Emergent Projects

CRRI research activities 2020

Symposium 1 (2hrs): Setting up Community Connectivity

Late 2020 

Meeting of those identified in the group to collaborate and share ideas about the future of the CRRI, and to develop website audio/video presentations on aspects of this research. Incorporate zoom discussion forum with creative artists community of Central Victoria using digital Regional Arts Park story world, regarding artist residencies, mentorships, Deakin/CRRI/HDR students and regional community engagement in arts resilience projects. 
Focus group/s 2: project/publication Living in the Liminal

developing early 2021

Research on liminal geographic rendering and the social and communicative impacts around identity and representation in Geelong, Frankston and Werribee. Investigates how language and symbolism can be harnessed by the local, state and national media to infiltrate public opinion that positions powerful expectations and anticipation of place.

The project aims to develop a collaborative model and an approach to problematise and redefine what we mean by region, suburb, town, city etc. that will be adaptable to other places. It argues that these liminal places can be conceptualised in richer and more productive ways than Outer Zones or the Rural-Urban Fringes.

Future explorations 2020-21

Project idea 1 ‘Design Center in a Box’

 

Geelong empty spaces and their manufacturing stories: cf. https://designcore.org/design-center-in-a-box/

 

 

Exploring opportunities such as Carjacked Exhibition in a vacant shop/spaces in Detroit and Geelong is central to this project.  The wheels have already been set in motion so to speak, but an alignment with both the ‘Vacant Geelong’ and ‘Design Center in a Box’ projects in a Deakin University – Michigan State University collaboration would expand researcher participation (Literature, Public Relations, Visual Arts, Photography, Design) and take this project to a broader more transglobal level. The ‘Design Center in a Box’ callout says: “The City of Detroit invites emerging designers, born or raised in, or professionally or academically connected to Michigan, to submit concepts for an installation that, when inserted into an existing building, would transform…”

Project idea 2 Megalopolis: Living in the Liminal

 In the suburbs of Megalopolis, as in many other giant urban regions across the world, peripheries become nodes and the marginal turns into a new centrality as edges are incorporated into the smooth surface of new metropolitan arrangements. The narrative uncertainty of a single-centred city is replaced by the uncertainty and ambiguity of metroburbia. The decline of grand narratives and associated uncertainty and ambiguity that marks late modernity/postmodernity is made palpable and given embodiment in the liminal suburbs of metroburbia. (Short, 2012:262)

John Rennie Short, 2012 Globalization, Modernity and the City, Routledge Studies in Human Geography, Routledge: London and New York

This project looks at identity and representation in the outer zone of towns and cities.  ‘Rurbs’, ‘surbions’, ‘regurbs’: places like Frankston, Dandenong, Geelong or Werribee, or Morwell and Moe are on the extremities of the metropolis of Melbourne or are its near regional neighbours and we believe this a and other factors has different effects for social identity and representation. This project investigates this liminal geographic rendering and the social and communicative impacts around identity and representation it generates – it asks why – and what can be done to move the social imagination productively through any stigmatising effects this may have.  In doing so it specifically investigates how language and symbolism can be harnessed by the media and invisibly infiltrate public opinion that positions powerful expectations and anticipation of place.

The project aims to develop a collaborative model and an approach to problematise and redefine what we mean by region, suburb, town, city etc. that will be adaptable to other places. It argues that these liminal places can be conceptualised in richer and more productive ways than Outer Zones or the Rural-Urban Fringes.

Project idea 3 UNESCO Creative City Network

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The 246 cities which currently make up this network work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level. UNESCO site)

 

The UCCN could be a good fit with ‘Creative Regions’ from a networking point of view and to build long term alliances. The UNESCO Creative City Network (180 cities in 72 countries) extends beyond design. UNESCO encourage crossover, collaboration and exchange between all designated categories (Music, Film, Crafts, Media Arts, Gastronomy Literature, Folk Art): https://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/events/64-cities-join-unesco-creative-cities-network We should really be looking at ways to connect with other UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) designations to advance opportunities for the ‘Creative Regions’ group. Our regional and creative focus is in perfect alignment with the mantra of UCCN:

Urban areas are today’s principal breeding grounds for the development of new strategies, policies and initiatives aimed at making culture and creativity a driving force for sustainable development and urban regeneration through the stimulation of growth and innovation and the promotion of social cohesion, citizen well-being and inter-cultural dialogue. …. https://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/content/why-creativity-why-cities