This major video commission by Kent Morris (Barkindji/AU) refers to the Barkindji Ancestral constellation story of the two kiinki’ngulu sisters, who appear as two white cockatoos (Corellas) in the sky, representing the clouds of Magellan. This story connects Barkindji people to ancestors and the cosmos in a cultural continuum of shared knowledge that reinforces spiritual cohesion and connection.

Kent Morris‘ work reveals the continuing presence and patterns of Aboriginal history, culture and knowledge in the contemporary Australian landscape, despite ongoing colonial interventions in the physical and political environments.

Barkindji Blue Sky – Ancestral Connections is a 14 minute and 45 second video composed from a series of images taken of the large telecommunications tower on Kurnu Barkindji country, in the centre of Bourke NSW, during a family reunion on the artist’s ancestral homeland. It incorporates the interactions of kiinki (corellas) as they flew around and perched on the surrounding antenna dishes and panel antennas.

The forms and technologies of the built environment are re-imagined and reshaped through a First Nations lens to reflect the long history of Indigenous cultures and knowledges and to reaffirm presence, identity and connectivity.

The UTS Broadway Screen is a 12 metre digital screen dedicated to digital art by Australian artists. Since 2020, the program has commissioned new digital work by leading Australian artists including Daniel CrooksGrant StevensPatrina Munuŋgurr and Ishmael Marika of The Mulka Project, and Cigdem Aydemir. The Broadway Screen in located in UTS Central, a public-facing student and faculty space at the heart of the UTS campus.

Kent Morris

  • Barkindji Blue Sky – Ancestral Connections 2021
  • HD Video
    Duration: 00:14:45
  • 5760 x 1080
    • UTS Art Collection, commissioned 2021
    • Accession number: 2021.002
    • UTS Broadway Screen, Located in the UTS Central, Jones St Lobby Building 2, Level 4A (CB02.4A)