŋu cultural knowledge and language in northeast Arnhem Land under the leadership of community members. The Project essentially exists as a physical site for the storage of the Yolŋu 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 Yolŋu 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 participated in Shapes of Knowledge at Monash University Museum of Art, 9 February – 13 April 2019.

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