Yagan Square tower opening doors for digital media artist David Carson

Hamilton Hill artist David Carson has his latest work up on the new Digital Tower in Yagan Square the heart of the City. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Hamilton Hill artist David Carson has his latest work up on the new Digital Tower in Yagan Square the heart of the City. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

DIGITAL media artist David Carson believes the Yagan Square digital tower could open up doors for artists like himself who are exploring new territory.

The Hamilton Hill resident’s commissioned 360 degree video work of a woman swimming for the City of Mandurah’s Stretch Arts Festival in May is reaching an even wider audience on the 45-metre high tower for 12 months.

Mr Carson said the screen was the perfect format for his unusual work.

“Ordinary video goes around but there’s a line where it meets itself, but if you do it seamlessly you can have things moving all the way around, so it fits this format, you don’t have an edge,” he said.

“My background is as a painter, but I’m a filmmaker now, and I’ve done a lot of work to be projected inside domes on 360 video which is quite new.

“I’ve got a seven-metre wide, four-metre high inflatable dome that you go inside, lay on the floor and the video is all around you.”

It was footage of people queuing up at the dome during the festival that caught the eye of Screenwest, which programs the digital tower footage.

“The hardest thing, when making video media, is where do you get the thing seen,” Mr Carson said.

“You can always put them online, but it’s not the same as standing in front of that (the tower).”

Mr Carson said he would like to see more co-ordination between the digital tower and the Perth Cultural Centre screen.

“We have two outdoor exhibition spaces and I would like to see these developed so not only can you see a football match but as a vehicle for artist to have their work seen in the city,” he said.