Mobile Storytelling Studio
This year I worked on an amazing project called I Am Somebody. Through podcasts and images it honours the unique stories of five people and tells of the impacts living without a home has had on all aspects of their lives.
While the audio stories reveal the homeless experience, it removes the homelessness stigma away from the person as they share their experiences about love, friendship, family, work, loss, misfortune, hope, aspirations and sense of belonging.
I Am Somebody is a multimedia art project facilitated by the City of Hobart’s Housing with Dignity Reference Group. I worked on this project with Tasmanian photographer Andrew Wilson.
Helene is a Tasmanian born, Hobart based award-winning creative audio producer. She is the creator and founder of The Wayfinder Mobile Storytelling Studio.
Helene often works with personal in-depth narratives to create immersive, intimate, audio experiences. She has been producing audio features and documentaries for thirteen years. She learned very quickly that telling people’s stories comes with significant responsibility so she made this the topic of a PhD study. Through her research she developed a practice that involves slowing down and making deeper human connections to ensure a more responsible and ethical storytelling.
Since the creation of The Wayfinder she has been engaged with a variety of community and arts storytelling projects in collaboration with Big hART, the City of Hobart, the Huon Valley
Council, the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival, Hydro Tasmania, the Tasmanian Land Conservancy and artists featured in the Ten Days on the Island festival.
Helene considers every story a living spirit. This is why she takes her time and allows herself to go deep into the lives of others as they share their lifeworlds with her. She knows it is a privilege to step into people’s lives and tell their stories.