Jul 052017

To day I did a warm up exercises with music and I went through my lines when I am moving around the room.

I also brought photos of me when I was a child. I use my wheel chair for action when I go through my lines

I also did the virtual reality today to see my photos of me when I was child.

I talked about a story from my photos of me and my family that I bring into virtual reality

It’s easier for me to go through my lines in the amazing new studio!

Danny Tuckey, July 5, 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 212017

The MIXED REALITY Project commenced in February this year with the employment of Julia Hales, planning across the team and then the first large group workshop on March 1.

Currently in week 8 of phase one of the project (16 weeks in total), thirteen of the sixteen artists are collaborating to develop individual works. Their 1:1 collaborations run between 1.5 and 2hrs and include artistic skills development and creative development of at least one new work.

All 16 artists have demonstrated an active interest in developing digital art works and have been invited to participate in the project on this basis.

For this first phase of the work, collaborators are: Laura Boynes, Lincoln MacKinnon, Zoe Martyn and Simone Flavelle. Sam Fox and Tristen Parr look forward to working with several of the artists in Phase two of the project.

Artists’ work to date explores character, movement, script, film and poetry focusing on individual daily realities such as lonliness, daily patterns around the home, obsessions, moments of joy, love and friendship. Known technologies such as photography, projection and film making are being used to play with landscapes and states.

The desire to experiment with new technologies grew out of DADAA’s stARTSPEAK project and in 2014 resulted in the Australia Council funded broadcast research and development project, ROOM and in 2015/2016, the Digital Dialogues (2015/2016) project offering film and digital tools to disabled artists to test and extend their works.

Artists’ customised mobility equipment and communication tools such as powered wheelchairs and lightwriters have been welcome additions to artists’ technology toolkits and we look forward to guiding artists to utilise for fun and experimentation in their work as well as functionality.

Danny Tuckey reclines in his powered wheelchair during creative development with Laura Boynes

Once individual realities and seedling works are established the artists begin their experimentation with other realities on offer using technology and digital tools.

A four week mixed reality installation will be set up in DADAA’s Freight Gallery in June/July when we’ll be trained how to use the technology and then artists will lead children and young peoples’ workshops in the July school holidays.

The MIXED REALITY artists will extend their practice and co-design DADAA’s new digital studio when the organisation moves to it’s new premises at 92 Adelaide St Fremantle on July 12.


Simone Flavelle, Digital Producer, May 19, 2017



May 172017

I’ve been doing some work.

I started talking about my home at Rocky Bay.

Talked about my bed.

My bedroom

My kitchen

My lounge rooom.

I was doing everything in those rooms.

I talked about how I moved around the rooms.

My everyday movement came out of this process.

I now move around this space in the same way I move around my house.

Oh Boy!

I can’t believe what I’m doing!

Warm up each week. Move around space. Clap and go through movements.

It’s amazing!