Oceanic Art Society Forum: free Sunday events
A day of free events celebrating Oceanic art and culture, including a curator tour of the exhibition Melanesian art: redux, a choir performance and a screening of newly digitised titles from the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
These events accompany the two-day Oceanic Art Society forum titled Aboriginal and Pacific art: collections and artists, then and now.
Image: Kapriman people, Blackwater River, Papua New Guinea Gable mask from ceremonial house façade mid-1900s (detail) © Kapriman people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association’s (PIMA) Code of Ethics
PNG film screening
A series of archival films from Papua New Guinea, screened in collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
The black heart of New Guinea
Dir: Edward Albert Briggs, 1925
30 min, 35mm-to-digital, B&W, silent
With an introduction and live narration by Helen Dennett and Joyce Robertson
Based on field work done by E A Briggs, a University of Sydney zoologist who walked through the western Torricelli mountains in 1925. The cultures filmed were those of the Gnau and Au people of the Torricelli mountains in today’s Sandaun province (former west Sepik province).
Talkabout: the Australian territories – Baining fire dance
Prod: Jack S Allan, 1963, 3 min, 16mm-to-digital, B&W
With an introduction by Natalie Wilson
Includes scenes of PNG women from the Gazelle Peninsula in northeast New Britain preparing yam, taro, banana and pigs for a feast and men performing a traditional night fire dance.
Bugla yunggu: the great Chimbu pig festival
Dir: Gary Kildea, 1972, 50 min, 16mm-to-digital, colour
With an introduction by Melinda Robertson
Filmed in January 1972 at Mintima Village near Kundiawa in the Chimbu district of Papua New Guinea.The Naregu people are celebrating the Chimbu pig festival. Footage includes preparation of ceremonial dress, festival dance and aspects of village life. Note: This film contains scenes of customary animal slaughter which may be confronting for some viewers.
Dir: Martin Maden, Bike Johnstone and Pengau Nengo, 1985, 21 min, 16mm-to-digital, colour
With a video introduction by Martin Maden
A film about trying to make a film in Paris when you don’t speak French and you don’t know anybody. The film was undertaken by three Papua New Guinea nationals, graduates of the Skul Bilong Wokim Piksa, PNG’s national film school. The men were invited to attend an Ateliers Varan direct cinema workshop in Paris. The documentary was made during this visit.
Tokelauan Group performance
Celebrate Tokelauan culture through traditional song and dance that explores fishing, island life and faith. The Tokelauan Group began its journey as a youth group in 2007 participating in the Catholic World Youth Day that was held in Sydney in 2008. Since then they have performed at many cultural events, sharing Tokelauan culture.
Sunday 3 February 2019 1:30pm – 2pm
Location: Entrance court
Join curator Natalie Wilson on a tour of the exhibition Melanesian art: redux, offering insights into the exhibition and the Gallery’s Melanesian art collection.
Sunday 3 February 2019 2:30pm – 3pm
Location: Lower level 2