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Visions of Aladdin Emily Gillespie In my artistic process as a photographer I play and experiment with the relationship between the real and the fictional. My aim is to invent apparently realistic creations by first fabricating and constructing entire three dimensional sets, which I then photograph and manipulate on a two dimensional plane through the use of digital media. Visions of Aladdin (pdf 8MB)

Interactive Documentary and Place: Portrait of a Bend of Islands Ed Armstrong Online interactive documentary is an emerging area of new media arts practice that I have used to explore the dense theoretical propositions related to the humanist geographical notion of placemaking. In this exegesis, with reference to some of the key claims humanist geographers have made in terms of place as hybrid and densely networked, I shall discuss the advantages and disadvantages I have come across in making Placing the Bend to see how effective interactive documentary is as a medium. interactive documentary and place (pdf 3.1MB)

Lunatic Feasts and Gastronomic Heroines: An Exploration of the Narrative of Food Callie Doyle-Scott In recent years, chefs such as Heston Blumenthal have used the flavours, textures, and memories associated with different foods to evoke themes and emotions in a manner similar to the metaphors and imagery used by storytellers and writers to create immersive and memorable tales. This exegesis seeks to determine exactly how this ‘narrative of food’ works, and what would happen if it were to be combined with a more traditional, written story. An analysis of the narrative of food reveals that food can be used to create a whole new layer of narrative depth, both on the dining table and in the pages of a novel. Different cuisines have been used throughout history to …

Political Participation in the Social Media Moment: the Emergence of Personal Politics Ben Calder This thesis argues that we are moving toward a paradigm of political participation that is based on the assemblage of a personal politic, characterised by a decline in group loyalties. This indicates a shift away from traditional understandings of political participation that are referenced to the state or an institution. This thesis provides an evaluation of social media’s role in the formation of these new understandings and practices of politics and political participation. It argues that social media are part of a complex media landscape, but that they and political communication within them should be understood as a complementary rather than superseding force. Political Participation in the Social Media Moment (pdf)

Managing Subscriber Relationships with High Art Organisations in Today’s Digital Landscape Anissha Vijayan This study explored the relationship between Melbourne-based high art organisations and their audience, including subscribers and nonmembers. The digital landscape has impacted the way organisations think about and interact with their members. This study was grounded in a relationship management framework to map out general perceptions of the high art industry as well as expectations for relationship building and maintenance methods. Interviews were conducted with representatives from The Australian Ballet, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO), Cinema Nova and Ranters Theatre regarding their perceptions of the industry as well as their relationship with their key publics. An online survey (N=257) was distributed to subscribers of the MSO and the link shared with members of other organisations. …

Abjection: A Guide to the Medical Waiting Room Lucy Fitzpatrick Julia Kristeva describes “the abject” as that which separates the self from “the other”.  e abject challenges our corporeal integrity by reminding us of the threat of oblivion, or non-existence.  is project investigates the abject in the medical waiting room, through the practice of poetry. The medical receptionist, patients and media found within the wait- ing room are explored through experimental nonfiction poetry, using the trope of abjection. It examines how and why the medical waiting room is an uncomfortable, challenging space for its occupants. This project discovers poetically the ways in which the abject is present in the medical waiting room, and in doing so investigates how the self and the abject can be expressed through the …

Character Sculpture: Game Character Making Alexander Johnson In this exegesis I have examined the work practices and methods of other character development artists in order to better understand and develop my own practice. In their professional work character artists are required to produce a vast range of diverse and interesting characters. The process involved in making these characters is complex, and is often not fully understood by the artists themselves, as it involves the use of highly developed implicit knowledge and skills. I have applied the principles of reflective practice and material thinking to develop two sculpted characters for this project. In doing so I have discovered that the use of a personal creative manifesto is too inflexible to accommodate the implicit knowledge and skills required. Through research …

Movement, Rest, Encounter: Experiencing Place through Instagram Nancy Lim The thesis seeks to explore how the mobile photo-sharing application, Instagram, participates in and augments our experiences and perception of place. Adopting a phenomenological approach to place, David Seamon’s (1979) theory of ‘movement’, ‘rest’, and ‘encounter’ provides the theoretical framework for which I centre this thesis around. Seamon stipulated that movement, rest, and encounter were the three fundamental pillars of place. I speci cally seek to explore how Instagram participates in these aforementioned themes. In movement, I discuss the body’s use of mobile technologies and Instagram in everyday life through the notions of ‘time-space routines’ and ‘place ballets’. In rest, I examine how Instagram can instigate a sense of ‘at-homeness’, familiarity, rootedness, and a sense of belonging in place. …

Ten Deranged Girls and a Dog Walk Home Romana Dalgleish Ten Deranged Girls and a Dog Walk Home can be read as a nostalgic goodbye to late adolescence from a variety of voices, written over the course of a year. The objective of this project is to question the ways in which the memoirist makes sense of the past and interprets the present through story telling. This work binds together moments from my life in order to critically analyse the construction of personal narrative. Ten Deranged Girls (PDF .5MB)

The Intersection of Affect and Meaning: Within Interactive Virtual Environments Liam Gibbons In recent years, the interactive digital virtual environments found within video games have come to be understood as means of artistic expression. This exegesis establishes the nature of their design and reception as dynamic and indeterminate, in which the experience of the virtual environment is constantly being shaped and re-shaped by elements that exist in-between the designer, environment, and player. It is accompanied by a series of designed and freeform interactive virtual environments, which investigate how various levels of designer intent can intermingle with the memories, experiences, and values of the player to form a meaningful experience. Play-testing is used to illuminate how the meaning-making process occurs within interactive virtual environments, and an analysis of both …

Glory Whole: A Multimedia Exploration Of My Coming Of Womanhood. Bree Turner Brooklyn (NY) artist, Sophia Wallace, created a mixed media project called CLITERACY that aims to educate people about female anatomy and sexuality. My interaction with CLITERACY was profoundly more informative and empowering than any sexual education class or conversation with my parents about sex. My investigation into female sexuality and ways that we educate ourselves, prompted further research into childhood development, womanhood and feminism. I have created a multimedia performance, Glory Whole, which is the telling my own coming of womanhood story. By telling my story I have interrogated the gaps in my sexual education and the lack of feminist discourse available to young women in Australia. I propose that young people need female sexual agency, …

Both at the Same Time: Irigaray, Mother-Daughter Relationships and Stories We Tell David Latimer Luce Irigaray is a feminist philosopher of sexual difference who elaborates an ethic of ‘both at the same time’. My research engages with various writings on the mother-daughter relationship from her early work to explore the mother- daughter relationship expressed in Sarah Polley’s film Stories We Tell. Irigaray’s positive af rmation of mothers and daughters who ‘move’ together transvaluates conventional understandings of truth. Using this body of theory this thesis examines the formal techniques and the surrounding discourse of Stories We Tell. Sarah Polley’s indentification with her deceased mother, Diane Polley, is a vital narrative of the film that is too easily missed. Both at the Same Time (PDF .25MB)

Poetry, Flattery and Plain Misconception: An Inquiry into the Morality of Representation Daniel J. Bornstein This thesis aims to tackle that moment of hesitation that causes me to miss my shot, in the hope of making me as a practitioner more ‘introspectively aware’. It explores the possibility of photographic representation generating it’s own moral questions, and the plausability of these questions ever being answered. It traverses the very nature of perception, and delves right down to the ontological roots of the medium. It is about surprises, and intuitions. It… has been quite a journey for me. Poetry, Flattery and Plain Misconception (PDF .5MB)

