Category Archives: Arts

Alternative Media is Alive and Well




  • Michael Schubert
  • Alternative Media is Alive and Well

susan-fordeAlternative media was what happened before the commercialisation and professionalisation of communication. In an age of multiple media ownerships, the voice of alternative journalism can still be heard. Associate Professor Susan Forde researches and teaches “Alternative Journalism”. Through her practice, research and teaching Susan has developed a unique critical perspective of the place of alternative media and alternative journalism in the media landscape.


Associate Professor Susan Forde, Director of the Centre for Cultural and Social Research, Griffith University.


Chris Zariske, Everybody’s Got Problems That Aren’t Mine
Jon Luc Hefferman, Curious
Fabrizio Paterini, Lontana, docemente sospesa
ABC RN, 100 News Jobs go as Network Ten cuts costs
ABCRN,  Fairfax media cuts up to 15 per cent of reporters, says papers will be better
ABC RN, Fairfax cuts more jobs

Berlin’s Stolpersteine – Remembering in the City




  • Dallas Rogers
  • Berlin’s Stolpersteine – Remembering in the City

Droz_image Oct 2014If you look down at the footpath in Berlin you might see one of over 600 STOLPERSTEINE – Stumbling Stones. Artist Gunter Demnig is placing these small brass plaques in the path of our everyday lives to force us to remember the victims of National Socialism. Demnig’s commemorative brass plaques are embedded in the footpath out the front of each victim’s last known address. Individual and collective memory is important to Deming, who cites the Talmud, saying: “a person is only forgotten when his or her name is forgotten”.

Dr Danielle Drozdzewski says large-scale public memorials, like the one at ground zero in New York, are important sites of collective remembrance. But Danielle asks us to think about the remembrance of these types of events in the everyday. For Danielle, being forced to step over and look down at a Stolpersteine in the street in Berlin is, perhaps, a more confronting form of remembrance. This is a story about Demnig’s ” Stumbling Stones”, each one starting with a chilling reminder of who “HIER WOHNTE” – who “HERE LIVED”.


Dr Danielle Drozdzewski is a Senor Lecturer at the University of NSW. Her research covers cultural memories and the links between memory and identity. She has explored this theme through research into Polish cultural memory as it has been articulated in public spaces through monuments and memorials, and in private spaces, and between and within generations of Poles in Poland and in diaspora communities in Australia. She is interested in how mobilities affect the transferal and maintenance of cultural memory, and how war and totalitarianism disrupts their transmission in public spheres. Danielle talks to SoundMinds Radio about her current research that is examining how the public interact with Deming’s vernacular memorials in Berlin.


Audio samples, AudioBlocks

Searching for The Sound of Sunlight




  • Producer Michael Schubert
  • Searching for The Sound of Sunlight

barry hillDr Barry Hill is an eclectic, engaging academic teaching music. But that doesn’t tell you about his work at the interface of Electronic Dance Music and Live Performance; solar audio technology; and his views on the hipsters of their day – Bach, Mozart and Schoenberg. Barry and the staff at Southern Cross University (SCU) are redefining the boundaries of modern music education and seeking a truly personal and accessible definition of music.


Dr Barry Hill is a musician and music researcher. As a bass player and guitarist, Dr Hill has performed and recorded with many popular music ensembles, theatre and dance groups and multimedia projects both in Australia and overseas. His published research specialises in the fields of popular music culture and performance practice, audio technology and musicology. Dr Hill currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer at Southern Cross University School of Arts and Social Sciences.and teaches into the SCU Bachelor of Contemporary Music Undergraduate program.


All audio used with permission of the artists.

Barry Hill : Interactconnect kinect camera prototype 1 Musical Collaboration and Gestural Interactions.

Barry Hill : Music for double bass, iPad & EEG brain activity display
The Bird : The Making of the Birdville Sessions

Cyberbass :  Live Electronic Project 2007-2011

Excerpt from Human Machine Music, SCU
Jamming Laurent Garnier riff

Improvised Trio Kulchajam Festival 2013
Barry Hill Double Bass Ipad Electronics
Greg Sheehan Percussion Electronics
Ben Blay Saxophone Electronic Wind Instrument Virus Synth

Greg Sheehan : Laura


Image of Ray, the interactive audiovisual display, courtesy SCU

Poverty Porn : How Journalists, Audiences & Researchers Produce Stigma




  • Producer Dallas Rogers
  • Poverty Porn: How Journalists, Audiences And Researchers Produce Stigma

‘Poverty porn’ has recently been used to describe television programs that represent the lives of poor people for entertainment purposes, such as Housos (Aus), Struggle Street (Aus) and Benefit Street (UK).

Poverty porn is a term that emerged out of international development studies. It was initially developed to critique the use of media representations that exploit the lives of poor people in order to generate sympathy and donations. More recently it has been used to talk about television programs in Australia and the UK.

