NI celebrates NAIDOC Week 2020

Making Things Lively Miyarrka Media


You are invited to participate in the Yolŋu art of digital connection.  

Miyarrka Media’s Paul Gurrumuruwuy and Jennifer Deger will zoom from Gapuwiyak to present a performative manifesto for the enlivening force of remix, or the work of making things yuta [new].  

Drawing together material from their recent films and book Phone & Spear (Goldsmiths 2019) these two long-time collaborators will make the case for a yuta anthropology, a co-creative approach to social analysis dedicated to the art of bringing once separate worlds into relationship. 

Paul Gurrumuruwuy is a Director of Laynhapuy Homelands Association, a Director of Goŋ-Ḏäl Aboriginal Corporation social enterprise, and co-founder of Miyarrka Media. 

Jennifer Deger is a Tropical Research Leader at James Cook University, Theme Leader Creative Ecologies at The Cairns Institute, and co-founder of Miyarrka Media. 


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Miyarrka Media is an arts collective based in the Yolŋu community of Gapuwiyak in northern Australia. Led by Dhalwaŋu elder Paul Gurrumuruwuy and James Cook University’s Jennifer Deger, Miyarrka Media have exhibited in the United States, Europe, Australia and Taiwan. Their collaborations include the award winning films Ringtone (2014), Manapanmirr, in Christmas Spirit (2012) and the  installations include Christmas Birrimbirr (2011), Gapuwiyak Calling (2014), and Warwuyu [Worry] (2018). Miyarrka Media's co-created book, Phone & Spear: a Yuta Anthropology has recently been released in print  (Goldsmiths Press, 2019) and digital formats (

You can make contact with Miyarrka Media through Jennifer Deger at


Making Things Lively Miyarrka Media

Image Caption:  Miyarrka Media clockwise from top left: James Ganambarr, Meredith Balanydjarrk, Enid Guruŋulmiwuy, Warren Balpatji, Jennifer Deger, Paul Gurrumuruwuy & Kayleen Djingadjingawuy.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Miyarrka Media team for winning the Society for Cultural Anthropology 2020 Gregory Bateson Book Prize award for their publication Phone and Spear: A Yuta Anthropology. This book is described as a visually striking intercultural exploration of the use of mobile phones in Aboriginal communities in Australia. You can buy a copy of their book HERE

                                                              naidoc WEEK 2020