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AHA MEDIA attended a very successful Photography Opening : Children Live Dream Here – Urban Landscapes, Children Photography – Inner City Children’s Voice at Chapel Arts 304 Dunlevy in Vancouver Downtown Eastside Thursday Oct 29, 2009

October 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Part of the Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver Downtown Eastside http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/festival-09/october-29/

Celebrating the Voice of the Strathcona Children, Princess Avenue Interpretive Walk

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Below is a photo of Lead Artist Anne Marie Slater with students

Anne Marie Slater and students

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Below is a video of the Visual Arts –   CHILDREN LIVE DREAM HERE

The presence of children in our community is the focus of this show of photo works by students from grades 4 to 7. Photographer and lead artist Anne Marie Slater collaborated with the students on an interpretive walk of Princess Avenue and their photographs reveal the sky, the street, and the industrial side of Hastings Street re-linking the historic north/south connection to the waterfront.

The perspectives of inner city children are captured in photo stories and audio recordings, on view in the main gallery and in projections on the outside of Chapel Arts. Children Live Dream Here: Urban Landscapes is a community arts initiative with the participation of local organizations, community members and the support of the Festival and the City of Vancouver Great Beginnings program.

Sponsored by Strathcona Elementary School, Strathcona Community Centre Association and Chapel Arts, with funding from Port Metro Vancouver and Telus-Vancouver Community Board.

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or message me at http://www.facebook.com/AprilFilms

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Below is a photo of Irwin Oostindie of W2 http://www.creativetechnology.org with his Daughter reading a photo book made by school children

Irwin and daughter

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Below is a photo of Terry Hunter of Heart of the City Festival http://www.HeartOfTheCityFestival.com

Terry Hunter reading a book of photos at Chapel Arts

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Below is a photo of a young artist drawing with chalk while Savannah Walling of Heart of the City Festival looks on. http://www.HeartOfTheCityFestival.com

Savanah Walling watching young artist create

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Below is a photo of Savannah Walling, Anne Marie Slater, Irwin Oostindie and daughter looking at the Powerful Projection of Photos taken by students of Strathcona Elementary from the Garage across Dunlevy Street to the side of Chapel Arts!

Savanah, Anne Marie, Irwin and daughter

Outdoor Projection onto Chapel Arts from garage

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Thanks to the following who made the Princess Avenue Interpretive Walk very possible! 🙂

With Thanks

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Below is Anne Marie Slater with Nathan Wiens of Chapel Arts http://www.ChapelArts.com at the end of a successful evening !

Anne Marie Slater and Nathan Wiens at Chapel Arts

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AHA MEDIA is proud to present Children Live Dream Here: Urban Landscapes on Thursday Oct 29th, 2009

October 27, 2009 Leave a comment

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Visual Arts
CHILDREN LIVE DREAM HERE

 
Thursday October 29, 5:30pm-10pm
5:30pm-7pm Art opening
Families welcome


7pm-10pm Join your neighbours to celebrate the Festival
Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy

The presence of children in our community is the focus of this show of photo works by students from grades 4 to 7. Photographer and lead artist Anne Marie Slater collaborated with the students on an interpretive walk of Princess Avenue and their photographs reveal the sky, the street, and the industrial side of Hastings Street re-linking the historic north/south connection to the waterfront.

The perspectives of inner city children are captured in photo stories and audio recordings, on view in the main gallery and in projections on the outside of Chapel Arts.

Children Live Dream Here: Urban Landscapes is a community arts initiative with the participation of local organizations, community members and the support of the Festival and the City of Vancouver Great Beginnings program.

