Megan Heyward is a new media producer and educator whose creative work integrates narrative and new media technologies. Experiences of memory and recollection are recurrent themes in her work. Funded twice by the Australian Film Commission to develop significant, innovative new media projects; her works, I Am A Singer (1997) and of day, of night (2002) have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the MILIA New Talent Pavilion (France), ISEA (Japan), Festival of Cinema and New Media (Canada), Contact Zones (USA), Videobrasil (Brazil), Viper (Switzerland), Stuttgarter Filmwinter (Germany), and Digital Storytelling Festival (USA). Megan has won and received high commendations of two Australian AIMIA new media awards, and her works have been finalists in a range of national and international awards and competitions. Her large experimental new media narrative of day, of night was published by major U.S new media publisher, Eastgate Systems, in 2005.
Working more recently with locative and mobile technologies, in 2005 her locative documentary project, traces: stories written upon this town was exhibited at the Opera House, Adelaide Festival and later, the Centre Pompidou, Paris In July 2007 as part of the d'Art exhibition. Her participatory mobile sms project 'p.u.ls.e' was selected for development at the Australia's Council's 'Story of the Future' LAMP residency. Since 2007 Megan has been working on her D.C.A, Pilgrim, an experimental documentary for online and locative media which explores relationships between pilgrimage, place and locative media.
Megan is a Senior Lecturer in Media Arts and Production in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney.