Kaiela Dreaming at Cumeragunja

In this post I would like to encourage people to support a very worthy project being organised by Sharon Aktinson and the Torch Project. The project is titled Kaiela Dreaming multimedia art installation and is scheduled for early Spring (September).

School at Cumeragunja

School at Cumeragunja

The project will be presented at the old school building in Cumeragunja. The school is the oldest building at Cummera (affectionately known).

The pozible campaign comments that:

Help us with the technical costs of transforming the old schoolhouse into a temporary multimedia exhibition site. For a weekend in Spring we will bring the schoolhouse back to life with projections, sound, light and short video and light up this tiny rural community. An evening community event will mark the occasion and supporters are invited to join in.

When we visited Cumera, Sharon discussed her vision for the project, which would involved sound and vision being strategically used to evoke past events at the school and in the Cumeragunja community. For example, Sharon talked about how the children were hidden under the floorboards so they would not be forcibly removed by the authorities.

The multimedia works are being developed through a series of workshops facilitated by the Torch Project, here is the blurb from their website:

Led by passionate community member and language teacher Sharon Atkinson, Kaeila Dreaming gives a group of people from the Aboriginal communities living around the Murray Goulburn the skills to be the content makers, directors and producers of their own stories using new media. Workshops have begun and many of the works made will form part of an installation at the old Cummeragunja schoolhouse in 2013.

Well peeps, I have pledged my support  – what say you?

Here is the link to the pozible campaign: Kaiela Dreaming multimedia art installation

Also, here is some information about the Torch Project:

The Torch Project is a cross‐cultural arts organisation that works in partnership with Victorian communities and individuals from all walks of life. We are committed to creating high quality art that raises public awareness of grassroots concerns and promotes change both locally and beyond.

The mission of The Torch Project is to use creative and collaborative arts based approaches to ignite movements of positive social change expressed within the grassroots of Victorian communities.

I look forward to seeing this project come together over the coming months.

Good luck!

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