Disrespecting Your Surroundings And Other Ways of Enforcing Hegemony in the Hardcore Scene Paige Klimentou This thesis investigates the links between the performance of hegemonic masculinity and authenticity in the male- dominated hardcore and post-hardcore scenes, and how this affects female participation in the live space. Due to the intrinsic linking of ‘masculinity’ to ‘maleness’, I argue that female participants are typically seen as inauthentic, which inhibits their capacity to participate. I provide a critical text analysis with an interrogation of my own experiences as a female participant in the hardcore live space. By further exploring the relationship between gender performativity and authenticity through an affective lens, I suggest that because of the restricted participation women encounter, they are limited in their potential to experience shared affective intensities …

Socialising Media? Understanding young women with Asperger’s Syndrome and Social Media Use Melissa Razuki The use of social media by young women users has attracted much discussion and debate, especially around notions of empowerment and exploitation (boyd (2014); Schofield Clark (2013)). And yet, in this conflation, some gaps remain: young women with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). Characterised asa male condition, much of the work around Asperger’s has perpetuated stereotypes around socialisation and gender. This thesis explores the intersection between young women with Asperger’s and their use of social media, and argues that the online provides a more comfortable mode for communication and being social. Grounded in the emerging online ‘Aspie’ culture, with particular focus on blogs and vlogs on YouTube, this thesis strives to recognise the issues that matter …

From Which Women Deviate Jo Day (An electronic version of my combined exegetical and creative work From Which Women Deviate – An Exploration of Feminism Through the Making of Perzines. The submission is split into five segments, with photos of the completed zines.) This combined creative and exegetical project looks at how ideas of self in regards to feminism are explored in printed feminist perzines (self-made & distributed magazines). By making my own perzines, I will be looking at what they offer in forms of self-expression, reflexivity, & creative resistance. By mixing the creative and the exegetical work together I’ll be challenging the concept that academic works needs to be formal & impersonal in order to be valued. From Which Women Deviate (PDF .5MB)

Small Screen Teens: Identity, Adolescence and Character in Television Script Development Jane Williamson Fictional characters in television series’ provide the audience with a conduit to experience the stories being told on their screen. Teen drama television series’ do this by developing a strong emotional connection between character and audience. One way that a screenwriter can attempt to build such a connection is by constructing its characters as a realistic representation of the adolescent experience. This can be done by combining screenwriting practice with the psychological theories of Erik Erikson. This project investigates the application of Erikson’s theories to the development of character backstories and character arcs for a teen drama television series entitled Life After. The show bible for this series tells the story of four teenaged characters …

The Ethics of Opinion Polls, A journalistic Examination Stephen McCambrdige Political reporting is a journalism round or speciality that, in a democracy, deals directly with elected representatives and the ideals and policies they promote for society. The direct relevance of political reporting to society makes it one of the most important and agenda-setting specialities in western democratic societies. This thesis considers contemporary Australian political journalism and its relationship with four central ethical principles. This thesis argues that the processes involved in producing contemporary Australian political journalism, particularly the misuse of public opinion polls in reporting, conflicts with the ethical principles enshrined in journalism practice. It does this by considering journalism ethics in Australia, the processes involved in political reporting and the prevalence of public opinion polls in journalism. …

The Extreme Manifesto: Duration in and Beyond Cinema Alexander D’Aloia This research looks at how audiences respond to exceptionally long films and how the nature of their experience changes as a film’s duration increases. Drawing on influences from Benedikt Köhler’s, Sabria David’s, and Jörg Blumtritt’s Slow Media Manifesto, as well as the writings of Matthew Flanagan and Walter Murch, The Extreme Manifesto seeks to outline the key principles for defining these long films besides their duration, so that they can be understood and appreciated in contexts other than the cinema. The Extreme Manifesto PDF (.5MB)

The Vanishing Cat: The Uncanny, Metamorphosis and Animation Ruth Richards Animation is mainly discussed through the uncanny in terms of ‘the uncanny valley’, but there is a deeper, more innate connection that is also present. As such, the uncanny nature of animation and its relation to metamorphosis remains underdeveloped, notwithstanding the overriding academic discourse surrounding the digital morph. The following work theorises the uncanny nature of animated metamorphosis, focusing specifically on Norman M. Klein’s conception of the ‘ani-morph’, in order to draw out the connection of animated metamorphosis to the animated uncanny, and make clear what this uncanny visual transformation achieves. The Vanishing Cat PDF (.5MB)

Bots We Talk About When We Talk About Twitter Bots: Towards a Toolkit for Collecting and Classifying Bespoke Twitter Bots Tully Hansen The term Twitter bots covers a large (and growing) number of creatively motivated, largely lexically based cultural artefacts published online to the Twitter platform, works which encompass a diversity of styles, practices and implementations. As a result of this continuous expansion and extension of the genre, it becomes increasingly difficult to discuss Twitter bots as literary and artistic form with any specificity. An apparent dearth of clearly defined and accepted ‘terms of art’ identifying traits and practices within the bot corpus and community hampers precise and meaningful critical engagement with the form. Furthermore, the ephemerality of Twitter as a publishing platform sets the network at odds …

Gender Under Construction: How Gender is Constructed in Massively Multiplayer Online Video Games Natasha Shelvey Gender Under Construction explores how gender is constructed in Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) video games and what this means for the player experience. My analysis takes a feminist view, using Judith Butler’s Performance Theory as the lens through which to examine gender construction. The roles of Marketing, Designing and Player Communities in MMO gender construction are examined and how they in uence the player’s experience. The experience of the “Other” becomes a great focus of my work. The “Other” pushes the boundaries of the default, bringing to light the assumptions and constraints that gender brings to the game. Within this thesis I focus on the “Other” of the female MMO player and non-gender …

Complications of X Stefanie Markidis Complications of X investigates how various forms of memoir can demonstrate the splintered sense of self and fragmented memory with my experience of the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. This project explores the space between a writer and their written work and the temporal divide between the self of experience and the self on the page. I have experimented with voice, tense and narrative form to create a memoir of my experience. In sharing my story, I have explored my practice as a creative nonfiction writer and investigated the parallels between the act of writing and the eating-disordered experience. complications of x PDF 12MB

Eating With My Mouth Open Samantha van Zweden This research aims to explore the ways that the lyric essay can illuminate the way that memory inflects our relationship to food. Our sensory experience of food is intimately interwoven with mnemonic associations: personal affective memories amidst broader cultural tropes. This research looks at aspects of how food carries significance in our culture. It also looks at issues arising in the deployment of memory in a practice-led research context in the field of creative writing, working with its particular qualities, rather than in spite of them. The formal properties of the lyric essay provide a space which can adequately represent the personal and cultural complexities of how we relate to food and how we experience and use memory in creative …

Be Plural Like the Universe Shelley Horan As a young photographer, I feel an uncomfortable obligation to define my artistic identity. It might be absurd that I feel pressure to carve a creative niche for my work. As a photographer, I can’t register my sensibilities as belonging to any classic category. When I reflect on my body of work, it’s as though a different each project was made by a different person. In searching for my artistic voice, I’ve not been able to rest on one. My research project attempts to address, celebrate and exaggerate my heterogeneous sensibilities. Informed by the multiplied poetic dispositions of Fernando Pessoa, I have created three artistic personas. Each persona, with a unique voice and artistic approach, has produced a series of photographs …

