Archive for July, 2010

Digital Odyssey images on Flickr + Facebook

While the blog is great for showing snaps from the latest Digital Odyssey events and adventures, we have also just created the Digital Odyssey Flickr site to show an even larger selection of images. Click here to view: DIGITAL ODYSSEY FLICKR IMAGES

We are also uploading these images to the Digital Odyssey Facebook page, so you can check them out here also: DIGITAL ODYSSEY FACEBOOK IMAGES


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Humanature @ Splendour in the Grass!

Craig Walsh Humanature 1999 single-channel digital projection Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland Image courtesy and © the artist Photo: Courtney Pedersen

10 years after Humanature evolved as a creative concept out of the first ever Woodford Folk Festival, it returns this weekend to delight and amaze audiences at Splendour in the Grass 2010.

If you are lucky enough to be travelling to the festival this weekend, you will be able to see this amazing artwork turn large trees by day into monumental portraits by night.

The Cairns residency has now wrapped up, and Craig is currently at the Splendour site setting up for Humanature, and overseeing the install of artworks by the young and emerging artists who are part of the Splendid program.

We will be taking images and vox pop from the festival so check back next week to see images of the work in situ, and hopefully a lot of good feedback from very happy revelers!

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Cairns school workshop

Love the fangs! Images: Craig Walsh masterclass with REACH (Regional Excellence in Arts and Culture Hubs) students from the Cairns region, 2010 single-channel digital projection Trinity Bay SHS, Cairns, Queensland Images courtesy and © the artist. Photos: Craig Walsh

Late last week Craig held a short but highly successful half day workshop with secondary students from the Cairns region, who are all part of the visual art and media group REACH (Regional Excellence in Arts and Culture Hubs). REACH is a fantastic education initiative, which brings together students from different high schools in and around Cairns, with an interest and talent in media arts, to participate in programs which provide further education and skills development in this area.

Organised by Janelle Williams Visual Arts Head of Department at Trinity Bay SHS, the workshop was held in the Trinity Bay SHS art department. Following the workshop, images that the students had worked on during the day were processed by Craig, and students were then invited back to the school to view them projected in the school grounds during the evening.

Thanks go to Janelle for all her fantastic work making sure the stars were aligned for the workshop to happen, and biggest congratulations and thanks to the participating REACH students for all their hard work and enthusiasm! We hope it was a wonderful and inspiring day!

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Who’s Average photo call – Cairns Night Markets, this Saturday

Who’s Average project Sturt Reserve Murray Bridge, South Australia Image courtesy and © Craig Walsh. Photo: Mick Bradley

What: photo call for Who’s Average Project
Where: Cairns Night Markets, 71-75 The Esplanade, Cairns, Qld
When: 5.00pm – 10.00pm Saturday 17 July, 2010
Who: YOU!

This Saturday night Craig will be setting up at the Cairns Night Markets to document people for the Who’s Average project. If you are in Cairns get down to the night market from 5pm to be part of this Australia wide artwork!

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Craig Walsh Masterclass, Bonemap’s Emerald End Art Camp, Mareeba

Images from top: Emerald End Studio, Masterclass, projection artwork by Craig Middleton, Kyle Wilson, Rebecca Youdell and Russell Milledge, 2010 from the Digital Odyssey masterclass, Emerald End Art Camp, Mareeba, Queensland Images courtesy and © the artists. Photos 1-4 Craig Walsh 5+6 Kyle Wilson

Check out the amazing images from the recent masterclass held at Bonemap’s Emerald End Art Camp in Mareeba, Qld. Participants worked well into the night creating works responsive to the local environment, which were then projected in and around the camp including the nearby creek.

The masterclass was extremely successful – for the participants as well as the ticks living in the scrub who thought all their Christmases had come at once! Lucky the trusty first aid kit was at hand (well done Annemarie!). Big thanks to all the participants including Russell Milledge and Rebecca Youdell, Elizabeth Dunn, Riley Grycewicz, Craig Middleton and Kyle Wilson, for all the excellent work created and help documenting the artwork displays. Video from the masterclass by local videographer Leigh Harris coming soon!

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Craig Walsh Masterclass

Craig Walsh in collaboration with the Raukkan community with projected image of David Unaipon, from the Digital Odyssey workshop in partnership with Carclew Youth Arts and Country Arts SA, 2010 duel-channel digital projection Raukkan, South Australia Image courtesy and © the artist. Photo: Craig Walsh

Today is day two of a three day intensive masterclass Craig is holding with 9 artists from the Cairns region. The masterclass is being held at Bonemap’s Emerald End Art Camp in Mareeba, just out of Cairns in the Atherton Tablelands. With Coordination assistance from experienced Digital Media Program Manager Annemarie Kohn, and technical support from established Graphic artist Steven Thomasson, the masterclass is a highly intensive technical and creative learning experience for all participants. Our sincere thanks go to Russell Milledge and Rebecca Youdell, co-owners of the Art Camp and founders of hybrid media group Bonemap, for generously allowing the Digital Odyssey masterclass to be held at their amazing venue. Check out more information about Bonemap here.

Images and video footage of the masterclass are being taken and will be displayed on the website in the coming weeks. For now though, displayed above are images from the first Digital Odyssey masterclass held in the town of Ruakkan, South East of Adelaide near the mouth of the Murray River, with 6 members of the local Aboriginal community. Raukkan was the home town of preacher, inventor and writer David Unaipon (of the Ngarrindjeri people) and his imagery and writings offered rich material which was interpreted and incorporated into the many projections created as part of the masterclass.

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Adam Murakami’s mentorship with Craig in Murray Bridge

Adam Murakami and Craig Walsh setting up for Who’s Average project Sturt Reserve Murray Bridge, South Australia Images courtesy and © Craig Walsh. Top Photos: Hiromi Tango. Bottom photo: Mick Bradley

Earlier this year, local Adelaide based artist Adam Murakami undertook a mentorship with Craig as part of the Murray Bridge Digital Odyssey residency. Adam was our first mentee, and did a great job assisting Craig, particularly with the Who’s Average photo shoots. Adam’s photomedia skills meant that he took charge of documenting people for this project at key events in Murray Bridge.

Its Adams road image that is used on the home page of the Digital Odyssey website, and more images of his work can be seen at his website here. Many thanks to Adam for writing a bit about his experience and the importance of projects such as Digital Odyssey for the community.

Recently I completed a mentorship with Craig Walsh in Murray Bridge SA, as part of the Digital Odyssey project. Without trying to sound too boring and long winded, here are a few of my thoughts on my involvement with the project.

Basically this was a great opportunity for my own practice as it allowed a good deal of insight into the work of Craig, while being able to discuss my own concepts and perceive the notion of visual art in a different context to what I am personally accustomed to. My own interests lie within the realm of the photographic and film based, extending this into new media and more recently performance work, so being able to work on projects related to my practice, but with a different focus and direction (community, public, space etc) was a great chance to expand my personal thought process.

I think with community based projects such as these, it sometimes can be risky to wager the amount of involvement that will occur, but I believe Murray Bridge took well to this, especially when works were shown as part of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performance, and the river projections. With a project such as Digital Odyssey basically being the first of its kind in Australia, I think the result is going to be something unique and original at the conclusion of the tour. I believe it will be the retrospective of all involved through the tour, the documentation, the work, the stories discussed and the experiences shared between people and communities, which will contribute to an important body of work in its own right, when all is said and done and the Odyssey is over.

I say if people get an opportunity to go out, check the projects happening around the country and get involved it is a great chance to be a part of something unique happening within visual arts in Australia right now.

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