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Barangaroo Ngangamay multimedia experience


Barangaroo Ngangamay is a unique and authentic Aboriginal cultural experience, using modern technology to tell ancient stories of the world’s oldest living culture. This innovative multimedia artwork is embedded within the iconic Sydney sandstone of Barangaroo Reserve, and accessible on mobile devices via a downloadable app.

The artwork by renowned Aboriginal multimedia artists and curators, Genevieve Grieves and Amanda Jane Reynolds, honours and brings to life the significance of Barangaroo the woman, after whom this part of Sydney’s western waterfront is named.

Watch video: Amanda Jane Reynolds and Genevieve Grieves describe their new multimedia work Barangaroo Ngangamay 

Five rock engravings have been hand-carved into five sandstone rocks around Barangaroo Reserve by male Aboriginal Elders Vic Simms, Steven Russell and Laurie Bimson using manual hand tools such as stones, mallets and chisels. 

The engravings act as a key to unlock five short films depicting the life cycles of the sun, moon and women. Each film is accessible to visitors through their smart phone or tablet using a geo-location app, which plays the films when approaching the engravings.

The engraving designs are aligned with the ecological and historical surrounds at Barangaroo Reserve and feature in the cultural stories told in the short films. 

Barangaroo Ngangamay will run throughout 2017 and the engravings are on permanent display at Barangaroo Reserve.

The free Barangaroo Ngangamay app is available for download for iOS and Android devices. 

Download from App Store

Download from Google Play

Images from the creation of Barangaroo Ngangamay by Genevieve Grieves and Amanda Jane Reynolds: 

  1. Women gathered at ceremony
  2. Ashweeni Mason collects shells in her coolamon
  3. Under the shade of a giant fig tree mothers and aunties teach the jarjums (children) their language, songs and designs in preparation for the Ceremony
  4. Lille, Miah and Maddy Madden at Barangaroo Reserve

Photos by Bonnie Elliott 2017. 

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