The Persistence of Horror: Expression, Exploration, and Writing for the Screen Annie Lomdahl The written word of a screenplay is often undervalued, and dramatic structure and story content predominate. However, through the aesthetics of language, a writer communicates not only a story, but a mood, tone and atmosphere, which are ultimately deterministic of other narrative elements, such as theme and genre. Through recreating the fluctuating kinaesthetic scenes of my experience of post-traumatic stress disorder, I was able to demonstrate the integral role of literary constructs in screenwriting. Furthermore, through the iterative process of screenwriting, I was able to explore the relationship between trauma and screenwriting; an exploration often seen as exclusive to prose, poetry and film. Through this research, I found that screenwriting is not limited to the …

Animal Voices: How Can a Writer Overcome Their Inherent Anthropocentrism and Move Toward Representing the Voice of the Animal Other in Fiction? Katherine FitzHywel A multidisciplinary investigation into how a writer can use what is known of animal minds, communication and perceptions to move away from anthropocentrism and towards a representation of animals that allows space for their voices in our literature. Animals are often anthropomorphised in fiction or used as cyphers, archetypes and symbols for human lessons, stories and concerns. If animals in fiction are pale reflections of ourselves we can learn nothing from them about the world we live in, the creatures that inhabit it, and our place alongside them. This research explores ways to move towards an understanding of the animal others we share our …

Will: A TV Pilot Yi Shuen (Tiffany) Wong This research will interrogate the creative process of writing an original one-hour television pilot for the American television industry, with a view to include the pilot as a writing sample in a screenwriter’s portfolio of work that showcases their original creative voice, as opposed to spec scripts that demonstrate their ability to work within the creative parameters of an existing television series. In order for the pilot to impress as a writing sample, a sound understanding of the function of the television pilot and its associated dramatic conventions is required. The process of writing the pilot will involve exploring the creation of a story world and characters that inhabit it, and screenwriting dramatic conventions such as plot, structure, character, conflict …

Emotional Response to Typography: An Investigation into the Relationship Between Typography, Emotions, and Lolita Covers Claudia Cafaro This study investigates the application of typography to Lolita book covers, and its capacity to imply narrative and evoke emotional responses. Looking at effective responses, a small case study was used to analyse experiences and reactions, an online gallery of Lolita covers was used to highlight common trends, whilst an infographic was developed to capture the findings. Exegesis (pdf) (37MB) Project (pdf) (7MB)

Chasms of Desire: Temporality, Ontology, and the Diary Film Stephanie Milsom Chasms of Desire is a project and exegesis examining the space between a filmed diary and a diary lm. Film and photography operate under the rare condition that they commonly resemble life as is – a mimetic quality that seems to render moments of past time tangible. As noted by David E. James, there is a vast temporal distance between the practice of a filmed diary and the product of a finished diary lm. Using autoethnographic methods, and the creation of a short diary lm, Chasms of Desire interrogates my practice to ask how the diary film can express notions of time. Similarly, I look to the ontology of photography and lm to enquire as to how …

A Gesture of Refusal: An Analysis of J.M. Coetzee’s Fictionalised Memoirs Sienna Tori Barton This dissertation analyses J. M. Coetzee’s trilogy of fictionalised memoir – Boyhood, Youth, and Summertime – with regard to the author’s self-representation within these works. Using the definitions of memoir given in the essays of Virginia Woolf and Robert McGill, this dissertation seeks to demonstrate how Coetzee subverts traditional expectations of autobiographical representation. I o er analysis of how he uses multiple self-constructions and third-person narration to obliterate his self in writing, arguing that Coetzee persuades the reader to determine which constructions are true to fact. On the basis of this analysis, I draw upon Dan P. McAdams’ theory of imagoes and Coetzee’s own critical writings, to investigate if there is a compelling truth …

The Realist Video Game as Performative Text Samuel Crisp The medium of the video game has emerged at the end of a long history of realist representation spanning various media types. The disciplines of literary theory, semiotics, and visual culture have all sought to demystify how reality is depicted and how the arbitrary relationship between signs and their referents seem natural. Video games portray the real world in a complex way that incorporates processes of meaning making developed in image production and literature, but ultimately creates new processes of representation in itself. In particular, contemporary realist video games represent spaces in a way that use techniques of visual perspective that stretch back to Renaissance painting. The realist mode of video game representation seeks to portray bodies as seamlessly …

Heart, Songs and Screen Robert Harding Through a close reading of three Musician Musicals; Grace of My Heart, Crazy Heart and Once, I will examine the use of songs in how they effect narrative, theme, tone and character. I’ve selected these three films to illustrate the breadth of the uses of songs; Grace of My Heart with its meticulous character development interwoven with the progression of the protagonist as a song-writer. Crazy Heart with it’s central song ‘The Weary Kind’ being a force of change in the protagonists life and Once, who’s central characters communicate and connect with songs. PDF

Not Just a Damsel in Distress: A Practice-Based Research Project Examining Feminine Representation in Video Games Pritika Sachdev The aim of this practice-based research is to investigate feminine representation in video games. A third person role playing game has been created, primarily focusing on the player character and her ability to demonstrate strength while still displaying feminine attributes. The secondary characters and the surrounding game narrative help emphasise the player characters traits and provide points of conflict, which gradually reveals the characters personality. To help supplement this practice-based research, an accompanying exegesis has been written on theories of gender, video game narrative and character. Chapter One addresses gender relations, representation, performativity, queer notions of gender and gender stereotypes. Chapter Two outlines the implementation of narrative in video games. …

Parallel Realities: Projecting Shadows Across The Virtual Reality Continuum Alexander J Rollo Through the interaction of the projected image with a landscape of clay sculptures, the following exegesis documents the creation of an augmented landscape which studies the effect of light, shadow, scale, and of ‘putting oneself’ (the observer participant) within the perspective. The work explores the development of a creative artwork that spans the virtual reality continuum with respect to the following conditions: That a digitally rendered environment in a 3D program may provide a different insight than the physical environment but not necessarily a more heightened experience; That a discourse can arise between an art work created in a physical environment and its recreation in a virtual environment which value adds to the experience of both …

Dialogue and Puzzle Design Within the Adventure Game Genre Monica Dunne This research analyses the foundations of puzzle and dialogue design within the “LucasArts” style of point and click games. This is achieved by dividing the research into three segments: the academic research, the production of the project, and the reflection upon this process. This paper will outline the academic research that has led to the production of this project. The first segment, the academic research, is found in the first three chapters ofthe exegesis. Each chapter examines an area of the point and click genre. The first chapter is brief overview of the adventure genre and a description of the “LucasArts” style. The second chapter outlines dialogue, its use in different mediums, and the role of dialogue …

Civil Rights And Contemporary America: Analysing filmic representations of the Civil Rights era in the recent ‘historical race dramas’ Selma And Lee Daniels’ The Butler Mitch op’t Hoog This thesis analyses how America’s Civil Rights era is represented in the ‘historical race drama’, films directly and indirectly addressing not only historical but also contemporary racial issues. It aims to examine whether and how cinematic form shapes representations of key historical moments and figures of the Civil Rights era, influence popular criticism, and conveys contemporary political meaning. The thesis examines two films as case studies: Selma (2014), a film about Martin Luther King and his attempts to attain voting rights for African-Americans in the town of Selma, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013), a film based on the true …

Making Space: Writing into an Australian Poetics of Place Melody Newell This creative project together with its exegesis proposes that poetry is a valuable technology in translating Australian place and space. I argue for a poetics that incorporates multiple registers, including lyric, technical and symbolic language, and that operates as a space in its own right rather than as mimetic representation. I suggest that when poetry embraces its potential as an unstable space, it has the capacity to contain a complex of historical, social, political and cultural meanings; a network of systems and environments that are inextricably bound to place. This work maintains a local focus; however, it does not strive to achieve, or believe it is possible to achieve, a purely “homegrown” Australian voice. Instead it is …

