Christie Widiarto

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Christie Widiarto

Biography

Christie Widiarto, the 2013 Talking Difference fellow, is a Melbourne based new media artist and animator, who explores themes of nature, cultural identity and family. In 2005, she graduated from the Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne University, with a Graduate Diploma in Film and Television (Animation) and returned to complete her Masters in 2010.

Her two films, "Wayang" and "Chasing Planes", have allowed her to reconnect with her birthplace, Indonesia, utilising Indonesian shadow puppets, and both having a blend of English and Bahasa Indonesian dialogue. They have screened at International Festivals such as "San Francisco Children's Film Festival", Poland's "Animacja Animation Festival" and Brazil's "Curta Cinema Film Festival".

Christie's new media work was also including in a program for Femlink International Women's Video Art 2012, a collaborative media art project for the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival 2011 and the NGV's Harrell Fletcher Collaborative Art Action workshop 2011.

She is also the co-founder of Austhetic, an organisation created to promote and exhibit the work of other local Melbourne media artists. Austhetic received a 2013 City of Melbourne arts grant for its project, "Austhetic by Night" held at Federation Square in February 2013.

Christie has recently completed her placement with Talking Difference. During that time Christie ran workshops in a number of Victorian Schools. Part of Christie's outcome was a public display of her work with students at Federation Square on the big screen. This was followed by a conversation at the "Testing Ground" where young people were asked about Identity, multiculturalism and racism. L-Fresh The Lion, Abe Nouk and Sarah Firth all joined the conversation.