Port to Port: cross regional digital media collaboration

Port to Port – A visual story connecting South Australia’s coastal towns (and digital collaborators in them).

Port to Port involves us working with communities to bring large scale projection to town in a way that benefits many people, from advice, mentorship, creative opportunities right through to audiences seeing stunning architectural projection developed by regional artists. Participating communities receive mentorship and support to assist the regional artists in their community to develop locally driven media that forms part of the large scale Port to Port project and to have it presented in their town.

Illuminart’s relationship with regional communities has been developing over many years, and we began focusing on Port towns from late 2013. In 2014 with the assistance of Regional Arts Australia we began developing the concept for a large cross regional project.

In 2015 we went on tour to meet interested artists and communities Port Pirie, Port Germein, Port Augusta, Whyalla and Victor Harbor. Port Lincoln stepped up the momentum to work with us and in January 2016 we completed and presented Boston Bay Broadcast, as an event at Tunarama in January 2016. In June 2016 we held digital media training workshops in Port Pirie, in July we held workshops in Victor Harbor, and we have workshops planned for Mount Gambier / Port Macdonnell in September, and Port Augusta in November 2016. Our future plans after that will depend on funding outcomes.

Here are some videos and photos that show the ground work we have already done, to be ready to sew the seeds of digital collaboration among coastal regional communities. Scroll down for the list.

From Grain to Glamour – follow up story and credits of the Boston Bay Broadcast event

Photos of the Port Pirie Workshop and Silo test projection in June 2016

Photos of the Port Elliot / Victor Harbor / Goolwa Workshop in July 2016

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PORT TO PORT – Supporting Cross Regional Collaboration through Digital Media

The main objective of Port to Port is to involve many regional artists in developing remote collaboration, visual communication and digital media presentation skills, through participation in workshops, via remote collaboration with a cross regional network, and promotion via a touring installation program.

Regional artists often experience isolation and a sense of frustration that their work is only seen locally, and that they might not be included or invited to participate in exhibitions in other areas. This project supports the artists to develop networks and export their work outside their area, by providing training and support in remote collaboration.

Remote collaboration enables people from around the world to work together without having to be “face to face” and tools such as Gotomeeting and Skype are already being used by organisations such as Country Arts SA and Arts SA so that staff can reduce travel. Our training and support will enable the participating artists to use similar tools for creative planning, construction of ideas, and publishing and promotion of their work. The project direction will foster cross regional creative collaboration and will encourage artists to gain understanding of opportunities outside of their local area.

The Port to Port project will connect 10 different ports around the coast of South Australia, and re-invigorate the idea of coastal trade as conducted by the Ketches of SA’s mosquito fleet. It takes the historic idea into a contemporary digital media framework, by expanding the notion into Computer Ports; thus the name Port to Port also denotes the process of digital connectivity between the artists.




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