thanks for a great three days

we want to say thanks to everyone invovled in open fields – whether as participant, presenter, volunteer, organiser, supporter, sponsor, funder or show attender. we really enjoyed seeing it all come together, and hope you enjoyed the days too.

there’s talk of some sort of publication coming from the event, keep an eye or ear out for more communication about it. and copies of the zine printed during the last night are also available – email us if you haven’t got one.


not presenting but want to come open fields?

we’re really excited about people coming to open fields who aren’t in a formal ‘presenter’ role – it’s all about engagement and participation and making connections and getting excited about your work. so if you’re interested in what’s on offer, feel free to register, it’s only $30, and gets you two days and three nights of words, images, performances, food, drinks and people.

Evenings at Serial Space

Each evening at Serial Space there’s a program of performances and exhibitions as part of Open Fields, open to everyone. If you haven’t registered for the whole Open Fields program, it’s $5 at the door to get into the evening shows.

There’s a printable program of Serial Space events, and more detailed information here.

On Thursday night, we’re having a communal dinner for conference participants (it’ll be Indian vegetarian) in conjunction with the Diversity Dinner installation by Emma Konaris. This will take place prior to the evening’s events, from around 6pm.


After hours of scheduling, drinking coffee, typing, wrangling with computers and other technology, we’ve pulled together the program for Open Fields. Hurrah.

Download the program here, or go to the “Program” tab for more detailed information on participants and events. We encourage you to browse the tags on the right to see what fields of interest are emerging, and consider who/what you hope to engage with.

If you’re a participant and you want to change, update or add images to your page, email us and let us know.

Thanks everyone for your patience and excitement about Open Fields – we’re really looking forward to it all, and hope you are too.

PS make sure you register – there’s a limited number of tickets and once we’ve reached capacity that’s it.

Analysing the needs of university based information professionals: making personal learning and professional development meaningful.

Research Applications in Information and Library Studies 2012
University of South Australia

This paper reflects on the linear ‘career progression’ model of industry specific and organisational continuing professional development (CPD) programs. We propose to extend and innovate current developments in Personal Learning Network (PLN) models through the consideration of non-traditional, informal professional development activities.

Formal professional development programs are endorsed by both institutional employers and professional organisations in the Library and Information (LIS) sector. Drawing on previous research into LIS PD programs (Brooker 2010, Dalby 2008) we argue that these programs are delivered top-down and reflect a linear based career progression model. More recently PLNs have been suggested as alternatives or enhancements to these formal PD programs (Howlett 2011, Bennett 2010). However, these alternative models are still focused on career progression and measuring ‘success’ in a professional context.

This paper reports on an experimental case study undertaken to interrogate the efficacy of a formal LIS industry PD program in addressing the CPD needs of university based information professionals. A modified PLN model was used to critically reflect on a series of examples (activism, community engagement and personal practice) which trouble the traditional scope of these formal programs. We argue that these examples, whilst not part of a formal (or informal) professional development program, reflect the passion and pleasure that information professionals develop through their study and work practices. These examples take place outside of the formal programs, without recognition, and enable a space for critical reflection and innovative application.

Piano Recital

Evgeny Ukhanov

Friday 30th April, 2010, from 7 to 10pm

Serial Space

Recital, 15mins

Evgeny Ukhanov was born in the Ukraine in 1982 and from the age of 11 has given concerts, both solo and with orchestras in Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, France, England, Japan, Germany and the USA. In 1998 Evgeny came to Australia on a music scholarship.

Evgeny has played regularly with orchestras in Australia such as Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra, SBS Orchestra and many others. He has also appeared several times on ABC television and ABC FM radio station, including “Rising Stars” programme in 2006 and 2008, on SBS television “Prodigy” in 2001, and 2MBS FM. Evgeny performs regularly in Cairns and annually at the Western Sydney Festival of Piano alongside other high-profile pianists such as Roger Woodward and Leslie Howard.

