Message Stick - Scars

Melbourne has always been considered the arts city, and a unique commission of Indigenous works in the public arena was done to promote the excellence of arts. The intention of SCAR: A Stolen Vision was to utilize a traditional symbol of Indigenous life in a contemporary manner, and to help the public to reflect on the emotional and spiritual scars of Indigenous people and give a sense of pride as a nation. SCAR intended to create a way of raising awareness and appreciation of the diversity of traditional cultural languages while at the same time recognizing the generation of new forms of artistic expression among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in urban and regional areas.
This project aimed to recognise the existence of over 32 different clan / language groups which have survived throughout Victoria. Artists were encouraged to explore and celebrate themes reflecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, contemporary issues and the reconciliation process experienced since the 1967 Referendum.
Located at Enterprise Park, just up stream from the Melbourne Aquarium, the large river gums are poignant reminders of the thousands of years that this land was occupied by Indigenous people. The 30 poles represent the Victorian landscape. The installation is intended as a symbolic representation of the scars of all Indigenous people and the ongoing process of healing.
Artists including Karen Casey, Ray Thomas, Maree Clarke, Glenn Romanis, Craig Charles, Ricardo Idagi and Treahna Hamm have each created four painted, carved and decorated wooden poles for the installation. Other artists including Lou Bennet and Peter Mumme have created multi-track audio collages portraying the 'story' of the creation of each pole, in word, sound and song. The sound-scapes are designed to bring the poles to life and are triggered by the physical presence of visitors to the square.

This program is released for non theatrical use within educational, government and business organisations. Additional payments under a Screenrights licence are not required. Please contact us for Exhibition or Streaming Licences.

Producer: 
Production Year: 
2003
Duration: 
27 mins
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Standard $88
Schools $66
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