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PROJECT | Testing Times: Long Time, No See? public workshops in March

This month a group of intrepid explorers and ‘pathmakers’ will meet in Aspley to test processes and technologies developed for an innovative arts project involving Brisbane’s first broadband connected communities. This testing process, designed and delivered by Harbinger’s Linda Carroli, will inform refinements of work in progress prior to the presentation of community workshops in March.

The Long Time, No See? project will engage several Brisbane communities to creatively explore the future using innovative mapping and storytelling capabilities. Long Time, No See? aims to develop new understandings about place, environment, community and the future through stories, social media and content sharing.

As Creative Director of Long Time, No See?, media artist and QUT researcher Dr Keith Armstrong said the project involves several elements including an online artwork, workshops, walking, a mobile phone app and social networking.

“The project is comprised of several layers that enable different ways of engaging with the environmental and futuring themes of the work to connect people’s experiences of here and now to their aspirations for the future,” he said.

“We are committed to working with communities in the development of a dynamic contemporary artwork, and the upcoming test process is about ensuring our processes and technologies are inclusive, accessible and usable.”

Dr Armstrong is leading a team of artists and designers, including interaction designer Dr Gavin Sade (QUT), sound artist and scientist Professor Roger Dean (UWS), designer Robert Henderson, programmer Petros Nyfantis, and Aspley based writer and urban practitioner Linda Carroli. Harbinger’s JM John Armstrong will also play a role in leading a walking tour of Aspley, guided by a specially designed app, for the test process this month.

Aspley and Brisbane Northside community members are invited to register their interest in the upcoming March workshops, which will be held at Aspley coffee shop Cup From Above (1359 Gympie Road). These gatherings will provide an opportunity to learn social media skills, explore new ideas, and create stories for and about places in an informal setting. It is free to participate and no special skills, technology or know-how are required. The catered workshops provide a relaxed and informal atmosphere to learn and share ideas.

Long Time, No See? is seeking registrations of interest from residents of Aspley and Brisbane’s northern NBN roll out areas who would like to participate in the project. For more information about the project, please visit http://long-time-no-see.org/community or email info@long-time-no-see.org.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and QUT Creative Industries, QUT Interaction and Visual Design, The Cube, UWS and Griffith Design Futures.


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