Archive for December, 2011

Armidale Open Source Project

Posted: December 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

Here’s the Geeks-In-Residence Armidale Community Arts Project, which culminated in a showcase of works and project documentation on December 17th, 2011.

SVM provided logistical support to the project as the local contact for the Artist-In-Residence, Julian Stadon (Curtin University, Dorkbot and now teaching at University of Salzburg )

As Resident Geek, Julian has run a series of workshops and has collaborated with a number of locals in the creation of content for high speed broadband delivery via the NBN network from the NBN Smart House in Armidale. Julian and I curated  and insatlled the final exhibition/showcase.

Here is Sue Fell who live streamed performance to the showcase via Skype, well before streaming had become common place. These days it’s so much silmpler thanks to technologies like Zoom . The piece was called I am Object I am Data I am Memory – a live changing display of some of her collectables.

The piece explored domestic objects as repositories of memory & nostalgia.


The project was funded by the Australia Council through their Digital & Media Arts initiative.

SVM had the great pleasure of contributing to a great youth lead community project.

97 people will receive a Birth certificate – 35 of these are now registered with the NSW Birth registry for the first time!

Here’s how Nicole Fogerty, UNE SIFE President, reflects on the event she and her colleagues initiated, planned and co-ordinated.

“……The event ran smoothly with the help of so many willing hands, the day’s events also sparked much discussion around the issues as to why we were having to hold such event in the first place and drew out great enthusiasm for more action in this area of inequality particularly on the advocating and legislative change front. The need to take this further into the community was reinforced for us when we had to turn away adults not associated with Minimbah, who had come along hoping to apply for a birth certificate for themselves…..”

SVM made three short video pieces with the kids from Minimbah & filmed the day with mentee filmmaker Brianna McNeillage Greene.

Congratulation folks, great work.

Here they are with partners, Minimbah School, State Member Richard Torbay and the team from Births Deaths & Marriages