Archive for May, 2011

Here’s the Digital Urban Art Projection Project eFlyer – promoting the event.

Supported generously by Armidale Dumaresq Council & Evloveris Inc.
Exploring pathways to legitimising street art in a rural town and road testing process & protocols in relation to a Public & Urban Art Policy recently drafted at local government level.

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SVM returns to a collaboration begun in 2008 with historian & academic Lorina Barker from the University of New England.

Lorina is in the final phase of completing her PhD and a major part of her submission is the digital media gathered during the making of a short film “A Shearer’s Life: Introducing the Barker Brothers”, through the Lester Bostock Indigenous Mentorship program offered by Metro Screen & supported by the NSW Film & Television Office.
I was commissioned as mentor and saw Lorina though all stages of production & post. We were able to crew the project with young locals who had also been mentorees on other projects with me, or students of mine at AFTVS-Armidale TAFE.
The challenge for us is to find a variety of delivery modes of her final work & choose the appropriate platforms for delivery for a variety of purposes.
How do we integrate audio recordings, video, photographs, Lorina’s creative writing (poetry and prose) into the different publication options available to us and to suit a number of purposes.
Her markers will need the paper version supplemented with a DVD, her family & the communities of Weimoringle & Bourke, in far western NSW, with differing levels of technological literacy, access and familiarity will have other needs – many will only be able to access the material using DVD players & their TV; how to create an archival publication for the University library and public libraries, how to create archival material for distribution to State & National archives, what the challenges are to publish other print & digital ‘derived’ publications. 
Even considering the best platforms for delivery as educational material for schools & how a digitally savvy next generation of Facebookers and phone Apps users might access the stories and cultural heritage that Lorina’s work re-tells.
How do we publish across  the spectrum –  from academia to the public domain of the online world. How do we remain culturally sensitive & how do we deal with intellectual and cultural property?
“A Shearer’s Life” has been screened in community & presented at conferences & seminars – how do we take the next steps?
Her film is, at this stage, publicly available through Metro Screen on their 2008 Showreel – http://www.metroscreen.org.au
Here’s one of the posters SVM designed for the in-community presentation at the Bourke Bowling Club.
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SVM is engaged in experimenting with urban projection – drafting and mapping out a project that builds on the collaboration with a regional street artist and “road testing” a newly instituted Urban Art Policy from Armidale Dumaresq Council.

Mapping out in practice how civic space can be used for urban art in a community sanctioned way.
How does street art manifest in legitimised ways – what red tape do we have to deal with, who’s interested in it, who is engaged in this area of arts practise in a regional context, how can capacity be built in community?
The following section of the post is no longer current, but I’ve left it as it was in 2011. Urban-projection.com no longer exists. And the rest of the post was originally hosted on Posterous – which also no longer exists.
Two inspiring images – one from internationally recognised Australian artist Ian de Gruchy, whose work I first encountered in the early 90’s when I was tech-ing a theatre piece at Sydney’s Performance Space that he did with Chris Barnett & Niko Lathouris.
The other from urban-projection.com which has been a valuable site for tips & techniques.
The Picasa slideshow shows the buildings & surfaces we’ll be experimenting with in the Armidale Mall.
Proposed for a Sunday evening at the end of May – it’ll be nice and cold!
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And these are the images supplied by Open Studio that’ll be thrown up on the buildings