Multimedia Exhibit Inspired By Australian Reconciliation Movement & Involves Hugh and Deborra-Lee Jackman, Baz Lurhmann, Donna Karan, Will.I.Am, Naomi Watts, Fiona Stanley, Miranda Kerr and Brandon Walters
New York, NY â€“ (January 20, 2009) â€“ Company X Editor Bruce Ashley recently lent his talent to a sweeping multimedia collaboration conceived by Australian contemporary art and acclaimed fashion photographer Russell James, and co-created by Indigenous Australian artists, highlighting the work of Clifton Bieundurry.
â€œNomad Two Worldsâ€? was inspired by the Australian reconciliation movement (initiated by Australian prime minister Kevin Ruddâ€™s apology speech in February 2008) between its modern western culture that settled there some 200 years ago and its Aboriginal people, the worldâ€™s oldest surviving culture.
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The unique art and film project will premiere on January 22nd at the Stephan Weiss Studio in NYC and will be on exhibit through January 29th. Opening night will be hosted by actor Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee. willi.iam, Grammy Award-winning artist and lead singer of The Black Eyed Peas, will also present his “Viral Apology” music video, based on Prime Minister Ruddâ€™s apology speech.
Three short films by Russell James will also provide a glimpse of his broader “Nomad Two Worlds” project thematic: INNOCENCE, INHIBITION and DISCOVERY as the three stages of cultural collision are explored: the past, the present and potential future outcomes through meaningful reconciliation.
For Editor Bruce Ashley, â€œNomad Two Worldsâ€? was an opportunity to contribute to a cause with global impact. Ashley, who was brought in by Cyclops Productions, worked closely with James to bring the concepts of the three art films to life, and with will.i.am on the â€œViral Apologyâ€? music video, which can be viewed on YouTube.
â€œWe had such a great connection,â€? says Ashley. â€œIâ€™m bringing my editorial, sound design and visual take to the music video, Russell has his stunning photography and will.i.am is contributing on a musical level. We tried to reflect the spirit of Russellâ€™s photography â€“ the portraits and ethereal landscapes of Australia — juxtaposed against footage of the governmentâ€™s apology to the aboriginals.â€?
Ashley also brought on Andrew Hollander of Sugarbox Studios to create an original score for the art films, using well-respected indigenous musicians such as singer Clifton Bieundurry and didgeroo players Paul Boon and Tim Delany, and incorporating natural sound effects from the region.
â€œThe creative collaboration with the composers at Sugarbox and the musicians was incredibly inspiring,” remarks Ashley. â€œWe had amazingly talented artists in our studio, some of the best in the country, who gave us an authentic and superb soundtrack.â€?
In addition, Ashley worked with fellow Australian, Tim Oâ€™Connor, President & CEO of MobiNow, a global provider of mobile-based social communities and mobile platforms.
â€œToday, mobile phones are the instruments of broadest reach to anyone anywhere in the world,â€? says Oâ€™Connor. â€œAs a fellow Australian, it was impossible not to be moved by Kevin Ruddâ€™s speech, by Russell James and Lisa Foxâ€™s enthusiasm and dedication to the â€˜Nomadâ€™ project, and by the many Australians like Bruce Ashley who have worked tirelessly to make this initiative a reality. We subsequently offered our services for free to this cause helping to create a platform where people can access and understand what â€˜Nomadâ€™ is doing through this reconciliation campaign.â€?
MobiNow, using their mobile platform infrastructure, created a mobile site (
) enabling anyone, anywhere in the world to view indigenous art, read the story behind it, download wallpapers and didgeridoo ringtones, and become involved with the project. Ashley and Oâ€™Connor also collaborated on a compelling and breathtaking video, which is available through
â€™Nomadâ€™ was a chance to do something non-commercial, creative and philanthropic,â€? concludes Ashley. â€œIt was challenging because the concept is subjective and we had to communicate peopleâ€™s understanding of what happened with the aboriginals, and what the Australian government is trying to do to remedy the situation. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd set a western precedent as far as apologizing to indigenous cultures.â€?
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Project Title: â€œViral Apologyâ€? music video
â€œInnocenceâ€?/â€?Inhibitionâ€?/â€?Discoveryâ€? art films
Production Company: Bella Films
Director: Russell James
DP: Russell James
Executive Producer/Producer: Scott Spanjich
Where shot: Australia
Editorial Company: Company X
Editor: Bruce Ashley
Assistant Editor: Renn Cheadle
Producer: Gwynne Evans
Music & Audio Post Company: Sugarbox Studios
Mixer: Jeff Slutz
Music Producer: Andrew Hollander
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