A community initiative, Manguri Wiltja was designed as an interactive, Indigenous-inspired playspace in which city kids could experience remote community life through a combination of weaving, sound and play.
FORM, in conjunction with Tjanpi Desert Weavers and Polyglot Theatre, last month put together a community outdoor play space called Mangui Wiltja, an interactive children’s playspace that brought the experience of remote community like to city kids in Fremantle, WA.
Manguri Wiltja was in development for three years, resulting in the creation of an experience that lies in between visual arts and performance, blurring the line between life in remote Australia and life in the city – where generations mix, and cultures are shared.
A playspace of repurposed tyres, intricate woven forms and evocative sounds invited children and families to explore, listen, and learn tjanpi weaving skills. A wiltja (traditional shelter) created from delicate woven circles offers a tranquil space for contemplation. The installation draws upon the playful yet sophisticated aesthetics of both the Tjanpi Desert Weavers and Polyglot Theatre, to introduce children to the culture and Country of Warakurna.
In partnership with Fremantle Arts Centre, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Polyglot Theatre and FORM presented the world premiere of their collaboration, Manguri Wiltja as part of Revealed in April 2019.
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