Bayi Gardiya (Singing Desert)

Australia, 2019

Creative technology studio: Nakatomi
Performed by Christian Thompson
Composed by Christian Thompson and Mark Mitchell
Sound production by Mark Mitchell at Electric Dreams Studio
With special thanks to Rachael Sheridan, Jeanette Little and Leyla Varela

Mixed reality ACMI commissions
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Bayi Gardiya (Singing Desert) is an immersive, 360 degree moving image and sound experience.

The environment within Bayi Gardiya situates a visitor in the creek bed of The Sixth Mile, Barcaline, western Queensland. The imagery and sound within transforms from morning to midday and then to twilight and night. These transitions also shift through seasonal change to represent and also comment on the impacts of Global Warming on the fragile, semi-desert Hinterland and country represented in the work.

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23 May 2019

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Bidjara (Australian language)


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