As many of you know our MTP (Secondary) program is engaging with the state government Tech Schools program. if you’d like to see what they are up to you can get a taste on the new Banyule Nillumbik Tech School website. In addition the newsletter is a treasure trove of rich activities. To subscribe contact Kathy Jordan.
One example is featured below:
Representing Aboriginal voices: a technology-rich installation
For the last two months we have been working with Aboriginal Elders and young people to develop two interactive installations that will be featured at the openings of the Banyule-Nillumbik and Whittlesea Tech Schools.
Gundijtmara man (and Royal Botanic Gardens officer) Ben Church has created two superb pieces representing an Aboriginal Coolamon (or carrying vessel) and Message Stick. These pieces have been carved from a section of River Red Gum that was once a limb of the 400 year-old Separation Tree, a tree that is both significant for Aboriginal people and a big part of the City of Melbourne’s founding history. The next step is to work with the local community to decorate these works with resin-encased objects and patterns, adding sensors and sound files to trigger stories by local Elders and young people from the Pavilion School.
The process of working together has been as important as the installation outcomes, especially the opportunity to build trust, as well as the chance for Aboriginal Elders and young people to meet and talk about their identity and belonging.
Victoria has been closely aligned with the Tech Schools development and students and staff in the MTP program are scoping out a range of interesting activities that leverage our expertise in both L&T and research across a number of tech school sites. We look forward to an update shortly…