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Danny Wild

Danny Wild

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Danny Wild

Artist biography

Danny Wild is a Canberra-based visual artist, primarily working with video, sound, expanded cinema, installation and performance.

Danny has curated and taken part in a number of exhibitions and events in Sydney and Melbourne. He is also part of the art collective, Zonk Vision, in which he has curated three well-received group exhibitions.

Danny is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Digital Art at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Artist work: An Internet Holiday

Medium: Webpage (HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, J Query)
Date: November 2012

A man and a woman lying on the ground upside down.

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Artist statement

The internet is a fast moving platform; in many respects it can be compared to the speed of western society, the routine of daily life and the pressure of high-density city living. Online, there is a constant urge to click forward and to find new content. As fast flashing imagery, advertisements and the search for the new engulf our browsing time, the question is raised of how do we escape this pace when browsing the internet?

An Internet Holiday is a response to this, a web-based, non-linear narrative, offering a holiday within the internet. An Internet Holiday offers a space that slows down browsing speed, lets the viewer relax and take in the content as it slowly unfolds; it is a break from fast paced internet browsing. All the while still accommodating for the ultra-fast browsing speed that is common on the internet. We often use holidays to escape the speed and routine of daily life. An Internet Holiday provides this within the context of the internet. 

Artist inspiration

An Internet Holiday acts as an interpretation of the 'Rottnest Experience' that one can have during a vacation on Rottnest Island in Western Australia. It takes on the central idea of the escape from the city and routine. 

Artist work: Holiday

Medium: Single channel video
Date: November 2012

Artist statement

We often use holidays as an escape from domesticity, our jobs, routine and the stress of city living. Although we remove ourselves physically from these things, the thought of them often continues on throughout our vacation time.

Holiday is a documentation of a performance in which I physically remove myself from the city I live in, Canberra. I go on a micro-holiday to Spinnaker island on Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. What I thought would be a relaxing afternoon began to go wrong when I got caught in traffic, had a big pimple on my nose and upon arrival, I was greeted by the presence of hundreds of nesting seagulls, covering the island. As I walk around the island, sounds of domesticity and the city continue to plague me, reminding me of what I was trying to escape.

Artist inspiration

Holiday was inspired by the amorphous 'Rottnest Experience'. A purely subjective experience had by visitors to Rottnest Island. Holiday places itself in the context of Rottnest Islands current life as a recreational island. Holiday also takes inspiration from holiday home movies, where a mandatory false sense of happiness is prevalent.