augment_me

08:51 3 February 2010

Brad Miller initially developed augment_me during a research residency at Artspace in 2004. As part of that research, he interviewed a number of young people about identity and materialism, leading to further research on the self in relation to additions or supplements. It seems that the self must be augmented, must be adorned and the reason the self must be augmented is that it is seen as inadequate for the tasks at hand. Thus began the process of materialising a critique of desire and augmentation using his own self as the locus of concern.

augment_me is comprised of a responsive database of images, sound and videos, accumulated over the past 8 years. Forming sequences in response to audience movement and position, these data ‘moments’ are animated by the augment_me software according to a set of rules applied to a live video camera feed, and then sequentially embedded into a strip of images presented horizontally. These ‘moments’ and their aggregation track relationships with people, places and moments of the everyday, intrinsically measuring change or transformation to produce a kind of memory machine — an attempt at resisting external ideas of what might be augmented.

Aboriginal Australia

13:45 13 February 2008

I am humbled to say I have some professional and personal experience of Aboriginal Australia. I’ve worked in several communities teaching media production for the AFTRS and MetroScreen, and mentoring people. For the most part I have eschewed making Aboriginal media, seeing it as the right of indigenous people to tell their own stories. I did however direct a video for the NPWS NSW in 1999, ‘Inard Oongali’ about seven female elders from Toomelah working with the late Carol Kendall, OAM who was one of the original authors of the ‘Bringing Them Home’ report. During my time at the Museum of Sydney I interviewed and edited extensive oral history interviews of local Aboriginal people who identify with original Sydney tribal groups. This video is installed in the museum; and I worked collaboratively with the photographer Michael Riley on a video about Redfern called ‘Guwanyi’. 

Jurlique multimedia design

17:03 2 February 2008

For this project I worked with repeat clients Landini Associates of Sydney’s Surry Hills. An architectural firm who do branding, Landini worked with my team and I to deliver an all round package of print, web and instore multimedia to biodynamic cosmetic company Jurlique. My brief included creative production and technical design for instore projection, flat screen and audio installation.

Software development

16:48 2 February 2008

I have designed and produced several databases, websites and end-user softwares. These are characterised by inventive interaction design, solid information architecture and appropriate aesthetics. I form a development team specifically for each client’s brief. Select projects are illustrated here.

Museum installations

09:51 2 February 2008

Between 2000 and 2003 at the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, and their flagship site Museum of Sydney, I designed and produced many multimedia displays. Design challenges involved working with historical and archival content; synthesising modern technologies with old; interaction design for public places, and integrating timebased media into museum displays.

Video Wall for the Museum of Sydney

09:44 2 February 2008

The video wall is the architectural and conceptual backbone of the Museum of Sydney. In 2002 the Museum undertook the creative refurbishment of the wall, basing 4 sequences on the theme of ‘sandstone’. I was the creative producer on the project . The enitre wall was also refurbished technically and I worked with a contract technical producer and project managers from Root Projects Australia to achieve this. Media: 4 x channels of synchronised rear projected video; custom control system AMX; custom rear projection screens.

Beautiful Minds

09:17 2 February 2008

This extensive exhibition was developed by the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden on the centenary of the Nobel Prize in 2001 and has since travelled to 12 countries including Sweden, Japan, Korea, America, Britain and Singapore. UTS was its only Australian destination. ‘Beautiful Minds’ explores the creativity of the scientists, writers, economists and peacemakers who have been recognised by the Nobel Foundation, posing questions such as, ‘What is creativity and how can creative activity best be encouraged? Does creativity rest with an individual or a creative milieux?’ Sponsored by the Nobel museum, UTS and Volvo. Media: Over 20 displays, some comprising up to 10 showcases containing multimedia and object displays; 2 x theatrettes; interactive software and 6 online kiosks; web presence; branding (video trailer etc); public program.