Tower a power for art
DIGITAL media artist David Carson believes the Yagan Square digital tower could open up doors for artists like himself who are exploring new territory.The Hamilton Hill resident’s commissioned 360-degree video work of a woman swimming for the City of Mandurah’s Stretch Arts Festival in May is reaching an even wider audience on the 45m-high tower for 12 months.
Mr Carson said the screen was the perfect format for his unusual work.
“Ordinary video goes around but there’s a line where it meets itself, but if you do it seamlessly you can have things moving all the way around, so it fits this format; you don’t have an edge,” he said.
“My background is as a painter, but I’m a filmmaker now, and I’ve done a lot of work to be projected inside domes on 360 video, which is quite new.
“I’ve got a 7m-wide, 4m-high inflatable dome that you go inside, lay on the floor and the video is all around you.”
It was footage of people queuing up at the dome during the festival that caught the eye of Screenwest, which programs the digital tower footage.
“The hardest thing, when making video media, is where do you get the thing seen,” Mr Carson said.
“You can always put them online, but it’s not the same as standing in front of that (the tower).”
David Carson with his latest work in Yagan Square.