Forever Yours Matilda Douglas-Henry My project, Forever Yours, is a response to considering how to write a memoir about a dead subject who you never knew. In this case, the dead subject is my grandfather Dick – a man who is essentially a stranger to me, yet has had a profound impact on my life through the memories of others. Hence, the exegesis explores the methods I adopted in order to engage with this problem most effectively. The rst chapter establishes my understanding of ‘traditional life-writing’, and how I interpret it to prioritise the telling of a whole life in chronological order. This leads to me justifying my decision to write a memoir, where Sven Birkerts’ proposition of handling memory and time accommodates my writing practice. In the …

Embracing the Digital: Finding a Domestic Audience for Australian Films Maddison Moloney After dismal performance at the Australian box office for over two decades, the domestic box office share in 2015 is travelling to scrape the double digits for the first time since 1988. While this box office success, after decades of trough, is being seen as a step in the right direction for the industry, an upward or steady trajectory can not be assumed. This research analyses the histories, structures and business methodologies of the Australian film industry. The existing system is geared to hold domestic films from local audiences, heightening the influence of the Hollywood Blockbuster. The launch of and rapid embrace of online streaming subscription video-on-demand service Net ix in Australia has strengthened the debate …

The Wellness Tribe: Pollution Danger in Thinspiration and Fitspiration Holly Clark This thesis is a discourse analysis of the use of the hashtags thinspiration and fitspiration on Tumblr and Instagram. However, it nds its theoretical lens in Anthropologist Mary Douglas’ notion of Purity and Danger, an anthropological theory derived from ethnographic immersion in primitive tribes of the Belgian Congo in the 50s and 60s. What makes this possible, is that though the rise of the digital has expanded the array of cultural artefacts we have available to perform and represent what it means to be human, the way we use these remains profoundly the same. In fact, this thesis contends that the same practices of ritual and taboo observed in tribal ritual remain present in the use of …

Australian International Television: History, Adaptation and Genre in Prestige Television Drama Erin Bretherton Since the early 2000s television production, programming and transmission has been dramatically altered by an increase in quality, high-end content and the emergence of new technologies for distribution and exhibition. The response from audiences has been unparalleled levels of participation, not only as viewers but through online fan forums, recapping culture and the rise in prominence of the television critic. In Australia, globalising practices have seen new players enter the domestic market, reducing the reliance on traditional broadcast networks and bringing additional opportunities and audiences for content creators. To compete in this new global market, practitioners need to develop high-impact original programming with mass audience appeal. This thesis explores what local television writers and producers …

Grrrls Online: Creative Expression and Feminist Identities Emma Hardy Collective identity is integral to maintaining the longevity of a social movement. Through an analysis of feminist blogging networks as a counter public, I consider the role that creative feminists play in the formation of the contemporary feminist movement. Acts of self-expression constitute identity negotiations, which in turn assist feminist activists in understanding the goals, aspirations, and concerns of the feminist movement as a whole. Using a series of interviews and in-depth observation of feminist bloggers on Tumblr, I argue that creative self-expression, often performed through discursive activism, contributes to the formation of a feminist collective identity. PDF (3MB)

The Other World: Reading News as Myth to Imagine the British Nation Eloise Florence The socially formative role of international news can often be overlooked in favour of editorial and commentary when examining its influence on the development of national identity. Because of its ancestry of objectivity and factual accuracy, the truly socially formative function of news is often regarded only in terms of bias, or as a tool of manipulation for authority figures. Benedict Anderson and other key scholars establish news as a site of imagining communities, often on a national scale. This thesis will examine international news as indicative of underlying knowledge and belief systems. The discursive power of international news can be likened to and analysed as that of modern mythology. It occupies a similar …

Re-Enacting ‘I’: Between Photographs as Fragments Corrina M. Bean In speaking of the photograph Roland Barthes says this: It is as if the Photograph always carries its referent with itself, both affected by the same amorous or funereal immobility, at the very heart of the moving world: they are glued together, limb by limb. (5-6) Barthes speaks of the photograph being part of the body; subject and photograph connected “limb by limb”. The photograph contains a trace of its subject, it acts as a symbol of remembrance through this trace. If this is the case, that the photograph is inseparable from the subject it depicts, what does this say about how we situate the photograph in our lives? Or the ways in which we use photographs to narrate …

Smoke and Mirrors: Spatiality Online and How Activists Can Successfully Navigate It Alison Studans That an experience of spatiality exists when using Internet technologies is undeniable. The manner in which we can conceive of spatiality online is a complex and significant question worthy of a rigorous interrogation. This thesis explores ways to conceive of the experience of online spaces, and uses the resulting theoretical framework to look at the implications of online spatiality for users that utilise online spaces for activism. Furthermore, how the success of activist movements that use online spaces can be gauged is investigated, through a qualitative case study of the Black Lives Matter movement that uses social media ethnographic methods. PDF (.5MB)

Parallel Realities: Projecting Shadows Across the Virtual Reality Continuum Alexander J Rollo Through the interaction of the projected image with a landscape of clay sculptures, the following exegesis documents the creation of an augmented landscape which studies the effect of light, shadow, scale, and of ‘putting oneself’ (the observer participant) within the perspective. The work explores the development of a creative artwork that spans the virtual reality continuum with respect to the following conditions: 1) That a digitally rendered environment in a 3D program may provide a different insight than the physical environment but not necessarily a more heightened experience; 2) That a discourse can arise between an art work created in a physical environment and its recreation in a virtual environment which value adds to the experience …

The Uncanny in the Horror Film Soundtrack: A Study into the Scores of Howard Shore’s Videodrome and Mica Levi’s Under The Skin. Albert Wolski The concept of the uncanny is a common characteristic of the horror film. The films Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1983) and Under The Skin (Johnathan Glazer, 2013) are examples of varying depictions of the uncanny, provoking feelings of fear that are strangely familiar and also uncertain. This study will examine how the uncanny in the horror film score is supportive of the film’s narrative. Composed by Mica Levi, the approach for scoring Under The Skin shares several similarities to Howard Shore’s Videodrome. Through employing modernist techniques, amalgamating acoustic and electronic instrumentation, and homogenizing the score with the film’s sound design, these scores create a voicing …

Noticing: Creating Slow and Affective Interactive Online Video (PDF) This research discusses the interactive online video projects Close Up and Noticing. Online environments are inherently fast facilitating immediate action through information, while Deleuze’s concept of the affection-image as a cinematic in-between allows time to expand between noticing and doing. The two works, Close Up and Noticing, use this concept of the affection-image to allow for affective experiences with online work expanding the time between the user watching (noticing) and clicking (doing). The theoretical frameworks of the digital and speed, and Deleuze’s concept of affect, are explored through these works allowing a means to theorise and make interactive online videos which slow the near instantaneous interplay between noticing and doing within an online context. Researcher: Hannah Brasier Supervisor: Adrian …

Jianni Tien Reading Machines Jianni Tien (PDF) My thesis investigates how to undertake what I describe as a ‘procedural analysis’ of electronic literature to acknowledge electronic literature’s computational processes and its literary elements. Taking John Cayley and Daniel C. Howe’s Poetics of Reading as a case study, and Ian Bogost’s conception of ‘unit operations’ as a method, this procedural analysis identi es Poetics of Reading as relying on a literary variety of autopoiesis for poetic and political effect. Poetics of Reading is then seen to ask questions about reading, texts, and the materiality of reading itself. Procedural analysis of electronic literature leads to a clearer understanding of the aims and scope of electronic literature works and can account for the speci city of the electronic in electronic literature.

