Jul 282017

It’s a rainy winter’s afternoon at DADAA and I have been interviewing artists about their experience of Mixed Reality to date. We have just finished a month long period of experimentation with Virtual Reality that has proved to be hugely successful for all the participants. We are now moving in to the second half of the year with renewed energy from working in another dimension. Not all of the artists will directly incorporate virtual reality in their future work however the experience of working in another realm has really opened their minds to technology. Many of the artists are working towards incorporating ideas of perspective, identity and new digital technologies into their future work. Hear more from Cameron Dermer and Julia Hales below.

Interview with Cameron Dermer

Laura: How do you think Mixed Reality is going so far?

Cameron: Really good, I enjoyed doing the Virtual Reality on Google Earth and working with Lincoln on my documentary about DADAA.

Laura: What have you learnt?

Cameron: I have learnt about different kinds of camera angles, computer technology and how to interview people. I’ve created the questions and rehearsed them before the film shoots. I have learnt to use the tripod, putting it up and down and how to pack it away. I have learnt to use eye contact when I’m talking to people or the camera.

Laura: Did Virtual Reality give you any new ideas/or what did you get out of using it?

Cameron:  It gave me good imagination. It made me feel happy because I was seeing the world and was  in outer space. I would like to use Virtual Reality more, like when I come to my sessions later in the year.

Laura: What would you most like to get out of Mixed Reality this year?

Cameron: More camera stuff. Film, finish and present my documentary in the cinema at DADAA.


Interview with Julia Hales

Laura: How have you found the experience of being a facilitator and leader for Mixed Reality?

Julia: It has gone really well, it has been a new experience for me. I have been able help other people with my leadership, I have always wanted to help other young artists in the world.

Laura: What have you learnt?

Julia: I have learnt so much in this project. I have learnt to help people with virtual reality. I would speak about what virtual reality means and make them feel comfortable and not afraid. I would also help to put on the headset so they could see another dimension and the future. I have enjoyed being part of the meetings and learning about the other artists, we work through the artists and I learn about what they are all making. I have also learnt to help other people with their goal setting and mapping their big dreams.

Laura: Did Virtual Reality give you any new ideas/or what did you get out of using it?

Julia: I’ve learnt how to do Tilt Brush, tilt brush means painting in different colours in the dark. I also tried Google Earth, I got to see different cities. Virtual Reality is good for people with all kinds of disabilities. It helps them to do things that they can’t do normally and it’s a way of escaping.

Laura: What would you most like to achieve as a mentor on Mixed Reality this year?

Julia: I would like to go to a Goal Setting workshop where I can get even more experience on how to help the other artists work towards their goals. I would do another workshop with the Mixed Reality Artists and see if they are moving closer towards their big dreams. Some day in the future I’d like to help down syndrome people to map out their dreams at the down syndrome association.



Jun 022017

  Review of Julia Hales’ goal setting workshops for MIXED REALITY Project– May 24, 25, 26, 2017

What worked

  • Showing example of goal setting

Julia Hales’ Goal Setting Chart – Example

  • Experience shared about how I got started and SYNC Leadership program

What didn’t work

  • Hard to explain things – like how to start those points/stepping stones
    • Going back to my own experience


What I could have done better

  • Tried to explain more
  • Helping a bit more
  • Find out about peoples’ support needs before workshops
  • Meet their support needs

What changes would I make

  • Eye contact – learn presentation or speak off top of head.
  • Visual presentation with examples
  • Visual goal setting model

Sarah Pollard’s Goal Setting Chart

Julia Hales, June 2, 2017

Jun 022017

May the 2nd I found out from the Australia Council  for the Arts that I have got the grant money  for my FINDING LOVE project!

I am working with Finn O’Branagain from July 17 to develop the script for the play which will show next year.

On May 19 I interviewed three people: Justin, Daisy and Greg all from WA.

On May 26 I interviewed another three people: Verity (WA) and Josh and Lorcen (SA).

Julia Hales and Verity Cope

These six interviews with another three I did in 2016 will contribute a lot to the creative development process.

Julia Hales, June 2 2017

Jun 012017

On Friday May 26 I SKYPE interviewed Josh and Lorcan to ask them questions about what love means to them.

It was really good SKYPING them in Adelaide as I could talk to them about my FINDING LOVE project.

It was good to meet them on the computer.

Josh and Lorcan said: Love is from the Heart.

Love is through their family and their friends.

And through partners.

Julia Hales, May 26, 2017

May 302017

Julia Hales developed a goal setting workshop for MIXED REALITY artists and delivered it last week…


For my Sync Leadership I always want to help the other young artists to follow their dreams.

I have learnt to do goal setting with MIXED REALITY artists to map out their goals.

First I start by telling them my story about how I worked at achieving my goals.

I also ask them to DREAM BIG and dreaming big means you push yourself to achieve your dreams and to see your self in the future and to keep working in the future.

I also learnt to give them some exercises to help them to map out their goals on their own and in groups. I show them my example of setting my goals to follow as well.

We all worked together in groups over three days to set some new skills to get to their big dream.

The goal setting workshop went every well and everyone in the workshop is very happy and very excited that the workshop had helped them a lot to keep working on their big dreams.

I would like to keep doing more goals setting with other people and also people with Down Syndrome as well.

I worked with Danny, Lauren, Tina, Pat, Hugo, Verity, Cameron, Aidan and Sam.

Julia Hales, May 30, 2017

May 212017

I am currently working intensely with five artists from the Mixed Reality project. Patrick Carter, Tina Fielding, Lauren Marchbank, Danny Tuckey and Julia Hales.

Each artist has their own creative agenda and drive and my role as a facilitator is to assist each individual to realise their projects.

With an arts practice based in movement and film I am currently working on developing live dance and theatre performance outcomes with each person. Themes that have emerged throughout the workshopping process have been identity, culture and reality. What is real for you? What is your everyday reality? The work we have been creating is personal and revealing and has proved to be both challenging and rewarding for the artists and I.

Once we have formed the live performance material we will then move into working with technology and virtual reality. We will be looking at how each personal reality then manifests in an unnatural virtual world. This experimentation will then be incorporated with the live performance for some of the artists.

Laura Boynes, May 19, 2017

May 182017

JULIA: Pat paints on mask and hospital gowns and puts them on wall. I take photo of Pat painting.













PAT: I have been painting hospital masks. We are going to hang them on the wall for my performance.

Patrick Carter with Julia Hales, May 11, 2017

May 172017

In the meeting we talk about all of the young artists and their projects that they are working on and planning dates in our calendars to start working with them.

When we were talking about one project my face looked scared but it’s good to talk and learn about everyone’s project and it’s very interesting.

May 172017

I saw Pat looking at his art, move around his painting on wall with Laura with music and movement.

With dance, legs, arms, chair.

Talking about what they want on Facebook.

Showing Pat’s work on the wall, movement on the chair in front of painting, now movement by standing up. Movement as well on chair.

Image: My country is far away its called Fitzroy Crossing. It is in bloom at the moment. It looks really nice. The flowers are red, yellow and black. There are lots of tall trees.