EXHIBITION TIMES: SAT 14 MAR, 11AM–6PM & SUN 15 MAR, 11AM–5PM
Aurum is an essay film that traverses layers of history and mythology to examine our complex relationship with gold. A symbol of power and a unit of value, the lure of gold has shaped civilisations since ancient times. Today gold remains both visible and hidden. Still the object of desire, it now also forms key components of electronic devices and space technologies. Aurum reveals a story of obsession and the power of a single material to transform societies.
Shot across Victoria and Western Australia, the film surveys key contemporary sites of gold extraction and production. The film is presented within the main banking chamber of the iconic ANZ gothic bank constructed at the height of the Victorian gold rush boom in the 1880’s.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which we film and exhibit our work, and pay our respects to indigenous Elders past, present and emerging. We would also like to acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.
This event takes place in conjunction with the Geographies of Gold event presented by Monash Architecture Urban Lab and the Atlas of the Underground Project.
Visit Geographies of Gold for event details.
With thanks to the ANZ bank for hosting the event, as well as Saracen Minerals, Ballarat Gold Mine, MinAnalytical and Perth Mint for access into their facilities for filming.