Abstract: Despite the apparent occurrence and development of culturally attuned ears coping with contemporary urban and digital soundscapes, there remains within this environment unwanted and personally obtrusive noises. Aural preferences that are subconscious or conditioned are both difficult and timely to achieve, but a quick fix to aural disturbances are only ever temporary. Just as Russolo embraced the potential musicality of noise and Satie offered us furniture music to bed other sounds, so too can traditional tonalities and harmonies incorporate the shrill voice of the spruiker, the tram commuter’s headphones hum or even that website’s low-quality MIDI file. Muzak in public domains as we now know it could give way to recorded soundscapes that move further away from the typical idea of music and instead favour and perhaps romanticise …

Abstract: The Internet is the perfect, ever present marketplace that is accessible to anyone with a connection, anywhere in the world. Netizens have learnt to create alternate online identities to represent themselves. I wish to explore how businesses can take advantage of creating their own online persona and then marketing it through Social Network Advertising. I investigate this by setting up my own blog-shop and brand as a means of demonstration. Author: Royce Tan

Abstract: In 2004, Yasmin Ahmad launched her 2nd film Sepet, which drew much international attention and also eased a previous dearth of authentic Malaysian cinema. Known for her use of evocative storylines and sentimentalist themes, Sepet similarly portrays pristine interracial relationships. Yasmin’s rosy depiction of Malaysia’s diverse and inclusive cultures present Malaysia as an Utopic multicultural society. This thesis seeks to evaluate Malaysia’s New Wave cinema to in turn trace Malaysia’s film history. By analysing Sepet, it will also examine the model of multiculturalism that is employed (or not) in Malaysia as well as the director’s challenge of Malaysia’s national identity. Lastly, this thesis will investigate the use of sentimentalism and adolescence as an overlay to ease the social tensions of interracial relationships. Author: Lydia Teh

Research: Seeing Stars- The Relationship Between Celebrities and Advertising Abstract: Today’s media landscape is heavily infiltrated by advertising with the pressure of branding being virtually inescapable within society. It seems as though everywhere we look we are bombarded with thousands of advertising images and messages per day, all of which provide insight into culture and society. In the past decade celebrity endorsement has been the most prevalent and successful form of advertising. Reason for this is that celebrities are considered to demonstrate a number of dynamic qualities including; credibility, expertise and physical attractiveness, which can be transferred through marketing. This thesis consists of a textual analysis examining the relationship between celebrities and advertising and its desired effects on consumer behaviour and cultural studies. This issue is worth attention, given the …

Research: San: San- The Short Script Abstract: This project explored the creative writing practice of screenwriting. How do I write an engaging thirty minute short film script? Given the number of published approaches to writing for screen, combined with the personal nature of creative writing, research without practice cannot truly determine how an individual can write an engaging film of any length. My project is a thirty minute short film script about an assassin, San, who executes the “bad” for the benefit of the greater good. It explores themes surrounding moral ambiguity and clashing worldviews. The outcome has left me greater technical knowledge regarding the form of film, as well as an understanding of how to engage in the practice of screenwriting. The thirty-minute short film is practical evidence of my …

Research: Rethinking Journalism Through Documentary Modes Abstract: The journalism landscape is constantly changing, with new technologies and mediums re-defining the relationship between the news media and the public. Since journalism also seeks to function as a documentary practice, this thesis will apply the documentary modes Bill Nichols initially devised to categorise non-fiction film to the field of journalism in order to help chart the changing nature of the profession. Transposing these documentary film forms may lead to new theories and ideas about the role of journalists and their evolving relationship with the audience. Author: Natalie Puchalksi Supervisor: Alex Wake

Research: Remember Madoka- Transgressing the Magical Girl Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to investigate how the Japanese anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica both confirms and transgresses the conventions of the magical girl genre. Genres shift as audiences, creators and critics develop, mature and reform. Texts that transgress established conventions within their respective genres in turn shift perceptions of the possibilities of the genre, and thus influence the development of future works. Through analysis of several contemporary magical girl series, conventions that are commonly found within the genre are established, and then used as points of reference for a deeper analysis of the series Puella Magi Madoka Magica. This series utilises many of the conventions within the genre, but also takes them further and transforms them. It is …

Research: Re-Inventing Journalism Abstract: Many media companies were created in the age of print journalism and have found that in the transition to digital they have clung to aspects of the past. It is argued that as a result of this process, many companies fail to think about the best journalistic practice in the 21st century and are ignoring (major) innovation as a means of survival. I propose to re-invent journalism; as if it were to be invented for the first time in 2010. This will open new avenues for journalism to expand and grow as an industry. Author: Kristofor Lawson Supervisor: Alexandra Wake

Research: Publicising the news- publicity and Australian commercial television news Abstract: The pursuit of profit is contributing to a decline in the quality of commercial television news. Existing research attests that this compromises the ability of members of Western liberal democracies, like Australia, to gather the information necessary to make informed and balanced decisions about the way they are governed. This research explores the extent to which Australian commercial television news is comprised of publicity material generated to enhance marketing efforts, and the motivations behind commercial television news in Australia. This is of consequence as it will help reveal how, if at all, these motivations vary from expectations of what the function of news should be. Author: Michaela Jackson

Research: Public: Exploring Australian Women’s Magazines Abstract: This practice-led research of magazine feature writing aims to re-negotiate the idea of the Australian women’s magazine. Born out of dissatisfaction with current commercial Australian women’s magazine this study looks toward niche publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and The Monthly as inspiration for combining two fields of interest – fashion and politics – in one publication. This combination of political commentary and fashion editorial presents a new vantage point and magazine concept. To examine women’s magazines this exegesis looks at Australian journalists and publications that informed the writing of the articles. As well as this, the exegesis discusses critiques that have shaped and initiated the discourse of women’s magazines. This research hopes to add to the Australian academic discourse on magazines as …

Research: Poetry Online Abstract: This thesis identifies aspects of an ideal poetry website. The way poems are defined and various poetry criticism positions poetry as an artform that takes advantage and references the medium through which it is produced. This reveals that poets tend to write with the dominant medium of the time. As a result of these findings, Poetrys relationship with different media is charted through from digital poetry, aggregate poetry websites, poetry forums, poetry blogs and finally to online poetry journals. Two online poetry journals with different submission methods All Write Then and Cordite Poetry Review are contrasted to discuss issues of gatekeeping, editing and the prominence of sharing in online creative communities. My comparison finds that there are benefits to both an edited and non-edited journal and …

Abstract: In an era of increasing global competition it is imperative that organisations have well researched communication strategies. To promote a product or service abroad, an organisation should clearly understand the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental factors that may affect the success of the campaign. This report will focus on the PESTLE situational analyses of India and England, further outlining problems, opportunities, critical success factors and appropriate objectives for the launch of the Langley Group’s professional development product, Passport to the World. Through conducting such research and providing appropriate communication advice, an organisation will be able to implement an efficient and effective communications campaign, expanding business opportunities and generating increased brand awareness and revenue in targeted nations. Author: Lauren Clay

