Archival documentation of a social history digital media project I created for the opening of Artspace Mackay, Queensland in 2002.
Spirit and Place was a feature social history exhibit combining objects in a 10m long showcase, archival imagery on lightboxes and a single-screen multimedia projection.
I developed the technical systems and screen design, and created hundreds of original digital video, stills and audio media resources for the project.
Using a proprietary software to facilitate creation of real-time multi-layered compositions of digital video, stills, text and audio, 25 'story modules' were created, ranging from 90 seconds to 5 minutes duration.
Each module was a story told by one of twenty Mackay residents I video interviewed for the project. The youngest was 15 years old and the oldest, 97.
The installation sensed visitor movement in the space to trigger replay of story modules in random order, avoiding any sense of repetitive looping. Transitions between modules comprised dozens of themed digital photos evoking personal histories and the different environments of the region.
There were two audio systems in the space – one delivering the sound accompanying the stories, the other ambient sounds recorded in and around Mackay.
The result was a richly textured multimedia experience conveying a strong sense of the local region, encouraging reflection upon its unique cultural and social histories.
I was assisted on the video interviews in Mackay by Anita Sheehan and Ian Bryson.
The two Mackay residents who appear in this documentation are Francis Shepherd (American Friends) and Issac Fawquandie (Plays a Big Part).