Australian Indigenous “Dreaming” Comes To Bali

KUTA, Bali (BPN) – Australian Consul-General in Bali, Jo Stevens, officially launched the immersive digital installation Walking Through a Songline at Discovery Mall Bali, alongside the Head of the Bali Tourism Office Tjokorda Bagus Pemayun.

In Indonesia, this exhibition was first held by the Australian Embassy in Jakarta and has since travelled to Surabaya and Makassar, before being shown in Bali.

Walking through a Songline, curated by the National Museum of Australia in partnership with Mosster Studio, is based on the internationally acclaimed exhibition Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters.

In her remarks at the opening of the exhibition in Bali, Australian Consul-General Jo Stevens said, “Across the seven minutes of the Songlines experience you will be taken on a multisensory journey”, which brings to life an Indigenous Australian Dreamtime story.

In Indigenous Australian culture, Dreamtime stories explain how Ancestral spirits created the land and everything on it.

Songlines, or Dreaming tracks, map the routes taken by Ancestral spirits as they travel across the land in the Dreamtime stories.

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“This story has helped pass on Indigenous Australian cultural practices and values from generation to generation. We hope this exhibition will likewise act as a ‘pathway of knowledge’ for Indonesians and Australians today,” said Stevens.

Walking Through a Songline is open and free to the public from 27 October – 12 November at Discovery Mall Bali in Kuta.

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