Being involved in Read/Land was a truly valuable experience for me this semester. Looking back on the project, I can say with utter confidence that it was a success.
From christian louboutin shoes the very beginning I was quite excited about the potential of this project. The pitch that Erin put together was the perfect starting point as it was poetic and elicited a christian louboutin shoes sense of nostalgia it reflected the types of contributions that we wanted to receive. I think that’s what separated our project from the others, in that we were asking for detailed and deep responses, not just a picture or a sentence. We needed an audience to invest time in our project and to love the idea as much as we did.
We marketed our pitch through Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and ABC Pool. As someone who is completely clueless with using Tumblr, I immediately said that I would help monitor Facebook something I’m more comfortable with. I enjoyed commenting on peoples submissions as “Read/Land” rather than myself, this was something that I hadn’t done before and wasn’t even aware could be donevery cool!
Erin then came up with the idea of targeting the blind or deaf community to add some texture to the piece. This really sparked interest in me and I instantly said that I would take this on. I contacted the St Kilda School for the Deaf and tried to explain to them the concept of Read/Land in just a few sentences (surprisingly quite the challenge!). The lady at reception was lovely and agreed to not only send the flyer out to her students but also those at the Children’s School of the Deaf. Using Erin’s initial pitch, I began to edit it to make it less wordy and less lengthy. Whilst it was beautifully written, I was very aware of the fact that it would now need to be accessible to young children and their families, rather than media students and professionals. I altered the pitch to make it less rhythmic and a little more explanatory. Unfortunately this avenue never really ‘took off’ and we had no contributions from either of the schools. Looking back now I can see that perhaps it was the wrong audience to target in regards to age. That said; I’m so glad that we gave it a shot because now we know that in future we need to be very age specific when approaching specific audiences. Lesson learned decide on a target age and market to solely to them.
In regards to contributions I think that we ended up with a beautiful myriad of responses and talents. We had pictures submitted, stories, letters, documentaries and even poems. In week eight I met up with an older gentlemen, who a family member had introduced me to, and interviewed him about his journey with the land. He told me the story of his father and the family’s migration to Australia. It was a touching story and inspired me to write a short poem about his milestones. I’m glad that we all physically went out there and got contributions because that made us so much more i christian louboutin shoes nvested in the whole project. After hearing someone tell you their story directly, and let you in on their private life, you just feel so much more passionate about the entire thing! Very inspiring.
I was quite shattered when I found out that I would be hosting RWAV and unable to make it to the group presentation. When you work on something for nearly two months and invest so much time into it, you really want to see it through to the end. Having to help organize the radio show meant that I took a step back from helping out the group in the last week. I felt quite guilty about this however we all worked so solidly throughout the project that most of the material for the presentation was already written and just needed collating and organising. Megan, Erin and Blake did a fantastic job in mine and Zoe’s absence, and they should be commended for their efforts throughout the whole semester.
Overall I’m thrilled about the journey we took, the contributions we evoked, and the final product that we presented. I’m so proud to say that I was a part of it all. This project has helped me so much in terms of my future in the media industry. I have recently started writing for a blog and I’m doing my own social media distribution. I would be finding this task all the more difficult if I hadn’t experienced distribution through the participatory project. Also, as I mentioned earlier, this project has shown me the importance of reaching a selected audience knowing who they are and knowing the best way to interact with them. The entire Read/Land experience was enjoyable and invaluable!
i must begin this post with brutal honesty and say that the title was originally voyage weekly reflections you been permanently outsourced to never again land! i thought that was a little harsh though haha ! i joke i joke they weren THAT bad !
i will continue with brutal honesty and say that i really have not done much at all this past week for im2. the presentation is on monday however Zoe and i will be presenting our RWAV show and are unable to attend presentations. for this reason i definitely fallen into the trap of taking a back seat. i wrote the part i was allocated to write last week so that this week i could focus entirely on RWAV and i have. i shall leave it at that for now as i will go into more detail in my final self assessment post to be posted next week.
thats rights, this is my week eleven reflection and by golly, i am sick of reflecting ! not much has been happening in the land of IM2 this week. there was no lecture and only a 30 minute tute session to discuss the presentations in week 13. which reminds me, Zoe and i will be unable to make the presentations as we have our room with a view show . i was actually quite shattered when i discovered this. i guess that when you spend so much time working on a project, you want to see it through to the very end. at least megan, erin and blake will all be there to present our piece in style (yes there was talk of
i got my tweet back ! after my persona presentation in week 6 i sort of slacked off twitter a little, but never fear, i getting back in the game. just in time for NBA season too !
