DERC’s Olivia Guntarik along with Lorelle Burton (USQ) Mark McMillan, Libby Porter, Cathy Greenfield and Peter West (RMIT) have been awarded $254k for their ARC Linkage Project ‘Talking Country: Sharing Indigenous stories of place through mobile media’.
In collaboration with the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria and Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation this project aims to investigate how media technologies can facilitate cross-cultural engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. There is a need to break down the barriers that limit cross-cultural engagement with heritage issues. Mobile media environments provide ways to build this engagement through place-based incentives. The project expects to develop a new model for practice-based research, two mobile apps, two digital archives and a toolkit to guide people on driving, cycling and walking tours to Indigenous places of significance. This will offer valuable avenues to share knowledge on the importance of those sites, build cultural awareness and position Indigenous knowledges at the heart of place-based engagements.