Collated here are a sampling of reviews of my own creative endaevours and publicity for the various community projects and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) projects I have either managed or facilitated for students and emerging artists. Where possible I have included publication details and hyperlinks to source material.
Screengrab International Media Arts Award
In 2009 I established the Screengrab International Media Arts Award. Each year I devise and author the Screengrab theme for the artist call and curate the shortlist into an exhibition format. In 2010 the Screengrab team were awarded the North Queensland Arts Awards prize for Best Exhibition. In 2013 we received 270 entries from 41 countries. For 2014 the event will spread to two exhibition venues with the local regional gallery, Pinnacles, coming on board in a co-sponsorship arrangement which also includes a commitment from the local council to increase the award to $10,000.
As I Stood Idly By (2010)
Review from Electrofringe in Townsville: discerning time, space and tension by Cara-Ann Simpson
“Steven Campbell and Mitch Goodwin’s collaborative video work, As I Stood Idly By… (2010), explores the disparity between the corrosion of reality through time and Australia’s remote and increasingly disparaging relationship with the monarchy. Focusing on issues relevant to the contemporary condition (both physical and virtual) Campbell and Goodwin explore nationalistic traits of self-determination and ingrown fear of the unknown and Other. The work wrestles with national and commonwealth history, the contested documentation that records the passage of time and the physical residue that echoes the decay of modernism. It is a struggle to validate actions, appeals and changes – the relationship is juxtaposed against the floating neon visage of the aging monarch. As I Stood Idly By… also searches to predict the future and how “We create the technology and then we become the technology”.4 The quote, taken from an interview with John Brockman in Lutz Dammbeck’s documentary, The Net: The Unabomber, LSD and The Internet, serves as inspiration and a reference point for Campbell and Goodwin, who not only question the impact of media on society, but seek to deconstruct the archive within a local context.”
Dark Euphoria: Unclassified Media (2011)
Critique from Screen Directions: Loose Observations on Art, Culture, and Electronic Media by Molly Hankowitz in Other Cinema Magazine (10 Feb 2013)
“In recent work by Australian artist/researcher Mitch Goodwin, Dark Euphoria: Unclassified Media (2011) at eMerge Media Space maps neo-Victorian aesthetics in information and media culture across digital pieces which seem to defy categorization. The need to look awry, obliquely at the present is expressed in Goodwin’s efforts to gather the “real,” so as to examine the “real,” reflected in the self-consciousness of the collection which suggests a sinister side of contemporary digital aesthetics and the larger meta-narrative of the global mass-media network. It is as if, in Goodwin’s work, the screen as a purveyor of truth, is questioned. Without Open Source, the desktop screen, laptop monitor, and iPhone 5 touch surface are increasingly pre-organized and programmed by commercial interests. Thus, there is no real reason NOT to question the purpose of the screen. These screens are becoming more like TV.”
Renew Townsville Project :: Cereal Box
Cereal Box was an artist run initiative launched as a part of the Renew Townsville Project. This was a community based project built, run and managed by young people, emerging artists and enthusiastic members of the local community.
Creative Exchange Project :: NM3104 :: CXC
A requirement of the 3rd year capstone subject CXC is that student projects have a public launch in an industry setting. This can be a screening, exhibition, product launch, a concept presentation or the promotion of another artist or group. Students must liaise with venues, the media and industry professionals to develop and manage the event. Students must also raise their own funds for the production and delivery of their project.
The Northern Lights Film Festival (NLFF)
In 2009 I developed the NLFF to help promote young North Queensland film makers. The event is sponsored by the School of Creative Arts which funds small cash prizes for High School and Experimental categories. The local Townsville Cinema Group co-sponsors the Open category award. The Festival has steadily grown to take in entries from as far north as Cairns and Atherton and as far south as Mackay.