Sponsored by Strathcona Elementary School, Strathcona Community Centre Association and Chapel Arts, with funding from Port Metro Vancouver and Telus-Vancouver Community Board. Free

With thanks to Anne Marie Slater and the Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver Downtown Eastside for text and image

http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/festival-09/october-29/

Mobile Media Strategies by Irwin Oostindie and April Smith at Fresh Media event at W2 Perel Gallery

October 24, 2009 Leave a comment

W2 Community Media Arts  is hosting Fresh Media festival http://www.freshmedia.me ,  happening right  now at W2 Perel Gallery 112 West Hastings by Abbott in Vancouver

Fresh Media Time Table

 

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Irwin Oostindie and April Smith spoke on Mobile Media Strategies –  and gave a live demonstration on Qik software livestreaming using WIFI on a Nokia N95 cellphone

Mobile Media Workshop

Below is a photo of Irwin Oostindie speaking on different applications with mobile media. Jon Ornoy and Riel of Animal Mother Films together with Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA listen

Jon, Riel, Peter, Irwin

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Below is a photo of April Smith after being livestreamed to play onto Qik’s website on a Mac Book Pro from an Nokia N95

April on Screen

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Below is a photo of April Smith discussing Livestream Video links being embeded into websites with Yuliya Talmazan

April wth Yuliya

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Below is a photo of Anne Marie Slater – Artist/Photographer and Curator of a Children’s Photo/Video Walk exhibit using Cellphone Cameras,

April Smith of W2,

and Gillian Shaw – Digital Life Journalist for the Vancouver Sun Newspaper

Anne Marie, April, Gillian

April Smith is proud to speak on Mobile Media Strategies with Irwin Oostindie at Fresh Media on Saturday Oct 24, 2009

October 24, 2009 Leave a comment

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FRESH MEDIA Workshop

Saturday 1:50-2:40 Oct 24th

Mobile Media Strategies

A discussion and hands-on learning about mobile media projects and how
people use mobile technology for journalism, self-expression, and human rights documentation.

Hands-on demos and discussions will show you how to stream mobile video using a variety of free apps like Vimeo, Qik, Livecast and more. Learn about W2’s Fearless City Mobile project and its plans for 2010.

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Mobile Media Strategies 1:50 – 2:40pm Saturday Oct 24th, 2009

Irwin Oostindie and April Smith work with Fearless City Mobile in the DTES.

April at Table

W2 Community Media Arts Society
> Perel Building, 112 W Hastings, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1G8

Alain Assailly of AHA MEDIA attended the Celebration of Local Entrepeneurs on Tuesday Oct 20,2009

October 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Celebration of Local Entrepreneurs
October 20th, 2009 – Vancouver (Heritage Hall)


The event was organized by EMBERS (Eastside Movement for Business & Economic Renewal Society).
It gathered many microenterprises among the exhibitors and met a bright success!

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Photos and Text by Alain Assailly of AHA MEDIA

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AHA MEDIA is very proud to be featured in Gillian Shaw’s article on Social Media as a new Olympic Event

October 21, 2009 Leave a comment

With many humble thanks to Gillian Shaw of the Vancouver Sun for her article

The other games: Tweeters, videographers …

From bloggers to citizen journalists, the way we see and experience the Games has changed

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/other+games+Tweeters+videographers/2126923/story.html

AHA MEDIA in Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER – Social media is the new Olympic event, with the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games giving Vancouver’s fast-growing social media community a chance to showcase its talents and technology.

While the Olympic movement is taking small steps into a world where conventional news services share an online space in which everyone is a publisher and producer, Vancouver’s grassroots social media is already seen as a forerunner.

The upcoming Games are giving rise to a range of social media offerings from the official 2010 hosts to contributions from citizen journalists, tweeters, bloggers and online video producers who will share their city and their Olympic experience with the world.

April Smith is already a winner and the games haven’t even started.

Once homeless in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, the 24-year-old Smith – known as AprilFilms on Twitter – has turned her life around thanks to a mentoring program that taught her new media skills ranging from web design to mobile video. Equipped with a video-enabled cellphone, Smith will be participating in the Cultural Olympiad Digital Edition, part of the 2010 celebrations.

“New media has meant a new life for me,” said Smith, who has co-founded AHA Media, a fledgling startup that fosters new media learning among downtown eastside residents.

“Back in the day I, lived in and out of the most horrible places you could think of. I was living on the edge. It really has been the saving grace to do computer work and have a home where I can lock the door.”

