These are my notes from the last session at NAVA’s Future/Forward visual arts conference — a talk with Michaela Boland and Nicholas Pickard (sorry for misspelling, Nicholas), moderated by Esther Anatolitis.
I’m fascinated by lobbyists; the revolving door between lobbying and politics and the effect it has on the world. So when the Senate announced an inquiry into political donations I knew I wanted to pop along to the public hearings.
Today’s was in Melbourne, so here’s my entirely editorial-free cartoon scribe. There’s a Canberra one happening next week, so if any Canberra toonists want to get along and scribe that I’m sure we’d all appreciate it! If any regular journos wanna pop along that might be good too.
Your cast of characters: Richard di Natale, Chris Ketter, Slade Brockman, Peter Georgiou and Jacqui Lambie!
Went to a talk about youth mental health, scribed it.
Relevant to work I’m doing at my day job right now.
There was a debate about the arts on over at the Wheeler Centre featuring arts minister Mitch Fifield, shadow arts minister Mark Dreyfus and Green Adam Bandt. I popped along and scribed it, live (nobody asked me to do this).
“Scribing”, otherwise known as “graphic recording”, “graphic facilitation”, etc, is where an event is captured, often in real time, by an artist using words and pictures. You can be employed to do this, though I often do it on paper for my own benefit at conferences or talks I attend.
This year I’ve had more work in this field, so I was asked to speak on a “Graphic Recording” panel at the Australian Cartoonists Association’s Stanleys Conference this past weekend. Because I’m less expert at it than the other participants (Sarah Firth, Luke Watson and Glen Le Lievre), I asked if I could just scribe the panel itself rather than speak. This was the result!
Hopefully you get an idea of the content of the panel, which was really well received. The very funny Peter Berner came up and asked me some questions about it afterwards, so hopefully we’ll be seeing him doing some scribing soon (he’d be uniquely well-equipped for it)!
Someone asked if we tend to “editorialise” while we draw. I said that I definitely do (unless I’m asked not to). I certainly did above. The editorial is bound up in the process of understanding what we’re scribing. If we don’t get it (which happens when we’re thrown into a situation with no context and loads of jargon/acronyms), you end up with lots of words and arrows and clouds and stuff but not much rhyme or reason to it. If we understand the topic, you get a better result (and I can start making jokes)…
I’ve been mostly working on comics lately, so my animated project The Precinct has only occasionally peeped out for a sniff of air, but yesterday I went to a Film Victoria presentation by a group of SBS staff and took some pictorial notes.
Here they are, in case you’d like to learn what they’re up to over there (heavily flavoured by my own POV. Don’t assume anything is a direct quote unless it’s in “quotes”).
The general theme was, “We’ve had no money for a few years, but we have some now, so we’re going to do stuff with it”. Go SBS!
There were probably lots of big TV/film producers there, but since I don’t know who they are, I was very pleased to encounter the (just as big, but more animation-friendly) Ivan Dixon from Rubber House, Peter Viska and Kate Mills from Viskatoons and director “Tall” Paul Andersen.
OH! And here’s what you can expect from the Q&A at an event like this: