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The Sound of the Sky

Murray, Daena Ed. (2006). The Sound of the Sky. Darwin, N.T.: Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press).

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Title The Sound of the Sky
Place of Publication Darwin, N.T.
Publisher Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press)
Publication Year 2006
ISBN 9780980292305   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Editor Murray, Daena
Total Pages 234
Language English
Field of Research 1905 - Visual Arts and Crafts
2002 - Cultural Studies
2103 - Historical Studies
Abstract In the Northern Territory, the weight of the earth is balanced by the impact of the sky. Here on the oldest continent, while the earth is firm, sound carries over vast distances and powerful forces are borne by the sky in the form of cyclones, meteors, lightning, dust storms, bombs and aircraft - phenomena which loom large in Territory experience and myth. Much has been written and spoken about the vastness of the sky in remote Australia: the differences in colour and shade the sun makes, the weighty presence of it, even the 'loudness' of its silence. This book presents a visual record of Euro-Australian artists' responses to the Northern Territory: its land and people and its resonating sky. In retrieving recognition for the significance of the Territory in Australian art, the book opens a window onto a hidden history that relays and reflects upon the transformative role of visual imagery in the process of cross-cultural exchange. ["As the first comprehensive survey of visual responses to the Northern Territory by European artists over a period of two hundred years, The Sound of the Sky has the potential to make a significant contribution to understanding and knowledge about Australian art." Dr Sylvia Kleinert 2006]
Keyword Art
Northern Australia
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