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Jeffrey Shaw :: Place Urbanity. A psycho-ethnographic portrait of Melbourne [2001/2002]

Melbourne is a notably multicultural city because of the size and diversity of its many immigrant communities. Melbourne also has the reputation of being the comedy capital of Australia. »Place-Urbanity« presents fifteen fully panoramic video recordings of various urban locations in Melbourne that each identify the districts of a specific immigrant and/or ethnic community.

The installation allows the viewer to rotate a projected image within a fully surrounding 9m diameter projection screen. A virtual psycho-geographic reconstruction of the Melbourne urban landscape presents the fifteen panoramic recordings within a series of architectonic cylinders on whose interior walls these videos are viewable. When exploring each of the panoramic scenes the visitor will find a comedian, hanging upside down, who when coming into view will tell a joke. Each comedian is a member of the particular ethnic community represented in their panorama surroundings, and their jokes reflect critically and humorously their distinctive identities within the Australian social and geographical context.

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Type of Work
Interactive work on DVD-ROM [2001] / Interactive environment [2002]

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Credits
Interactive environment ::

· Concept and realization: Jeffrey Shaw
· Audio design: Torsten Belschner
· Application software: Adolf Matthias
· Panoramic video production and post production: Andreas Kiel
· Production manager ZKM: Jan Gerigk
· Platform, screen and user interface design: Huib Nelissen
· Electronic integration: Torsten Ziegler
· Production assistants: Christina Zartmann, Manfred Hauffen, Franz Wamhof
· Actors [comedians]: Ningali Lawford, Milton White, Lyndia Gibson, Lawrence Leung, Gaurav Gupta, Emad Gurgui, Arthur Sarkatzis, Gabriel Rossi, Tal Brot, Bassem Abousaid, John Naumovski, Greg Ulfan, Dave Ivkovic, Tahir Bilgic, Isabel Nalato, Hung Le, Kathy Lang
· Melbourne crew:
· Manager: Liz Baulch
· Production company: Wild Iris productions
· Camera: Andreas Kiel
· Studio camera: Benjamin Doudney
· Studio sound: Ro Woods
· Production assistants: Annete Labb, Danny Decarli
· Makeup: Tamara Heany, Jane Ormond
· Rigging: Showtech Australia P/L
· Studio: Premier Lighting

· Produced at the ZKM | Institute for Visual Media
· with the assistance of Cinemedia's Digital Media Fund [AUS]

Produced in the framework of the research project - > ID_Cine

DVD-version ::

· Concept and realization: Jeffrey Shaw
· Programming, design, and video postproduction: Volker Kuchelmeister
· Audio editing: Nicole Sedlaczek
· Image editing: Skye Dayle, Daniel Wright

· Produced at the ZKM | Institute for Visual Media
· with the assistance of Cinemedia's Digital Media Fund [AUS]

published in: »(dis)LOCATIONS«, ZKM digital arts edition, 2001.

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Hardware
Interactive environment:
circular screen
rotating platform
1 projector
custom user interface

Software
Interactive environment:
custom software based on custom software »Place«
DOTC
MAX/MSP

Dimensions
Interactive environment:
Ø 9m, h 3.2m

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Collections
Collection of The Australian Centre for the Moving Image [ACMI], Melbourne [AUS]

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ZKM-department
· Institute for Visual Media

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Presentations [selected]
»FUTURE CINEMA. The Cinematic Imaginary After Film«, ZKM | Karlsruhe [D] - 16.11.2002 - 30.03.2003

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Image:
Installation view/ © Jeffrey Shaw

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