In 2001 he had an honor of being invited to play at the Governor’s Reception for Australia Day and perform a Gershwin “Rhapsody in Blue” with an orchestra. Evgeny played for the German Prime Minister in Magdeburg in 2002. In 2004 he performed at the Chinese Australian Forum with a special Guest of Honour, Leader of the Federal Opposition Kim Beasley, in 2005 for the Governor of Queensland – Her Excellency Quentin Bryce at the Parliament House in Brisbane, and recently for Her Excellency the Governor of NSW Professor Marie Bashir at Government House. He has also performed at numerous charity events including Red Cross International.

Evgeny has participated in several Festivals in Australia and abroad including Rachmaninov and Chopin festivals in Sydney. In 1999 he took part in a “Prom” Concert as part of the Festival of Sydney at Sydney Town Hall.

Evgeny has performed a lot of chamber works, and worked with some of the leading violinists and cellists in Sydney, such as Julian Smiles and Dene Olding, members of the Golden String Quartet. In 2003 he was an official accompanist for the “Master Performers of Australia” Competition in Sydney.

His last performance at the Sydney Opera House in 2005 was sold out and received great reviews.

Recently Evgeny has recorded chamber music for ABC Classic FM in Melbourne, and completed a series of recitals for the “Fireside Festival”, Canberra Region, and is planning to record CD of contemporary works.

Tracking Memory – Canoe Sheets #1 – 5

Daphne Molony

Serial Space

Ongoing Exhibition, Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th April, 2010

‘Tracking Memory – Canoe Sheets #1 – 5’

Dimensions: 45 x 50 x 245

Materials: Muslin, ochre, volcanic soil, ash, banksia pods

The ‘Canoe Sheets’ are part of the series ‘Tracking Memory’ masters project based in the Tomaree National Park, Port Stephens, New South Wales in 2006. These works are of an ephemeral nature and were made with the same dimensions of the canoes of the Worimi people. Over the period of two years, I placed five sheets of canvas and over two hundred sheets of muslin into different places within the park that successfully recorded their evolution or deterioration, collected stains and residue over time. The absence of my interference created a significant shift in my practice. My powerlessness to control the outcome of the work was an important part of their evolvement.

The purpose of the project was an exploration into the possibility of a work of art as signifier of Place or Space via memory, becoming a reflection or residue of the landscape or the body’s direct response to landscape through the oscillation of marks and colours that formed naturally across the surfaces, becoming in themselves a kind of memory or trace of the cycles of nature. My experiments with works on muslin are, in part an unconscious exploration of movement of the body in space with an investigation of the physicality of the work and its organic nature. I set out to make a body of work that would draw attention to the actual surface of landscape and to create a sense of movement through it.

Diversity Dinner

Emma Konnaris

Thursday, 29th April

6pm for 6.30pm start, vegetarian Indian buffet meal included with registration.

This sound installation is an extension of a performance that occurred at last year’s TINA festival. DIVERSITY DINNERS was launched last year as a continuous and ephemeral artwork that focused on the celebration, diversity, and ritual of sharing a meal. All attendees were required to bring a plate to share – the food that they brought had a special significance to them and their personal stories were recorded. The proceedings of the night were also recorded.

The purpose of recording this intimate event was to bring the Dinner back to life within a different space.

The installation of Diversity Dinners at Open Fields uses both sound and object.
The recording of the Dinner – music, the hum of chatter, eating, laughing – is played in the exhibition space where a table is set for a meal. The audience will also have the opportunity to listen to the personal stories through earphones, setting a more intimate atmosphere.

This is an experimental artwork, as it expands the boundaries of traditional art. This work is abstract, non-pretentious, and simply seeks new ways to activate thought on space, community, and food.


Emma Konnaris is a young artist operating out of a too-small studio. Her artmaking practise has been seduced by painting, installation and food. This affair will probably continue, much to her pleasure.

A two day forum of creative research, experimentation and practice held from April 28-30 at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Serial Space Gallery, Chippendale.

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