Nov 122018
 

Patrick Carter, Bloom, 2017, 4.25 minutes.

An established artist and performer, who has worked with DADAA since 2007, Patrick Carter has demonstrated is adeptness across art forms, including painting, dance, performance and musical compositions. Patrick’s new work for Mixed Reality, is the first of a series of three film works.

As with all his works, Bloom is a personal meditation exploring health, wellbeing and vulnerability. Set in a hospital, a space traditionally associated with healing, Patrick appropriates the sterile and isolated medical room which he sees as devoid of emotional or familial connection, to create an alternative space for his own recovery.

The following two videos for Bloom (currently in development) will see Patrick take control of his own healing, as he continues to seek out alternative environments for his own recovery.

NOTE: BLOOM is still in production with parts 2 and 3 and will be exhibited in 2019 as part of REVEALED, Fremantle Arts Centre.

Nov 072017
 

Now we are at the end of writing of the script! It has been a great experience for me to work with amazing scriptwriter Finn O’Branagain. We have been working hard writing and editing the script since July.

Finn is on the left of the picture and Julia on the right. They are on opposite sides of a thin table looking at a computer screen. There are art objects around them and white walls

I am the star of the whole play and acting on stage as Claire Stewart as well. This is making my dreams happen. It’s about the Down syndrome community and Home And Away, and there will be a party with dancing at the end. I have other performers with Down syndrome on stage with me.

I have learned so much researching the history of Down syndrome. It is so interesting finding out about how sad it was for people who were put in institutions, how people with disabilities including Down syndrome were treated, and howthey used to live together in one place – the Fremantle Lunatic Asylum.

I want this play to help people to learn more about Down syndrome’s history, and not to be scared of having babies with Down syndrome, and giving people who have Down sydnrome a great life.

I want all doctors to please give new parents who’ve had the test for their babies with Down syndrome to give them the right information to keep their babies.

Now we are going into the development and putting it on stage for the first time – reading the script and trying it out.

I am very exited to be in The Blue Room for the development. Thank you to the people at The Blue Room for supporting and funding of play, and letting me use the space for workshopping for development.

I have done a play at The Blue Room before – many years ago, for WAAPA. I am looking forward to being there again working on my play next week.

It’s been great working so far in the new building of DADAA WA, The Old Boy’s School in Fremantle. It’s very big and beautiful, with a lot of space for people to work.

Thank you to everyone for your support for this play and working with me to make my dreams happen.

Thank you to the Australia Council, The Black Swan Theatre Company, DADAA, Perth Festival, and Finn O’Branagain, and thank you for setting up for me to meet the cast of Home And Away! It was so exciting.

I’m looking forward to developing the next part of the show.

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Nov 072017
 

On Friday October 20, Sarah Pollard and Liam Hubbard took part in Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery’s THE BIG DRAW.

Sarah prepared her kangaroos for the experience with the works below…

 

More about THE BIG DRAW to come…

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Nov 072017
 

Sarah Pollard collaborated with Laura Boynes and Lincoln MacKinnon on November 3 to create a digital work.

Pictured in projection of a painting of her family farm with overlaid projection of kangaroos on acetate, Sarah looks forward to showing her work in progress on November 29 at the State Theatre Centre of WA.

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Nov 072017
 

On Thursday November 2 Patrick Carter finally made it to St John of God Hospital in Midland after five times of trying!

Working with Laura Boynes, Lincoln MacKinnon and Deborah May, Pat performed in projections of his works, KUNG FU and HIDING BUSH in the hospital’s Clinical Simulation Room.

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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

Jul 052017
 

     

At The start I had to lead 2 people with virtual reality and that was a new experience for me because I am learned from the teacher myself as in me being the student I am not trained to be the leader I doont really like to be thrown in the deep end like that but it is good for me and I have experienced my favourite thing ever which was inserting my own images in the virtual reality which was really cool but what was challenging was how to make the images bigger or to make the canvas of the picture like all I can see through the goggles but I am yet to figure that bit out and I have been showing other people to use the virtual reality so I am the demonstrator so I like that about what I am doing today

It is now holidays so I have 2 weeks off from dance so all I have is dadaa (Virtual Reality), volunteering, going to the gym that’s my favourite part and having a life is what I love blogging is apart of that I write it down how I feel in the moment if I am feeling a human emotion I like to write it but at dadaa lets me type but I am Ok