Resilience & Vision

Raukkan is an Aboriginal community of about 150 people on the shores of Lake Alexandrina. Most people have no idea where it is, even though it’s featured on our $50 bill. The two short films presented intend to show Raukkan as both a place like any other and a place like no other.

The first work, Resilience, is a short film based on the artist’s experience of residing in Raukkan and engaging with the community through conversations. It is a deeply spiritual community, reflecting a long history of connection to the lands and waters of this region. The recent drought deepened the great sadness and frustration felt by Ngarrindjeri people, and many others who share their concerns. It also reinforced the importance of caring for land to the broader community. Resilience is about bouncing back; back to where we were. Resilience questions if where we were is where we want to be.

The second work, Vision, indulges the emerging filmmaker in Mike and presents the beauty of Ngarrindjeri country as a unique cinematic experience. Vision is perhaps more accurately described as projection art than film. Images of the natural beauty around Raukkan are abstracted, intensely coloured and manipulated. Beauty is found both in obvious places and not so obvious ones.


See the films!

 ‘Resilience’ and other short films

When: Friday 10 July, 2pm

Where: Raukkan Community Hall

This screening will occur during NAIDOC Week 2015



When: Sunday 27 September

Where: Wellington Courthouse


Image: Kungari Mosaic. Designed and made by Kevin Kropinyeri (pictured). Photo by Mike Tye.


24. 10. 2015


Vision is the second film I made for this project. It is deliberately different than the first film, Resilience, as I wanted to try out some new techniques with the film editing software. The film is a response to conversations I had in Raukkan. It is also a response to actually being out filming wildlife. […]


Michael Tye

Michael Tye

30. 09. 2015

Vision. The second film to come out of my residency in Raukkan.


Michael Tye

Michael Tye


‘A Day in the Life of Raukkan’ and other short films: Friday 10 July, 2pm, ‘Resilience’: Sunday 27 September


Artists in Residence with Community Participation


Mike Tye


Raukkan Community Hall, Wellington Courthouse

About the Artist

Michael Tye

Michael is primarily a mosaic artist specialising in the design, fabrication and installation of unique mosaic and decorative tilings. He also works as a community artist and has worked on community mosaic projects throughout South Australia.

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