The RMIT Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) presents a documentary screening of 'Ringtone' by Miyarrka Media. The 30 minute screening will be followed by Q & A with Jennifer Deger.
Yolngu families offer glimpses into their lives and relationships through their choice of ringtones. From ancestral clan songs to 80s hip hop artists and local gospel tunes, these songs connect individuals into a world of deep and enduring connection. And yet, simultaneously the phone opens Yolngu to new vectors of vulnerability and demand. Made collaboratively by a new media arts collective of indigenous and non-indigenous filmmakers, the film offers a beautiful and surprisingly moving meditation on the connections and intrusions brought by mobile phones to a once-remote Aboriginal community. Winner Best Short Film, Visual Anthropology Association 2015; Commendation, Material Culture Prize, Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival 2015; other screenings include Margaret Mead Film Festival 2014, Virginia Film Festival 2014, SIEF 2015.
Miyarrka Media is a media arts collective based in the community of Gapuwiyak, NT. Since 2009 Miyarrka Media have made a number of award winning films and created exhibitions in the US, Europe and Australia. In 2014 Miyarrka's exhibition Gapuwiyak Calling: Phone-made media from Aboriginal Australia featured as a special installation at the Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York. Ringtone was produced in association with this ARC funded project.
A/Prof Jennifer Deger is an anthropologist, filmmaker, and research leader at James Cook University and a founding member of Miyarrka Media. She and has held visiting fellowships at The Center for Religion and Media, New York University and Moesgdaard Museum, Aarhus University, as well as several ARC fellowships, including her recent Future Fellowship entitled Digital Relations: New Media in Arnhem Land.