Research: My Accented Lens: A Film Project Exploring Asian-Australian Filmmaking Abstract: The purpose of this project was for me to develop a number of stories and ideas that I could further develop upon and expand into bigger projects after the conclusion of my studies. The central driving theme that I wanted to explore in these stories was the idea of being Asian‐Australian. The result is a collection of 6 films which are in various stages of development and completion, all of which can be viewed on the included DVD. Though I strove and was hoping to present 6 complete and polished films, it was not an imperative of this project to actually complete the films. Rather, this project was more concerned with my experience of discovering Asian‐Australian stories, and my …

Research: Moving Pictures – The translation of Hong Kong cinema to Hollywood Abstract: The cultures portrayed in films are lost in translation when the big Hollywood studios buy the rights and remake these movies. Incorrect representation of cultures would result in inaccurate understanding of these cultures by the global audience whose main source of knowledge comes from these Western remakes of films. This might have been, amongst others, the cause of stereotypes amongst most of the large audience which has been accepting the inaccurate portrayals as accurate depictions In this proposed thesis, I hope to take a deeper look into the stories and scripts that have since moved across the Pacific – remodeled/compromised, to allow a greater general understanding.There is a growing trend of Hollywood studios bringing in scripts and …

Research: Moving Forward, Looking Back and Being In-Between Abstract: This research project is about my exploration of the process of identity reconstruction that takes place in my personal experience of social and cultural transition of moving to another country. My objective is to explore how my sense of identity is reconstructed through a multi-layered approach using video, photography, and hypermedia. This research project matters to gain an understanding of my sense of identity and the process of negotiating my relationship between two different cultures through a mixed media project. Author: Danica Revote Supervisor: Adrian Miles

Abstract: Since 2006, the Korean version of Lonely Planet was out of print in South Korea because it was a too text-centralised travel guidebook for Korean travellers. They need a more visual-centric travel guide that has not only short explanations with a few photos about each location but many more images. With the development of new technologies we have the possibility to develop travel guide videos for mobile phones that also allow us to interact with the guide and not just view it. You just need a suitcase or backpack and your mobile phone for your travel. Your mobile phone will get everything about the place that you want to travel. Author: Jung Moon. A travel guidebook is handy and supplies good and useful information about places to …

Abstract: As the reach and accessibility of mobile communication technology increases – with the wide implementation of 3G cellular networks and a variety of handsets – the demand for rich content for portable devices will also rise. While there is already an array of video content tailored to mobile handsets and other portable devices, these are largely media objects which have been transposed from pre-existing mediums, in particular television. As a freelance mobile video content producer, I will be establishing a production practice around video content for the small screen, by defining what skill sets are required to produce media objects for the new medium. While this will inform my own work as a media practitioner, it will also be made accessible online for anyone wishing to pursue mobile …

Abstract: There is a gap in knowledge between media students and the media industry. With the development of an RMIT Masters of Communication (Media) program, we can create ways to close this gap and prepare beneficial industry pathways for students. The Masters of Communication (Media) program will also give students the (cross-platform) skills that are currently in demand by the industry. Media is the only discipline in the school of Applied Communication that does not have a Masters program. Previously there was Masters of Media Production which was cut (2004) due to not enough interest and too much variety in students’ capabilities. I am very interested in being able to contribute to the education of future media students and helping to create the most beneficial course to teach them …

Research: Making Public Service Broadcasting Attractive in Brunei Abstract: This thesis examines Radio Television Brunei Media Carnival, a promotional strategy developed to help promote Radio Television Brunei (RTB) to audiences in Brunei Darussalam. It summarises a short history of RTB, from its origins as sole broadcaster in Brunei to the loss of audiences caused by competition with a satellite television station broadcasting from Malaysia, and attempts by RTB to counter through the creation of new channels with programming similar to externally produced content. It then examines the strategies of RTB Carnival, which is a further attempt to win back its audience by re-branding its tarnished reputation. This thesis argues that this strategy has failed. The main purpose of the research is to propose what should be done next, via a …

Research: Lost Memories: Wong Kar-Wai’s “In the Mood For Love” and “2046” Abstract: Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai describes his two most recent films “In The Mood For Love” (2000) and “2046” (2004) as “two films with two different approaches that act like a mirror for each other”1. This thesis attempts to ascertain in what capacity “2046” can be interpreted as a ‘companion piece’ to “In The Mood For Love”. This thesis intends to examine the nature of the composition of Wong Kar-Wai’s ‘cinematic style’, and to distinguish and explore particular ‘stylistic’ ‘aesthetics’ that are distinct to “In The Mood For Love” and “2046”. The intent of this exploration is to establish the existence of an inherent aesthetic ‘correlation’ (or ‘cross-film sensibility’) between “In The Mood For Love” and …

Research: Life is Messy: An Exploration of Parallel Storytelling (exegesis) Tied: A Short Film Script (project) Abstract: “Parallel narrative” films depicting several main protagonists and intertwining plotlines are becoming increasingly prevalent in mainstream Hollywood cinema. These complex narratives “present[s] a particular craft challenge” (Bordwell 2006c, pg. 99) to contemporary screenwriters. My honours project is a short film script of thirty minutes based on a particular mode of parallel narrative entitled “fractured tandem”. Fractured tandem possesses a number of specific traits such as non-linearity and a focus on the themes of coincidence, tragic accidents and consequences. The aim of the script is to adhere to some of these principles of fractured tandem whilst containing the story to thirty pages of script. This exegesis contains a discussion of the possible origins of parallel narrative, …

Research: Let’s Do the Time Step Again (exegesis) Abstract: “Let’s Do the Time Step Again” looks at the implications of media form on the ways that content is produced and received. Through the production of two documentaries exploring stories and ideas of tap dance in Australia, the project compares the waysin which similar content can be used and disseminated in very different ways. The mode of documentary and a series of technologies have been used in order to demonstrate the differences between production and consumption of content. The first documentary, an audio narrative designed for broadcast on traditional terrestrial radio consists of a single 20 minute soundscape. The second documentary is an interactive, non-linear piece, which requires interaction of the user for the content to be generated. Author: Sarah Demicoli Supervisor: Bruce …

Research: Knowlege Trails: Social Media in Support of Communities of Practice Abstract: Parks Victoria consists of a multitude of members that have a wide variety of expertise in different aspects of parks management, but due to the diversity of skills, and the geographical distribution of the organization, there is no easy way of finding out what information each person possesses. This project will develop a prototype social media resource (referred to as Knowledge Trails) that will support the development of this distributed expertise to form a community of practice. The key problem that shall be explored in this honours project revolves around how a social media platform can be used to nurture such a community of practice. This honours project was developed as a way to demonstrate how communication, …

Abstract: Whereas once scholars of gender argued for an understanding of hegemonic masculinity, more recently Connell’s theory on hegemonic masculinity is nowadays not seen amongst young Chinese males in the twenty-first century in Singapore. There has been a clear and notable difference in the way males have been portrayed in the media in the past as compared to the present context, thus there has been a change in the images of masculinity. This matters because there has been an increasing trend seen in young males to be more metro-sexual. I will be focusing on the increasing popularity of the Korean Wave that has and is currently swiping the globe and examining the ‘Rain’ phenomenon and his influences to young males across Southeast Asia countries. The phenomenon in Korea and …

Research: Judging books by their covers: An examination of books as auratic objects in a digital era Abstract: Books as we know them now will shortly become obsolete for many purposes. This is a problem for all those who love the physical form of the book. The only way books will continue to survive in anything like their current form will be as luxury objects, similar to art. It is the myth of the book that will perpetuate its continued existence, albeit in a different way to what we know now. Author: Nicola Rodger Supervisor: Dr. Linda Daley

