SEASONS in Blak Box

Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
6 May—5 Jun $29

SEASONS in Blak Box


SEASONS in Blak Box is a multi-part sound work that explores the integral role of plants in the Kulin seasonal calendar. Through the time-honoured practice of deep listening, SEASONS invites audiences to experience climatic and seasonal variation, less as a weather event and more as a cultural phenomenon.

Presented in Blak Box, an award-winning sound pavilion designed by renowned architect Kevin O’Brien, SEASONS is curated by respected Aboriginal broadcaster and radio journalist Daniel Browning. Key First Nations creatives N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM, Isobel Morphy-Walsh, Aunty Joy Murphy AO and Justice Nelson along with featured creatives Fay Stewart-Muir and Mandy Nicholson weave story, language and anecdote in a deeply moving evocation of country.

SEASONS features new music by composer James Henry and lighting design by Karen Norris.

SEASONS is a work that is well suited to people who are blind or vision impaired as it is a listening experience in which the audience can experience music, spoken word and song from First Nations creatives.

A season is as much about the lapse or passage of time as weather events, climatic variation and cycles of flowering and decay. However intense or frightening or beautiful, a season passes and recurs. There are no permanent states, just invariable change. In this sound work—which draws upon the Kulin seasonal calendar—the key artists evoke a different way of knowing their Country and its extraordinary range of physical features, biodiverse habitats, ecosystems and climates. It is a way of knowing—a knowledge system—informed by the Ancestors.
Daniel Browning, Curator

Dates & Times

Thu 6 May—Sat 5 June

Mon—Thu 6pm, 7.15pm
Fri—Sat 6pm, 7.15pm, 8.30pm


  • Adult $29

Transaction fees may apply


  • Curator: Daniel Browning
  • Architect: Kevin O’Brien
  • Lighting Designer: Karen Norris
  • Composer: James Henry
  • Key Artists: N'arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM, Isobel Morphy-Walsh, Aunty Joy Murphy AO, Justice Nelson
  • Contributing Artists: Mandy Nicholson, Fay Stewart-Muir
  • Production Manager: Julie Blyth
  • Sound Engineer: Jack Prest
  • Sound Recordist and Engineer: Darius Kedros

Additional Info

Presented by RISING, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and YIRRAMBOI Festival.

SEASONS in Blak Box was originally commissioned by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria with support from Australia Council for the Arts and City of Melbourne.

Photo by Teresa Tan