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A digital portrait of Paraburdoo

Posted by Andrea Lewis

The digital project for Paraburdoo is shaping up well, and details are now available for those interested in participating in this unique project. The project is a rare opportunity to share individual stories that will, collectively, make a significant community digital artwork for, and about, the town.

FIVE Busselton, BE-LONGONG-S, digital projection, Craig Walsh in collaboration with the Busselton community, 2013FIVE Busselton, BE-LONGONG-S, digital projection, Craig Walsh in collaboration with the Busselton community, 2013

Led by Craig Walsh, who has become one of Australia's most sought-after digital artists, the project is open to everyone in the community. At several locations around town, Craig will set up camera and sound equipment. In a very informal and friendly setting, people can come by to share a story, an experience or an idea around the project's broad theme – 'belonging'. Stories can be about work, family, the land, or anything else of interest to residents of Paraburdoo. They can be longer stories, or a simple sentence or two. You can participate alone, or with a family member or friend. The idea is to share your experience, and be part of an extraordinary project for the town.

Craig will also work with sculptor Alex Mickle during his residency to capture some of the early work that has happened with the mine site and the community on the large-scale sculpture project.

A public screening in early June will bring all portraits to life. Craig is known for his large-scale and engaging projections of his digital works onto rocks, trees and buildings. This will be the case for Paraburdoo, when the collective digital work – featuring all portraits – will be woven together and publically screened.

The Paraburdoo digital work will, eventually, be part of other FIVE digital projects from Busselton, Geraldton and Derby, that will collectively tell a story about ways of 'belonging' and of the importance of community in regional Western Australia – particularly in towns that have mining operations or a resident or fly-in-fly-out workforce.

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