The Library is thrilled to launch a new collaboration with Gamilaraay and Mandandanji artist and animator, Jake Duczynski, to create a unique digital artwork for Mukurtu, a new site aimed at making the Library’s Aboriginal collections more accessible.
Earlier in the year the Indigenous Engagement team reached out to First Nations artists to create a unique digital artwork for the upcoming Library’s Mukurtu site dedicated to making the Library’s Aboriginal Historical Collections more accessible. To facilitate this process in a culturally respectful way, the Library has recently adopted Mukurtu, an open-source plaftorm to manage and share digital cultural heritage.
Jake (pictured) was selected by our panel in a competitive process among other talented First Nations artists. His work explores Indigenous culture through animation and storytelling. He is interested in how technology can assist in cultural collaborations, preserving culture and visualising worlds. On receiving the news, Jake said:
“I’m deeply honoured and excited to develop a visual identity for Mukurtu. The website presents us all with a great opportunity and important responsibility. It will act as the conduit between communities seeking knowledge, communities preserving culture and First Nations people solidifying their identity in emerging spaces. It will not be hidden – but accessible, fluid and continuing. Mukurtu will enable the continuation of our emerging identities, building on the vibrancy that exists in the contemporary space - but simultaneously acknowledging foundations in tradition.”
Jake has received a host of awards, including the UTS Young Alumni of the Year Award, a Walkley Award for Multimedia Storytelling, and Best Responsive Website at the SXSW Festival in Texas. His animations have been projected onto the gates of Taronga Zoo, the rooftop of Sydney’s Maritime Museum, across various television networks (SBS, ABC, TEN), and featured in numerous documentaries and short films.
My Grandmother’s Lingo, an interactive animation that highlights the plight of Indigenous languages by exploring Aboriginal culture and the endangered Marra language, is a stunning example of Jake's work. Outside of freelance work, Jake is also an animation teacher and lecturer at UTS.
We look forward to hosting Jake at the Library and sharing his art with you soon!
You can view and follow Jake's work on Tumblr.