Beatstreet Graf crew 2010

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Beatstreet was Hamilton’s premiere hip hop summit for youth and ran every year for ten years at the Meteor theatre. B-boys and B-girls battled it out for supremacy on a square of black and white vinyl, and out the back the organisers made miracles happen with the help of invisible legions that somehow always managed to materialise out of the shadows.

The Graf crew of 2010 knew that this Beatstreet would probably be the last one. There’s only so much silk purse you can make out a pig’s ear of funding after all. Here on the walls of the Meteor that had always been there for the community, they left their mark. Some remnant of ten years of memories and good times writ large in the loading zone, out the back, where those who counted would see it.


Joe Citizen


I believe that theory should inform practice and practice should inform theory - that's why I think that the Media Arts degree is one of the best in the country. If you want to write about the arts then go to University, if you want to work at the bottom of your field then do a short industry course, but if you want to take control of your own learning, come here. Both industry and critical thinking skills are provided, because it is creative, technical and reflective practice that makes a Media Artist stand out from the crowd.

As both a graduate and post-graduate of Media Arts, I'm someone that wants to be relevant, up-to-date and well informed. My fields of teaching encompass both the moving image and contemporary art and media theory domains.

I've always got something on the go because there's a lot going on in Hamilton. An example of this is the DVD It Came From The Swamp,which is a compilation of Hamilton short films I put together and toured round the country. Every single one of those films represents large groups of people, from every sector of the creative business spectrum. Just as I'm finishing one, another one pops up.