cardiShort 18 – John Patten

John Patten is a Bundjalung-Yorta Yorta man on his father’s side, and a descendant of First Fleet convicts, Irish rebels and the Saami people of Lapland via his mother. John is Manager of Diversity and Belonging at Museums Victoria.

In this cardiShort, John walks through the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation where he lives in Sunbury, talking about the local native trees and their cultural significance. The theme for NAIDOC Week this year is Heal Country.

cardiShort 17 – Prof Amareswar Galla

Amareswar Galla is Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership and Founding Director of the International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership, and Dean of Faculty Development and Leadership, Anant National University, Ahmedabad, India. Prof Galla is the Founding Executive Director of the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum (iiiM), Australia/India/USA.

Prof Galla’s cardiShort gives an overview of the history and inception of the iiiM.

I met Prof Galla at the 17th Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) University in Penang, Malaysia, in 2011, where Prof Galla presented workshops to 41 students (I was one of those students) from 31 countries (including Asia, Europe, and for the first time Australia). His workshops inspired me and helped me along my path of working in the GLAM sector. Thanks Prof Galla!

Prof Galla speaking to camera

cardiShorts episode 16 – Bridget Hanna

Bridget Hanna, Digital Programs Producer at Museums Victoria, pivoted from providing programs in a digital learning lab to online experiences during lockdown in Melbourne. Learn more about this process and some of the major projects and innovative solutions Bridget and her team achieved over the past few months.

Bridget Hanna manages digital learning experiences at Museums Victoria. She is an enthusiastic creative arts producer, curator, author and educator who is responsible for onsite, online and virtual digital learning experiences at Museums Victoria and for the creative content and programming of Melbourne Museum’s digital Learning Lab.

cardiShorts episode 14 – Sophie Shilling

In this episode Sophie Shilling, Digital Information Specialist at the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), shares what it’s been like to start a new job during COVID lockdown in Melbourne, and has some thoughts and links she’d like to share in her blog below.

“I’m the Digital Information Specialist at the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), and during the pandemic I’ve been living and working on Boonwurrung land. I started working for BoM in the middle of Stage 4 restrictions, so I’ve never actually worked in the office. I had to get creative to make this video, as the restrictions of being new in the role and of COVID-19 meant that I couldn’t give a tour or even a virtual tour, so instead I’m answering 73 Questions á la Vogue about the job, starting in lockdown, working from home, and how I got to where I am.

For the first half of 2020 I was managing the Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s digital collections and answering the curliest of questions at Museums Victoria. You’ll see in the video that it is clearly Christmastime – as of filming I had been working at BoM for less than six months. It’s been a big change from small cultural collections to an agency with data and information in the order of petabytes.

I hope you find the video enjoyable and informative – I’ve linked the bits and pieces referenced throughout below. My thanks to Paul O’Farrell for helping produce the video – all I did was talk, really, It would be remiss of me not to credit him here as cameraman, director, producer, editor, disembodied voice, and chief font detective to get it to look juuust like the Vogue videos.

Podcasts: Still Processing and The Subtlety of It. Virtual GLAM: Coffs Collections, WDPD2020 video, Bayard Bioblitz. TV recommendation: Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty. Book recommendations: Sand Talk – Tyson Yunkaporta, and All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr. Sign the Open Letter to RMIT University Senior Executive to keep running the awesome Master of Information Management course.”

cardiShorts episode 13 – Lauren Ellis

In this episode Lauren Ellis, Curatorial Manager at Bendigo Art Gallery, reflects on some of the incredible digital content freely available this year, and lists some recommendations: Dungala Kaiela Oration by Dr Lois Peeler AM; Making Art Work by the Institute of Modern Art; Hyper-linked by Art Gallery of New South Wales; Defining Moments: Australian Exhibition Histories 1968-1999 by Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; Third Culture Kids on ABC iView; The AIDS Memorial.

Lauren has added a bonus recommendation, not mentioned in her cardiShort: “Another pod I have loved this year in the lead up to the US election explored the historical and intentional foundations of systemic racism and exclusion – Who We Are hosted by Carvell Wallace (who also hosted the beautiful Finding Fred pod)”.

Lauren shared some beautiful footage of the Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion and the Peta Clancy: Undercurrent exhibitions now open.

Many will remember Lauren from her cardiParty on Racism and Identity in Australia, and a tour of the Identity: your, mine, ours exhibition at the Immigration Museum in July 2017, available to listen to on cardiCast.

Big thank you to Lauren. I can’t wait to visit Bendigo Art Gallery this Summer.

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