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OUTLOOK | Publications & Projects

We’ve been immersed in some interesting work lately, with a few publications and project work mounting. During February, Linda was guest blogger for the World Listening Project. She contributed four posts focusing on different aspects of sound including some consideration of design and sound, and application of Tim Ingold’s notion of hearing in sound in relation to sound installations presented in Brisbane and at MONA FOMA.


Also, Curb Magazine, published out of the City-Regional Studies Centre at the University of Alberta, Canada, published a special issue about suburban land use, strip malls and parking lots. This included an article by Linda titled ‘Changescaping Brisbane’ which recognises the importance of ‘relational capital’ and describes grassroots design, artistic and social innovations addressing sustainability: Hula Helps, Flood of Ideas and Reincarnated McMansion. Drawn from her online Changescaping project, Linda conclusde that the handful of projects featured in the article “shift the language and the process of conversation. They can drift into the commons as open ended and open source offerings. They can disrupt professionalisms through interdisciplinary, inclusive and relational practice. Changescaping recognises the need to make things happen through local situations and opportunities for building resilience through experimentation and initiative.”

Also, Dr Maria Miranda‘s book, Unsitely Aesthetics, has been published (with a website due to launching in the near future). This book is comprised of edited conversations addressing ‘unsitely aesthetics’ which refers to a particular aesthetics that has emerged with a mobile and nomadic shift in artistic practices: “Unsitely plays with the figure of site, a well-rehearsed figure in contemporary art, but suggests a current disturbance of both sitedness and sightliness. These unsitely/unsightly works utilise a DIY approach unconcerned with issues of beauty or traditional notions of spectatorship, and they often use laughter and humour to get at something else. While unsitely upsets site’s singular location it suggests a space of tension, ambiguity and potential.” Here, Linda is in conversation with artist Hugh Davies discussing his Analogue Art Map and other projects. In developing their conversation 2011, Hugh and Linda (who were both members of the ANAT Board some years ago) established a closed facebook group and conducted their conversation through texts, links and images. In approaching the conversation in this way, they actively sought to engage with a practice of the unsitely – to explore ideas of site and place through a networked modality. They created a site for conversation from which both participants were remotely located. Facebook groups and pages, like many websites, give the impression of being a place through a seeming ‘site specific’ engagement. After some email exchanges, the discussion took place over a few days in June.

Also, work on the Southbank Tunnels public art, North Lakes Bus Station public art, Long Time, No See?, Fieldworking and QUT’s Indigenous led entrepreneurship and enterprise project is underway as well as tutoring at QUT’s School of Design. The Long Time, No See? Project will be presented later this year at the Balance Unbalance Conference in Noosa (May), and at ISEA in Sydney and Parramatta (June). Also we’ll be attending a range of conferences and symposia in the near future including an Industry Leaders briefing for the launch of the Brisbane Digital Strategy (March), the ABS national conference NatStats (March), AHURI’s National Urban Policy Conference (May), an AICD course on The Strategic Board (March), Regional Development Australia’s National Forum (June) and the final course in the International Association of Public Participation’s accredited certificate training (June). Also in May, we try our hand at a free online course, Technicity, delivered through Coursera. The program explores city planning as a field in which technological development has allowed for an explosion in innovation. We’ve also been participating voluntarily in the Community Planning Team for the BCC’s Aspley Active project, contributing to planning and design processes targeting active transport and health in our local area.


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