Isea2013 Sydney – Reflections

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More on Isea reflections……

Recap on last two months

It’s been a hectic two months of grant/loan writing and proposals with little time for creative work, however being forced into writing is a positive step and good practice for future proposals. About to fly to Sydney for ISEA2013 which will be an informative incubation period. A new Metabox laptop will be arriving while there so should come home ready to cook some new ideas.

On Track RAP Event Lismore

Last Thursday I filmed the the Reconciliation Action Plan launch organised by On Track Community Programs Inc. It was a memorable and inspiring day and I  look forward to editing video footage when l return from Sydney. All of the speakers gave passionate talks yet Jeff McMullun shared his experiences of indigenous culture in a talk that was particularly thought provoking and deeply moving. He highlighted the difficulties still experienced by many indigenous Australians such as the rise in teenage suicide, the current removal of children from their parents in the NT potentially creating another stolen generation and the need for change on both sides to encompass a new vision for humanity. He raised too many issues to write here hence I am looking forward to return from Sydney to edit a clip of the event and get that footage online. It’s days such as this that remind me that I am following my values and beliefs and how much more important they are, to quote Jeff ‘than money or possessions’.

John Smith Art Exhibition

Fish in the Water, Cloud in the Sky, the Man in the Moon. Exhibition at Watters Gallery, Sydney till 15th June by John Smith, my SCU lecturer from back in the day.

Is there a Man in the Moon

SAFE Grant Application successful for ISEA2013 & Vivid

Last week’s news is that my SAFE Grant Application has been successful!
Much thanks to Access Arts (QLD) Inc for their help and support and pushing the Grant approval through quickly so tickets could be booked.

ISEA registration is now complete and airfare booked for 1o days in Sydney in June.
It will be the most significant inspirational boost for many years to get down amongst such a plethora of electronica and innovative artists!
There is such an abundance of conferences and workshops to attend, yet the most exciting aspect of the trip will be the opportunity to interview Stelarc and troy Innocent and to experience the many street projections as part of Vivid.It seems most of the places for workshops have been filled already yet there is so much to see and do that time is going to be filled regardless. Nonetheless there are a few events that still had places available that will be directly relevant to enhancing my own work practice and interests.

Riverjam 2012

Edit of Riverjam 2012 finally finished. Would have liked to do much more to it though time ran out. It was a good learning experience especially with audio as much of it was distorted and unusable. Long XLR cable for next gigs plugged into mixer. Lesson learnt!

ISEA2013 Stelarc & Troy Innocent

POST ISEA UPDATE:
Technical issues with Stellarc footage have so far proved problematic. As yet, no clips have yet been uploaded.

Very exciting news today! Stelarc has agreed to allow me to film his lecture at ISEA and interview him!!! Wowee, he is a seminal figure in contemporary arts. l originally discovered his work while at Uni during the early 90’s thanks to lecturer John Smith. His installation/performance work and themes of human/machine relationships has always been fascinating. I feel very honoured indeed!

Today l’ve been finalising the SAFE Grant funding application to get there so now it has to happen!

UPDATE: Troy Innocent also just emailed acceptance for video interviews too.Bouncing off seat right now! Better strap in cause l can feel lift OFF happening soon!!

Diafrix & Sistagurls, Superfresh – Great Northern Byron Bay

Woo, heading down to Byron next weekend. Its my birthday and off to film Sistagurls playing at Diafrix Concert! Looking forward to some awesome music and fun in my old home stomping ground!

So close to finishing Riverjam edit finally. It’s taken way too long. Lots to learn from that shoot, even if it was very spontaneous. Audio levels all over the place and distorted. I’m no audio mixer that’s for sure and so much footage to sort through. So much l wanted to include but first edit l wanted to keep around 5 min. Need to spend more time working in AE. It’s been a long time. Premiere is great for straight editing, but for effects, there’s no comparison.

This weekend l’ll be finalising the Safe Grant application for ISEA to submit next week now l have accommodation sorted. I’ve assistance from Access Art’s Professional Development Program now which has been very helpful since l’m so isolated here. Need someone to proof documents.Should the application be successful, next step is to try organise some interviews and permissions for video documentation of works.

Second Valley

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Couple of pics from Adelaide Second Valley Party. Video clip coming later. Beautiful heart shaped screen next to DJ booth.

It was a very special night.

Post Adelaide Update

Quick update as much happening since Adelaide and return back to the Gold Coast. Adelaide trip was a great break. Straight from plane to south seaside for friends 50th private function to catch up with old friends and play around again with my oldschool favorite mixer, the Panasonic Mx-50 thanks to Cindi Drennan from Illuminart who still has one! Then back to Adelaide overnight, a few hours catch up with Cindi and then a quick romp around Port Adelaide before flying out. Such a contrast in countryside and architecture. I loved the old stone buildings, crocheted streetsigns and the Maritime Museum.
Then back, meetings with On Track, editing and doh, starts rotoscoping 2min of video as a first attempt doing a re-edit, *facepalm on that one.
Today back on the short edit for Riverjam. MUST get that finished and uploaded in the next few days. I can see an end in sight. Had issues with distorted audio to deal with so has taken some time to work out the best way round it. So many great young artists contributed, l would love to have put more of their work in.
Been accepted by Access Arts Queensland into their Professional Development Program, and currently writing a SAFE Grant application to fund a trip to Sydney for ISEA2013 & Vivid Festival.
It’s a brilliant opportunity too good to miss and long have l dreamed of attending ISEA, Ars Electronica or Siggraph! So fingers crossed on that one.