Digital artist Craig Walsh is working across all five participating communities to capture process and impacts of individual FIVE projects – including those for the large-scale sculpture. His project will involve a short-term residency in each community, during which he will meet participants and partner organisations. During this time, he will capture the unique processes and impacts of FIVE.
Craig visited Paraburdoo during May and June 2014, spending time as a FIFO artsworker. In Paraburdoo, Craig worked with community participants in the creation of a digital portraits work. This was open to everyone in Paraburdoo. People were invited to share stories and experiences about what 'belonging' means to them, in the context of living in Paraburdoo. These were filmed and woven together into a collective portrait of the community. Stories involved experiences of work, family, the land and other aspects of life in Paraburdoo.
On completion of the digital work, a community celebration was held in Paraburdoo on 7 June. More than 150 people attended the larger-than-life projections of the final work, titled BELONGING Paraburdoo. You can view the film below.
Craig Walsh is one of Australia’s leading digital artists and has 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.