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FourByFour Now Streaming on Facebook & YouTube A unique production collaboration designed to deliver a VR experience where musicians and movement artists can explore space, art, history, story and architecture A REVELATION FILM FESTIVAL & XR:WA COMMISSION Learn More

About FourByFour


Uniting art, performance and film production elements designed to deliver a Virtual Reality experience, FourByFour consists of four immersive VR short films produced by Revelation Perth International Film Festival and created in collaboration with Co3 Contemporary Dance and Tura New Music.

4 VR directors, 4 choreographers, 4 dancers and 4 composers will each interpret the unique landscapes of 4 locations in the Perth Cultural Centre – the WA State Library, the Art Gallery of WA, the State Theatre Centre of WA and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts – exploring space, art, history, story and architecture in this high-concept, multidisciplinary collaboration of physical expression and digital technology.

COVID-19 brought the art and performance sector to a standstill and FourByFour is a fusion of craft designed to forge new relationships, born out of a mission to provide employment opportunities to creative artists as well as to produce and share inspiring, creative works.

FourByFour premiered for free in VR at XR:WA 2020 in Perth on 3-6 December, 2020.

How to Watch

The four 4-minute immersive films are available to experience below under each film’s section.

Watch Trailer


Executive Producers

Revelation

Richard Sowada

Sowada has been an active player in the Australian Screen Culture sector for over two decades. Sowada is founder and current director of the Revelation Film Fest and XR:WA and was also 9-year Head of Film Programs at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). In 2020 he directed the St Kilda Film Festival, in 2018 he co-directed the Brisbane International Film Festival and he also currently curates the Melbourne Design Week film festival. Sowada is currently completing a PhD looking at the cycles of film distribution and exhibition in Australia and is a passionate advocate for alternative screen cuture and the WA screen industry in all its forms.

Co3 Contemporary Dance

Alana Culverhouse

Alana is a practiced arts manager, heavily involved in the WA Arts and Culture sectors for the past two decades. In 2018, she was appointed Executive Director of Co3 Contemporary Dance, with 10 years of experience steering arts investment and development in Western Australia with the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries. Her areas of expertise include Business and Financial Management, Strategic Planning, Event Management, Government Administration, and Contract Management in the non-profit sector. Alana is committed to leading contemporary arts practice and profiling Western Australian contemporary dance in new and innovative ways nationally and internationally.


Tura New Music

Tristen Parr

Tristen Parr is a highly versatile acoustic and electric cellist specialising in new music performance and performer integrated sound design for theatre, dance and installation. Tristen is a founding member of the award-winning Decibel New Music Ensemble whose focus is the commissioning of new electro acoustic works and the development of new graphic score formats and notations. Tristen employs this interest and passion for experimental music and collaboration into his work as Program Manager for Tura New Music, producing program and supporting artists and community to create meaningful opportunities and connections nationally and internationally.


Company Artistic Directors


Co3 Contemporary Dance

Raewyn Hill

During her 28 year career, Raewyn has held prestigious positions in dance world-wide and was instrumental in the formation of Co3 Contemporary Dance. Devising and presenting innovative mainstage works, building a vibrant youth ensemble, an elite training squad and community engagement programs. In 2018, nominated in the Australian Dance Awards for Services to Dance Education; Outstanding Achievement in Choreography (THE ZONE); and Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer for Good Little Soldier (Ochre Contemporary Dance Company). 2019 marked a high point in Co3’s status as a new voice in Australian dance with the critically acclaimed presentation of THE LINE, in collaboration with Mark Howett. Raewyn is currently in development for ARCHIVES OF HUMANITY, a new work due to premiere in 2021.

Tura New Music

Tos Mahoney




VR Films


Synopsis

PublicReading (II) imagines into the personal narratives of library visitors and their connection with the space. This work draws inspiration from the pathways and behaviours of library visitors, looking at how the modern library function centres around the people that come into the library building, and how their personal histories become part of the library’s archive as stories that exist beyond the pages.

The first iteration of PublicReading was developed as a live performance and installation with the support of The School (BE), Bibliotheek Hasselt Limburg, Dear Hunter, Australian Cultural Fund and Ars Musica Australis. This new work, developed specifically for the State Library of WA evolves from anonymous observation, mapping and documentation of the individuals that visit the library, capturing the personal narratives that cross this private/public space.

