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Blak Box

Experience the First Peoples concept of deep listening.

Based on oral storytelling, silences and the spaces in between, deep listening is a First Peoples practice to develop respect and community building.

The state-of-the-art Blak Box surround-sound space has been purposely designed by globally-renowned architect Kevin O’Brien. The harbourside pavilion will be filled with a powerful suite of newly commissioned sound works carefully curated by Daniel Browning, presenter of Awaye! on ABC RN. The works bring together a moving range of contemporary First Peoples voices to respond to the past, present and future of the Barangaroo site.

The premiere of Blak Box offers audiences a vantage point for a wider exploration of the First People’s relationship with their waters. This is shared through that most compelling and fleeting artefact of human consciousness – sound. The Urban Theatre Projects Blak Box program is titled humechochorus (hum echo chorus) inspired by the history of the Barangaroo headland, comprising interviews, original music and spoken word performances.

“One of the key themes in the work is the idea that water is sovereign – we can try to shape it, redirect its flows, but ultimately it does its own thing. Aboriginal people are shaped by their relationship to sustaining bodies of water – from soaks and waterholes from creeks and rivers to harbours. No matter where we come from on the continent and the outlying islands we are subject to this sovereign body of water.” – Daniel Browning, UTP Blak Box Curator.

Supported by Barangaroo Development Authority.

There is a mix of 30 minute and 60 minute sessions.
Guests must arrive 20 minutes prior to their session.
Latecomers will not be admitted.



Stargazer Lawn, Hickson Rd, Barangaroo NSW 2000, Australia


Mondays to Saturdays, 5.30pm to 9pm
Sundays, 2.30pm to 6pm

Saturday 2 June to Sunday 24 June 2018

Except Monday 4 June, Queen's Birthday and Monday 18 June


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Accessibility services

  • Mobility access
  • Audio description
  • Sign language

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