Digital artist Craig Walsh is working across four of the five participating communities to capture the stories of FIVE participants – including those for Busselton's two arts projects. His project will involve a short residency in each community, during which he will meet participants and partner organisations. During this time, he will film short vignettes shared by participants, which will be a collective expression of what a community, of place and of community arts and cultural development process.
In Busselton, Craig collaborated with Hiromi Tango – installation and performance artist – to develop a core concept for the Digital Artwork and Community Sculpture projects. Working with the notion of 'belonging', Craig filmed digital portraits that captured stories about experiences of and lives in Busselton. This work complemented Hiromi's use of the 'suitcase' in community workshops that resulted in an architectural assemblage of hundreds of suitcases, filled and decorated with the creative work and the stories of more than 1000 participants.
Craig also spent time at the Ephemeral Arts site, capturing footage of the nature-based installation in Ludlow Forest.
On 22 November, a community celebration and exhibition opening took place at the ArtGeo Cultural Precinct. Digital projections illuminated the Community Scultpure, and photography from the Ephemeral Arts project was also on display. About 130 guests attended to share in the success of the project.
The final digital artwork from Busselton, called BE-LONGING-S Busselton, is available below for viewing. It is made up of the digital portraits filmed during FIVE Busselton. Click on the thumbnail to watch it on Vimeo.
At the conclusion of FIVE in late 2014, Craig's digital artworks will allow DADAA and Rio Tinto to showcase the outcomes of FIVE in other venues around Western Australia and nationally.
Craig Walsh is one of Australia’s leading digital artists and has collaborated with Rio Tinto previously, developing a work on the rock art of the Burrup Peninsula that was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney in September 2013.