Media Space in Preview
Have you been looking for a space to share your passion for technology and creation? The Edge might be just the ticket. It's so awesome when the little city you live in surprises you. Despite living in the shadow of our southern neighbours, Brisbane every now and again pulls something out that really makes us realise that we do live in a progressive and ever-growing town.
The latest example of such progression is a new government space, which is just about to be launched, called The Edge. Located in the heart of the riverside arts wonderland (a stones throw from GoMA), The Edge is a truly exiting initiative that will most certainly get the tech-minded community frothing.
Described as a visionary space, The Edge will act as centre for a diverse world of creativity. Once nurtured, this new environment will showcase Queensland innovation, invention and imagination. Technology, the arts and enterprise are The Edge's main focus points. Workshops, programmes, think tanks and forums will provide a foundation for exploration in the areas of sound, digital media, writing, sustainability, science, and all forms of design.
I was lucky enough to have a preview viewing of this soon to be opened space. Needless to say, I was left speechless almost immediately. The location is superb, with a complete riverside Brisbane City view. On top of that, the array of technology and the configuration of the space is extraordinary. It's almost the answer to one of those gear head hypotheticals, like 'if you could build a dream technology/ studio space, what would you put inside it?' For all the tech-minded crew out there, here is a basic list of the arsenal The Edge is packing.
In terms of computer equipment, there are 11 high spec computers that are fully dual platform; 22 of the most up-to-date operating systems including both Snow Leopard and Windows 7 Ultimate, Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection, Xammp, iPhone SDK, Logic Studio, Final Cut Studio, Pro Tools | HD, Skype, Live Messenger and Google Talk. Other equipment on hand includes digital SLR cameras, flipcams, HD video cameras, a range of vocal and instrument microphones and high-end condenser microphones. The list really does speak for itself.
After digesting the technical power The Edge has to offer, one may ask the question, 'why would you provide public access to such an array of technical gear?' In many ways, The Edge is filling a very specific gap within the 15-25 year old demographic in Brisbane. There are many young people out there who are gifted or simply have a passion in the creative and technical areas. Up until now, the main option in furthering these interests was tertiary study. Although this path can offer an enriching experience, it is not for everybody. In some cases the academic pathway of arts and technology education can deter or hinder an individual's potential of achieving their creative goals. Also, failure to reach particular pre-requisites for entry to an institution can cut short the education experience.
Offering a bright solution to this scenario, The Edge provides a space in which this demographic can further their 'education' in a different way. A peer-based learning environment is a powerful entity, especially on this scale. An experienced staff is also on hand, providing real and world advice and help at the request of the visitor.
On top of the great gear at hand, all visitors will have access to free wireless internet, AV facilities, extremely comfortable meeting spots and a coffee shop. The Edge also has large auditorium, rigged specifically for all types of audio and visual performance.
The Edge is truly an exciting new world to experience. Despite being in an empty room, with never before used equipment, I felt nothing but excitement for its future. Once the public have access, and the wheels are in motion, The Edge will hopefully reach its full potential. The stage has been set; it's now up to YOU to put this truly amazing resource to good use. Go forth and create.
The Edge launches at the State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Staney Place, South Bank on February 26 with music performances by DZ, Dot.AY, Felinedown and Impossible Odds. www.edgeqld.org.au