we now have a much better idea of what needs to go into our presentation. evidently we all got caught up in ticking the boxes of some criteria that we saw online all about marketing, statistics, plans etc. at least now we know exactly was Marius wants us to focus on, and that way we aren stuck with fifteen minutes worth of content for a five minute presentation. success ! i will be focusing on writing about the failures of Read/Land which may be the hardest task yet as undoubtedly there were no failures. i joke i joke, but honestly there werent any failures, just ideas that weren that effective, and things we would do differently in the future.
the blog seems to be just about either Read/Land or Audio Arts (radio project) at the moment. did i complain about this in my reflection last week? im feeling some deja vu.
Some say that its about the journey, other’s insist it’s the destination that counts. Read/Land has both a journey and a destination. The end of a journey is never quite clear when you begin. Aims and goals are set, in the hope that they will be achieved through the actions taken. In order for a concept to be realized, one must become engrossed with it: encapsulated by what it means, how it affects you and all those around you. We want Read/Land to become a success, an archive, and for this reason we devoted time, effort and planning into the project. After all, participation is the key for success. A journey won’t start if you don’t pack your bags and get going. Set off across the land so to speak.
The destination is one of self discovery. It is a task of contemplation and reflection: of considering your relationship with the land. It is reminiscence, a memory, and a journey back in time. Perhaps you will learn something about your family that you never knew. Perhaps such contemplation will cause you to recall happenings that you had long forgotten. We hope that individuals who choose to share their story feel a benefit from this generosity. We want them to be prou christian louboutin shoes d of the story they shared, and be proud of the fact that they gave their family/land/story the recognition it deserved. It is a personal task and a personal venture. We hope for truth and feeling, and affective tales.
We hope our outcome will be in the journey of the participant, as well as in the form of a final collated project. In whatever form we choose to display be it Tumblr, an audio compilation, a website: this collation will represent the journey and story of many. It will be a creation of emotion and a personal artifact. We would have achieved the stories closest to people’s hearts, and we hope that people will view this project and feel something as a direct result.
This week began with a guest lecture by Fee Plumley. It was a fantastic lecture. i began a blog post to blog during the lecture but about half way through i found myself just sitting and absorbing everything Fee had to say, not too fussed about even taking it down. i guess its kind of like what she was saying about putting the phone down and just enjoying the moment. theres no need to make a record, a visual reminder, or a status about everything, some things are left better kept in the mind!
not too much to reflect on this week. here are a few points, a few progress notes if you will:
the good stuff about this week:
Read/Land is all organised and we have allocated parts of the pitch to everyone to complete, meaning that we are to date with our production schedule.
both readings are done and discussed in blogs posts adhering to my self assessment criteria.
my blog posts have become heavily Read/Land based. there don seem to be any posts for Im2 other than reflections and Read/land. ill take note of this coming in to the next week.
some say that its not about the destination, rather what you learn along the way. others say it doesn matter how you get there, as long as you get there in the end. i don really know what i say
when im thinking about maths, then its definitely destination not journey. if you get the right answer, who cares how you got it ! perhaps this is because i was never really good at maths. if i did happen to get an answer, it was always ever a fluke. when i think about lessons in life however, i think journey over destination. the final prize never tastes as sweet as when you worked your butt off for it. am i allowed to say butt in a post which is meant to be somewhat of a professional reflection? probably not i digress.
Read/Land, i feel, is about the journey. its about getting involved in sharing. is there a destination for sharing? it makes no sense to put a deadline on it. the whole thing is a journey. for my person journey on this project i just want to feel involved. i want to be able to look at the final product and know how much time and effort i invested in it. for contributors, i want their journey to be about inspiration. i want them to feel proud about the story they shared. i want them to know that they gave their family/land/story the recognition it deserved. i want them to feel fulfilled.
when we reach the end of this project, the destination so to speak, pride is the ultimate ending to look at all the pieces we collected and feel like we done justice to our history. we would have help archive the stories closest to people hearts. i cant think of a more rewarding feeling. as it stands now, i know we will have a plethora of stories: time spent with the land, and i look forward to see them collated in one place. thats my idea of a destination for Read/Land; variety, depth, expression, honesty and heart.
going well, we have printed out the flyers and are in the process of plastering them around melbourne
i finally sent off the email to the Deaf association of Victoria so hopefully we see some action there
we had a very successfull meeting on monday where we discussed plans for the next few weeks and also set ourselves tasks to have done in the next week. Keeping the ball rolling: you betcha!