Walking the line between fact and fiction, private and public, PublicReading (II) moves between intimate glimpses into the people within our libraries and the stories they have to tell.

Watch PublicReading (II)

Best experienced on the Facebook mobile app with headphones

Creative Team

Choreographer

Serena Chalker

Serena is an independent artist and co-director of Anything is Valid Dance Theatre. Named “Most Interesting Australian Artist” in the 2016 and 2018 Dance Australia Critics Surveys and winner of PAWA Award for Best Production for Dust on the Shortbread, Serena holds an M.A: The Body in Performance with Distinction (2014) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. From performances created in laneways, caravans, residential houses and one-on-one audio-guided works, each project is born from the unique settings that the sites offer, creating works that have a deeply ingrained sensitivity to their context.

Dancer

Storm Helmore

Storm is an independent dance artist based in Perth, Western Australia. Since graduating from WAAPA in 2011, Storm has built her career predominantly as a dancer and performer through her regular and ongoing engagements with numerous independent choreographers and companies around Australia, including Marrugeku, Buzz Dance Theatre, Strut Dance, Praxis Collective, Hydra Poesis, Sue Peacock, Rachel Ogle, Rhiannon Newton, Joe Lau & Bridget Fiske, Lisa Wilson, Emma Fishwick, Isabella Stone, Aimee Smith and Tyrone Robinson.


Composer

Alice Humphries

Alice Humphries is an Australian based composer working across the jazz and contemporary classical worlds. Her music has been described as “bursting with life and fun, as well as great, great beauty” and “deeply thought provoking…offering both moments of incredible intensity and sublime serenity.” 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.

VR Director

Justin McArdle

Justin is a digital media producer with over 20 years of expertise in transmedia production. Justin McArdle started his career in film and television production, working for a host of independent production companies, including Ridley Scott Associates, the BBC, and ITV Studios. In 2011, Justin relocated to Australia and established Frame Mixed Reality Labs, an independent production company specialising in interactive media, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Since then Frame has produced Time Window AR, winner of a 2014 Western Australian State Heritage Award, the short film Factory 293, winner of three WASA awards in 2014 for Best Editing, Best SFX, and Best Production Design, ANZAC Tom AR, winner of a 2016 INCITE award, Diggers VR, a 2017 VR Fest nominee, and Is Australia Racist? VR, developed for SBS television.


Technical Director

Gareth Lockett

Gareth has had more than 25 years of experience working in digital content creation, 3D animation, and visual effects. He has worked on a wide variety of award‐winning projects including television commercials, planetarium and stereoscopic IMAX films, mobile phone content, mining visualizations, short films, documentaries, real‐time 3D projects, and feature film visual effects. He has also worked as a freelance designer, animator, and programmer for several multimedia, animation, and film companies.



Synopsis

Prospecting for Concrete is a response to the architecture and art in the Art Gallery of Western Australia, drawing on and embodying the history and brutalist structure of the building and two of the works in the historical gallery- Down on His Luck by Frederick McCubbin and a statue of Adam by Rodin. The audience are positioned as a character within the film, and by directing their own gaze experience these awakened historical works colliding with the present moment.

Watch Prospecting for Concrete

Best experienced on the Facebook mobile app with headphones

Creative Team

Choreographer

Emma Fishwick

Emma is an artist whose work takes numerous forms and questions whether dance can achieve the often-complex connections between the human and non-human, challenging her understandings of the form through incorporating multiple mediums/practices. Some of these mediums are movement, drawn & photographic image, film, scenography and scholarship. This perspective on making has leant itself to a practice intimately entwined with research, process, sustainability and adaptability.

Dancer

Mitchell Aldridge

Mitchell is a dancer, photographer and musician currently based in Perth, Australia. Born in Darwin, Mitchell worked locally with SLIDE Youth Dance Theatre and Tracks Dance Inc before moving to Perth to study a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). During his time at WAAPA he worked with a range of artists such as Nils Christe, Adelina Larsson, Lewis Major, Rhiannon Newton and Kynan Hughes. Most recently he appeared in Hofesh in the Yard in Perth Festival, performing both Uprising and tHE bAD, choreographed by Hofesh Schecter.


