Giants Among Us
Outdoor digital installation created in collaboration with children.
Towering above passers by, children peer from their vast perches. As they gaze out, they play, pace, and ask the question; do you notice us now?
A reflection on Article 13 of the UN Convention on the rights of the Child, Giants Among us is a large-scale digital sound and video installation. The work transforms inaccessible surfaces into urban playgrounds, illuminating public spaces with epic images of our smallest citizens whilst the airwaves drift with tiny voices telling of enormous ideas. Passers by become audience as they bear witness to gentle giants sharing an invitation to pause, watch and listen.
Created in collaboration with children through a series of exploratory workshops creatively investigating concepts and understandings of 'cities', Giants Among Us reminds us that the presence of children in our cities is valuable and precious. Giants Among Us was originally presented by Thom Browning (Imaginary Theatre co-founder) as part of Brisbane Festival 2009's UNDER THE RADAR 'Street Feats' program. It showed over 5 nights at 5 different sites within Brisbane's CBD.
It was also presented as 'The Tunnel Project - Giants Among Us' at the 2010 Out of the Box Festival, adapted for QPAC's pedestrian tunnel as a 5 projector installation.
Thom Browning: Artist/Producer
Amanda Karo: Workshop Co-Devisor/Co-Facilitator
Markwell Presents: Video Consultants
Fiona MacDonald: Producer on Out of the Box presentation
Images: Al Caeiro, Carinne Alder, Thom Browning