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ABOUT

THE MOTION ROOM: GETTING THINGS MOVING IN GREEN VALLEY

The Motion Room is a long term project in the Green Valley/ 2168 Postcode Area, Liverpool NSW. We use the arts to experiment, alongside local residents and services, with what could be possible if things were otherwise in Green Valley. We inquire into the root causes of the challenges local people experience, and see if we can find a workable solution by thinking like artists – outside the box.

We have identified some of 2168’s most pressing concerns, including food production, local transport, personal safety, digital connectivity, and the quality of public space. These issues have a real impact on the daily life, well-being, health and personal freedoms of the people in the 2168 community.

The Motion Room is joining with local people to think and do something together, to find positive new ways to engage and link people and resources to meet these needs.

The Motion Room's Purpose

The Motion Room collaboration works to: Generate reasons for residents of Community 2168 to interact with one another. Develop, start and support community-led initiatives and local enterprises

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The Motion Room Coalition

The Motion Room is a consortium of artists, innovative community services, arts organisations, government agencies, and passionate individuals working with the energies of local residents…

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Artists in Residence

The Motion Room has commissioned these Artists in Residence

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Core Project Team

We have assembled a fantastic team to realise The Motion Room’s goals…

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PROGRAMS

FOOD

FOOD

We have asked people in 2168 about their access to healthy and affordable food. We have learned that there remain barriers to local people to having good food including affordability, access to shops and quality of produce available to them. The Motion Room will facilitate shared food production in unused public spaces in the 2168 Area and on balconies and gardens throughout the postcode…

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TRANSPORT

TRANSPORT

We’ve asked local people about their use of public transport and learned that existing services do not take them where they want to go, or provide easy travel within the 2168 area. The most disadvantaged rely on public transport yet routes are indirect and time-consuming, lack of shelter at bus stops, and there are safety concerns, especially after dark. We propose to establish a community-operated local transportation service…

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PUBLIC SPACE

PUBLIC SPACE

We believe that local people know best. And that if their local knowledge is hooked up with others who have design know-how, it is an unstoppable combination. We are interested in ideas about public space in Community 2168 – how should it look? How do we feel in it? How could it be improved?

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CONNECTIVITY

CONNECTIVITY

There is an urgent risk of losing a cohort in our society because they are excluded from the digital upswing in the economy. Expanding connectivity to the internet via wireless and mobile technologies is of critical importance in disadvantaged communities such as 2168. These technologies provide fast, individualised, responsive ways to enable disadvantaged people to leapfrog into society as equal participants regardless of their physical location or mobility…

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SAFETY

SAFETY

Despite falling crime rates, the popular perception remains that it is not safe to go out after dark in 2168. If people are not going out after dark, how do they socialise? How do local businesses thrive? And how can communities organise, celebrate and feel safe? The Motion Room is bringing four artistic residencies to 2168, each of which activate public spaces to promote their use, including after dusk…

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COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

Over time, as local residents have more reason to come together to grow and prepare food and exchange plants and recipes; plan transport solutions and more affordable ways of connecting to the internet; and contribute to the design and operation of mobile community resources – for instance, a mobile kitchen – there will be greater reason for them to deliberate and make decisions together…

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STORIES

TUNE INTO THE LOCAL VOICES OF 2168

MAPPING 2168

MAPPING 2168

Artists in residence, PROVINCE, inquired into how far and wide local people roam and found out what matters to them…

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Aia

Aia

Aia lives in 2168 and is the mother of six children. Born and raised in Samoa, she loves this area and its people, and is passionate about food and cooking…

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Rosheen

Rosheen

Rosheen is an Aboriginal woman who grew up in this area, left in her late teens and eventually returned to live. In this 2168 SHORTS film, she reflects on her early local experience…

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Afaf

Afaf

Afaf, originally from Saudi Arabia, is quite new to the 2168 area. After fifteen years raising five children, she has gone back to finishing her Bachelor in Psychology…

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Alison

Alison

Alison has lived all her life in 2168 and is passionate about local history. She remembers its earlier street-level village feeling, the local pool and milk bar and Green Valley motorway…

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EVENTS

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Upcoming Events

 

Liverpool Women's Resource Centre August 2016

Liverpool Plaza 24 May - 10 June 2016
RED LIGHT SPECIAL - PERFORMANCES IN PUBLIC SPACES

RED LIGHT SPECIAL - PERFORMANCES IN PUBLIC SPACES

Keep your eyes and ears open. A surprise performance package will play out in the aisles of Woolworths, Miller Shopping Centre and The Valley Plaza. Monica Kumar, local resident and performer, will start a very public conversation. It’s GAME ON!

WOOLWORTHS, The Valley Plaza & Miller Shopping Centre 22 April + 27 April
MILLER MASTERPLAN - FINAL CHANCE TO LEARN ABOUT PLANS TO CHANGE MILLER

MILLER MASTERPLAN - FINAL CHANCE TO LEARN ABOUT PLANS TO CHANGE MILLER

Miller Community Centre (old Miller Library) 6.30pm, Monday, 7 March 2016
GROW WELL 2168

GROW WELL 2168

Various Last Thursday of every month
BUILD THE SOLUTION

BUILD THE SOLUTION

Celebrated production designer (ie, person who can make amazing objects), Joey Ruigrok van der Werven is in residence in 2168 from 2 – 21 June. Joey will lead workshops to build planter boxes and vertical gardens; to prototype a collapsible trolley with Miller Technology High students; and to design a mobile kitchen/party unit with local people.

TAFE SWSi, Miller College & LWRC 2 - 21 June, 2015
PROVINCE@Miller Shopping Centre

PROVINCE@Miller Shopping Centre

Spatial designers and artists, PROVINCE (Laura Pike/Anne Louise Dadak) will explore and map local people’s visions for public spaces in Miller and Ashcroft. This is where most of the social housing in 2168 is located. Together with local people, Laura and Anne Louise will develop a design language that reflects community aspirations for shared spaces. It kicks off 28 April, 11.30am – 2.30pm, and every Tuesday after that in the Food Court of the Miller Shopping Centre! Come on down!

Miller Shopping Centre Tuesday, 28 April, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May 2015, 11.30am - 2.30pm
2168 SHORTS SCREENING

2168 SHORTS SCREENING

We are planning a community showing of the first four short films that Aia, Rosheen, Alison and Afaf made for your viewing pleasure. Watch this space for details!

Liverpool Women's Resource Centre 23 April, 2015

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