PROJECT DETAILS

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DATE

February 2020

CLIENT

Sydney Living Museums

DELIVERY

Content Production

Installation

COLLABORATORS

Elizabeth Gadsby

Production Designer (dresses)

Scott Fisher

Costume Supervisor

Maryanne Lawler, Mathilde Montredon and Charlie Aplin

Costumieres

Bronwyn Shooks

Milliner

Rob Morton

Cinematographer

Michael Price

Art Director (film content)

Anna Fraser

‘Asylum’ Designer and Motion Designer

The major renewal of the Hyde Park Barracks set out to craft an experience which would capture the emotion and true historical value of this Sydney institution. Coinciding with the building’s 200th anniversary, the renewal project aimed to tell poetic and human stories of the Barracks’ past and legacy, through a participatory and deeply meaningful visitor experience. We created three immersive installation pieces to contribute to this narrative.

The Hyde Park Barracks is a confronting and emotional living record of early colonial Australia. As part of the Sydney Living Museums’ renewal of the site, three immersive film installations poetically tell human stories of the Barracks’ past and legacy.

Weaving together haunting photography and bureaucratic records, a 9-metre projection mural reveals the Barracks’ former use as a women’s asylum, and the documents that coldly record their existence.

In another room, intimate textures drift and flicker over the sculptural forms of dresses, accompanied by the spoken memories of their owners: young women journeying to the colony of NSW.

Life-size video portraits act as a coda to the experience, with descendants sharing the remarkable stories of their own connections to the Barracks, as well as thoughts on the Barracks’ history, and its impact on First Peoples’ communities.

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