Budjerri Dyillagamu: Peggeralin
Glynn Urquhart x Peter Waples-Crowe
“Budjerri Dyillagami: Peggeralin” translates to “Welcome to the mountains: Dreaming” in Ngarigo language and is an animated short film Urquhart created in collaboration with Peter Waples-Crowe, a queer Ngarigu artist.
The film is an imagined queer creation story. A genderfluid figure crashes into the earth from an asteroid. Their face and body is in a constant state of flux, never resting on one identity, always changing, representing those not easily defined by existing binaries. Their chest is marked with a rainbow, pointing at traditional techniques of scarification as body embellishment. From their hand, rainbows emerge, and where they meet the ground smaller figures are birthed. These queer children then walk on populating the earth as the larger deity returns to the skies in astral form.
The mountains in the film are 3D scans of Waples-Crowe’s home and workspace. The shifting faces include Waples-Crowe’s and Urquhart's. The work represents the conversations and connection we shared while getting to know each other when working on this project.
Glynn Urquhart is a queer multidisciplinary artist working primarily with animation, digital media, photography, and performance. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Urquhart's work explores themes surrounding the physical, the digital, and the spaces that exist between the two, and how these spaces relate to queer identity. He has had his work shown at solo and group art shows locally around Melbourne, as well as animated short films screened at film festivals internationally.