Warwuyun (worry)

Jennifer Deger (Creator), Paul Gurrumuruwuy (Creator), Enid Guruŋulmiwuy (Creator), Warren Balpatji (Creator), Meredith Balanydjarrk (Creator), James Ganambarr, (Creator), Kayleen Djingadjingawuy (Creator)

    Research output: Non-textual form - including ERA-eligible Creative WorksCreative Work - ERA-eligible


    Warwuyun (worry) is a digital artwork composed of 50 individual photo‑collages made on mobile phones by members of an extended Yolngu family. These images have been remixed, resized, and repurposed by Miyarrka Media in collaboration with HAWRAF, a team of coders and designers from the New Inc. creative incubator established by the New Museum in New York. The result of this production is a giant interactive touch screen, an algorithmic assemblage of photo‑image grids that form and disperse in an ever‑changing, and never repeating, array of colour and pattern. Yet, for the members of Miyarrka Media there is nothing random or, for that matter, inherently digital at work here. Rather, as computer code generates pattern out of pattern, individuals and family groups become visibly located in a wider matrix of belonging.

    Warwuyun (worry) was commissioned for the exhibition Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age, UNSW Galleries (20 September – 11 November 2017) in association with the The Big Anxiety. The work was created by Miyarrka Media in association with Nicky Telsa and Andrew Herzog (HAWRAF) and Santiago Carrasquilla (ART CAMP) with support from the Australian Research Council.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationSydney
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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