Final exhibition: Interactive Artwork 1

Forest Reflections 1 is a computer based interactive artwork that uses a candle as an interface. This richly afforded interface device is immediately intuitive in the movements and behaviours it facilitates. The overall interaction is similar to Spotlighting for animals in the bush, an analogy that highly suitable to our project. The experience is slow and explorative, and dreamy or “mesmerising” at times.

At the exhibition our children would use the candle to explore and light up  their winged Forest Creatures for their parents. These Forest Creatures are the Assemblages they created throughout the artist residency project and which were later stop-motion animated before being combined into a virtual “swarm”, or gestalt as the interactive artwork Forest Reflections 1.

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Open studio this Friday

dear parents, carers & staff,
Please join us this coming Friday afternoon 26.8.11 at 2pm in the Ellipse room at Grovely primary for an open studio. I will have the interactive artwork Forest Reflections installed for informal viewing and discussion about the process of making it – as well as all the beautiful forest creatures and animations your children have been working on so very hard!!
This open studio is in preparation for our final installation at Walkabout Creek visitor centre on Saturday September 10 (which I DO hope you already have in your diaries! 🙂
Hope to see you on the 26th and again on the 10th!
Jen Seevinck

Life is better with Trees: This Friday!

Plant A Tree Day logoIn addition to our Artist in Residence (AIR) program, Forest Reflections, our community has decided to participate in Planet Ark’s “Plant-a-Tree-Day, National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day”, proudly sponsored by Toyota, which make up Australia’s biggest community nature protection event. Co-founded by Olivia Newton-John and Planet Ark in 1996, these days have become landmark events nationwide. Since its conception, more than 2.5 million volunteers have planted over 16 million native trees and shrubs and restored many thousands of kilometres of unique Australian landscape to enable local native plants & animals to flourish.   National Tree Day is a “call to action” to all Australians to get involved in volunteering to help protect and preserve their local environment.

Many volunteers are encouraged by the fact that Tree Day is a national event. By joining together with the rest of the country, the volunteers are able to measure the significant environmental impact of all their combined efforts across Australia. The theme for National Tree Day 2011 is “Life is Better With Trees” – a reminder of the many ways that life is really better with trees.” – Source:

At Grovely, we have chosen to hold our plant a tree day on Friday 29 July.  We registered our intention to hold a ceremony and have been advised by Planet Ark that they have arranged volunteer insurance coverage for the day.  This means that the children and staff of Grovely State School will automatically be covered but all volunteers can register on the day and be covered by this same insurance cover.  Our tree planting ceremony will be held at 11:30am.   Invited guests include Mr Geoff Wilson MP, Member for Ferny Grove and Minister for Health and Mrs Vicki Baker, Principal of Grovely State School.

As part of the day, we would like to invite the parents and carers of children in Montessori Cycle 2 classes to join us for some light refreshments after the ceremony.  We would love to share the ceremony with you and let you know about some of the amazing activities already undertaken as part of our AIR program. Please let us know if you are able to attend.  It would be greatly appreciated if a number of parents could provide a small plate of food to share.

Many thanks for your continued support.
Kind regards,
Katrina Mills and Jackie Semple

Residency starts next week!

I’m starting my residency in the Ellipse room at Grovely State School on Wednesday 20 July. How exciting! On Thursday 21st we all hope to go for a walk around the Kedron Brooke area – getting acquainted with each other and the forest habitat that the school backs on to.

I’m in residence in the Ellipse room on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, up until Friday 2 September. I’ll be working in the background or with the children or running around organising equipment and making purchases for our collaboration.