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Reflections from SCRIBE at MWF18

SCRIBE is an intimate immersive art experience that collects anonymous experiences from public contributors to create a democratic document of an event, designed and led by Australian artist Leisa Shelton.

It’s an opportunity to broaden your mind with what’s happening in the world right now – which is important.

SCRIBE#09 was in attendance at MWF18, moving across key venues, sites and public gatherings to record a diverse cross-section of experiences from the audience’s engagement with the Festival.

I organise my life around it
It’s expanding my brain
it’s keeping me alive
It’s wonderful to be around young people and young ideas
I like making something like this happen for our city

In a series of face-to-face sessions with a scribe who listens, converses and records the experience in writing, audiences at MWF18 were invited to create an ‘affective archive’ of their inner-most thoughts and feelings, in response to the question, ‘What was your experience of MWF?’

All our narratives are GRAND and deserve space – space to tell our stories

The documents were gathered in spoken, drawn and written languages including Braille.

The way PLACE plays a role in a festival
It’s great and unexpected that events are happening outside of the city in my local area.
You meet lovely people, it’s osmosis
The festival is as much about a conversation in line at the bookstore as it is about the ‘events’

Scribes in attendance at MWF18 were Olivia Satchel, Sally Lewry, Georgia Symons, Audrey McAllister, Laura Hartnell, Ahmarnya Price, Brigid Kitchen and Marisa Sposaro (Braillist).

“Writing makes the complications in my head simple”

A full archival copy of all documents #01–#72 is available below, to be read, discussed, considered, reflected on and enjoyed by artists and audiences alike.

We also invite you to contact us to book an appointment to view the Braille content at the MWF office, 11am–4pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.