Transforming City Spaces: Street Art, Urban Cultures, Transnational Networks
Why has an illicit activity become one of the most significant art movements of recent years? How did a subcultural practice once regarded as vandalism come to signify urban creativity? In what ways can street art contribute to the invigoration of cultural practices and city spaces? These questions are answered by means of an interdisciplinary approach combining comparative fieldwork with theoretical analysis, and drawing from urban studies, criminology, cultural theory and socio-legal studies. The project provides a grounded evaluation of street art’s potential to transform our understandings and experiences of urban spaces, cultural value, and transnational networks.
Aboriginal Young People in Victoria and Digital Storytelling
Scott McQuire, Fran Edmonds, Richard Chenhall, Michelle Evans, Kimba Thompson, Helen Simondson, Christine Evely, Jim Rimmer.
This will be the first project to explore digital storytelling as a creative forum for supporting Victorian Aboriginal youth. An innovative collaborative design incorporating digital storytelling workshops and exhibitions will foster digital literacy and promote intergenerational dialogue among Aboriginal participants. A reflexive process of knowledge exchange between partner organisations and Aboriginal communities will develop protocols for supporting Aboriginal control of cultural knowledge in digital stories. The aim is to advance the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal youth, while providing sustainable, culturally aware models for institutions collecting and displaying contemporary digital expressions of Aboriginal culture.
Transforming Housing: an affordable housing exposition for Melbourne
Don Bates, Carolyn Whitzman.
The key research question for this project is: How can a partnership approach between government, private and non-profit housing developers, investors and design / construction firms be enabled to support innovative and deliberative approaches to increase affordably housing supply and quality?