The stepping stone for Smith came in the form of the Fearless City Mobile Project, an initiative in which residents and artists of the downtown eastside receive training in mobile media and use their new-found skills to document stories and issues in their neighbourhood.

“There was support for me that helped me change my life,” said Smith. “I’m now teaching basic media skills to others to help them make the transition, to go on to a different future.

“It opens doors for them.”

As a Fearless City Mobile project co-ordinator, Smith is participating in Fearless City’s CODE Live and Bright Lights editions. The projects will include streaming videos created by local residents and shown on giant screens at W2, a community media arts centre opening this winter.

It’s that community conversation – a dialogue – that separates social media from conventional media and it’s a transition that the International Olympic Committee is grappling with.

Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP Group, one of the world’s largest advertising companies, recently told the IOC that interactive online content is crucial in attracting young audiences today.

The Olympic movement is adding its own contributions to the social media offerings, but it is a step forward that is not without its stumbles. Most recently, the IOC sent a cease-and-desist letter to Richard Giles for sharing photos from his trip to the 2008 Beijing Games on Flickr.

While the IOC was quick to defend its position, the incident is a sharp reminder of the pitfalls and challenges facing both sides in adapting to new technologies.

“It really comes down to fair play,” said Graeme Menzies, director of online communications for Vanoc. “If somebody is trying to take advantage, then that’s not OK. But if people are saying we love this, we think it’s great, we want to talk about it and share it, that’s awesome stuff.”

Menzies said his organization is recognizing the popularity of social media tools and integrating them into its newly relaunched website.

While the global Olympic movement is starting to shift attention to social media, critics say progress is slow and opportunities to showcase Vancouver have been missed.

“Vanoc has been reaching out to the community to better understand social media, but it has been slow to adopt it,” said Kris Krug, a W2 director and Fearless City Mobile mentor, who participated in symposiums at both the Turin and Beijing Olympics on how new media is changing coverage of the Games.

“Citizens, athletes and corporations will all be making media, whether it’s part of Vanoc’s official strategy or not.”

Krug, along with Dave Olson and W2 executive director Irwin Oostindie and other new media veterans in Vancouver, is organizing the True North Media House, a grassroots campaign aimed at encouraging social media coverage of Olympic sporting and cultural events.

“I have done quite a few presentations on how grassroots media-makers can embrace the Olympics,” said Olson, who said the 2012 Summer Games and 2016 Winter Games organizers are already demonstrating a “more progressive” approach to social media.

“I have been saying, come on Vancouver we can help facilitate this sea change in the way media is consumed,” he said. “The motivation for me is because I work in this field here in Vancouver, but also as an Olympic enthusiast.”

Olson said the True North Media House has garnered international attention but it faces funding challenges.

“We have talked to the BBC, CNN – people from all over the world are contacting us,” he said. “There is a tremendous amount of interest in a grassroots project like this.”

Vancouver Sun

gshaw@vancouversun.com

RESOURCES

http://www.twitter.com/2010tweets: updates from the Vanoc communications team

http://www.twitter.com/CTVOlympics: updates from 2010 broadcast partner

http://www.twitter.com/TNMGH: Twitter profile of the True North Media House, a project aimed at giving social media practitioners a centre for the 2010 Games.

http://www.facebook.com/Olympics: official Facebook page for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games with link to Torch Relay interactive site.

http://www.twitter.com/W2Woodwards: updates from W2 Community Media Arts, a participant in the Cultural Olympiad.

http://www.youtube.com/vanocwebteam: Vanoc’s YouTube site

http://twitter.com/quatchi: one of many social media sites that have picked up on Olympic-related names, this Twitter profile named for Quatchi, a 2010 mascot, bills its bio as “NO GAMES ON STOLEN NATIVE LAND!,” but has been quiet except for a few tweets.

http://www.netvibes.com/studentslive: website for student social media participation in the 2010 Olympics.

Al Tkatch of AHA MEDIA comments on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper playing the Beatles

October 6, 2009 Leave a comment

In this video, Al Tkatch of AHA MEDIA comments on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper playing the Beatles

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms