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PhD candidate Hannah Brasier’s completion seminar is scheduled for Friday, July 22, 10:30 am in 9.2.6. The topic of her research is: Messy Moments of Noticing: A multilinear framework for aesthetic observations in interactive documentary For those of you interested in documentary and interactive media this will be of interest. For those of you wanting …

Hannah Brasier and Kim Munro will be presenting two short talks on expanded documentary practice in the lead up to their presentations at the Visible Evidence Conference in Montana, USA. Hannah and Kim are HDR candidates in the School of Media and Communication, members of the non/fictionLab, and collaborators on the Docuverse project. The talks: …

Come along to   non/fictionLab’s SPOTLIGHT salon   non/fictionLab Spotlight showcases the creative works of Lab members in an informal, Salon-style series of events, with drinks. As creative practitioners in a university setting, we frequently talk around our creative work, or provide scholarly context, but rarely find space to celebrate the pleasures inherent in the …

For RMIT staff and students with an interest in creative writing and particularly poetry. Indigenous poet Natalie Harkin will be resident at non/fictionLab’s Visiting Poets program, and will be conducting a workshop based on writing in response to Indigenous artworks. Tuesday, August 16 Ngarara Willim Centre, Room 5.1.5 10:00am-12:00pm Please RSVP to: bonny.cassidy@gmail.com

On Monday non/fictionLab offered a full day of conversation and workshopping off campus at the very lovely Ceres Environment Park for our higher degree cohort. About a dozen or so students came, and after some introductory getting to know each other games, we built an agenda for the day. The key things that emerged that …

One ‘quick’ outcome of the reading group is a sort of chapbook come documentation project. To achieve this, and to help our readings of the readings (ha!) we are going to make small things in response to anything at attracts or intrigues in each reading. Writing, photographs, drawings, video, sound, words, chants. Documentation of a …

non/fictionLab presents Public Lecture: Archival Poetics with Natalie Harkin Monday 15 August Natalie Harkin is a Narungga woman from South Australia, a member of the Chester family in South Australia. She is a lecturer and academic advisor at the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement, Flinders University, and her PhD research is an archival-poetic journey through the state’s …

Messy Moments of Noticing: A multilinear framework for aesthetic observations in interactive documentary This is a PhD completion seminar for Hannah Brasier. From the abstract: If the world is disordered, chaotic, and complex, does listing to aesthetically notice, in multilinear documentary maintain the world’s messiness? As recognised by John Law, Andrew Pickering, and Ross Gibson, …

Leah Kaminsky Public Lecture on August 8 at RMIT

Public Lecture: Leah Kaminsky on her best-selling book WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE A free event. A joyful book about the necessity of celebrating life in the face of death, supported by a non/fictionLab Mccraith House Writer’s Residency. We instinctively fear death, and talking about the reality of our own mortality is one of the last …

Posthumanism and  Nonfiction Group

A reading come research group within the non/fictionLab is forming around the broad and loose themes of posthumanism, ecoaesthetics, and whatever it is you want to use to name speculative realism and its constellation of near and far avatars. The first reading will be the first two bits of Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter. The reading …

DOCUVERSE presents at ASPERA

This week Docuverse presented at the ASPERA annual conference at the University of Canberra. Nicholas Hansen, Kim Munro, and I attended the conference to talk about what Docuverse is, where the group emerged from, the symposium, where the group currently is in terms of our Snapshot events, and the future challenges we face. Kim, started …

Judith Aston’s visit from i-Docs, UK

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Alan Kay This week, nonfiction/Lab and Docuverse had the pleasure of a visit by UK interactive documentary academic and practitioner, Judith Aston. Judith is known for co-founding Bristol based i-Docs as well her writings and work in her multi-disciplinary immersive documentary practice. On another …

In May and June, non/fictionLab hosted two writers at McCraith House in Dromana – Sam Cooney and Briohny Doyle. Sam Cooney is publisher and director at literary publishing organisation The Lifted Brow, and is a writer and editor. He teaches writing at various Melbourne universities, sits on several boards, recently undertook a residency with McSweeney’s Publishing in …

non/fictionLab researcher David Carlin led a week-long workshop in June, in partnership with the Adelaide Festival and the Major Festivals Initiative, investigating the potential translation of his book The Abyssinian Contortionist (UWAP, 2015) into a stage performance work. David worked with director Kate Champion, producer Ali Barker and performers Sosina Wogayehu, Tigist Strode and Lielit …

The ‘Nonfiction Design’ studio an industry-linked collaboration between Media and Communication Design was run in Semester 1. The studio was co-facilitated by Seth Keen (Media – nonfictionLab) and Peter West (Communication Design – Design Futures).  The title of the studio ‘Nonfiction Design’ extends Seth’s research into the integration of design methodologies and methods into professional …

non/fictionLab’s co-director Adrian Miles managed a two day writing intensive for staff in RMIT’s media program last week. The intensive was held off campus, at the very comfortable Abbotsford Convent and used the same techniques, strategies, and focussing exercises that Adrian uses for the non/fictionLab writing workshops. Top writer achieved just over 7000 words in …

In May, the Urban Writing House was host to the wonderful Hannah Brasier. Hannah’s project-based research is developing models for interactive documentary specific to the affordances of the network. Hannah is specifically interested in how noticing, listing, and multilinear structures of documentary film practice perform the mess of the world. