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Badu Gili

A public art project featuring the work of six First Nations artists.
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Badu Gili (meaning “water-light” in Gadigal language) is a dynamic light installation featuring the work of six First Nations artists whose ancient stories are projection-mapped onto the eastern Bennelong sail of the Sydney Opera House.

Badu Gili
 is a high-profile project, with high-profile stakeholders:
1. the Sydney Opera House, with its impeccable global reputation for artistic integrity;
2. six First Nations artists, whose works carry deep cultural and spiritual meaning;
3. visual technologists, who transform original art into large-scale animations;
4. and importantly, diverse audiences from around the world.

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Overview

Yakkazoo was invited to bring Badu Gili 2018 to life.

Yakkazoo produced Badu Gili 2018 through its “CoLab” approach, where multiple players collaborate seamlessly to achieve a creative aspiration. Working with curator Rhoda Roberts AO and artists Djambawa Marawili AM, Mervyn Rubuntja, Mabel Juli, Patricia Ansell Dodds, Penny Evans and Aiona Tala Gaidan, Yakkazoo created a visual storyline for the artists diverse artworks to become a holistic, visual and cultural experience, underpinned by an original soundscape by Damian Robinson.

“Badu Gili 2018  is a unique experience, working  with Yakkazoo was a shared undertaking. Through their excellence, depth and creative approach our artists stories were bought alive through new technology. The ancient knowledge that needs to be shared had been painted to canvas and was transported onto the Sydney Opera House sails for the world to access.

The Yakkazoo Dream team approached the work with enthusiasm, fostering a shared sense of belonging and developing excellence. But it was their knowledge of the digital marketing world which brought fresh-thinking to the table. For me their  personal spirit and generosity made this project soar and was above and beyond our expectations, delivering a truly unique collaboration. I look forward to working with them on other projects in the near future. Yakkazoo are solid professionals who surpass expectations.”

Rhoda Roberts, Head of First Nations Programming , Sydney Opera House

All images credit: Daniel Boud