Yorta Yorta country

30 04 2013

New post on Geokult


This weekend I am heading to Shepparton to participate in a six week secondment through work, brokered through Jawun (www.jawun.org).

I am really excited and humbled by the opportunity that my work has given me to participate and work with Aboriginal people and organisations in Shepparton. I will be seconded to the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation, helping them to scope an Intranet (internal communications solution) and to develop a social media engagement strategy. The project brief is well aligned with my skills and experience in government and community organisations and I hope that I will be able to contribute something useful to these initiatives.

During my stay in Shepparton, I am also planning to develop a series of art work about the region, as it is a landscape of flood plains, very different from the alpine environments I am more familiar with in Canberra. I am…

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Coffee & Empathy: Why data without a soul is meaningless

29 04 2013

Very interesting post about the importance of having ‘meaning’ connected to data


While on my way back from New York, for some odd reason I started playing around with Foursquare and plotting my check-in data using a handful of apps. Very quickly I realized two things: the amount of time I spend in airplanes has doubled every year since 2009, and when I am in San Francisco, I lead a very predictable life and go to only a handful of places — a lot.

Except for one small thing: While the data shows that I lead a pretty boring life, it doesn’t reflect the “emotions” behind the data. Why, you might ask, is this important? The answer is that as we move towards a quantified society, one shaped by data, we start to dismiss things that aren’t easily quantifiable. Empathy, emotion and storytelling — these are as much a part of the business as they are of life. Without these, we might as well…

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ISEA2013 workshop

26 04 2013

Just saw this great workshop as part of ISEA2013. So disappointed that I won’t be able to participate.

If you are interested in the connected themes of art, education,  technology and sustainability, try to get to this event.
I can vouch for the great energy and ideas of Nina Czegledy, Ian Clothier and Nigel Helyer and the other workshop leaders look fantastic too.

Here’s the blurb:


A workshop presented by ISEA2013 with Leonardo Education & Arts Forum (LEAF) in collaboration with ISEA2013 Education Workshop and in partnership with the MCA and the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA) at COFA, UNSW.

Location: Creative Studios, the NCCL (National Centre for Creative Learning), Level 3
Museum of Contemporary Art
140 George St Sydney, NSW.
Date: 14 Jun Friday.
Time: 2-5pm

What is the role of art education in an age of ecological crisis and the globalisation of knowledge? This workshop positions transdisciplinary approach as the key to sustainable, meaningful solutions. It will address the development of an art and science cloud curriculum, based on cross-disciplinary initiatives in North America and Europe in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) and Science, Engineering Art and Design education (SEAD).

About Leonardo Education & Arts Forum (LEAF)

The Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) promotes the advancement of artistic research and academic scholarship at the intersections of art, science, and technology.

Workshop Structure:

1. Presentation by workshop leaders and theme moderators – 1 hour

2. Breakout discussions – 3 groups – 1 hour

The role of the art institution in developing sustainable cloud curriculum that address the STEAM/SEAD vision (globalisation of education).
The shift needed to take place in art education in order to explore the new realities of evolving reorganisation of practice, research and knowledge.
Current thinking on the role of education in the age of ecological crisis, and sustainability of art and science’s mobilisation of collective group learning methodologies.
3. Summary of groups and general discussion – 1 hour

Workshop Leaders:

Nina Czegledy
Paul Thomas

Theme Moderators:

Jane Prophet
Mike Philips
Andrea Polli
Ian Clothier
Nigel Helyer
Joanna Hoffmann

LEAF, a working group of Leonardo ® /ISAST

Dorkbot CBR 2013 program – Taranaki Tales

11 04 2013

Looking forward to running this years Dorkbot CBR program

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Dorkbot CBR is very happy to announce the program for 2013 – Taranaki Tales.

This year will focus on a series of Skype conversations with artists who participated in the SCANZ2013 3rd Nature residency, symposium and exhibition, which was located at New Plymouth, in the Taranaki region of New Zealand.

The overarching theme of SCANZ2013 3rd Nature was ‘integrated systems’ and focused on three key intersecting topics:

1. Acknowledging the environmental crisis

2. Engaging with Maori and indigenous peoples

3. Engaging with Sciences and the Hybrid Arts

The Intercreate website states that:

Integrating indigenous perspectives with creative, environmental, scientific and academic views on reality is essential to a sustainable future. At the same time, computing and digital media are changing our relationship to culture and the environment.

On the one hand digital technology allows us to analyse and display data in new ways, as when anthropologists use language databases to…

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New book!

2 04 2013

Thanks peeps from INC!


Hope the Unlike Us conference went well 🙂