Blak Box in Blacktown
Earlier this year, Urban Theatre Projects’ sonic installation Blak Box was unveiled at Barangaroo, offering a portal into the Indigenous stories and histories of the area.
From January 9 to February 2, the surround-sound pavilion will move to Blacktown in the heart of western Sydney with a new program of works, Four Winds.
The latest iteration of the project, curated by Daniel Browning, draws on the oral histories and future visions of the First Nations community in the west, pulling together perspectives of Blacktown elders and teenagers.
The pavilion explores the need for improved intergenerational dialogue within the community, and the elevation of Aboriginal voices at a national level.
The artists, 94-year-old elder Uncle Wes Marne, senior Darug elder Aunty Edna Watson and teens Savarna Russell and Shaun Millwood speak to each other across a “gulf” of silence.
Songwoman Emma Donovan, whose family has created music together in the Blacktown area for generations, will respond to the stories in song in collaboration with violinist Eric Avery.
Blak Box is designed to facilitate “deep listening”, a First Peoples’ concept based on stories, silence and the space in between.