SCULPTURE PARK LANDS IN SUBI
GEMMA Weston always loved art while growing up in Bunbury but it was not until her art teacher encouraged her to think of it as a career, rather than a hobby, that she decided to study Fine Arts at Curtin University.
“I liked the way artists pictured the world, that way of thinking through objects and images,” Weston said.
“I had every intention of being an artist, but I think my skills run more towards facilitation and behind the scenes things rather than making.
“After university I gravitated more towards writing about art and organising exhibitions, and through that became interested in curating.”
All this was before Weston would know anything about using augmented reality in art, but the part-time curator at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA is certainly entrenched in the technology now as curator for Subiaco pARK.
Presented by The City of Subiaco for Perth International Arts Festival, Subiaco pARK is a sculpture park with a difference, where all eight Perth artists have responded to the natural and built environment of Subiaco’s Theatre Gardens.
The only way to view these augmented realities is by using the Subiaco pARK app at Theatre Gardens in ‘real time’ on a smartphone or tablet.
“The works use the full spectrum of scales and locations, sky to underground, intimate to monumental,” Weston said.
“We’re bringing the moon up close and personal and the insects out from the undergrowth.
“Each artist has a unique approach and has brought the methods and interests of their regular practice to bear on this new context, so there's works that use stop motion animation, works that are 3D modelled and works that use only sound.”
Weston hoped the experience was as exciting and meaningful for people who use the park every day as those visiting specifically for PIAF.
“Theatre Gardens itself is used by such a wide range of demographics and age groups,” she said. “I think there's something in there for everyone, kids and adults, artists of all ages, digital novices and experts.
“Because augmented reality is invisible to the naked eye and because you have to seek out the works rather than seeing them immediately, there’s a process of discovery that I hope offers the opportunity to engage deeply with the park itself as much as the works.”
Subiaco pARk curator Gemma Weston at the Theatre Gardens.