Focusing writing energies

12 11 2013

I have just realised something! Over the last few months, I have been castigating myself for my lack of focus and discipline about writing, spending lots of time trying to find ways to improve the regularity and quality of my writing.  Today, I realised that I do write – and write regularly! But most of it is pointless in a way, beyond keeping in touch with friends and sharing information and commentary around topics.

What am I talking about? I am talking about my interaction of social media channels, especially Facebook and Twitter, where I love to share and discuss information around a broad range of topics.

What I realised is that if I stopped commenting and writing stuff on Facebook, I would probably have at least 500 words a day I could use for some other writing activity. But it is not that easy to do, conversational chit chat is not the same as trying to come up with writing that is both meaningful and elegant. I also enjoy the conversations had on social media and do not want to sacrifice that activity as it helps keep my mind active and in touch with friends and colleagues.

Anyway, it is good to know that I am writing, even if it is not quite what I am aiming for, it is a step in the right direction.

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Grounding

10 11 2013

I have been back home just over a week and trying to adjust to being back in Australia, back at work and trying to refocus my energies.

The garden is not too much of a job catching up, the mulching and weeding we did before we went away was effective, though as any garden, needs attention.

Our little cat Sooks (Genji) has not come home, which has changed the energy of the house somewhat, he is truly a member of our little family and his presence is sorely missed. When we travel and I get homesick, it was always for our little unit of four, thinking of sitting together, out the back on a beautiful Spring day.

Trying to refocus includes a desire to be more routine about writing, starting small, hoping that by regular attention to the practice of writing, that the writing will flow.

In all the blogs I follow is there a consistency about the writing, a discipline that I need to adopt. Writing regularly engages readers, which is the purpose of writing a blog after all.

The thing I love about writing for mediakult is that I can play across many professional and personal areas of interest: media, technology, environmental sustainability, arts, culture and ideas of place (which are also published on geokult.com).

I am also hoping that writing in this public context will help me with writing in a personal context, like as Virginia Woolf describes writing a diary as “a method of practicing or trying out the art of writing.”

Although the practice of writing sometimes frustrates me, it is also driving me in a way, there is a need to get better, to explore more, to learn as a writer. One thing is to learn balance, between the passive activity of writing and to be actively discovering new experiences and places.  Also, how to write while travelling, is a skill I would like to improve on. I have not yet perfected the art of regularly writing every day and I blogged very little on our last trip overseas, which was unusual compared to earlier journeys.

Being grounded I find is both a positive and negative thing – it gives you a chance to breathe, to take stock and clear one’s mind for fresh ideas and energy. On the other hand it can grind you, bringing you down by slipping into the repetitive routines and behaviours lived at home.

My little writing effort is to avoid that monotony one experiences about the every day grind, it is a chance to explore possibilities and think outside of the routine of working life.





Some favourite blogs

10 11 2013

I always wish I had more time for reading, it is one of my favourite activities and I like reading about all kinds of topics, from current affairs, media trends, gardening, art, etc.

Anyway, one way I have found useful to keep informed is by setting up Google Alerts, on a range of topics. I receive regular emails reporting of media and blog articles related to the topic areas.

I also follow a few blogs and always find something interesting in brain pickings, check out this article about Author’s self portraits. I also like this article about advice on writing from famous authors.

Another blog that regularly has interesting articles is gov loop, here is one – 8 lessons to guide your career and an interesting one on selfies.

I also like Purpose Fairy, for all kinds for reasons!

There also also a few email lists that I have followed for nearly 2 decades – nettime and -empyre-  are two examples.

It would be good to just sit down and read a novel now and again, but nowadays it seems that there is only time on holidays 🙂





Finding Balance : Mura Gadi

1 09 2013

It has been a really long time between blog posts, but I have had a good excuse. For the past few months, I have worked on an exhibition and publication – Finding Balance : Mura Gadi, which is now on at the Belconnen Arts Centre.

Here is some documentation of the show.

Sign outside gallery - photo by Martin Drury

Sign outside gallery – photo by Martin Drury

Wall 1 of the show - photo by Martin Drury

Wall 1 of the show – photo by Martin Drury

It has been a massive project and I have had so much help, especially from my husband Marty (Martin Drury), who has done heaps – from being a sounding board for ideas on design and layout of the publication, to patiently cutting all the mounts for the prints, to helping with the exhibition install. Catherine Summerhayes, Linda Carroli and Shannon Novak all contributed to the publication and many other wonderful peeps supported me on pozible, which was really fantastic.

Augmented media - photo by Martin Drury

Augmented media – photo by Martin Drury

Book display - photo by Martin Drury

Book display – photo by Martin Drury

Wall 2 of the show - photo by Martin Drury

Wall 2 of the show – photo by Martin Drury

Here is some more documentation of the exhibition, with a lot more to come – especially demonstrating the augmented reality feature of the book and exhibition.

Augmented - Booroomba Rocks - photo by Martin Drury

Augmented – Booroomba Rocks – photo by Martin Drury

Wall 3 of the gallery - photo by Martin Drury

Wall 3 of the gallery – photo by Martin Drury

Augmented - Birrigai - photo by Martin Drury

Augmented – Birrigai – photo by Martin Drury

Finally, a big thanks to all the lovely staff at Belconnen Arts Centre, it is a wonderful gallery.

Now onto new projects 🙂





Email newsletter available

2 06 2013

Over the weekend I put together a newsletter including some great articles that I found on Scoop.it The bytetime newlsletter covers many areas relevant to mediakult, including social media strategy, new tools, media art and the work of media artists.

For many people this is a more convenient way of keeping up-to date, which is why the newletter has been created.

This is the 1st edition

The plan is to publish one once a fortnight and they will be archived under news.

If you would like to register please let me know. Also, if you have received the newsletter in the first post and would like to unsubsxcribe, please contact me – apologies for the spam!

I hope you enjoy keeping up-to-date via this new channel.

🙂





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:

ISEA 2013: THE ROLE OF ART EDUCATION IN AN AGE OF ECOLOGICAL CRISIS AND THE GLOBALISATION OF KNOWLEDGE

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





New book!

2 04 2013

Thanks peeps from INC!

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Hope the Unlike Us conference went well 🙂