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Posted by Craig Walsh

We are now in the process of projecting each of the 26 portraits in diverse locations around Paraburdoo and in the mine site. Keep an eye out over coming nights and you might see someone you know projected around town.

Craig Walsh films ephemeral projections over the coming nights in preparation for the collective artwork to be screened on 7 June 2014 in ParaburdooCraig Walsh films ephemeral projections over the coming nights in preparation for the collective artwork to be screened on 7 June 2014 in Paraburdoo

The purpose of these one-off ephemeral projections over the next few days is to video record individuals projected into the local environment and then to compile all 26 portraits (along with their statements) recorded in the 26 locations. Once we have recorded all the content, it will be compiled into a video artwork, collectively making up a portrait of 'people in place' talking about their life in Paraburdoo.

This new work continues to develop dialogue around what it means to 'belong' and explores how specific environments influence our condition. Specifically in Paraburdoo, forms of resilience and adaptation emerged through the personal reflections that I gathered through the video portrait stage of the project. As an artwork, I wanted to connect these ideas and experiences with elements of the immediate environment, merging people and place to highlight the influence of environment on who we are, what we think and how we connect to the places we occupy.

Presenting these outcomes in a digital format enables the work to be shared into the future. This is important as I hope it acts as a catalyst for these types of discussions to further develop in the broader community and provide access to important information based on personal experiences. From my short time here, I recognise the complexity and varied forms of engagement people have with Paraburdoo – as a town and as a community. I hope this work goes some way towards a greater understanding of this very unique way of life and what can be gained from sharing our experiences.

This new artwork along with the tree projection of Micheal ingie will be included as part of the evening celebration on the 7 June. I hope to see you there.

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