Murmurations is a public response to the unique history of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Hyde Park Barracks as a site representing the forced migration of people.
Murmurations is a digital artwork by First Nations artist Tony Albert and Sāmoan–Australian artist Angela Tiatia, commissioned specifically for the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Hyde Park Barracks. The work brings together First Nations perspectives from Australia and the Pacific to explore the history of the Barracks as a site of migration.
Murmurations tells the migration story of two separate groups through the lens of indigeneity. The artistic team look at a world, time and place abstracted and ever-morphing; perhaps it is far into the future or long ago in the past. The work centres around exploration and encounters; not ones met through politics, war or conflict, but through love, ceremony and engagement. Murmurations asks what we have to give to one another, rather than what we want to take away. Migration and coming together become a direct focus for shaping our understanding.
This project is proudly supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW Blockbusters Funding initiative. The Murmurations program was commissioned by the City of Sydney as part of Art & About.