Tower a power for art

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Ju­lian Wright

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).”

Picture: An­drew Ritchie d484128

David Car­son with his lat­est work in Ya­gan Square.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.