Mark Patterson

Indigenous Arts

Square Circles Beneath Red Desert Sands

An inspirational new Virtual Reality work by William Barton, cultural leader and internationally acclaimed didgeridoo player and the Australian String Quartet.

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By supporting this project, you will help to inspire audiences young and old, indigenous and non-indigenous to the beauty and custodianship of the land, and the importance music plays in passing down stories from generation to generation.

William Barton and the Australian String Quartet take their music to new heights by creating a Virtual Reality work of William’s inspirational composition “Square Circles Beneath Red Desert Sands”.

William, a Kalkadunga man, collaborates with close friend, ASQ violist Stephen King. Together they co-direct this work which is inspired by William’s ancestral song lines of the Mt Isa region of Queensland. The song line will be brought to life in a stunning visualisation focusing on the elements of water, fire, earth and sky.

The VR work will be created by Adelaide based Jumpgate VR, a leader in this field. The music was recorded at the Ukaria Cultural Centre as part of the ASQ’s Quartet and Country program.

The VR project will have its world premiere at the inaugural Adelaide winter arts festival “Illuminate” in July 2021. It will be presented in a 360 degree dome with dazzling CGI imagery to the soaring music by William and the ASQ.

To date the project has received funding support from the Adelaide Film Festival and the Illuminate Festival – who will jointly present it.

The work is also being supported by the South Australian Museum, who will host the premiere on their grounds. Following the festival the work will form part of their annual programming and will be toured regionally and in major cities, schools and libraries, ensuring the broadest possible audience education and engagement.

Funds raised through the ACF will be used to complete the production of the VR work and to undertake documentation of the artistic process, which will form part of a major biographical film being made about William. Please watch the accompanying short film WILLIAM BARTON’S JOURNEY TO VR. Two images from the VR look book are included in the image gallery.

Donations over $2 through the ACF are tax deductible.

The creative principals for the VR project are:

Creative Directors: William Barton and Stephen King
VR Artist: Edward Watson (Jumpgate VR)
Producers: Mark Patterson and Anton Andreacchio
Produced in association with the Australian String Quartet.

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Mark Patterson has produced feature films set in Australia, China, India, France and Hawaii as well as documentary series and one-off programs.

He’s had a long standing relationship with director Paul Cox having produced his last feature film Force Of Destiny (2015), the feature documentary Kalaupapa Heaven (2007), the ABC bio pic The Remarkable Mr Kaye (2006) and features Human Touch (2004) and the box office and festival hit Innocence (2000).

He produced Race to London (2012) a six part documentary series for ABC 1 following 3 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls with director Kay Pavlou and the first official Australian/Chinese co-production Dragon Pearl (2010) with director Mario Andreacchio. Recently Mark was one of the producers on the feature film Cargo (2017) starring Martin Freeman and is the Executive producer for the new music organization Soundstream.

Mark was Manager Film Development with the South Australian Film Corporation and Film South (1990-1994) and the Executive Producer of Government Documentaries (1995).

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