On Monday 22nd Nov at 12.00 I'll be at the Free Word Centre Farringdon with Dr Sue Davis who I met when I visited Noosa on the Sunshine Coast for the launch of if:book Australia. If any colleagues would be interested to meet Sue, please join us at 12.30 in the big room. Bring a sandwich/lunchbox and she can tell you more about her fascinating work and the NeoGeography project she's been engaged in.
Dr SueDavis is a lecturer and professional learning consultant at CQ University (Noosa Hub). For the NeoGeography project Sue ran a series of community based workshops in digital storytelling and photostories. Participants used photos, text, music and sound to create photostories uploaded to the PlaceStories website http://ps3beta.com/ – a web 2.0 application created by Feral Arts for communities across Australia to share their location-specific stories. http://www.alternativepublishing.info/Sue_Davis_digital_storytelling.html. She also ran a series of workshops with children where they created fictional creatures and results included digital stories and a blurb self-published bookSue also explored a significant story of the region – that of the shipwreck of the Stirling Castle and the tale of what happened to Eliza Fraser – through blogging in role and creating a multi-media performance http://neomemoriatechnica.wordpress.com/ .
Sue has extensive experience as a drama practitioner running projects and workshops in schools and community contexts. Her recent research and creative practice has focussed on exploring the ways that new media and drama can be combined through forms such as cyberdrama and digital storytellinghttp://www.cyberdrama.org/ . Sue has initiated processes to engage children and young people in community and cultural events including the ‘Noosa Longweekend’ (Noosa Scrubs 2008), the ‘Great Noosa Campout’, ‘Floating Land’ (2009), ‘Treeline’ (2010) and Noosa Biosphere Day (2010). She has extensive experience in writing and directing performance work, predominantly with and for young people.
The NeoGeoGraphy project has involved five Sunshine Coast artists (Leah Barclay, Judy Barrass, Lyndon Davis, SueDavis & Steven Lang) using arts practice and digital media to explore stories about place. The project also had a focus on using the spaces and facilities at the new Cooroy library and cultural precinct. http://www.naviandesign.com/neogeography/neogeography.html
This project was supported by the Sunshine Coast Council and the Queensland Writers Centre, and arose from the 3Cs project developed by Jock McQuinnie in collaboration with Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts.
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