UNEARTHED by PluginHUMAN, Lorraine Brigdale and Akshat Nauriyal

UNEARTHED by PluginHUMAN, Lorraine Brigdale and Akshat Nauriyal: A projection-mapped mural and microverse

UNEARTHED Opening 2021, photo by Ernest Lew.
UNEARTHED opening in St Kilda, Victoria 3182. Courtesy of PluginHUMAN, photo by Ernest Lew.

Inspired by the wild spaces that exist within and around us, PluginHUMAN, Lorraine Brigdale and Akshat Nauriyal bring you UNEARTHED, a projection mapped mural and microverse.

UNEARTHED engages both physical and digital landscapes. The artwork features a mural that spans the exterior of PluginHUMAN studios, 6/63 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182, Australia until 19 December 2021. Audiences can scan a code within the artwork to access a microverse – an online audio-visual landscape. At night this artwork is transformed into a projection mapped light experience.

The UNEARTHED mural features contemporary re-workings of traditional Yorta Yorta shields by Lorraine Brigdale and enlarged micrographs by Betty Sargeant.

The mural also features an icon that connects audiences with a microverse. When audiences hold their phones to the icon, they see an abstract audio-visual digital landscape created by Akshat Nauriyal. UNEARTHED comes alive at night with projection mapping by Justin Dwyer.

UNEARTHED, 2021. Courtesy of PluginHUMAN.

“In this project is an opportunity to unite a First Nation woman’s contemporary view of traditional Aboriginal war shields (men’s business) together with contemporary ideas in scientific imagery, illumination and video art. The collaboration prioritises Aboriginal art as an integral part of the visual imagery, encouraging a conversation around cultural awareness which is always this artist's intention.”
– Lorraine Brigdale

UNEARTHED was presented at Shepparton Festival, March 2021. The mural and microverse was part of a public installation, on view 24 hours a day over the festival’s opening weekend (18-20 March) and transformed at night into the projection mapped light experience. The mural includes a permanent installation located at GOTAFE North Street, Shepparton.

PluginHUMAN (Betty Sargeant and Justin Dwyer), Lorraine Brigdale and Akshat Nauriyal discussed UNEARTHED as part of the 2022 EyeMyth Media Arts Festival, touching on engaging both physical and digital landscapes, and the microverse.


Betty Sargeant: Artist (micrographs), creative director, producer.

Justin Dwyer: Artist (projection mapping), technical director, programmer.

Lorraine Brigdale: Artist (shields), cultural leader.

Akshat Nauriyal: Microverse developer, audio composer.

This project is supported by Asialink Arts, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and The Australian High Commission in New Dehli, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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