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.
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 hand print that brings the seasons to life. The screens offer 32 simultaneous points of touch across the entire surface so multiple people can play, discover and learn at the same time.
The first season completed tells the story of the Kaurna season of Kudlilla – the cold season. To represent this season, 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 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, you can experience the current season.
Interactive Experiential Art
MOD. Museum of Discovery at University of South Australia
CONCEPT AND SCRIPT
Karl 'Winda' Telfer