Composers

Ned Beckley & Josh Hogan

Ned and Josh 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 longform media. Beckley and Hogan have each composed locally and internationally for film, TV, installation, games and VR.

VR Director

Brodie May Rowlands

Brodie is an emerging director, who is interested in the relationship between the body and its environment. Her short films have screened nationally and Internationally. She has worked across narrative, live performance, art film and music videos. This is her first experience working in VR, and she directed Prospecting for Concrete by distance from lockdown in Melbourne.


Technical Director

Gareth Lockett

Gareth has had more than 25 years of experience working in digital content creation, 3D animation, and visual effects. He has worked on a wide variety of award‐winning projects including television commercials, planetarium and stereoscopic IMAX films, mobile phone content, mining visualizations, short films, documentaries, real‐time 3D projects, and feature film visual effects. He has also worked as a freelance designer, animator, and programmer for several multimedia, animation, and film companies.

Producer

Sophia Vertannes

Sophia is a Perth based, emerging Producer, currently in her 5th year in the TV & Film industry. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in English (Theatre Screenwriting) & Art History at UWA, Sophia worked at West TV where she produced and presented her own segment ‘Just Dance’ on the networks liveshow – Live Twist. After 6 months at WTV, she moved to London UK, and went straight into work at IMG Studios for 2 years, where she was heavily involved in Production Management for a range of different shows, including live sports broadcast for Premier League Productions, Wimbledon & BBC’s Eurovision. Upon returning to Australia, Sophia has worked on location with BBC’s Wanted Down Under Documentary and currently works at Prospero Productions for Outback Truckers (Channel 7) as a Jnr Production Manager. She is passionate about working in TV and Film Production, highly efficient in managing shoots and is now looking to get her hands stuck into producing and exploring the VR medium.



Synopsis

A transportation into PICA’s history. We embody a schoolgirl as we take a journey through the past. To reminisce on what the space used to be, an all girls school. A space filled with childlike wonder and playfulness. She dances her way through classrooms and corridors all the way up to the tower where she emerges free from the past, content with the present. The film is filled with curiousness and fascination and transports us through one of Perth’s cultural landmarks

Watch Fleeting

Best experienced on the Facebook mobile app with headphones

Creative Team

Choreographer

Claudia Alessi

Claudia has a diverse and award-winning career in dance and physical theatre. She’s lectured, choreographed and directed with WAAPA, HotBed Ensemble, Melbourne Theatre Co, Theatre Kimberly, BUZZ, STEPS & Black Swan Theatre Co. She’s performed and toured nationally and internationally with companies including Chrissie Parrott Dance Co, Foundation Jean Pierre Perrault (Canada), Plasticien Volants (France), Black Swan State Theatre, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Legs on The Wall, Steamworks, Australian Dance Theatre and MAXIMA.

Dancer

Jo Omodei

Jo graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) where she was awarded joint recipient of the Palisade Award for Most Outstanding Dance Graduate. In 2017, Jo was accepted on an international exchange program for one semester at the Conservatory of Dance at the State University of New York, Purchase College, USA. Jo has performed in works by Natalie Allen (Panthea, 2018) and Brooke Leeder (The Resistance, 2018) which toured to Kuan-du Arts Festival in Taipei and Kaohsiung Senior High School, Taiwan, Filipa Peralthina (Stirring Sketches of a Million Love Stories, 2018) and Rafael Bonachela remounted by Dave Mack (2 in D Minor, 2018).


Composer

Lachlan Skipworth

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.

VR Director

Stephanie Senior

Stephanie is an emerging Perth-based director whom holds a Master’s degree from the WA Screen Academy alongside a Bachelor’s degree in Film & Video from Edith Cowan University. Currently, Stephanie is working with production company Raz Media as well as working on various projects across the fields of documentary, dance, virtual reality and narrative. Whilst studying, Stephanie was awarded the Channel 9/WA Screen Academy award for ‘Best Documentary’ for her film ‘Ruby’. In 2020, Stephanie received a win at the LA Indie Film Festival for ‘Best Student Director’ for her film ‘Ghosted’ and was one of Perth’s AIDC – Leading Lights recipients. Stephanie’s hopes for the future is to direct visual content within the world of VR and to continue to use this medium in conjunction with other art forms to produce films with emotive messages.


