This work features Gumea Dharawal and Dhurga languages. Aboriginal Cultural Intellectual Property © Adrian Webster & Jacob Morris (Gumea Dharawal), Patricia Ellis, Kerry Boyenga & Waine Donovan (Dhurga).
The tick of a grandfather clock counts time down a hallway. Measuring the linear; mapping a story, the generations of a family of European settlers. But what came before this clock and what will endure after?
Engulfed investigates the flood of 1860 in the colonial settlement of Terrera, on Yuin Country. Through language the area is reimagined; the voice used to create poetic gestures enacting an evocative metaphor for the intersections between Australia’s First Nations people and European invasion.
Featuring Australian First Languages Gumea Dharawal and Dhurga, the story of ‘the great flood’ of 1860 becomes an allegory for the plight of Australia’s First Peoples and the enduring effects of colonialisation.
Purchased by Sydney Living Museums Collection 2021
a single channel vocalised soundscape