Talking Difference is a multi-platform online digital media project designed to facilitate dialogue about cultural difference and promote diversity. This project is funded by the VicHealth 'Arts about Us' program which challenges race-based discrimination through the arts.
The program has allowed me to connect with a specific group of youth, and relate to this group of youth who feel "in the middle" as in, not 100 percent "Australian", but not 100 percent "other"- people who feel "Australian" but don't necessarily look "Australian." -- Workshop participant
The Talking Difference Portable Studio is a touring installation and online experience that allows you to watch, create and share multimedia. You can watch or read questions posed by members of the community and see other people's responses to the questions as well as add comments.
Portable Studio Identity
When it is not on the road, the Studio has a home in the Immigration Museum's Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours exhibition. Here visitors can experience the Studio alongside displays of objects and interactive installations exploring who we are, who others think we are, and what it means to belong and not belong in Australia.
Portable Studio Touring
The Studio toured Brimbank Libraries in 2011 creating opportunities for a broad range of people to have their say. In 2012 the Portable Studio toured regional Victoria including Shepparton, Mildura, Horsham, and East Gippsland.
Portable Studio Online
We have selected some of the questions and responses from the Studio, and encourage you to add your own views online.
The Talking Difference project provides an annual fellowship to support and emerging artist in creating new media works around the themes of difference, commonality, and diversity in Australia.
The first year of the project focused on working with young people from CALD backgrounds living in West Footscray, Hoppers Crossing, Reservoir, West Heidelberg, Southbank, Burwood, Northcote, Glen Waverly, North Sunshine, Pascoe Vale and Geelong.
In July 2010 a Talking Difference pilot team made up of a diverse range of young people from all over greater Melbourne and surrounds was established. Over the course of five months the pilot team met to participate in group discussions around the project themes and to learn skills to create digital content to share their thoughts. You can view content produced by the Pilot Team in the Gallery.
Arts About Us videos
These videos about the project were made for the Arts About Us website.
Watch how Museum Victoria's Talking Difference project is using multimedia to spark dialogue and discussions about cultural diversity across Victoria. The Talking Difference Portable Studio has been touring regional Victoria as part of the Arts About Us roadshow.
How do you get conversations started about cultural diversity? The brains behind the Talking Difference portable studio talk about how cutting edge art is tackling racism and prejudice through multimedia.