In 2017, I was a video artist at the Digital Writers Festival.

I participated in a collaborative multimedia project, VIDEO HITS.

I paired up with another artist to respond to, and create new stories from, each other’s work.

Here are the stories we told:

Visuals by Chloë Callistemon, Audio by Nathania Gilson

Chloe: Putting together the video, I was thinking about the micro movements that happen around us or to us as a result of our intended movements – the small motions that we rarely pay much attention to – and whether they are purely superficial.

Nathania: When the world ends, will we hear it coming? Perhaps in the rumble of a hydrogen bomb. Or followed by the blistering delirium of a fever dream. We can’t help it: our survival instincts are at war with our grounds for hope.

Nathania: “Never forget”, they said. And so we commune with unfamiliar faces; rub shoulders with the past. We invite them into our homes and memorise the way they walk. We speak to them, but they don’t speak back. Still, we hope. We try not to make the same mistakes.

Writing the text and putting together the audio over the archival footage, I was thinking about what it means to communicate or tell stories as a human, particularly over long distances – how misunderstanding is guaranteed but something is always transferred or echoed across.

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In 2017, I also worked as an assistant editor on two episodes of The Conversation’s Speaking with... podcast:

John Gerrard on preventing infectious diseases

Bates Gill on Australia’s changing relationship with China

David Field about unusual crimes that have changed the law

This involved picture research, dialogue editing, sourcing news clips, archival audio and music, as well as writing SEO copy for the website, and recommending podcasts that explored similar topics.