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Scar Tissue: The resilient nature of Murdering Creek
2 Jun 2016
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A foreboding road sign attempts to direct the driver towards a place that they’d rather forget: a blight on the beaches of Noosa, the surfboards and the summer holidays. Or is it? What’s in a name?

As a recent arrival on the Sunshine Coast, I was surprised to find that many people were unsure of the history behind the ‘Murdering Creek Road’ sign, and very few had actually visited the area. The sign stands as a reminder of a terrible tale of greed, fear and injustice which resulted in the ambush and murder of a number of the Gubbi Gubbi men from the Lake Weyba area, and the subsequent relocation of remaining members. 

The opening quote in my installation reflects a sore point with some local inhabitants who had petitioned council to change the name of ‘Murdering Creek Road’ to something more palatable. Something perhaps a little 'nicer'. This proposal, quite rightly, drew fierce opposition and was rejected.  I'm not trying to make a political statement, but am merely conveying what I have experienced through the exploration of a place which has had a profound impact upon me.  I see the sign, like the natural environment that lays hidden behind it, as a metaphor for healing, reflection and growth ... like the scarred trees that I've encountered during my journey thus far.

The 50 photographs which I've packaged into this installation form the first portion of my Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries project.  The photographs were captured during the 25 hours that I’ve spent on site and reflect the shifting light, visual and audio textures throughout the day. The audio soundscape is a woven texture which combines ten layers of sound that was also recorded on site between dawn and dusk and is designed to reflect my voyage of discovery through this amazing place. The haunting guitar sounds that echo through the latter stages of the piece were acquired during a chance meeting with a young fellow, Matthew, whom I encountered quietly strumming his guitar for the spirits of Murdering Creek on a late Autumn evening.  Matthew told me that he likes to play for the spirits and gets a good vibe from them. “I think they like my music”, he said with a grin.

If you're interested, there is a package of photographs from this slideshow at http://www.artofjimbo.com/murdering-creek-ii-may-2016/ and a corresponding blog post (with some additonal snippets and images) at http://www.artofjimbo.com/murdering-creek-sunshine-coast-weyba/.

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