FREE EVENT—In collaboration with Extinction Rebellion Blue Mountains

Do not miss this unique and special experience. All welcome. 

Donations are appreciated.

Where: Bullaburra Hall, corner Noble St and Great Western Highway Bullaburra

When: 2pm – 4pm, Sunday March 29


Facebook event special presentation of a “portrait in sound” of the Blue Mountains and its communities is a beautiful work in ‘sense of place’. This unique work is created by local artist Jo Truman, and examines elements of the culture and landscape we live in.

The work was created in 2013, commissioned by WDR Koln (Audioakustisches Kunst) in response to the bicentennary of the crossing of the Blue Mountains by Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson.

It draws a contrast between the narrow dirt track of 1813, and the four-lane highway of today. How do we connect now to nature at high speed through our panes of glass, compared to being embedded in the environment and walking each step?

Post production was provided by Soundheaven Studios, Blue Mountains with John StuartBridge to Otherness—Hassans Wall (charcoal on paper by Jo Truman)

Bridge to Otherness looks intimately at our unique ecology, current population, local colonial history, and elements of Indigenous history.

This work features the diverse and contrasting voices and stories of people of the Blue Mountains, including Gundungurra elders, Aunty Sharon and Uncle Graham, together with ecologists and environmentalists, poets, artists, and even the manager of the Highway upgrade—each expressing their perspectives on our unique World Heritage listed home. The work also contains the artists’ original field recordings of bird and wildlife sounds of the Blue Mountains, some now endangered (such as the superb lyrebird).

In showcasing rarely heard voices, this work provides insight into the many aspects of community, nature and art that belong in the Blue Mountains.

In response to the changes and pressures of modernisation, it asks us to consider “what is progress and what does it mean for us?” This beautiful soundscape experience will be followed by a facilitated discussion with the artist and audience.