FourByFour is a unique COVID-19 response, commission and collaboration between WA movement artists, choreographers, composers, arts organisations and VR producers.
The Revelation Perth International Film Festival, contemporary dance company Co3 Australia and Tura New Music come together to commission 4 Virtual Reality works with 4 VR directors, 4 choreographers, 4 dancers, and 4 composers to interpret the unique WA State assets of the WA State Library, the Art Gallery of WA, the State Theatre Centre and PICA.
This cross-disciplinary project seeks to unite all these elements in a unique collaboration designed to deliver a Virtual Reality experience where musicians, movement artists, and filmmakers can explore space, art, history, story and architecture.
FourByFour is designed to initiate new employment opportunities between sectors and exploit new technologies and new approaches of those technologies, encourage professional development by exposing filmmakers to new forms, while exposing audiences to hidden corners of buildings, collections, architecture, histories and people.
About the Project
FourByFour is site-specific and divided into 4 x 4 minute modules or “Movements” produced in Virtual Reality/360′, but also able to be experienced without VR headsets. Each Movement represents the artist’s interpretation of or experience within the site. Whether it be through the interpretation of the architecture, a response to the collection, or the exploration of the history, each work will bring the site to life. Each element of each Movement will be produced in a unique collaborative approach across art-forms to create 4 unique pieces which when combined, tell stories of time, place and space.
How to Watch
The films premiere for free in VR at XR:WA 2020 in Perth on 3-6 December, 2020. All films will be available to experience at the State Library of WA, PICA and Art Gallery of WA during the venues’ business hours.
Tura New Music Commissions
Tura has commissioned 4 composers to collaborate with choreographers, VR Producers, and dancers to create a new work in response to the current climate and the chosen sites.
Composers will work with musicians of their choosing and develop the work in the ambisonic VR environment.
Hailed by The Australian as possessing a “rare gift as a melodist” and by Limelight as expressing “both exquisite delicacy and tremendous power”, Australian composer Lachlan Skipworth writes orchestral, chamber, vocal and experimental music. His vivid musical language is coloured by three years spent in Japan where his immersion in the study of the shakuhachi bamboo flute inevitably became a part of his muse. Winning the 2014 Paul Lowin Prize for orchestral composition established Skipworth’s reputation, and led to a string of major commissions and an appointment as composer-in-residence with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
A highly versatile and eclectic composer, Alice is comfortable working across multiple genres and mediums. Her work includes electro-acoustic, chamber, and orchestral music, which has been performed across Australia and internationally by artists including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Syzygy Ensemble, and the Letter String Quartet. Her music is often concerned with human emotion and the natural world. She seeks to create immersive and engaging sound worlds that take inspiration from natural phenomena and intersections between humanity and nature.
Ned Beckley & Josh Hogan
Ned Beckley and Josh Hogan are Fremantle based artists with a multi-faceted practice in which sound and music is the key material of communication and investigation. Together they run Envelope Audio, a studio facility focused on music production and audio post for long-form media. Beckley and Hogan have each composed locally and internationally for film, TV, installation, games and VR.
Rebecca Erin Smith
R. E. Smith is an award-winning Australian composer and interdisciplinary artist who specialises in collaborative media and concert works. She works primarily with large ensembles of acoustic instruments and the human voice, utilising traditional notation alongside multimedia textile graphic scores. Most recently, her work has been internationally premiered in Japan and Singapore with the WA Youth Orchestra and Orchestra of the Music Makers (SG), Canada and the USA with Phoenix Ensemble, and nationally at Perth Concert Hall with the WA Symphony Orchestra, Edith Cowan University and Perth Symphony Orchestra.