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Remote Office Project 2012

In November 2012 the Working Images team worked on location in the remote Flinders Ranges town of Quorn, South Australia undertaking our second installment of the Remote Office Project. The culmination of a five week collaborative design project between the Year 9 Students at Quorn Area School and Working Images titled An Alternative History of Quorn. A limited edition book was produced based on their work.

We can record history, but as with all events that 
move quickly into our past it is never fixed – it is always 
open to interpretation. This collaborative project between 
Year 9 students at Quorn Area School and Adelaide design practice Working Images aimed to blur the boundaries between the real and the imagined – 
to rethink and recast various aspects of the history 
of Quorn and allow the students to have a hand in 
creating a past. To create an alternative history of Quorn!

Following an initial briefing in May, the students undertook background research into the history of Quorn to establish a firm factual basis for their stories. The students then identified places that were under utilised, vacant or forgotten and began to develop stories around people, places and events woven cleverly into the recorded history of Quorn. Each student 
developed an illustration drawn from an aspect of their story. Working Images then collated the work 
and developed a small publication.

The exercise aimed to provide a number of learning outcomes for the students: engagement with local history, the development of meaningful narratives and engagement with the design process as a means of envisioning and effecting change in their community and the world around them.

See the post under the Play blog for images taken daily on location.

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