Get involved in Brunswick (VIC) and Armidale (NSW)
Early November sees the launch of the NBN Geek in Residence project in both Brunswick (VIC) and Armidale (NSW). This pilot program by the Australia Council for the Arts sees Julian Stadon and Alex Parker take up residence in Armidale and Brunswick respectively for 6 weeks. Julian and Alex will become a new brand of friendly neighbourhood Geeks, assisting local artists and arts organisations in their first contact with the NBN.
For more information visit the NBN Geeks website at www.nbngeeks.net.
What is the NBN?
The NBN or National Broadband Network is a new high-speed internet connection/broadband network which will be rolled out nationally over the coming years.
What does the Geek In Residence Program involve?
Julian and Alex are looking to facilitate the production of digital Australian arts content and to collaborate and share these works between the NBN hub locations of Brunswick and Armidale. Julian and Alex will implement a program of workshops, private consultations and networking events to increase digital skills for artists and arts organisations local to both areas. A survey of potential participants and their needs will determine the content of workshops with a range of topics possible from simple blogging techniques to online video production and social media engagement and even possibly beyond into virtual communities, locative media and game development.
The residencies will commence in early November 2011 and will conclude mid December with a showcase event of works conceived through the program.
Who can get involved?
Artists and arts organisations living and/or working within Brunswick and close surrounds are encouraged to participate. The education and facilitation aspect of the program will cater to a range of digital skill-sets from those who have no digital aspects to their processes to those who are extremely experienced in the area. In terms of content production and commitment, there are also no limits. Julian and Alex will be able to facilitate production of something as simple as a one-off video, blog, or live-streaming of an event, to more complicated series of works.
Geeks/Technicians interested in establishing connections and collaborating with artists and arts organisations are also encouraged to participate.
What is the next step?
Send a brief expression of interest detailing your name, location, general area of artistic practice and current digital interests to your relevant Geek.
- Artists and arts organisations local to the Brunswick area and its surrounds should contact Alex Parker at alex[at]residentgeeks[dot]net
- Artists and arts organisations local to the Armidale area and its surrounds should contact Julian Stadon at julian[at]residentgeeks[dot]net