Light Installations

The 2019 theme of Language Expressions – Alkenyele Angkentye Intelhe-iletyeke, has informed the festival’s light projections and art installations as well its program of talks, performance and workshops, shining a light on the beauty and complexities of Central Australia’s vast network of Indigenous languages.

Coinciding with the UN Year of Indigenous Languages, the theme explores the notion of language as an instrument of power and story development, and as a form of expression beyond the spoken word.  

Lighting the Ranges, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia.
5/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

Lighting The MacDonnell Ranges

‘The Language of Country’ - Ankgentye Apmere-kenhe

ALICE SPRINGS DESERT PARK

Be treated to a theatrical experience unlike any other as two kilometres of the MacDonnell Ranges acts as a canvas for a series of stunning lighting effects, celebrating the beauty, uniqueness and survival of this ancient landscape. The voice of actor Aaron Pedersen, an Arrernte descendent, narrates a script written by Arrernte people, taking the audience on a stirring journey through Country, the kinship system and language.

Lighting the Ranges, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia.
5/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

Interact with the lights

‘The Language of Colour’ - Angkentye Intelentye-kenhe

ALICE SPRINGS DESERT PARK

Step inside the large interactive industrial container where you can control the lighting on the landscape in front of you. By selecting colours from a virtual palette, and using your fingers to colour in the scenery, you will witness the landscape being illuminated in real-time through the magic of projection and your own imagination.

Grounded 2019

Grounded

'Living Sands' - Ahelhe Itethe

ALICE SPRINGS DESERT PARK

This festival favourite returns in 2019 with the work of new artists projected on the desert sands to create a seamless canvas on Country. The animated sequence will be accompanied by an atmospheric soundscape, creating a fully immersive experience. Seven local and Central Australian First Nations artists have contributed works to the installation. The specialised projection equipment for Grounded is provided by the Aboriginal-owned Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA).

Language of Kin, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia.
5/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

THE LANGUAGE OF KIN

Angkentye Anpernirrentye-kerte

ALICE SPRINGS DESERT PARK

Arriving at Alice Springs Desert Park precinct this year, you will be welcomed by an illuminated tunnel that honours local Arrernte people by celebrating their kinship system. The immersive light installation features an accompanying soundscape, creating a surreal and educational experience that allows you to explore the complex system of kinship. Take your time, listen and learn before proceeding through the full length of the installation.

Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. Artist Johnny Young and David Wallace with his work “Language of Stockman”
5/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

The Language of Stockman

Angkentye Stockmen Mape-kenhe

ALICE SPRINGS DESERT PARK

Showcasing the lesser-known social history of First Nations station workers and their language of the land this series of over-sized sculptures replicates the original miniature artworks by local artists Johnny Young and David Wallace. Stockmen have been integral to the Central Australian pastoral industry for generations, teaching other Stockmen about how to survive on Country. The sculptures have been hand-crafted by younger artists of Tapatjatjaka Art Centre under the guidance and supervision of David. This is a true community engagement project that allowed the younger men to get involved and learn from a senior artist.

Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. Artist Mervyn Rubuntja with his work Language of Change.
5/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

The Language of Change

Angkentye Arrpenhe

ALICE SPRINGS DESERT PARK

For thousands of years, Australia’s First Nations people have travelled with the seasons, following their songlines to take part in important events and gatherings. Today these songline journeys continue using different modes of transport to travel across borders. Three buses, known locally as ‘Bush Taxis’, will feature the works of First Nations artists Mervyn Rubuntja (Iltja Ntjarra/Many Hands Art Centre), Rene Kulitja (Maruku Arts) and local Arrernte artist Phillip McCormack. The artworks depict notions of 21st Century change. This installation is created in collaboration with local mural artists Mark Twohig, Brushcraft Signs and Tom Fry.

Language of Children, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 5/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

The Language of Children

Angkentye Ampe-kenhe

ALICE SPRINGS DESERT PARK

An oversized, inflatable maze recognises and encourages the way children communicate during play as a great connector, leading to a sense of belonging, being and becoming. The interactive installation features artwork by Valerie Napurrurla Morris and depicts Nakamarra and Napurrurla women hunting for bush foods. The artwork was created during a workshop by the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education on location at Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation.

Todd Mall, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia.
7/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

The Language of Moths

Angkentye Akngarte-iwelheme-akerte

TODD MALL

At the request of Arrernte advisors, a series of large-scale sculptural representations of Moths, as well as lighting effects of the Stink Bug, Ilperenye, will decorate Todd Mall with incredible lighting effects. Adding another layer to the Caterpillars from last year, the installation honours ancestral beings for Mparntwe, and the Arrernte people’s ancient relationship to the physical and spiritual world. The Moths were designed at a workshop with independent artists with The Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

Todd Mall, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia.
7/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

Lighting Todd Mall

Todd Mall Alharrketyeke

TODD MALL

Todd Mall will again be transformed through stunning lighting effects incorporating patterns and colours along with Arrernte words designed to educate and inspire those who walk through it.

At the request of the Arrernte advisors, and to complement the large-scale Caterpillars and Moths installations, the lighting effects will also honour another ancestral being for Mparntwe the Stink Bug, Ilperenye.

Todd Mall, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia.
7/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

FOREST SPACE

Apmere Anteke Arne-kenhe

ALICE PLAZA, TODD MALL

A reimagined version of the 2018 Forest Space will be appearing in Alice Plaza this year. The installation is inspired by the trees that grow in clusters across the desert, providing not only shelter required for survival, but also material to create critical equipment and tools such as coolamons, water collectors, digging sticks, spears and boomerangs. The trees are depicted through a series of large lanterns, with artworks originally designed for textiles by various artists while studying at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, including an artist represented by Ikuntji Arts.