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A short film based on the work of CDU PhD student Aly De Groot will premiere on iview
A short film aiming to transport viewers into an eerie and enchanting underwater world to highlight a creative solution to an environmental scourge threatening protected marine species will premiere this week.
The collaborative film based on the work of Charles Darwin University PhD student Aly De Groot and directed by former film student and guest lecturer Timothy Parish titled “Ghost Story: The Art of Aly De Groot” will premiere on Friday, 29 May.
Mr Parish said the five minute film was an evocative and haunting documentary, which followed the artistic process of textile artist Aly De Groot who reclaims ‘ghosts nets’ – fishing nets lost at sea – and transforms them into beautiful sculptures echoing marine life.
“Ghost Story was shot in Darwin over three days this year,” Mr Parish said. “The majority of the shoot took place at the Darwin Waterfront, using underwater cameras to evoke the artist’s vision of her ‘underwater basket weaving’ series as part of her PhD.”
An accomplished Territory filmmaker, Mr Parish used ‘puppetry’ techniques to breathe life into the artists’ sculptures.
Other scenes included a location shoot at East Point beach where Aly De Groot’s large public sculpture ‘Intertwined’ stands, and her studio at CDU’s Casuarina campus.
Through her PhD Ms De Groot has transformed marine debris into a body of work that looks at the use and importance of fibre art as a mechanism to respond to environmental concerns. She said the film was one of a variety of platforms she had used to exhibit her work to a wide audience.
“I use salvaged fibres and fishing lines to create sculptures of box jelly fish, or add bones and other materials to create crocodiles and other marine life,” she said.
“The film creates a visual narrative of my studio-based work. It takes people to a space where they can think about the connection between the material I use and the conservation narrative behind the pieces.”
One of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary fibre artists, for Ms De Groot it is not only the textures and beauty of the materials she finds washed ashore, but that she can utilise the materials turning an environmental threat into a benefit. An important aspect of her art practice is sharing her skills. She regularly teaches fibre art workshops for adults and children in the Northern Territory and nationally.
The film is a Resolution Media Production in association with Verb Studios produced in Association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Screen Territory.
The film will screen as part of Art X *North a collection of short arts documentaries curated by ABC Arts Online on ABC iview on May 29. For further information visit W: www.abc.net.au/arts/ArtXNorth/default.htm
Art X *North is part of ABC Arts’ ongoing talent development project that pairs artists with filmmaking teams to create innovative and evocative short films for a digital-first audience.
Her Royal Highness Princess Anne with RIEL PhD candidate Jayson Ibanez
A PhD candidate at Charles Darwin University has been recognised for his efforts to prevent further decline of the critically endangered Philippine eagle.
Jayson Ibanez received the prestigious Whitley Award at a recent ceremony held in London by the Princess Royal, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne.
The Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods PhD candidate was one of seven recipients to be honoured with the award, which acknowledges the world’s most outstanding conservation leaders.
“I have made a conscious decision to spend the rest of my life rescuing the Philippine eagle from being lost forever,” Mr Ibanez said at the ceremony.
“As a fellow Filipino, I strongly believe the Philippine eagle has an equal right to survive and thrive.”
He is also the director for research and conservation at the Philippine Eagle Foundation in Davao City on the Philippines’ Mindanao Island, which aims to protect the giant forest raptor.
Mr Ibanez said factors, including logging, mining and farming contributed to the eagle’s decline on Mindanao Island.
“I am working with Indigenous local people and a dedicated team to stop eagles and their forest home from being lost,” he said.
“Local farmers from seven villages guard eagle nests, stop illegal loggers and help restore the forest, with each village protecting one eagle pair.”
Mr Ibanez began his PhD at CDU in 2010, after receiving an Australia Awards Scholarship from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
He joined the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at CDU in 2010 as a PhD student, investigating the integration of Indigenous ecological knowledge and Western science in Indigenous planning.
The Whitley Awards are made annually by the Whitley Fund for Nature, of which the Princess Royal is a patron.
Despite community concerns about living under high-voltage power lines, a world-first QUT study reveals that there are far more charged particles beside busy roads.
Indigenous artist, activist, historian and Victoria University educator and academic, Dr Gary Foley has been named the 2015 Red Ochre Award winner.
The $50,000 award is Australia’s most esteemed peer-assessed honour for an Indigenous artist.
Dr Foley, a Victoria University associate professor, is a lifetime advocate for Indigenous people to tell their own stories.
The Red Ochre prize was established in 1993 by the Australia Council for Indigenous artists and its wider arts community to recognise outstanding contributions of fellow artists.
Council Director Lee-Ann Buckskin said Foley was chosen because of his many achievements in Indigenous arts, beginning with his acting debut in the revue Basically Black in 1972.
His Australian film credits include a starring role in Backroads, as well as roles in Going Down, Buckeye and Pinto, Pandemonium, and the cult film, Dogs in Space, in which he played himself.
He also starred in or wrote various films, documentaries and television series, and in 2012 staged a one-man autobiographical show, Foley, at the Melbourne and Sydney Festivals.
Dr Foley was the first Aboriginal director of the Aboriginal Arts Board of the Australia Council in 1983, and senior curator for Indigenous cultures at Museum Victoria in 2004.
He is also well known for establishing community services such as Redfern’s Aboriginal Legal Service and the Aboriginal Medical Service in Melbourne.
“Gary Foley has left a lasting legacy across Australia’s cultural and political landscape, and is in the unique position of not only being part of history but also shaping it,” Ms Buckskin said.
Dr Foley’s extraordinary life began in northern NSW, where he went from being expelled from school at 15 to entering academia at the University of Melbourne and Victoria University.
He started lecturing at Victoria University’s Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit in 2010, and this year, was promoted to associate professor in History. He is also a highly-regarded researcher.
Dr Foley will receive his award today at a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House.
Previous Red Ochre Award recipients include actor David Gulpilil in 2013; musician Archie Roach in 2011; and Rabbit-Proof Fence author, Doris Piklington Garmimara in 2008.
We offer practical laboratory workshops for students studying VCE Biology.
These workshops provide a unique opportunity for students to visit a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility and to use quality research equipment at our Werribee campus. The workshops are directly relevant to topics covered in Unit 4 Biology.
The practical activity provides students with experience in the field of gene technology. Students will be able to carry out an experiment involving the manipulation of the genetic material, DNA. Students will be introduced to the concept of cloning a piece of DNA in a bacterial cell using restriction enzymes and a plasmid vector. This activity will be followed by agarose gel electrophoresis to estimate the approximate size of DNA fragments.
This practical workshop is designed to provide knowledge and skills in gene technology and its application, and may be used as the practical components of school assessment towards Outcome 1 of Unit 4 VCE Biology.
When: Wednesdays in Term 3Time: 9.30am - 11.30am or 12.30pm - 2.30pmLocation: Werribee campus – meet in foyer of Building 2Cost: FreeCapacity: 20 students/workshop
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VU is running a 'Be a chemist for a day' program for Year 9 students in the lead up to Science week.
In this program students perform hands-on experiments that illustrate what real chemists do in their jobs. The experiments are designed to engage students via their senses. Students will be able to:
The ‘Be a Chemist for a Day Program’ aims to inspire Year 9 students so that they better understand the work of scientists and may be encouraged to pursue studies and careers in science.
When: 3 – 21 August 2015Time: 9.30am – 12pm and 12.30pm – 3pm Location: Footscray Park campusCost: FreeCapacity: 20 students/session
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