Research: Is that Smoker’s Cough? And Other Fun Filled Stories Bought to You by Your Favourite Social Networks Abstract: Is that Smoker’s Cough? And Other Fun Filled Stories Bought to You by Your Favourite Social Networks. A cough is an annoying interruption, and an uncontrollable and unavoidable part of everyday life. Due to having Cystic Fibrosis, my cough is a large part of my identity. Through fictocriticism, I will explore the abstract metaphor of a cough, presenting it as a hypertextual approach through uses of different social media platforms. This will allow me to creatively explore matters of identity and experience in a multi–layered and more connected way. Author: Emily Naismith Supervisor: Dr. Jenny Wright

Abstract: Due to the ubiquitous nature of mobile technologies, conceptual communications in a market economy have underestimated the impact of these technologies on both explicit and implicit communications. From these communications certain issues arise, should emphasis be placed on the effective use of the mediums technologies or the effective use of communications on the medium. Organisations that focus on commercial market driven communications need to understand the relationships between the mobile phone as a marketing tool as well as the very personal & private nature of the mobile phone to the individual user Author: Ryan Sabourin

Research: Into the UGC – A Study of the Interaction Between Broadcasters and Participatory Cultures Abstract: As Radio National pursues its online, networked media presence, it is engaging in the same media landscape as participatory cultures do, changing its relationship between the audience or uses and the broadcaster. As there is no precedent for this type of model, the ABC doesn’t know how to engage with their users, posing a problem with the formula of production. by designing, producing, and managing a participatory culture project for an ABC Radio National program in the Pool community, I will be encouraging users to engage and produce cultural artefacts for broadcast. This will provide a pilot or case study on how the ABC can interact with its audience and users. Author: Jonathon Hutchinson Supervisor: …

Research: Industry expectations of public relations graduates’ social media capabilities Abstract: With Web 2.0 increasingly growing in importance as an influential medium, Australian public relations practice has to adapt to stay up to date with these new technologies. As social media grows in prevalence, industry expectations of public relations graduates are also changing. Understanding what is expected of public relations graduates will, not only increase their chances of employment, but also lead to better overall public relations campaigns. In addressing this issue I will develop a thesis based around industry expectations of Australian public relations graduates’ Web 2.0 capabilities. Author: Sarah Lawry Supervisor: Philippa Brear

Research: Immersion Journalism Abstract: Immersion journalism uses personal experience as a method of research. This project consists of two pieces of feature writing using immersion as a journalistic methodology. These pieces are written for the “inspiring, nurturing, informing and empowering” magazine, Living Now. Journalism theory in relation to professional practice is contentious. Many see a discrepancy between the theory of striving for ‘truth’ or ‘objectivity’ and professional practice riddled with deadlines, commercial pressures and audience expectations. Immersion as a method of research moves away from traditional journalism in that it sacrifices the ‘illusion of objectivity’ in favour of conveying intimate emotion and atmosphere by using literary techniques. The accompanying exegesis will: investigate immersion journalism techniques, history and theoretical debates; contain a literature review; include a publication profile and author …

Research: Home Movies: Reel Time Abstract: Home movies have escaped the domestic confines of family gatherings, lounge-room walls and dark cupboards, to enjoy a renaissance within contemporary, image-saturated society. Why this relatively recent shift in attitude and representation of historical home movie footage within media production and archival practice? I’m interested in exploring how home movie footage and aesthetics have been incorporated into Australian screen practice, particularly documentary film and screen-based art, since 1998. By focusing on several case studies and examples of work, I want to see who is telling stories; how they are inserting home movies back into public history and what are the social implications. Author: Linda Wall Supervisor: Dr Adrian Danks

Abstract: GROUP120 is a music project spearheaded by the Doutta Galla Community Health Services in Melbourne, Australia, as an effort to bring together youths from different cultural backgrounds through hiphop music. The group is named after their original home at the Flemington high-rise estate at 120 Racecourse Road, and prides itself in using music as a positive outlet for their creative energies. In this research project I am the Social Media Manager for GROUP120, and my goal is to create and maintain its online presence. This will include creating and managing content on various social networks, strategising and executing digital marketing campaigns and training the members of GROUP120 on the most effective methods of presenting themselves and their music online. All this will be done on zero marketing …

Research: GetUp!: A Digital Media Communication Strategy Abstract: The research problem examined in this honours project considers Generation Y’s perceived lack of knowledge with regard to a key social advocacy issue. It is often suggested members of Generation Y do not engage with social advocacy issues, yet it can be argues this perceived indifference is a response to a lack of relevantly disseminated information. In a reflection of Generation Y’s extensive use of digital media, this project will see the development of a digital advertising campaign that informs this social grouping about a key social advocacy issue. The intention of this campaign is to educate young Australians about the value of social advocacy engagement. The honours project will be presented in the form of a ‘pitch’ document that would then …

Abstract: The project is a series of four articles, and one shorter story, written specifically for ‘Epicure’, the food and wine section of The Age newspaper. They were published on August 28, October 2 and October 23 (three articles). Each article was researched and written to give readers insight into current food trends and philosophical arguments in line with the project’s title, ‘Future of Food.’ The style of feature writing employed was designed to be suitable for publication in a number of metropolitan daily broadsheets and their food and wine sections. I judged this suitability on the basis of my own experience editing such sections and working in the industry over 34 years. Newspapers that have such sections include The Age, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald (after publication on …

Research: One Little War Chapter One (Project) Format Wars (Exegesis) Abstract: The creation and publication of media objects has been altered significantly with the emergence of new media technologies, providing fresh challenges to media makers across a range of mediums, including the comic book. My interest in the Comic Book medium can be traced back to my childhood. Immersed in cartoons, television, film and popular culture from a young age, I was led to the comics from where many of these forms drew their ideas. The highly stylised Batman Animated Series (1992-1995) created by Alan Burnett and Bruce Timm is one work in particular, I would credit with sparking this early interest in the medium. A series that provided an introduction to the major comic icons, which then developed into a collection …

Research: Flanear 01 garbage 02 underground 03 robots among us 04 tinny 05 hooligans 06 tram tracks 07 windy corner 08 twinkle toes 09 looks like rain 10 lunchtime 11 history is coming 12 watch it 13 degraves 14 through your body 15 head down 16 warm puddle 17 juicy 18 nails 19 nuisance 20 makeshift 21 butt 22 turn around 23 all in a row 24 mum 25 wasteful 26 ant steps 27 feeding bananas 28 normal boring 29 sun on face 30 so funny 31 looming 32 circling 33 hand in hand 34 giving life Abstract: Hobnobbing with the most bitter of postmodern cynics, musical aesthetics have plateaued and dulled; the search for that new sound proves to be fruitless, if not at least unconvincing. Bodies gigue mechanically …

Research: Film Festivals in the Emerging Emirates Abstract: The emerging Emirates, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, have established two international film festivals in the last seven years, attracting global attention to the development of “high profile events with budgets in the $10 million range”. The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) have contributed to not only the proliferation of the film festival circuit, but to their own region by showcasing Middle Eastern Cinema on a large scale. A key discussion point in my argument of the “high profile” status that the festivals attract, relates to the wider film festival scholarship that has begun to track the burgeoning circuit. Film festival scholars have begun to categorise festivals into networks, and the establishment of DIFF in …

Research: Don’t Try This At Home Abstract: This project was interested in examining what could be an example of a ‘quality’ Australian Children’s television program. Limited research exists, which demonstrates what is important to take into consideration when creating a children’s television production. This project then, set about creating a television program based on research that was educational and entertaining, appealed to children, satisfied legislation, and took into consideration the viewpoints of parents and children’s television producers. This will give a practical example of what a quality Australian children’s television program could be. Author: Rubia Braun Supervisor: Leo Berkeley

