Monkeystack was commissioned by the University of South Australia Museum of Discovery (MOD.) to bring to life an exhibit conceptualised and scripted by Karl ‘Winda’ Telfer, a Kaurna cultural bearer, artist and community leader.
The exhibit at the entrance to MOD. is presented on the Street Gallery Touch Screens – a video wall of ten 55” HD touchscreens mounted side-by-side in portrait orientation to provide a seamless 10800×1920 pixel Windows desktop! The screens offer 32 simultaneous points of touch across the entire surface.
It’s a truly stunning canvas to tell a magnificent story of the seasons from the perspective of Indigenous Australians – our first scientists and astronomers.
Visitors to MOD. are able to interact with the screen by placing their hands atop a handprint that brings the seasons to life.
The first season completed tells the story of the Kaurna season of Kudlilla – the cold season. To represent this seasons, Monkeystack animated a snake, kangaroos, emus and an eagle all moving amongst a landscape of earth and sky, with the constellations being explained by their forms.
The second season completed, Woltatti – the hot season – saw us animating fish, a bush turkey, a yabby and a kangaroo rat against a setting of foothills, scrubland and fire.
The third season is currently on the screens at MOD. and will take you on a journey in preparation for the Kaurna season of Parnatti, the season between April-June.
If you are in Adelaide, and you can get to the Museum of Discovery on North Terrace in the city, it’s well worth your time. If you can’t, have a look at the video below: