A moving sonic response to Indigenous objects and artefacts held in museum collections globally, Spirit of Things: The Sound of Objects is a new music-based performance work by Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs, members of the award-winning musical duo, the Stiff Gins, in collaboration with renowned British director Felix Cross.

Simpson and Briggs became concerned by the disconnection and distance between Indigenous cultural objects in numerous museum collections and their ancestral country. To the artists, objects such as these are more than mere shadows of the past: they are living entities, buzzing with life. Spirit of Things will awaken these objects, unlocking them through music, stories and performance to reconnect them with their communities and creators once more.


Created and Performed Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs (Stiff Gins)
Director Felix Cross
Designer Lucy Simpson
Lighting Designer Fausto Brusamolino
Video Media Designer Mic Gruchy
Music Director, Guitar, Drums and Percussion Syd Green
Composition Nardi Simpson, Kaleena Briggs and Syd Green
Commissioned by Performance Space

Produced by Performing Lines


Narelle Lewis | Producer
[email protected] | +612 9319 0066


May | YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, VIC

October | Liveworks Festival, Carriageworks, NSW