Where the river meets the sky
An epic spectacle of light, movement and sound transformed the night sky for the Fremantle Biennale’s presentation of Moombaki in November 2021.
The Nyoongar word for ‘where the river meets the sky’, Moombaki was a choreographed drone light show re-creating the first stories of Whadjuk Nyoongar Country for all to experience.
With artworks created by Ilona McGuire and a narrative guided by story and knowledge held by Whadjuk Nyoongar Traditional Owners Doris Getta, Marion Kickett, Karen Jacobs, Glenys Yarren, Neville Collard, Stan Headland, Farley Garlett, Walter McGuire Brendan Moore, and project contributors Rohin Kickett and Grant Revell, Moombaki launched the Fremantle Biennale program in 2021.
Across eight nights and three locations in Fremantle, Melville and Cockburn, Moombaki saw over 160 drones take flight over the stage of the bilya (river) and wardan (ocean), to reveal a series of connected stories.
An Australian first, this unique sky show pioneered new technologies to tell ancient and living stories of place.
Music and Sound Design: Josh Hogan and Ned Beckley (Envelope Audio)
Executive Produced: Tom Mùller.
Presented for CROSSING 2021.