Collaborating with First Nations artist Brian Robinson for Rising in Melbourne


It has been a privilege to help First Nations artist Brian Robinson bring his artwork Zugubal: The Winds and Tides Set the Pace to life for Melbourne’s Rising festival.

We partnered with First Nations artist Brian Robinson to animate his striking linocut prints for projection across one of the abandoned rooms above Flinders St Station.

The artwork immerses visitors in ancestral worlds of Torres Strait Islander astronomy, which existed long before the Enlightenment, the Renaissance, and even the ancient Greeks and Babylonians.

We worked closely with Robinson to unpack the constellation of details his work has become known for, creating bespoke animations to bring the story they tell to life. 

These animations, along with narration, help the artist’s printmaking hark back to Indigenous traditions of dance and oral storytelling over the centuries.

With these animations then projected as a room-scale installation, the result is an arresting artwork that immerses audiences in an unfolding story of ancestral knowledge and beauty.

Zugubal: The Winds and Tides Set the Pace is just one of the artworks featured in ‘Shadow Spirit’, a First Peoples exhibition in Flinders Street Station’s abandoned rooms.

The exhibition is now open from the 7th of June to the 30th of July, with tickets available below:

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