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Indigenous New Media Lab 2004

22 August 2004 9 September 2004

“binnung woolah dahgo” (listening talking together)

From August 22 to September 9, 2004 fifteen Indigenous Australian practitioners met in Brisbane, Queensland for the National Indigenous New Media Lab 2004. Co-ordinated by ANAT in association with Artworkers Brisbane, the National Indigenous New Media Lab ran for two and a half weeks with workshops in computer graphics, web design, video editing, video production and sound design. Previously knows as the National Indigenous School in New Media Arts (NISNMA) this is the third lab run by ANAT that provided an intensive skills development environment for Indigenous practitioners.

Following a call for proposals, these fifteen participants were selected from across Australia: Tony Albert (Qld) Glen Scott (SA) Michelle Blakeney (NSW) Roseanne Viney (Tas) Olivia Cumpston (SA) Dena Curtis (NT) Vance Glynn (NT) Carl Fisher (Qld) Patricia Ingram (SA) Jenny Fraser (Qld) Diane Jones (Vic) Jilda Simpson (NSW) Kye McGuire (WA) Michael Torres (WA) Robert Paul (Qld) The Lab was staged at QANTM with the program devised by a Steering Committee with input from the participants.

Members of the Steering Committee were: Rea (Indigenous New Media Artist), Michael Torres (Indigenous New Media Artist), Jenny Fraser (Indigenous New Media Artist), Christian Bumburra Thompson (Indigenous New Media Artist), Andrew Donovan (New Media Arts Board), Julianne Pierce and Alison Leach (ANAT), Tony Stephens and Priscilla Bracks (Artworkers), Jared Thomas (Indigenous Arts Development Officer Arts SA), Kerry Mcllvenny (Senior Project Officer ATSIAB), Bianca Beetson (Indigenous Artworker Board Member), Charmaine Wharton Wall (Indigenous Coordinator INML04) and Alan Warrie (Indigenous Facilitator INML04). Brisbane based Indigenous Arts Consultant, Charmaine Wharton Wall was Project Coordinator of the Lab with Indigenous Arts Consultant, Alan Warrie acting as Facilitator. Guest speakers at the Lab included acclaimed projection artist Craig Walsh and leading New Zealand visual artist Lisa Reihane. Jenny Fraser, Brisbane based artist who has participated in all three Labs has created an online gallery for Indigenous Artists called BLACKOUT. 

The Indigenous New Media Lab was supported by the New Media Arts Board and Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council. With additional support from Australian Film Commission, Arts NT, Arts WA, Arts SA and Arts Tasmania.

Read a review of the lab in Filter issue 58: