I welcomed students with a glass of champagne as they arrived to submit their honours work. Proud. Everyone. All round.
Date: Wednesday 11 June
Venue: Design Hub, Building 100, RMIT City Campus
Myths of the Near Future:
Social Experiences Mediated by Phone
A workshop led by Katherine Moline, College of Fine Arts,
University of New South Wales
More than ever, people live through and are mediated by mobile phones. Via collective storying, an ethnographic method in design, this workshop will open the phone as a mediated collective zone where participants share stories about changing social interactions and how mobile phones are implicated in these changes. A pre-workshop activity involves shadowing a friend using their mobile phone. In the workshop, we’ll discuss what we saw in the shadowing experience and describe our own phone usage over the previous week. These activities will inform some collective storying about phones. The second half of the workshop offers the opportunity to develop visual narratives with found photos and/or collaboratively create photos of mediated moments with the phone. By interacting with and composing found materials the photos can make legible selected mobile interactions, and the fleeting emotions they invoke. In other words, the workshop collects and produces narratives about mobile phones and images the emotional landscapes they trigger. It will explore how the phone is the prompt and the subject/evidence of our social activity/mediated communication, and maybe even our sole design instrument.
Katherine Moline’s research on experimental practices in art and design is published in journals such as Studies in Material Thinking and Craft and Design Enquiry, and can be found in exhibitions she has curated, including ‘Connections: Experimental Design’ and the forthcoming ‘Feral Experimental’ at Galleries UNSW.
This event is co-presented with the Design Futures Lab and the Design Research Institute.
2014 Journalism@RMIT public talk
Mindframe for journalism and public relations
A talk by Mr Marc Bryant – A/Program Manager, Mindframe National Media Initiative, Hunter Institute of Mental Health.
In this talk , Mr Marc Bryan will present “Mindframe for journalism and public relations” –
a media project that aims to provide academics and students with the information and background knowledge they need to
confidently approach news reporting or other communication about suicide or mental illness.
Wednesday 21 May
Building 80 Level 3 Room 6
This could be relevant to attend/present at for some of you in honours, would also be a good plus for those of you wanting to continue on to a PhD:
Filmmaking in the Academy
Call for films and papers
The Screen Cultures Research Lab at RMIT University, with the support of the Australian Screen Production Education & Research Association (ASPERA), is pleased to announce Sightlines, a two-day conference/festival on filmmaking in the academy, to be held on 24 & 25 November 2014.
In the 21st Century, audiovisual communication is a key concern for scholarship and the wider community. The production of films in the context of academic research is growing in scale and significance. Documentaries, dramas, essay and experimental films are made by postgraduate research students and academic staff, to extend an individual creative practice, develop the field of screen production or explore the possibilities of audiovisual media as a method of research in many fields of knowledge.
Sightlines is a multidisciplinary event designed to both interrogate and celebrate filmmaking practice in the context of academic research and explore its significance, through screenings, panels, presentations, roundtable discussions and keynote addresses. It will seek to break down traditional boundaries between arts-based research and other forms of investigation, creating an arena for debate about the need for greater recognition of academic research that extends beyond written text.
Possible topics include:
Does the academic film have its own identity and, if so, what are its features?
On what basis should academic films be evaluated?
What forms of knowledge about human experience and the world can be expressed through film?
Does an academic film need written text to validate it as research?
What is the relationship of academic film production to the broader screen industries and can this be developed in useful ways for all concerned?
In the academy, can a screenplay exist in its own right, without a film being made?
Within the scope of academic film production, is there a thing called a thesis film?
What funding, distribution and publication models are available for academic films?
We are calling for papers, panels and presentations that respond to these and other relevant questions. Most importantly, we are calling for films. Any production made since 2011 as postgraduate research or by an academic staff member is eligible. Screenplays; non-linear, interactive, online films; and other emerging screen-based forms are welcome. Films and other screen works selected for the event will go through a process of peer review and papers will be published in refereed conference proceedings and/or a relevant journal.
Please submit a preview copy via online link or DVD. A 300 word statement covering in what ways the film can be understood as research is optional.
Please submit a 300 word abstract outlining your proposed paper, panel or presentation.
With all submissions, include name, title and affiliation of each author.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
School of Media & Communication
GPO Box 2476
Melbourne, VIC, 3001, Australia
Abstracts and previews of films to be submitted by 5.00pm, Friday 2 May 2014.
Kicking off the first of five workshops for Design + Ethnography + Futures 2014 program, we are very privileged to have Elisenda Ardèvol and Débora Lanzeni, from the Mediaccions Research Group at the UOC, Barcelona lead this talk and workshop on the 3rd April from 4.30-6.30pm!
Anyone from Design Futures Lab, the Digital Ethnography Research Centre, the Design Research Institute or HDR student in the School of Media and Communication are welcome (but places limited – please RSVP).