The producers of these ‘Poverty porn’ programs claim that by exposing the hardships of poor people, these programs and films might generate sympathy for these communities. Or alternatively, they claim that they are simply showcasing the reliance and resourcefulness of poor people.

SoundMinds Radio Producer Dallas Rogers talks to Associate Professor Deb Warr about the news stories, research and television programs that portray poverty in post-industrial cities. The polarizing debate about poverty porn – which pits exploiting the poor on one side and empowering the poor on the other – doesn’t capture the complex ways in which narratives about poverty and place are created. Dr Warr discusses the intersections between the three key ways in which narratives about poverty and place are created:

  • Poverty News
  • Poverty Stories
  • Poverty Research


Associate Professor Deb Warr is a VicHealth Research Fellow with the McCaughey Centre, at the University of Melbourne. Her work is primarily aimed at understanding socio-economic contexts for health inequalities in developed nations. Dr Warr has published widely and is recognised internationally for work that includes reports of empirical findings and articles exploring theoretical and methodological issues. She has long-standing commitment and expertise in collaborative, participatory and community based research methods and ensuring that the findings of research are accessible for implementation in policy and practice.


DOWNLOAD Dallas article “Poverty Porn and Housing:How we produce Housing and Neighbourhood Stigma” in Housing Works, published by the Australian Housing Institute.


ABC Four Corners Growing up poor
ABC NEWS SBS accused of ‘poverty porn’ documentary series
BBC Newsnight Is Channel 4’s Benefits Street ‘poverty porn’?
Channel 4 Welcome to James Turner Street | Benefits Street (S1-Ep1)
3NEWS Private apartments used as state houses
When by Stephen Siebert
Wisteria by Blue Dot Sessions
When the Guests have left by Blue Dot Sessions
Paper Napkin by Blue Dot Sessions

Graffiti, street art, crime and creative cities




  • Producer : Dallas Rogers
  • Graffiti, Street Art, Crime and Creative Cities

What is the difference between graffiti and street art? Is one artistic form a crime and the other a reputable creative practice?

Emerging in North America in the 1960s, graffiti crossed the Pacific with hip-hop and break dancing in the 1980s.

Australian governments have long classified graffiti as a form of vandalism. Many cities have adopted tough legal measures to deter graffiti artists from tagging walls and trains.

The city of Hobart recently “declared a war” on graffiti. But other cities have begun to value and promote another form of public artistic practice, street art – effectively a legal form of graffiti.

We talk to Cameron McAuliffe about the new cultural and economic value of street art, and how many of the older graffiti artists have transitioned to street art to capitalise on the idea of the creative city.


Dr Cameron McAuliffe is a Lecturer in Human Geography and Urban Studies. He researchers the relationship between graffiti and street art, and the value of these art forms to the economies of our cities.


Ten NEWS New Graffiti Laws
Free Music Archive Highlights by Kris Anderson
Free Music Archive Hotel Rodeo ft. DSpliff by Anitek
Free Music Archive Contact by mo-seph


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Dr Siobhan McHugh is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Siobhan is an internationally recognised award-winning writer, oral historian and broadcaster, whose work over three decades has been concerned with capturing and transforming marginalised voices through the affective power of sound and storytelling.

She has written social histories, authored over 60 radio documentaries and created oral history archives on themes ranging from society and culture to war, history and the environment, which are held at the National Library of Australia, State Library of New South Wales and City of Sydney.

Siobhan’s practice-based and practice-led research straddles industry and the academic world. Her creative work has won the NSW Premier’s Award for Non-Fiction and gold and bronze awards at the New York Radio Festival and been shortlisted for the UN Media Peace Prize (Australia), the NSW Premier’s History Prize, and a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism. Siobhan’s theoretical research interests include the evolution and impact of audio storytelling and podcasting, critical analysis of the radio documentary/feature form, orality and aurality in oral history and the affective power of voice.

She is founding editor of RadioDoc Review, the first scholarly journal dedicated to critical analysis of the crafted audio feature/podcast form and is a member of the editorial board of The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media and a peer reviewer for US-based journal Oral History Review, where her article, The Affective Power of Sound: Oral History on Radio is among the journal’s most cited. It has been included in the third edition of the Routledge Oral History Reader considered the most significant anthology of international oral history scholarship.

Siobhan’s research interests include:

  • Radio documentary and podcasting studies
  • Critical analysis of audio storytelling
  • Oral history interviewing as inter-subjective dialogue
  • Long-form narrative journalism studies
  • Orality and aurality in oral history
  • Audio as vector for affect and emotion




The Aerobic Art of Interviewing, from the Asia Pacific Media Educator
How Podcasting is Changing the Audio Storytelling Genre, from Researchgate
Audio Storytelling; Unlocking the Power of Audio to Inform,  Empower and Connect, from Researchgate


Why S-Town invites empathy not voyeursim, on The  Conversation
The Power of Voice
, on transom website
Audio Storytelling and the Affective Power of Voice, on the Wheeler Centre website
The Power of Podcasting, on myndset


Siobhan McHugh website
RadioDoc Review website