NORTH TERRACE SOUNDSCAPE

 

Ngintaka at Angatja

by Curtis Taylor with Anangu Traditional Owners

Prince Henry Gardens on North Terrace where the Soundscape can be heard
Prince Henry Gardens on North Terrace where the Soundscape can be heard
Sound artist Curtis Taylor preparing to install the audio equipment in the tree behind him
Sound artist Curtis Taylor preparing to install the audio equipment in the tree behind him

"Ngintaka at Anagatja" is a public art installation based on recordings of the Inma (song and dance) associated with the Ngintaka songline at a place called Angatja. Traditional Owners of the Songline made the recordings in the 1980's to preserve the Tjukurpa (story) for future generations. Curtis Taylor, a Martu sound artist and filmmaker from the Pilbara region has collaborated with the Traditonal Owners to produce a mesmerising soundscape that transports the listener to the remote desert lands of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara.

The Soundscape coincides with the Ngintaka Exhibition presented at the South Australian Museum until June 22, 2014. This innovative public art project converts a pedestrian walkway into an outdoor listening room thereby transforming a public thoroughfare into a destination, inviting passers-by to engage with South Australia's Indigenous heritage.

The project was assisted by the Adelaide City Council and the South Australian Museum and it encourages people to actively participate in the cultural life of the city by engaging them with the cultural program of a major heritage institution and South Australia's peak organisaiton for Aboriginal artists, Ananguku Arts.

Young Anangu learn the Ngintaka Inma at Angatja
Young Anangu learn the Ngintaka Inma at Angatja

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