Liam Somerville is a video artist and cinematographer living and working on unceded Kaurna Country in South Australia. After completing a Bachelor of Digital Media Arts from University of South Australia in 2010 Liam went on to form CAPITAL WASTE PICTURES where he has created and collaborated on music videos, video installations, feature films, documentaries, television commercials, VR games, dome projections and live visual experiences. Their digital works often circulate around inputting the beautiful imperfections of the human experience into the digital space to create cyborg interactions through the use of interactive sensors and motion capture. This can be witnessed in ESCHATECH VR, a post-human VR experience created in Unreal Engine with the assistance of Flinders University's 2021 Assemblage Artist in Residence Program. Other residencies such as with Cinematic Experiments with Margie Medlin at The Mill, Adelaide (2021) and Morphos Digital Dome Artist in Residence (2016) with Denver Arts +Tech Advancement in Denver, CO have all been beneficial for continual visual exploration of the moving digital image.
As a cinematographer Liam has many Director of Photography credits including the feature-length documentary directed by Madeline Parry, The Angels: Kickin’ Down the Door which opened Adelaide Film Festival 2022 and the doco series- VIDEO NASTY: The Making of Ribspreader, co-directed by Liam Somerville and Matt Bate of Closer Productions which premiered and was short-listed in the Best Of the Fest selection at Adelaide Film Festival 2020. Liam has also been recognised for their unique visual style and awarded the Independent Vision Award at the 2015 South Australian Screen Awards.
Over the years CAPITAL WASTE has been privileged to collaborate with Unsound Festival, Weber Barbecues Australia, Red Bull, AFL, South Australian Tourism Commission, UNESCO City of Music, Flinders University, Media Resource Centre, Illuminate Adelaide, Womadelaide, RAA, Music SA, City of Adelaide, Port Adelaide FC, Big Day Out Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, OzAsia Festival, The Lab, Adelaide Festival Centre, Wonderwalls, Delinquente Wines, The Adelaide Magazine, OI YOU! Festival, RCC, Ancient World, City of Playford just to name a few.