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kajoo yannaga (photo by Jacquie Manning)

Presented by ACMI, Now or Never & Melbourne International Film Festival

kajoo yannaga

(come on let’s walk together)

April Phillips


Thurs 22 – Sat 31 Aug 2024

Follow the Companion Sky Spirit through a virtual walk on Country – emerging from the depths of subterranean soils to a ground-level play space, ascending to meet the celestial clouds.

kajoo yannaga is at once a cinematic story, an immersive two-channel projection and a gamified journey guided by First Nations knowledges. Through real-time motion tracking mapping body movement, connect to place and be transported to a vivid Spirit realm sprinkled with signs and signals for those who look to see. With self-determination and generosity in mind, the completion of each circular story cycle pulls you back to start again. Leave kajoo yannaga with a newfound understanding of our shared responsibilities for united, intergenerational healing.

Lead artist April Phillips is a Wiradjuri-Scottish woman of the galari/kalari peoples, based on the Yuin Nation. Her practice is aligned with representations of First Nations futurism, intergenerational healing and digital experimentation to celebrate the potential of computer art for a new world.


Swinburne Studio, Level 1
ACMI, Fed Square

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What time

Thurs 22 – Sun 25 Aug
10am – 9pm

Mon 26 – Sat 31 Aug
10am – 5pm

Sessions run every 15 minutes. The experience is 10 minutes.

Accessibility information

Accessible for low vision

Aural rating 50%

Dog guides and service animals permitted

Language no barrier

Visual rating 50%

Wheelchair accessible

The interactivity – real-time body tracking is accessible to all heights and movements


Lighting dimmed or extinguished

Visual disturbances – rapid change in colour, pattern or visual effect

Escape scene

Eerie sounds

Audience members are asked to please capture and share this work mindfully.

Now or Never

Thu 22 – Sat 31 Aug 2024

Now or Never is a large-scale festival immersing Melbourne/Naarm in the possibilities found where art and technology converge.

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Lead Artist: April Phillips (Wiradjuri-Scottish)

Virtual Art / Animation Director: Pat Younis (Lebanese–Australian) 

Technical Director, Visual Effects and Interaction: Jordan East

Story Artists: Pat Younis, April Phillips

Musician, Vocals, Traditional Dancer, Mocap Actor: Warren Foster Jnr. aka Prodikal-1 (Yuin Djiringanj)

Musician, Song Man, Language, Elder: Warren Ngarrae Foster Snr. (Yuin Djiringanj)

Host Artist: Jarra Karalinar Steel (Boonwurrung, Wemba Wemba and Trawlwoolway)

Sound Composer: Mark Leahy

Sound Design and Mix: Jack Prest

3D Asset Designers: Alvin Zhong (Chinese–Australian), April Phillips, Pat Younis and Jarra Karalinar Steel 

Exhibition Design: Youssofzay + Hart

Photogrammetry 3D object scans from real world objects: Joel Spring and Genevieve Murray (photography April Phillips)

The first iteration of this work was commissioned and produced by Utp as Body Place at Bankstown Art Centre. This project was assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body’s VACS funding. With support from Create NSW, Creative Partnerships Australia, Neilson Foundation, Bankstown Arts Centre and Tactical Lab UNSW, with support from Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1.

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