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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