Musical landscapes of Lihir

Gillespie, Kirsty, Lihir Cultural Heritage Association and Young, Diana (2013) Musical landscapes of Lihir. St Lucia, QLD, Australia, The University of Queensland Anthropology Museum.

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Author Gillespie, Kirsty
Lihir Cultural Heritage Association
Young, Diana
Title Musical landscapes of Lihir
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD, Australia
Publisher The University of Queensland Anthropology Museum
Publication date 2013-03
Total pages 1 curated exhibition
Language eng
Subject Curated or Produced Substantial Public Exhibition/Event - Exhibition/Event
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This is the first museum exhibition of Lihir culture anywhere in the world. It features contemporary performance art especially made by Lihirians to demonstrate their culture to a foreign audience, alongside items from the distant past.

For the last fifteen years, the Lihir Island Group, in New Ireland Province, has been host to a large-scale gold mine which has radically transformed its social life and material circumstance. Ancestral performance culture continues to be at its centre. This exhibition, in collaboration with the Lihir Cultural Heritage Association, includes multimedia items including film and sound recordings that set the audio and visual scene.

The contemporary Lihir items are juxtaposed with items on loan from The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, USA. These were mostly collected in 1908 and feature performance objects such as drums, rattles, dress and body ornaments. These are accompanied by sound recordings, also recorded in 1908, that were collected during a German expedition to the islands.

The Lihir display is complemented with select objects from neighbouring cultural groups, thus highlighting the interconnections in performance landscape across the region. The resulting exhibition allows the visitor to become immersed in the soundscape of this remote part of the world.
Keyword Lihir
New Ireland Province
Cultural exhibition
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Duration of exhibition: March - August 2013. Exhibition details: http://www.anthropologymuseum.uq.edu.au/musical-landscapes-of-lihir

 
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