Pemulwuy Dream Team (You Are Here) is an interactive boxing game inspired by the legend Pemulwuy who led Indigenous resistance to European colonisation in 1788. The game grew out of drawing workshops conducted during a Performance Space residency at the Redfern Community Centre. The participants were asked to create a Pemulwuy “Dream Team” to continue the fight for justice but in the contemporary context – exploring the complex interaction between community, space and identity on The Block.
The game was filmed in the famous Tony Mundine Gym, training centre for Champion boxer Anthony Mundine and involves local residents who assume the identity of boxing heroes and take on the chosen opponents they wanted to spar with such as: dealers, developers and colonialists. The work makes an intervention into traditional gaming practices by transforming generic experiences of violence and competition into the specific context of Redfern. It invites the participant to step from the confines of the game – by taking on worthy battles of issues in the local community.