7th December 2006 from 6-9pm
Gallery of Western Australia
would a footy team be without the support of the business
AFL Premiers West
Coast Eagles held a cocktail party at the Art
Gallery of WA to thank their sponsors - including
some who have supported the team since their inception
twenty years ago.
team player Dean
Cox was MC for the evening, and speakers included
Mark Barnaba, Scott Gooch and Brett Jones.
Worsfold was a popular speaker and was later asked
to pose for photos with The Cup many times. He was captain
of the team the two previous times they've won the AFL
Premiership (1992 and 1994) and so to coach them to another
victory all these years later must be as rewarding an
experience as you could wish for in a sporting career.
I hope Woosha's enjoying all the adulation, as I'm sure
it's well deserved.
REPORT from Kat:
were very happy to be performing at another event at the
Gallery of Western Australia after the excellent WABAPA
event a week earlier.
love these hybrid corporate-artistic performances - we
get to be true to our art, but also to value-add to a
commercial event and access an audience who's probably
never even heard of video performance or Live Cinema.
event was organised by Rebecca Creer from West
Coast Eagles. A Top Chick if ever there was one. She
didn't seem to mind that we knew nothing about football.
took a sincere interest in all aspects of the event, and
took the time after everyone left to give us positive
feedback - and even let us have our photo taken with The
videoed the Awards sections of the evening, and our Lovely
Assistant, VJ Trixee, ripped the footage and converted
to the right format for VJing - so by the last VJ set,
we were able to incorporate footage actually shot earlier
and AV equipment was supplied by the ever-professional
Connections. They're such a pleasure to work with.
Reliable, adaptable and very pragmatic. Big thanks to
Niall, Mike, Manuao and most of all Amy, who was great
to work with on the night.
had to be very rushed as the venue's open to the public
until 5pm and the event started at 6pm, but little glitches
were fixed straight away, so nothing escalated into an
actual problem. Communication was excellent, even though
for logistical reasons we were on opposite sides of the
venue (hand signals can be very effective!)
catering was done by Mustard
Catering, although I can't comment on the food as
we were hidden away upstairs for the whole evening in
a food-and-drink-free zone.
spent about a week leading up to the event pre-treating
footage - for example vectorising video to Flash files
Pro - a great inde program that we think should be
given a go by more VJs.
Jim from Loungerama
spun the tunes - a very laid-back loungey mix of nu-jazz,
chill remixes and even some soul classics. Networking
and conversation were the key goals of the evening, and
it's great to work with a DJ who knows when to keep the
music in the background - still contributing to the vibe,
but not in a way that demands attention.
also to Kylie Robb, event co-ordinator at AGWA,
ever attentive and watchful. It must be a challenge balancing
up protection of artworks with the need to host corporate
events, but she does it very well. "Hey, you with
the bright lights... get 'em off the paper-based artworks!".
makes such a difference when people actually care about
making sure an event runs smoothly, and who put that extra
10% of effort on top of what constitutes doing a job well.
For this event, everyone involved had that attitude -
and I think it really paid off.
in all, one of the most pleasant, no-fuss and successful
events we've had the pleasure to VJ at. Big thumbs-up
to everyone involved - great teamwork all round.
I was first faced with the prospect of making footy footage
'arty' I was a bit skeptical about what I could do, since
I doubt you could find a less sport-aware Aussie than
me. I'm not good in crowds and don't really go outdoors
if I can help it, so I've never been to a footy match
in my life.
I slowed the game footage right down though, the graceful
movements and bold, solid colours and shapes really fascinated
me. I had much fun experimenting with the footage to make
video-art that's probably not quite like anything else
ended up developing a few completely different looks that
ranged from bold, punchy vectors to soft, pastel-like
imagery. These screenshots from the sets hopefully give
you an idea of how it looked at the event. Except... ummm....
it was moving.
enough, Worsfold mentioned in his speech that football
is a combination of Art and Science, nomatter how analytical
the sport-scientists may be about technique. I hope that
some of the artistry of the game might be reflected in
what we came up with. We know nothing of the Science,
so all we can see is the Art!
this 'oil pastel on black paper' look, we prerendered
in After Effects to "find edges", then live
in our main VJ software Resolume,
we inversed the image and applied a motion blur.
must be Art, cos it's in a gold frame" :P
Bill Crabb, West Coast Eagles Official Photographer