Enhancing cultural safety with digital placemaking

Title screen of short film YILABARA by Jazz Money

As part of its strategic focus on cultural competence, the University of Sydney Library has been working to improve the sense of cultural safety experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in its spaces.

One of these initiatives is the digital placemaking artwork that has just been installed on the display on screens in the Library’s foyers, and the video wall in ThinkSpace. It can also be viewed on YouTube.

Commissioned via a competitive Expression of Interest (EOI) process, the work was produced by Jazz Money, a Wiradjuri woman, poet and artist who practises across film, installation, audio and web. Jazz is the 2020 winner of the David Unaipon Award from the State Library of Queensland. Her first collection of poetry will be published by UQP in 2021.

Jazz’s beautiful silent video piece is titled YILABARA (‘now’ in Gadigal language). Conceptually, this short film is a dialogue with Gadigal Country, contrasting the University campus with the landscape of Ku-ring-gai National Park. The film elicits the relationship between the contemporary built environment and the landscape that existed for millennia before colonisation. The footage is overlaid with an Acknowledgment of Country poem written by Jazz, that appears both in Gadigal and English.

The overarching message is that no matter what interventions occupy the surface, the land on which the libraries are situated always was and always will be Gadigal Country.

Please take the time to reflect on and enjoy Jazz’s beautiful work.

Title screen of Digital Placemaking video by Jazz Money

Art & Technology Now: Gestural Robotics Workshop

With Vaughan Wozniak O’Connor in collaboration with ThinkSpace presents: Art & Technology Now: Gestural Robotics Workshop.

Vaughan Wozniak O’Connor, Fitbit Studies (detail). Laser etched site materials. 2020

How can robots draw? Could this change the way we think about the handmade? Join artist Vaughan Wozniak O’Connor, in a workshop that discusses art, technology and the blurry line between digital and physical. In this one hour lunchtime workshop, Wozniak O’Connor will discuss his use of biometric and geospatial tracking technologies to produce artworks.

Held across the University of Sydney’s Think Space and USU’s Verge Gallery this workshop will provide background to Wozniak O’Connor’s research and entail a demonstration of emerging approaches to drawing, across robotics and digital fabrication.

Vaughan Wozniak-O’Connor’s exhibition Geospatial Atlas will be on display at Verge Gallery from 13 February-20 March 2020

Join the Art & Technology Now: Gestural Robotics Workshop Wednesday 11 March, 1-2pm at ThinkSpace.

Places are limited, register online to secure a place.

Peerpod!

‘Peerpod’ is your go-to podcast for all the insider knowledge on how to navigate uni life.

Hosted by our very own Peer Learning Advisors, the podcast is all about increasing a deeper sense of connectivity and belonging at Uni via a bi-monthly topical podcast.

We’ll be sharing stories, providing advice, and answering all the questions you have about Uni.

Listen to the podcast today!

The Peer Learning Advisors aka PLAs are all experienced students with their fingers on the pulse of student needs in real time and are best places to represent, speak to and share space with the student body. They have been trained in being a point of referral to students, offering tips on everything from where to find the best coffee on campus, to overcoming feeling isolated to using tech to support student initiatives and goals. 

Drop in for a chat with our PLAs at ThinkSpace, Bosch Commons, the Quarter, Dentistry Library, or Camden Commons.

‘Who is Sydney?’ ThinkSpace Film Showcase

Earlier this year, as part of the ‘Who is Sydney?’ Competition, domestic and international students were asked to collaborate together on a short film that explored life as a student, in particular the cultural experiences of Sydney.

From a strong field of 18 diverse films, a judging panel of academics and students chose three top films:

Still from ‘Freedom is a home called Sydney’ , 2019

First Place: ‘Freedom is a home called Sydney’ By Sota Maehara (Bachelor of Applied Science) and Martin Phabmixay (Bachelor of Commerce)

Still from ‘積分’, 2019

Second Place: ‘積分’ By Daniel Merson (Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Arts), Dandan Zhao (Master of International Law) and Fergus Martin (Bachelor of Political economics)

Still from ‘Homesick’, 2019

Third Place: ‘Homesick’, By Jiatong Wang (Master of Media Pratice), Wuruo Xu (Master of Media Pratice), and Xiangying Song (Master of Media Pratice)

These three films will be showcased at on the ThinkSpace digital wall from 2nd – 13th December 2019.

Read more about the competition and see the winning films online.

Camden Research Computing Day, 30th October 2019

Library Peer Learning Advisors, together with Sydney Informatics Hub (SIH) present: Camden Research Computing Day, Wednesday October 30th 2019 at Camden Commons Library.

Join a range of workshops happening all day, covering everything stats & data:

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Stats Stream:

TimeCourseRegistration Link
9:30-10:30amStatistics 101 – How to analyse your data from beginning to endDetails
10:30-12:00pmExperimental Design and Power CalculationDetails
12:00-1:00pmBreak
1:00-2:30pmLinear Models in RDetails
2:30-4:00pmHacky HourDetails

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Data stream:

TimeCourseRegistration Link
9:30-10:30amEnhancing your research data management with eNotebooks and other University toolsDetails
10:30-12:00pmInfographics 101: Creating infographics for research communicationDetails
12:00-1:00pmBreak
1:00-2:30pmGetting started with data publishingDetails
2:30-4:00pmHacky HourDetails

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See more details & register for Camden Research Computing Day on the SIH website

A digital re-offering of HARVEST

In June 2018 PhD student Daniel Howell was fortunate to work with Cambodian farmers as part of his Biology Honours year undertaking research linked to an ACIAR project “CamSID”.

The project explores the adoption of new technologies for sustainable intensification and diversification (SID) in the lowland rice system in north-west Cambodia, contributing to increased income for farmers and stronger businesses that are more sustainable and resilient.

During Daniel’s studies and visit to Cambodia, one of the farmers with whom Dan worked, Mr Wanta, fell ill just when Dan returned to Australia. Mr Wanta passed away late July 2018 and in December 2018 Daniel and Rosanne held a fundraising exhibition – HARVEST – for Mr Wanta’s family as a celebration of Mr Wanta and his family’s generosity.

The current exhibition is a digital reoffering of the HARVEST exhibition. Images include sections of rice grown by Mr Wanta himself and photomicrographs derived from our own campus flora.

Daniel Howell is a PhD student within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. Dan’s research is based in the rice-growing regions of northwest Cambodia where he is investigating potential cultural, chemical and biological disease management strategies in a bid to reduce the negative impacts of rice blast, a virulent pathogenic fungus.    

Associate Professor Rosanne Quinnell has a research background in the biochemistry of symbiotic systems where the symbiotic relationships are sustained and maintained by effective communication between the partners. Rosanne currently remains active in biology research and also conducts research in education.

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Visit the HARVEST Exhibition at ThinkSpace from Monday 30 September – Friday 11 October 2019

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The Library’s ThinkSpace 16:3 aspect digital wall – is a tool to enable creative teaching, learning and sharing in our technology-driven, creative play-space.

What would you use our digital wall for? We are looking for creative ways to use this technology in teaching, learning and sharing. If you have an idea, reach out to: thinkspace@sydney.edu.au