Regional Arts Australia Conference, SA Goolwa Oct 2012
The Change Media team traveled to Goolwa for the 2012 ‘Kumuwuki/ Big Wave’ Regional Arts Australia conference to produce a series of short, collaborative documentaries during a four day workshop with the Ngarrindjeri Media Team.
The Change Media crew worked together with the Ngarrindjeri Media Team to produce three distinct keynote videos, each presenting a slightly different angle on respect, resilience and reconciliation, with a challenge for the audience to re-frame the colonial mindset. For each of the four days the team had to shoot, edit and screen a new 5 minute mini-doco, presented in front of over 500 conference participants every morning. The high octane and very creative production was a great experience, with everyone really learning the true meaning of deadline pressure!
PARTNERS: Indigenous Cultural Support, Office for the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport; Australia Council for the Arts; Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority; Kumwuki conference – Regional Arts Australia; Tallstoreez Productionz.
The Kumuwuki conference was held over four days in Goolwa to showcase various presentations from artists across Australia. Change Media’s presentations focused on indigenous media literacy and the power of storytelling in a modern and increasingly digitized world. For the workshops, titled ‘Surfing on Country – Surfing on Culture’ [which was a nod to the Kumuwuki/ Big Wave theme of the conference], our Artistic Director, Jennifer, came up with the concept of using a colonial frame.
The team used this storytelling device to invite Ngarrindjeri Elders and conference participants to come up with ideas and creative visions to re-frame Australia’s colonial mindset. A great prop to get people thinking and talking, and to engage in an artistic and political discussion about how we can best re-frame the argument together, as part of a push for reconciliation…
SCREENINGS & AWARDS: Stay tuned for updates!
As many conference participants requested copies of the documentaries, please contact us for details.
We will arrange for a community screening in the Coorong in early December and present the film to festivals and conferences.
On Nov 8th we showed the 2min trailer to over 150 delegates at the Co-Creative Media Forum at the Australian Centre for Moving Image ACMI – lots of people commented and referred it the clip later in their presentations!
IMPACT & FEEDBACK:
The team received huge applause at each screening and lots of fabulous comments during the conference, often hollered across the streets in Goolwa – we believe our concept of feeding work straight back into the conference was a great success, even though at the cost of 3 sleepless nights, to have a 5min film ready for the conference key note each morning at 9am. The week after the conference, the completed three short films have now been combined into one 18-min documentary, ‘Reframing Culture’.