Eugene Perepletchikov


4K digital video 21m07s

Direction: Eugene Perepletchikov, Georgia Nowak
Script: Nic Low
Sound: Byron Dean
Voice: Katherine Tonkin
Drone: Jaxon Roberts
Aurum is an essay film that traverses layers of history and mythology to examine our complex relationship with gold. A symbol of power and a unit of value, the lure of gold has shaped civilisations since ancient times. Aurum juxtaposes today’s extraction and production processes against a tangled history revealing a story of obsession and the power of a single material to transform societies.

The demand for gold continues to rise sharply, driven by global instability and fluctuating economies.  As old goldfields are reignited and new open pits spread through the landscape, the devastating ecological cost of extraction must be calculated on a planetary scale.

Filmed on Kuwarra Country and Wajuk Country (Western Australia) as well as Wathaurong Country (Victoria), we pay our respects to the traditional owners of the lands, and acknowledge the significant impact incurred through two centuries of gold extraction.

Collection: National Gallery of Victoria
Award: Melbourne Design Week 2020 Award recipients