Sarah Barns works across a range of media and interfaces to create story-driven narratives that explore our changing relationships with informational spaces. Here's a list of recent projects.
Creative & Digital
Through Esem Projects, a media arts and placemaking practice I co-direct with Michael Killalea, I work closely with local governments and communities to design and deliver place-based activations that link digital and experiential platforms and programming.
This work integrates my experience as a digital producer and strategist working with historical collections to ‘re-imagine’ the potentials of archives-based storytelling in the public domain - a focus for my PhD research between 2005-10. Archives of these past projects can be found over at my PhD blog Sitesandsounds.
Digital Heritage Interpretation & Placemaking
Here’s a selection of projects, installations and activations. To stay up to date head over to Esem Projects for recent projects.
During 2016 Sarah was lead curator and designer for the Rutherford's Den project at the Arts Centre of Christchurch. This included the development of a digital interactive wall with Lightwell Studio. The Rutherford Wall provided a fun & interactive way to engage with the story of Ernest Rutherford, bringing digital archives to life. For more info on Rutherford's Den see Esem Projects.
Working with Michael Killalea through Esem Projects, we developed the interpretation artworks to be launched at the new Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability. The new Coal Loader Platform is to be launch in early 2018, and will feature large scale interpretive panels capturing the story of this former Coal Loader and its role in powering Sydney's trade during the 20th century.
I was so proud to attend the launch of Rutherford's Den in Christchurch, New Zealand. The exhibits and displays have been a labour of love for me as I've curated and produced the new museum space for the Arts Centre of Christchurch. Find out more over at Esem Projects.
In 2016 Esem Projects with Port Macquarie Council to create Portraits of Memory, a unique public art project that celebrates the everyday objects that connect us with those who have served Australia’s war efforts in the past. This included digital projections and soundscape artworks developed through interviews with community contributors. See https://www.esemprojects.com/project/portraits-of-memory/
I worked with ANU Heritage on a heritage interpretation strategy and set of audio-visual resources for the Mt Stromlo Observatory Director's Residence Restoration project. A wonderful opportunity to enable visitors to learn about this unique site and its role in the development of Canberra as a city, and the growth of astronomy in Australia. The project won the 2015 ACT National Trust of Australia Heritage Award for Outstanding Project. Find out more over at Esem Projects.
During 2015 I worked with the MCA Digital team to develop an online 'Keeping Place' for indigenous communities responding to the history of the Blacktown Native Institute. The proposed development of the site of the former BNI, one of the first sites of the 'stolen generation', has provoked the creation of this digital resource as a space for ideas and reflection its possible future uses. I led the creation of the original website and collation of historical documentation on the site.