VR Coordinator

Mahmudul (Raz) Raz

Raz is a dedicated cinematographer, entrepreneur and all-round filmmaker who exhibits a true love for the art of the motion pictures. He is the Technical Director and also teaches Cinematography at the WA Screen Academy who brings international experience, as well as advanced knowledge from continued coursework. Raz has a passion for VR and has worked on a range of short and corporate VR 360 productions as Executive Producer, Cinematographer and Technical Director. He has also developed VR 360 courses through the Film and Television Institute (FTI), Screen Academy and Visor Immersive.

Coordinator

Kaela Halatau

Kaela is an emerging Perth-based Producer with formal screen training and experience working in the WA film sector. She holds a Bachelor Degree from the WA Screen Academy and Advanced Diploma in Film & TV as well as Screen & Media from North Metro TAFE. Currently, Kaela is working at production company Raz Media as the Producer and Editor. In 2020 she undertook an attachment through Screenwest with Joined Up Films, was an AIDC – Leading Lights recipient, and her film ‘Ruby’ won 2019 Best Documentary, Channel 9 Screen Academy Awards.



Synopsis

The magic of the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia is captured in this alternative experience of the stage. The viewer is encouraged to escape reality by a whimsical being, transported from a spectator to a performer. A series of wild ballets and a micro-tutting staircase champion the space, history and architecture in this rare chance to go behind the curtain and experience the buzz, thrill and drama of being on stage.

Watch Stagecraft

Best experienced on the Facebook mobile app with headphones

Creative Team

Choreographer

Scott Elstermann

Scott Elstermann is the first Australian and youngest-ever international recipient of the prestigious Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography. He received the Palisade Award for ‘Most Outstanding Graduate’ of the Bachelor of Arts (Dance) course at the acclaimed Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Scott has performed for leading dance artists and organisations including the Merce Cunningham Trust, Lucy Guerin Inc., Stephanie Lake Company, Natalie Allen, Annette Carmichael, Shona Erskine and Brooke Leeder & Dancers.

Dancer

Scott Galbraith

Scott Galbraith is an emerging artist with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He has performed in Co:3 Australia’s The Zone choregraphed by Artistic Director Raewyn Hill, STRUT’s show Sunset by Maxine Doyle and numerous Fringe shows. Scott has an interest in improvisation and has been co-mentoring the Mandurah Hidden Movements participants to improve their improvisational and performance skills.


Composer

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 alonside 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. An active proponent of gender parity and interdisciplinary cross-polination, Smith creates works that surprise and delight, visually, aurally, conceptually, and tangibly.

VR Director

Lauren Brunswick

Lauren is a Director & Producer with a passion for emotive screen storytelling. Having produced two low budget feature films, and various other formats across all areas of production, she has spend 2019 & 2020 focussing on her directing across multiple formats, with a specific focus on the female experience. She was selected for the 2015 SPA “Ones To Watch” program, won “Young Filmmaker of the Year” and “Best Director” in the same year, and has numerous awards attributed to her films – both as producer and director – from festivals around the world. A former Board member of FTI, and current Chair of the Board of the Perth Revelation Film Festival, Lauren looks forward to developing her skill level in the ever-evolving screen storytelling landscape.


VR Coordinator

Mahmudul (Raz) Raz

Raz is a dedicated cinematographer, entrepreneur and all-round filmmaker who exhibits a true love for the art of the motion pictures. He is the Technical Director and also teaches Cinematography at the WA Screen Academy who brings international experience, as well as advanced knowledge from continued coursework. Raz has a passion for VR and has worked on a range of short and corporate VR 360 productions as Executive Producer, Cinematographer and Technical Director. He has also developed VR 360 courses through the Film and Television Institute (FTI), Screen Academy and Visor Immersive.

Coordinator

Kaela Halatau

Kaela is an emerging Perth-based Producer with formal screen training and experience working in the WA film sector. She holds a Bachelor Degree from the WA Screen Academy and Advanced Diploma in Film & TV as well as Screen & Media from North Metro TAFE. Currently, Kaela is working at production company Raz Media as the Producer and Editor. In 2020 she undertook an attachment through Screenwest with Joined Up Films, was an AIDC – Leading Lights recipient, and her film ‘Ruby’ won 2019 Best Documentary, Channel 9 Screen Academy Awards.


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