FIELDWORK


Chart Collective is in residence at the Creative Spaces Lab 14 Studio at Carlton Connect from September to December to produce a series of short podcasts that explore the ways fieldwork is connected to personal understanding of place and environment. Professionals who collect real data for analysis and investigation are not purely analytical beings, and our personal connections to place can have a direct impact on and inspiration for the work we dedicate our lives to. This project aims to explore the overlaps between the personal and professional facets of a field worker’s identity, and their sense of the world around them. This is an opportunity to communicate the story of your research to the broader community in a personal and creative way.

If the following prompts call to mind a response, or further thinking, we would love to hear from you:

  • Can you think of a moment when, in the process of carrying out your fieldwork, you felt a strong emotional and psychological connection to the place you are in?
  • Have you come across scientific evidence or data that you believe has the power to inspire an emotional, profound or elevated reaction in the broader community?
  • What changes have you witnessed in the climate or environment, and how have they affected you and your work? This change may have been dramatic (exemplified in a particular event), or a more gradual, steady trend or change you’ve noticed.
  • Can you think of any personal anecdotes to exemplify or explain ecological or scientific processes?
  • Did a certain instance cause you to understand the full impact of a certain piece of scientific evidence at a personal or emotional level? Or help you to articulate it to a broader audience?
  • Are there moments from your past that, in hindsight, you reflect on as pivotal in defining your work or research?  

If you think you might have a story, send us an email at [email protected] by Friday October 9, with the following information:

  • What sort of fieldwork do you carry out? Please interpret this in your own way.
  • Where do you carry out your fieldwork?
  • Give us an idea of the story you would like to tell.

We will be conducting preliminary 30-minute interviews (over the telephone or we can come to you, with lunch) from October 2 to 23 to discuss ideas and hone in on the kernel of your story. After this, we will narrow down the cohort and conduct further one-hour interviews at the Kathleen Syme Library recording studios (corner of Faraday and Cardigan Sts) from October 19 to November 6. (Total time commitment 1.5 hours.) Recordings of these two sessions will be edited into an episode of approximately five minutes, and if there is the need for a further interview we will negotiate with the subject.

These podcasts will be published on the Chart Collective website (to which we can expect around 5000 page views in the month of publication), and shared through our social media channels, which include:

  • eNewsletter (close to 1000 subscribers)
  • Facebook (close to 1000 likes)
  • Twitter (close to 500 followers)
  • Instagram (close to 500 followers)

This equates to significant communication of your research and knowledge to a new, young and diverse audience, in a way that they can understand and connect with.

 

ABOUT US

Chart Collective is a not-for-profit publisher from Melbourne that looks beyond the idea that people are separate to nature, to explore the ways our stories are woven into the Australian environment in a time of climate change. Our publishing model incorporates online and printed publication of text, image and sound, as well as in situ events, affording us the freedom to explore ideas in whichever format best suits a concept, a community or a contributor.

We invite people from across disciplines and Australian communities to consider and respond to the ways their own and others’ experiences are mapped in place and time; the ways these places inform our belief systems and sense of self; the ways we influence ecological systems, and the ways they influence us. In doing this, we want to uncover and strengthen the connections we have to our places, in order to better understand, respect and nourish the ecosystems that we, as people, are embedded in.