UNEARTHED by PluginHUMAN, Lorraine Brigdale and Akshat Nauriyal: A projection-mapped mural and microverse

December 2021, 6/63 Fitzroy Street St Kilda, AUSTRALIA.

This project is supported by Asialink Arts, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and The Australian High Commission in New Dehli, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Inspired by the wild spaces that exist within and around us, PluginHUMAN, Lorraine Brigdale and Akshat Nauriyal bring you UNEARTHED, a projection mapped mural and microverse.

UNEARTHED engages both physical and digital landscapes. The artwork features a mural that spans the exterior of PluginHUMAN studios, 6/63 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda (Australia). Audiences can scan a code within the artwork to access a microverse – an online audio-visual landscape. At night this artwork is transformed into a projection mapped light experience.

The UNEARTHED mural features contemporary re-workings of traditional Yorta Yorta shields by Lorraine Brigdale and enlarged micrographs by Betty Sargeant.

The mural also features an icon that connects audiences with a microverse. When audiences hold their phones to the icon, they see an abstract audio-visual digital landscape created by Akshat Nauriyal. UNEARTHED comes alive at night with projection mapping by Justin Dwyer.

“In this project is an opportunity to unite a First Nation woman’s contemporary view of traditional Aboriginal war shields (men’s business) together with contemporary ideas in scientific imagery, illumination and video art. The collaboration prioritises Aboriginal art as an integral part of the visual imagery, encouraging a conversation around cultural awareness which is always this artist’s intention” (Lorraine Brigdale).

PluginHUMAN live and work on the land of the Yaluk-ut Weelam clan who are Boon Wurrung people. We pay respect to elders past and present. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land.

CREDITS:

Betty Sargeant: Artist (micrographs), creative director, producer.

Justin Dwyer: Artist (projection mapping), technical director, programmer.

Lorraine Brigdale: Artist (shields), cultural leader.

Akshat Nauriyal: Microverse developer, audio composer.

THANKS TO:

Asialink Arts

The Australian High Commission, Delhi India

Renew Australia

The Exertion Games Lab