Pip is a media researcher, designer, artist, educator and PhD candidate. Her practice explores the structures and dynamics of networked sharing and grassroots culture-making. Her peer-reviewed publications include Public Service Broadcasting, Creative Industries and Innovation Infrastructure: The Case of ABC's Pool (Wilson, Hutchinson and Shea 2010) and Visualising Invisible Networks as Collaborative Arts Practice (Shea 2011). She has participated in artist residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), Electrofringe Festival (Newcastle), and the Next Wave Festival (Melbourne); has been a participating artist at the 2009 International Symposium of Electronic Art (Belfast), the Light In Winter Festival (Melbourne), the Melbourne Festival, 2009 Creative Sydney Festival; was a speaker at the 2008 Alfred Deakin Innovation Lectures; and, makes art with boat-people.org.
This study asserts that the current digitally networked moment is creating new challenges and opportunities for Australian community arts and cultural development (CACD) practitioners, particularly among those who are closely engaged with digital media technologies. It moves sustainable practice – the field’s central ethical foundation – in to the digitally networked context, through the idea that the ongoing production of grassroots culture-making requires a new kind of human agency – network agency. The thesis argues for new CACD approaches to be adopted that develop network specific literacies and competencies with the view to nurturing network agency among project participants.