Remote connections is a project that explores the idea of both being remote and being connected.
The primary focus of this project is the evolution of a collaboration between people in remote Indigenous communities and myself to co-create locative and flexible web-based tools for cultural and creative purposes.
The secondary focus is more poetic and philosophical – starting with a semantic unraveling of the meanings of what determines remoteness and being connected. These ideas also feed into my interests in mapping, story telling and cultural implications of site.
So far I have made some great contacts and have started a blog at remotexmedia.wordpress.com, a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RemoteConnections, written a paper and a presentation for ISEA2011. We will see what happens from there!
As a mean to start building relationships with communities, I am currently developing a website for Billabong Aboriginal Development Corporation as part of my volunteer role with Indigenous Community Volunteers.
I also recently undertook Webex training as part of the Remote Indigenous Public Internet Access program managed through the Northern Territory Library. Now I have been trained to use this software I will be able to train other people to use Webex.
To further develop my knowledge of language and culture I have enrolled in Ninti Ngapartji – the Ngapartji Ngapartji online language course, which looks really interesting. this course is delivered online for free and I think it is an excellent initiative.
- Central Australian Youth Link Up Service (CAYLUS)
- Centre for Appropriate Technology
- Community Engagement in Lockhart River
- Indigenous Remote Communications Association
- National Indigenous Times
- Ngapartji Ngapartji – Learn Pitjantjatjara Online
- Ninti Ngapartji – the Ngapartji Ngapartji online language course
- PAW Media (Walpiri Media)
- Remote Indigenous Public Internet Access
Other relevant resources
- One laptop per child
- NT Library Wiki: One laptop per child Australia
- One laptop per child delivers computers to remote students
- Aboriginal Art Online http://www.aboriginalartonline.com/culture/language.php (accessed 4 August 2010)
- Altman, J., Homeland communities destroyed to save a bit of cash http://theconversation.edu.au/homeland-communities-destroyed-to-save-a-bit-of-cash-3730 (accessed 12 August 2011)
- Australian Bureau of Statistics Internet Activity, Australia, June 2010 (accessed 30 August 2010)
- Brady, F., and Dyson, L., 2009, Report to Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council on Mobile Technology in the
Bloomfield River Valley
- Central Land Council (accessed 4 August 2011)
- Closing the Gap – the Prime Ministers Report 2011 (accessed 21 July 2011)
- Closing the Gap – Building Momentum (accessed 4 August 2011)
- Cuneo, C., 2009,The new stolen generation: Kevin Rudd offered an apology and a pledge he couldn’t keep
The Daily Telegraph (accessed 4 August 2011)
- Fan backlash lead Facebook to reverse ban on Aboriginal rapper Colin Darcy’s ‘How Would You Like To Be
Me‘ (accessed 4 August 2011)
- Hinkson, M., A “National Emergency” in Australia: The Howard Government’s Intervention in Northern Territory
Aboriginal Affairs Indigenous Affairs 04/07
- Hinkson, M., 2002, ‘New Media Projects at Yuendumu: inter-cultural engagement and self determination in an
era of accelerated globalization’, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 201-220.
- Home Internet for Remote Indigenous Communities, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries, the Centre for Appropriate Technologies and the Central Land Council.
- National Archives of AustraliaFact sheet 150 – The 1967 Referendum . (Accessed 29 November 2010)
- New worlds of opportunity for remote communities http :// www . theaustralian . com . au / higher – education / new -worlds – of – opportunity – for – remote – communities / story – e 6 frgcjx -1225897722920 (accessed 30 August 2010)
- NSW bill recognises Aboriginal people (accessed 5 August 2011)
- Paw Media History http://www.pawmedia.com.au/about-us/history (accessed 4 August 2011)
- PAW Media (Pintubi, Anmatjere, Walpiri) http://www.pawmedia.com.au/about-us/what-we-do (accessed 4
- Rudd, K., Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples (accessed 2 March 2011)
- Stolen Generations timeline (accessed 1 August 2011)
- http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2010/05/14/2900122.htm?site=farnorth (accessed 4 August 2011)
- Zorba the Greek Yolngu style
Thanks to Martin Drury, Bronwyn Pollock, Andrew Taylor, Nicholas Kirlew, Jim Best, Metta Young, Susan Schuller, , Aaron Corn, Catherine Wohlan, Clare Maclean, Inge Kral, Fiona Sivyer, Jackie Calderwood, Sonja van Kerkoff and Liam Campbell for your time, energy and support.