FORM’s Public Platform presents: Dave Sharp

– by Hayley Anschutz


FORM’s Public Platform Festival, a collection of 25 incredible installations that fill the streets up and down Claremont Town Centre, giving us a taste of the artistic side of Perth.

With the chance of winning $20,000 first place, Dave Sharp tells me about his work on Sights & Sounds and The Big Horn, exploring what it is the make meaningful audio art.


How many people have you been working on this?

We have 8 people working on this project and almost all of us are students from UWA. We met through Post Architecture, an architecture firm along King Street in the city.


What’s it like doing architecture?

We feel like it is a bit of a dying field. We actually rarely get to build anything. We design stuff all the time and put it on paper and send it to people. Sometimes it gets picked and sometimes it doesn’t.

This is the first project where we have been able to get outside and put stuff together. It’s what we train for at university but we never really get to use these skills.

You can sit in Claremont and hear New York City and compare what the two places sound like.




What is the idea or inspiration behind Sights and sounds?

This project was thought up by one of our post architecture (posit) team members Nic Kotsoglo. He realised that a place like Claremont has two main activities. Shopping or watching people go shopping. It’s really what we are all doing. He felt that there should be a soundtrack to this experience.


Can you describe the work?

We have 6 stations and each one is a different city. Nick produced custom original audio with iconic sounds and recognisable noises. People can sit there with the headphones on and get the feeling that they are in one of these places. You can sit in Claremont and hear New York City and compare what the two places sound like.


Is this to make people more aware of everyone else in the world?

The way we think about different cities are a lot of the times in terms of how they look or what you can do while you’re there. Nick noticed that sounds are rarely ever compared. You can put a lot of effort to make Claremont look like a borough of New York City but it won’t sound like it. You can’t really fake the sounds.

It will probably be one of the most noticeable entries, the most in your face.

It’s easy in a place like Perth to yearn for the character of these really important, famous cities, but then when you put those headphones on you might actually realise Perth is a really peaceful, nice, quiet place to be.


 Can you describe The Big Horn?

We have built the horn out of a lightweight suspended structure wrapped in fabric… It will probably be one of the most noticeable entries, the most in your face.


What do you hope people will take away from The Big Horn?

There’s not really anything too symbolic or meaningful to take away from the Big Horn. It’s just an outrageous thing that doesn’t really get to happen.

There are a lot of restrictions on how people can express themselves in public and I think a lot of the time that justified. Then there are certain places and certain times where it should be encouraged because it’s in the right context. I think it will bring a lot of life to the festival.

While Sights & Sounds could be easily ignored, The Big Horn is a confident part of the festival.



To learn more about post architecture check out their website: http://www.post-arch.com


Photo credits: form.net.au

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