SVM Archive – Sundry Projects

This archive documents some of SVM’s various community based arts, media and communications projects.  A selection of  projects that represent a cycle of work that has developed and grown in complexity and scale over 20 years – 1994-2014.

Laz_LJ Shoot

Collection Projection – for New England Regional Art Museum as part of the Big Birthday Bash. Celebration Armidale’s 150th year and 30 years for both the Museum and the Armidale Tree Group.
1500 images collated into an animated slideshow of 50 minutes in duration. Images from the Hinton & Coventry Collections, photographed by David Doyle.
This commissioned work is part of NERAM’s strategy to include digital arts in its programming and community acitivities. Especially with the view to attract more young people to the gallery and its programme of events.
At a separate station as part of the Art Play day activities for the day, which ran concurrently with the Black Gully Music Festival, young people were invited to create a graffiti art design that was projected onto a side wall of the gallery and then take a selfie in front of their digital “tag”.

Here, Finn & Matt measure up the site for the projection tower.

The TAFE Building & Construction Crew erecting the scaffolding
Still from test screening


The Digital Graffiti Station in operation



SVM was the first to demonstrate Outdoor projection in the Armidale Community in early 2012. This public demonstration subsequently lead to NERAM commissioning a number of projects using digital media and engaging young people with the Museum’s community activities.
Mall Projection_01



Talanoa Digital

Towards the end of 2007 SVM was approached by a start up think-tank based in Armidale called Evolveris – lead by two academics, Dr Rebecca Spence of Peaceworks and Dr Micheal O’Loughlan, who were keen to integrate digital storytelling into their proposed ventures. Both had associations with and experience of working with people from NGO’s and civil society organisations from Pacific countries – particularly Fiji.

Supporting women’s rights and human rights organisations and those working in the field of sustainability and the environment were the focus of  Evolveris’ work. Workshops, forums, training and consultation were a part of Evolveris’ mission.

The team understood that harnessing people’s stories and communicating the work of these community based organisations  was crucial to furthering and fostering the work being done in the Pacific around these issues. This lead to SVM being invited to workon a number of projects over the next few years, both locally and in Fiji.

Evolveris  through Peaceworks supported a trip to Fiji in late 2008,  the purpose of which was to introduce groups and individuals working in various fields to potential and technologies of the “new media”  – digital video, digital photography and the Internet: to explore the possibilities of these platforms as communications and engagement tools.

AusAID_TalanoaDigital Part 2 – The Voice of Women from SVM on Vimeo.



Sudan to Tamworth Project Story Board

A year long story gathering project that examined the way young Sudanese men have made the transition from life fleeing war-torn Sudan as refugees, to life in a NSW country town as migrant/itinerant labourers.
SVM partnered with two other enterprises – Evolveris and Peaceworks on a project that focused on the communities of Tamworth and Armidale but extended as far as Adior in Sudan and other regional and metropolitan NSW centres – Coffs Harbour, Lismore and Western Sydney.
SVM also ran a 10 week workshop program for Tamworth TAFE with Aboriginal youth in multimedia within its Kamillaroi Youth Program. This annex to the larger project  allowed SVM to supplement the training and capacity building component of the project. In addition, young local people from Tamworth & Armidale, engaged in various capacities, were mentored in filming, project coordination and PR over the life of the project.

SVM continues to have an association with Sudanese rapper & recording artist Ma$ta One – one of the crew who provided music for the soundtrack to the 12 part web production that documents the Sudan To Tamworth Project.  Sudan To Tamworth on SVM @ Vimeo.




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