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Youth of Wagga Wagga | Ashmount Artspace

Exhibition of Wagga Youth art on show 21 Oct – 30 Nov

For the past 18 months dLux, a media arts organisation, has been working with the Wagga Wagga community through the dLab National Program. Funded by the Inspiring Australia Initiative, young people have been getting hands on with science, art and technology with dLux Facilitator Yenny Huber and showcasing their ideas in community events such as Science Week and the recent Fusion13 cultural festival, where student’s work was projected onto the Civic Centre.

The Youth of Wagga Wagga exhibition is an audio visual exhibition, using locally produced music and interviews, with a screen-based visual showcase. It will be held in the Ashmont Artspace, located in the Ashmont Shopping Centre, until the end of November.

For the first 12 months of the program, students were introduced to the basics of science and technology, and then moved on to using them as a form of expression and story-telling.  The works produced have been a way for students to introduce themselves to the community and tell their story.

Huber says the students have already gained so much from learning about science and technology, “We had a real ‘wow’ moment when we turned the whole room into a camera obscura and projected what we could see outside onto the walls and roof inside the room.  As much as the students enjoy the science, the real power in this program is how they use it to express themselves, through creating art and audio visual content.”

Next year, the program aims to really tap into local culture and heritage. Combining that with science, and the acquired multimedia tools, dLux strives to empower young people to become more active contributors to the cultural landscape of the community.

This program has brought leading Australian media artists into Wagga Wagga including Cindi Drennan and George Khut as well as international practitioners Jules Rochielle, L.A., (2011) and next year will bring Indonesian community artist, Andreas Siagian to conduct a series of Do It Your Own and Do It With Others (DIYO/DIWO) electronic and media workshops.

The dLab National Program has been a collaboration between Wagga Wagga City Council, Eastern Riverina Arts, Centacare, Mount Austin High School and Riverina Community College as a two-way exchange.