Site Managers and Curators

Most importantly, the places in which SCOOT designed in and for provided me with the organisational collaborators who have unique perspectives on the spaces in which they work and socialise. In the case of SCOOT 2005 and SCOOT 2006, curators of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) became a vital part of the team in the early stages of site analysis and the final stages of installation and event hosting. Curators Helen Stuckey and Vincent Trundle spent a number of days walking me through the sites describing the activities that normally occur there and the likelihood SCOOT would have use of the resources (internal and external spaces, artifacts and technologies) within them. Once I had spent some time with them I could map out some possibilities for SCOOT interactions plotting positions on maps and annotating photographic documentation of the sites. These maps, images and later scripts, would go back and forth between the organisations and myself until we had negotiated an event that would benefit both the stakeholders of the site (highlighting services, recovering histories, orientating visitors) as well as entertain the players with surprising game encounters with the site and other players.

At no time did I seek out funding for SCOOT Projects. Each SCOOT Event was requested by various organisations that had either seen me present a SCOOT paper at a conference or SCOOT had been recommended by someone previously involved in SCOOT as a collaborator or player at a museum or university. I would respond to requests only if the event would provide me with an opportunity to refine existing project assets and processes or a unique possibility to trial a new technique.

Creative collabortations with museums, galleries and university faculties was a great opportunity ans experience. Each organization dedicated a staff member to work closely with me to exploit any site specific opportunities. These spaces and people provided a great deal of insight into how they work together to meet the expectations of their stakeholders. I arranged a number of workshops to explain possibilities, develop ideas, and report on progress.

These collaborators from the various organizations were critical for conceptual and technical development. Participating organizations normally assist with:

-      site analysis (visitor pathways, technical resources, historic sites etc)

-      content advice and sources (site services, stories, histories, artifacts etc)

-      advice on the ideal, potential and actual stakeholders (managers, visitors, players)

-      access to site for analysis, development, testing and installation (where and when possible)

-      access to technology and technical staff for specifications, installation, testing and trouble shooting.

-      PR/Marketing (advice and promotion)

-      Hosting of the event – security, volunteers, etc.

-      Legal advice (specific to the sites/organisations – to be consistent with the registration policies and any other issues).