I used to think the Antipodes meant Australia to the English, but, I was wrong. It just means the opposite end of the earth. I realise now though, that Australia is indeed antipodean when you’re coming from England, having just flown back to my homeland from London. Boy, it’s a long way.
But! It was made entirely worthwhile because, well, I was home, and had the chance to talk at a couple of fantastic Australasian conferences: Museums and the Web Asia, and the NZ National Digital Forum.
Both talks have the same spine, about Assumption, Attention and Articulation, but vary slightly in their notes and endings. I was embarrassed to run over time in Melbourne, so apologies to Melbourne attendees, even though the feedback was that it didn’t feel that way.
- Here are my slides and notes from both: MWA2015 & NDFNZ.
- There’s also a video on YouTube of my NDF keynote. I’ll let you search for that, because I’m one of those squeamish speakers who has trouble watching her own talks.
There were very many highlights from the trip. To name a few:
- Visited the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania
- Caught up with many old friends like Tim Hart, Paula Bray, Seb Chan,and Courtney Johnston, who hosted Paula and I at her art museum, the Dowse
- Had two big fangirl moments when I met Mitchell “generous interfaces” Whitewall, and Tim “hacker scholar” Sherratt
- Had the world’s best cappuccino at Lucia’s in Adelaide (and reflected on how my trips home have become concentrated, like cordial, so I do the very best bits in quick succession)
- Being slightly confused by, but deeply appreciative of, my Dad, Sister and Auntie coming to Melbourne for my presentation
- An excellent tour of the Tasmanian Museum and Gallery, where I met newly appointed director, Janet Carding and her team
- Visited David, Adam, Jenny and the larger team at the Auckland War Memorial Museum to discuss recent G,F&S work as they move towards a new collections online methodology.
I remain humbled by the warmth and welcome of Tim and Ely in Melbourne, Andy and Thom in Wellington. Thank you for a great trip!