Explore Victoria’s natural, nocturnal world at an immersive exhibition grounded by First Peoples practices of embodied learning. In this 1,000m2 space, you’ll see large-scale multimedia projections, stunning imagery, soundscapes and more. Journey around Victoria, from the night sky, through caves and into the sea. Engage your senses and explore stories inspired by First Peoples knowledge and the environment when Tyama opens at Melbourne Museum on Friday July 22.
Tyama at Melbourne Museum
Tyama is the Keerray Woorroong language verb “to know”, and is about knowing with our whole being. In this exhibition, you’ll uncover stories from the perspectives of animals. Chase pheromones with moths, use sound to see like a bat, learn from fish who sense without touch, and more. This experience is brought to life with interactive digital technology, and features six extraordinary environments. Play and interact in a 360-degree space, listen to exquisite soundscapes and discover objects from the museum collection.
Tyama was developed in collaboration with Keerray Woorroong citizens Yoolongteeyt Dr Vicki Couzens and Yaraan Bundle. The exhibition uses First Peoples storytelling to convey the link between land, language and culture.
“Tyama is a chance for people to experience Indigenous ways of Being, Knowing and Doing and take their place as a Guardian of Country,” said Dr Couzens. “By journeying through the perspectives of animals we share Country with, we re-awaken our senses and are reminded that every animal has something to teach us, a story to tell.”
This self-guided experience will take about 25 to 40 minutes. It will stay inside the Museum’s Touring Hall for about six months.