Laura Boynes

Jul 312017

During the time I have spent at DADAA I got the chance to give their new Virtual Reality thing a shot. It was amazing with all the features you could use to create your own virtual world. From fire, stars, snow embers and electricity. It felt like being inside a glitter lamp.

I have put in an application of Talent Camp. My goal is to write a proper feature film and have it funded. Now with the special help of Simone Flavelle and Lincoln McKinnon I have finally found an idea for a feature film that I hope will be amazing because it’s about autism.





Jul 282017

It’s a rainy winter’s afternoon at DADAA and I have been interviewing artists about their experience of Mixed Reality to date. We have just finished a month long period of experimentation with Virtual Reality that has proved to be hugely successful for all the participants. We are now moving in to the second half of the year with renewed energy from working in another dimension. Not all of the artists will directly incorporate virtual reality in their future work however the experience of working in another realm has really opened their minds to technology. Many of the artists are working towards incorporating ideas of perspective, identity and new digital technologies into their future work. Hear more from Cameron Dermer and Julia Hales below.

Interview with Cameron Dermer

Laura: How do you think Mixed Reality is going so far?

Cameron: Really good, I enjoyed doing the Virtual Reality on Google Earth and working with Lincoln on my documentary about DADAA.

Laura: What have you learnt?

Cameron: I have learnt about different kinds of camera angles, computer technology and how to interview people. I’ve created the questions and rehearsed them before the film shoots. I have learnt to use the tripod, putting it up and down and how to pack it away. I have learnt to use eye contact when I’m talking to people or the camera.

Laura: Did Virtual Reality give you any new ideas/or what did you get out of using it?

Cameron:  It gave me good imagination. It made me feel happy because I was seeing the world and was  in outer space. I would like to use Virtual Reality more, like when I come to my sessions later in the year.

Laura: What would you most like to get out of Mixed Reality this year?

Cameron: More camera stuff. Film, finish and present my documentary in the cinema at DADAA.


Interview with Julia Hales

Laura: How have you found the experience of being a facilitator and leader for Mixed Reality?

Julia: It has gone really well, it has been a new experience for me. I have been able help other people with my leadership, I have always wanted to help other young artists in the world.

Laura: What have you learnt?

Julia: I have learnt so much in this project. I have learnt to help people with virtual reality. I would speak about what virtual reality means and make them feel comfortable and not afraid. I would also help to put on the headset so they could see another dimension and the future. I have enjoyed being part of the meetings and learning about the other artists, we work through the artists and I learn about what they are all making. I have also learnt to help other people with their goal setting and mapping their big dreams.

Laura: Did Virtual Reality give you any new ideas/or what did you get out of using it?

Julia: I’ve learnt how to do Tilt Brush, tilt brush means painting in different colours in the dark. I also tried Google Earth, I got to see different cities. Virtual Reality is good for people with all kinds of disabilities. It helps them to do things that they can’t do normally and it’s a way of escaping.

Laura: What would you most like to achieve as a mentor on Mixed Reality this year?

Julia: I would like to go to a Goal Setting workshop where I can get even more experience on how to help the other artists work towards their goals. I would do another workshop with the Mixed Reality Artists and see if they are moving closer towards their big dreams. Some day in the future I’d like to help down syndrome people to map out their dreams at the down syndrome association.



Jul 142017

Virtual Reality has showed me what people haven’t seen yet but I would recommend it to others who haven’t but they might be scared at first because they haven’t seen the world we are currently living in that is called Google Earth and the first time I went in I was very curious about the whole thing because I had heard of it I just didn’t quite know what was actually through those goggles to me it was like a magnified version of the world we live in today and in 3d and my mind went crazy and was like what is happening?

Then I had a couple of sessions doing that and I wasn’t so mind blown and just had fun with it drawing and the google brush filter and did some of my dance moves in there that was a fun element to use and we were originally located in Fremantle somewhere close by but then Simone told me that they had brighter future for the place to be somewhere else in Fremantle which had a wider space to use and from there to here it’s the same but bigger space to use which I have used to my advantage

Moving from Virtual Reality and actually solely focusing on my dance peice which is my passion beyond passion. I got to play with the space that was a hell lot of fun and I haven’t got to use the floor work in my routine yet but I am excited to do that because the building needs more revamping so I can pretend that’s happening until I get to do that

The best part about my dance now that my dance is growing I added some of my favourite dance moves and some help to follow on the dance with the music makes me happy that we can finish the dance in time so we can have one whole dance makes me want to say BUT I AM OK

Jun 212017

Today I felt happy as normal because as I am a natural born performer who loves being on the stage I had my first dadaa showing and mum came straight from Melbourne just to see me because dad couldn’t make it and Michelle came to watch me in action in at the class which was fun and joined in with the stretching and warming up

I felt like its been a while performing solo in the studio like it was the first time because Tracksuit it is with other people while performing in the studio this one is for me BUT I’ AM OK