Hyperreal Tales is a series of short art films capturing the everyday here and now of people’s lives in the Shoalhaven district. It brings together participants with diverse abilities, local community and health services in an integrated dance, video and landscape project.
Hyperreal Tales was designed to create opportunities for people not generally seen or heard in mainstream arts projects. It is led by director and choreographer Philip Channells and video artist Sam James, and is part of a three-year (2013-2015) community engagement program consisting of a series of unique ongoing arts projects facilitated by small teams of professional artists working collaboratively with participants.
Participants have a broad range of life experiences and include people across different generations (aged 7 – 65), cultural backgrounds, people living with physical and sensory impairment and mental health conditions.
Using movement as the initial creative modality, the artists establish a nurturing and safe space for people to express their individuality without judgment. This sensitivity in the initial stages of the creative process provides fertile possibilities from which ideas are drawn from participants' imaginations and real life experiences.