Research: Docoscope Abstract: The convergence of the media is changing the practice of documentary filmmaking. The shift in content distribution that arises from this raises interesting questions about the way stories are told and how technology overall affects the delivery and impact of documentaries. Author: Eira Aringay Supervisor: David Carlin

Research: Disability and the Press (Final Portfolio) Disability and the Press (Exegesis) Abstract: There are no enforceable print journalism guidelines in Victoria on how to write about disability in an accurate and appropriate way. While systems of care have changed over the past 30 years, it is argued that a lack of knowledge in journalism about what language should be used, can lead to outdated disability-focused reporting. Adopting the Disability Council of New South Wales Media Guidelines (1994) on media reporting, this portfolio of feature articles, for a Victorian newspaper, examines how media guidelines influence journalistic writing practice. It offers an alternative method of reporting disability, for journalists to refer to when seeking to improve media representations of disability. Author: Andrea Fox Supervisor: Alex Wake  

Research: Digital Radio Broadcasting in the Community Sector (Exegesis) Links: The audio podcasts created as part of this project: http://agey.podomatic.com/ Abstract: How will two key players in Melbourne’s community radio sector adjust to the inception of digital broadcasting? Public and commercial radio have been quick to adapt to the new technology and have begun to venture into digital domain In comparison to community radio who has not yet embraced digital radio having a unique funding system and specific broadcasting values. Having one of the largest community radio sectors in the world, Melbourne’s community radio stations (3RRR and Joyfm ) two of its biggest players can provide interesting case studies on the move to digital radio. How these two stations adapt to digital may test and give understanding for other community …

Research: Curbing the Epidemic: A Study into the Promotion of Childhood Health (Exegesis) Curbing the Epidemic: A Study into the Promotion of Childhood Health (Report) Abstract: Australian children are damaging their health by not spending enough time exercising and making poor nutritional choices. This is the result of an increaseing reliance on digital technology (computers, video games, music devices) to fulfil entertainment and communicative needs, coupled with a lack of education around physical activity and proper nutrition. At present xxx number of primary school children(5 – 12 years) can be categorised as overweight or obese. I am interested in researching methods of promoting healthy and active lifestyles to primary school age children in a manner that they find relevant, motivational, and interesting. I am also interested in comparing the healthy, lifestyles, and motivational …

Research: Cultural Hybridism in Taiwanese Television Variety Shows Abstract: This thesis will explore how Taiwanese variety television show 娛樂百分百 Yú Lè Bǎi Fēn Bǎi (YLBFB) absorbs and reflects local and regional cultural forms through sustained strategic hybridism. There is extensive research surrounding global and inter-Asia cultural flows, as well as a growing body of work exploring how nations domesticate international media while strategically creating pop cultural products with broad regional appeal. Scholars have recently begun to apply this research to Taiwanese drama and reality television genres, however there remains very little site- specific research within the complex and hybridised Taiwanese variety television mediascape. This research area is significant because Taiwanese variety shows are circulated extensively through out the East Asian region and are therefore embedded with hybrid cultural values. …

Abstract: When launching an advertising campaign with multi-cultural audiences, some advertisers, tend to forget the fact that they are dealing with more than one culture; especially when dealing with sensitive issue such as racism against international students where every culture experience and deal with this matter differently. This is a problem because a successful campaign for a group of target audiences can simply be offensive or irrelevant to the others. This will result in the failure to deliver key message to the target audience as well as damaging brand image. Understanding target audience by recognizing different culture and their unique communication system can be the solution to this problem. By doing so, advertisers increase their chances of producing a successful campaign that communicate the message across efficiently to …

Research: Continuity Supervising: Old Practice, New Technology (Exegesis) Continuity Supervising: Old Practice, New Technology (Project Appendix) Abstract: The professional practice of Continuity Supervising is engaged in a co-existence between its traditional responsibilities and the new on-set technologies that the role is often encouraged to employ. At present, current texts do not address this co-existence; they examine only the more traditional practices. In a response to this problem, this research project aims to explore the interaction between old practice and new technology, as it presently exists within the role of Continuity Supervising. In parallel with this investigation, a key objective is to explore new types of audiovisual texts that reflect some of the theoretical concepts emerging out of the research inquiry. Author: Kristin Stephensen Supervisor: Seth Keen

Abstract: With the creation of a new digital channel for children, there is industry concern that it will become a dumping ground for repeats and international productions. It has been recognised that in order for the initiative to have value, the number of new children’s television programs being produced in Australia for Australian children needs to increase. By increasing development of productions that have both a television and internet outcome, we can help the initiative to improve the quality and availability of Australian television series for children as well as help the industry t grow and remain relevant in times that no longer recognise television as its primary form of entertainment consumption. Author: Nicole Brown

Research: Broken Bodies and Time: An examination of formal and narrative deterritorialisation in the cinema (Thesis) Abstract: Kristevan abjection and the Deleuzian conception of creation exhibited by time-image cinemas can both be seen as deterritorialisation mechanisms in that they contradict notions of stable identities. Abjection violates physical or institutional structures, presenting am ambiguity that undermines definition through a process of destabilistion. Deleuzian movement-image cinemas foreground identity through the formal employment of a sensory-motor schema that facilitates ontological determinations of identity based on action. The time-image cinema contradicts this by acting as a perpetual becoming, which is irreconcilable with cinematographic conceptions of identity. This thesis explores the interaction of abjection as narrative deterritorialisation combined with Deluezian conceptions of cinema to examine the relationship between form and structure in the destabilisation of …

Research: Bouncing into Gymnastics: A Public Relations Campaign for Gymnastics Victoria (Project + Exegesis) Abstract: Gymnastics Victoria (GV) has identified the need to create a communications strategy in order to support the integration of a new non-corporate mascot into gym programs and events, and in order to ensure that the mascot is used to its full potential in promoting and maintaining short and long terms goals.  Creating a communications campaign for such a project is vital in order to ensure its success.  A strategy which includes media actions, special tactics, and unique communication tools based on market and situational research will achieve this.  With the help of a strong communications strategy utilising the new mascot, GV will increase awareness and reach within the Victorian community, and ultimately gain more members. …

Research: BLINK: Tackling the communication flux within the Asia-Pacific region (Exegesis) Abstract: This research project examines cross-cultural advertising and communication in the Asia-Pacific region. It looks at the issues and concerns raised by industry practitioners through a series of interviews, centred around several main threads.  These concerns were the need for localisation of campaigns to effectively promote the product, difficulty in language when targeting international markets, and the concerns regarding the need for a high level of understanding of the local cultural and religious environment to ensure that offence is not committed, and that a culturally relevant communication could be produced.  For advertising and marketing agencies without in-country offices, access to this type of information and support is almost non-existent. This led to the proposal for a solution in the …

Research: Analysing characteristics of social media in cultural communication Abstract: Social media is increasingly transforming cultural communication frameworks in museums and is representative of the shift in museum ideology over recent years. The thesis contextualises social media use in cultural heritage through a case study on Museum Victoria, examining its social media use and illustrating the value of this form of communication for museums. Social media enables museums to connect with audiences in new ways; conversely, museums are still grappling with the challenges that this communication form presents to their traditional role as cultural gatekeepers. Situated in the emerging field of cultural communication, the thesis uses digital cultural communication methods and practices as a framework to assess and evaluate museums social media use. Cultural Communication is an evolving field …

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