Collaboratory Melbourne Meetup: Creating a Culture and Practice of Collaboration Through Applied Improvisation, 12 June

June 12, 2012

Want to learn to play better with others?

“The need for more truly powerful collaborations, where the collective intelligence of a diverse set of minds is harnessed toward a common goal, is greater than ever. And yet we find collaboration vexingly difficult to do. We need better collaboration.

Register for June’s Collaboratory Melbourne Meetup here.

Last year, thanks to Michelle James, Lee Ryan and Viv McWaters I was introduced to the genius of improv and a set of brilliant creative principles that I’ve found invaluable in creating the conditions for generative, innovative and collaborative experiences for all sorts of group work.

And it seems I’m not the only one who’s discovering the value of Improv – particularly in the way it can contribute to better working environments…… and a culture of collaboration.

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The Australia Project

The Australia Project is encouraging Australian creatives to explore and redefine clichéd national stereotypes in the hope of revealing a unique perspective on contemporary Australian culture.

We are seeking individual responses, personal opinions and social commentaries that best describe your view of Australia today. The emphasis is on YOU. Creatively express YOUR view of contemporary Australian culture.

JuiceMedia Rap News: News World Order

The news source for the discerning viewer, delivering a bulletin to restore your faith in the fourth estate; make you nod your head to the beat, even as you shake it in disbelief. An off-beat musical, current-affairs programme, ‘Rap News’ is responsible for turning bollocks-news into socio-poetic/comedic analyses which everyone can relate to and understand.

View Episode 4: Wikileaks vs The Pentagon – the WWWAR on the Internet
View Episode 5: WIKILEAKS & the war on journalism
View Episode 6: Wikileaks’ Cablegate: the truth is out there

Rap News is written and created by Hugo Farrant and Giordano Nanni in a home-studio/suburban backyard in Melbourne

Space invaders: Australian street art exhibition (NGA) – closes 27/02/11

October 30, 2010 to February 27, 2011

Space invaders surveys the past 10 years of Australian street art. Featuring 150 works by over 40 Australian artists, this exhibition celebrates the energy of street-based creativity and recognises street stencils, posters, paste-ups, zines and stickers as comprising a recent chapter in the development of Australian prints and drawings.

A major strength of Australian street art is its ability to mix pop-culture imagery with political messages. From hard-hitting protest to political satire, clever combinations of sarcasm, mockery and parody, the means to mix art, politics and the street press is now in the hands of a new generation of Australian artists.

National Gallery of Australia: Parkes Place, Canberra
30 Oct 2010 – 27 Feb 2011

East Timor Weaving tour

Are you interested in joining us on this year’s Weaving Tour to East Timor? The tour aims to give a unique cross-cultural experience to a group of 6-8 participants. With a focus on indigenous weaving and fair trade development, we will discover how women live in traditional society and also as citizens in an emerging democracy.

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How to Make Trouble and Influence People

October 3, 2009 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm November 5, 2009 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm December 5, 2009 8:00 pm

Pranks, Hoaxes, Graffiti and Political Mischief-Making from across Australia. Book to be launched on Saturday 3rd Oct at the This Is Not Art Festival, Newcastle. Thursday the 5th Nov at the Bella Union Bar, Melbourne. Saturday the 5th Dec at the Red Rattler, Sydney.