Barangaroo Reserve - Blak Box, 5.30pm - 9pm and Sundays 2.30pm- 6pm, Free, Age: 6+
‘Deep listening at Sydney Harbour: Past, present and future coexist. If the speed of sound warps our sense of time then we can still hear the crackle of fires lit thousands of years ago on the foreshore of the world’s most magnificent harbour. The presence of the First People is inscribed in the acoustic memory of the place they now call Barangaroo. Contemporary voices share stories of country. Are you listening?’
– Daniel Browning, Urban Theatre Projects, BLAK BOX Curator.
Step inside BLAK BOX at Barangaroo Reserve from June 2-24 2018 and embrace the First Peoples’ concept of ‘deep listening’. Based on oral storytelling, silences and the spaces in between, deep listening is a practice to develop respect and community building. The state-of-the-art BLAK BOX surround-sound space has been purposely designed by globally-renowned architect Kevin O’Brien. The harbour-side pavilion will be filled with a powerful suite of newly commissioned sound works carefully curated by Daniel Browning (presenter of Awaye! on ABC RN). The works bring together a moving range of contemporary First Peoples voices to respond to the past, present and future of the Barangaroo site.
The premiere of BLAK BOX offers audiences a vantage point for a wider exploration of the First People’s relationship with their waters through that most compelling and fleeting artefact of human consciousness – sound. The inaugural BLAK BOX program is titled humechochorus (hum echo chorus) and comprises commissioned oral histories of the harbour headland before 1788, informal interviews and spoken word performances. These will sit alongside over 15 separate commissioned sound pieces comprising original music and hydrophone field recordings taken from underwater at the site. Together the works offer a sound stream of consciousness blending stories of the past (echo), the present (hum) and an imagined future (chorus).
For more info and details please visit the official website here
When: Saturday 2 June to Sunday 24 June 2018
Mondays to Saturdays, 5.30pm to 9pm
Sundays, 2.30pm to 6pm
Closed: Monday 4 June, Queen's Birthday and Monday 18 June
Duration: Blak Box Sessions run for either 30 or 60 minutes. All tickets are free of charge. You must arrive 20 minutes prior to your session time. Latecomers will not be admitted.
Age: Ideally for Ages 6 – 16
Cost: Free, register your free ticket online here
Where: Stargazer Lawn, Barangaroo Reserve
Hickson Rd, Barangaroo NSW 2000
Parking: Wilson Parking operates a public car park beneath Barangaroo Reserve. The car park provides 300 car spaces, including eight accessible parking spaces on level B1. The car park entrance and exit is via Towns Place and it operates between 6:00am - midnight, seven days per week. Please find more information or book online here.