Spaces of Innovation – connections, lines and collaborations
Creative spaces driven by citizenship and institutions blossom all over around the world. Urban labs, City labs, FabLabs, Hackerspaces, Makerspaces, co- workings, hubs and so on, are the new centers where people converge to think, create, make, experience, participate and share knowledge in the cities that they dwell. This is a new setting where the dynamic of creation is much more intertwined with the social everyday life, thus unfolding non-traced innovation paths. A context in which, from relations in movement, emerge new qualities that are not defined so far. These qualities could be envisioned as a place/space from where we think up open futures.
In this workshop we aim to connect, reshape and rehearse different ways to draw a space revolving to make togetherness, innovation and permanence. We will explore this through playful practices with yarn, wires and mental networks. Because the lines are the trails along which life is lived and novelty occurs.
Date: Thursday 3rd April 2014
Venue: Pavilion 1, Level 10, Design Hub (building 100)
MUST RSVP: email@example.com (limited in numbers – sorry)
27 March 2014, 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Including a Q&A with participants on the DVD – Joy and Roger Membrey, George Halvagis, Pam O’Donnell, Jim Ward, Vanessa Robinson, Gary Brown and Kimina Lyall
University of Melbourne, Alan Gilbert Building, Level 7, 161 Barry St Carlton Cost: $5 student, $10 non-student. Donations accepted.
Finger food and drinks provided. Bookings:www.trybooking.com/EKVP
Enquiries – contact Mrs Aly Walsh – firstname.lastname@example.org or urgent enquiries to 0411771181
I’m pleased to announced and invite you to the first 2014 Journalism@RMIT Public Talk: Young People and the Future of News by Professor Lynn Schofield Clark
We are looking forward to seeing you at RMIT on March 27.
Professor Lynn Schofield Clark
Dr Lynn Schofield Clark is Professor in the
Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies
and Director of the Estlow International Center
for Journalism and New Media at the University of
Two intersecting trends are bringing about
significant changes in the journalism
landscape: the emergence of digital and
mobile technologies, and the shift in the
demographic makeup of news consumer/
What will these trends mean for the journalism of the
future? Professor Lynn Schofield Clark discusses her
forthcoming book Young People and the Future of
News, which includes new ethnographic research she
and her collaborator Regina Marchi (Rutgers) have
conducted on what young members of minority and
migrant communities say about what they believe is
right and wrong about the news that’s available to
them today, and what is needed for the future
Thursday March 27
Building 80 Level 2 Room 7
Empyre is an academic email list that has themed discussions each month. You can subscribe to the list to get the discussions as email. There was once an archive online but I can’t find it anymore.
The list web page that lets you subscribe is at http://lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/empyre
The discussion has been described as:
Welcome to March on –empyre soft-skinned space:
The playsthetics of experimental digital games
Guest moderated by Sandra Danilovic (CA) with invited discussants
March 3 to 9th Week 1: Bart Simon (CA), mrghosty (aka skot deeming) (CA), Felan Parker (CA)
March 10th to 16th Week 2: Lynn Hughes (CA), Matthew Wells (CA), Sebastian Deterding (DE)
March 17th to 23rd Week 3: Emma Westecott (CA), Alison Harvey (UK), Peter Coppin (CA)
March 24th to 31st Week 4: Kara Stone (CA), Christine Kim (CA), Christopher Young (CA), Mark Chen (US)
Welcome to the March discussion on –empyre- soft-skinned space:
Guest moderated by Sandra Danilovic (CA) with invited discussants Bart Simon (CA), Lynn Hughes (CA), Emma Westecott (CA), Peter Coppin (CA), Alison Harvey (UK), Mark Chen (US), mrghosty (aka skot deeming) (CA), Kara Stone (CA), Christopher Young (CA), Christine Kim (CA), Matt Wells (CA), Felan Parker (CA) and Sebastian Deterding (DE).
Welcome to the March discussion, “The playsthetics of experimental digital games”. This month I invite special discussants whose interests dynamically engage with the study of games and gaming in contemporary art and digital media contexts. This discussion explores the aesthetic traction and impact of ‘experimental’ games on the theory of computer games and game design practice set within broader interdisciplinary frameworks. I imagine experimental digital games as games that creatively and/or computationally push boundaries in a variety of ways and contexts, including: creative play-design practices, degrees of abstraction/experimentation in relation to game aesthetics, mechanics and dynamics, nonconventional game narratives and genres, and experimental games as politico-personal strategic tools and platforms of authorship. We debate experimental digital games in DIY contexts including game design as a form of creative play. We explore how these forms of creative experimentation with/through digital games put pressure on theories of representation/simulation. We also investigate experimental games as forms that traverse a variety of assumed or perceived ontological boundaries and media platforms. Finally, we explore the embodied and personal dimensions of experimentation in game design practice through the following games and interventions: art games, indie games, text-based games/interactive digital fiction, notgames, autobiographical and personal games, queer games, and popular indie games.