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Title: 'Seeing Mardayin': Instability and Ambiguity in the Art of John Mawurndjul, Kuninjku, Arnhem Land, Northern Australia
Authors: Marquis, Jenefer
Wyeld, Theodor
Keywords: Moire
Indigenous culture
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society (IEEE Publishing)
Citation: Marquis, J. and Wyeld, T. 2009. "Seeing Mardayin': Instability and Ambiguity in the Art of John Mawurndjul, Kuninjku, Arnhem Land, Northern Australia. Information Visualisation, 2009 13th International Conference, 539-543.
Abstract: According to the 'Yolngu' and 'Kuninjku' peoples of Arnhem Land, northern Australia, their art connects knowledge to the land. Land comes into being as a part of an ancestral dreaming enacted through performative storytelling. In this region a particular technique for revealing elements of nature is used called 'rarrk'. The technique employs a cross-hatched layering of coloured lines. The surface of these images presents a powerful but ambiguous visual and emotional effect on the viewer. It creates a dialogue not ordinarily possible with more traditional flattened or chiaroscuro techniques. Similar yet distinct from the more familiar moire effects of the early twentieth century European Impressionists, the technique is a peculiarly potent method for communicating a local cultural heritage knowledge to those initiated in its conventions.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/25847
ISSN: 1550-6037
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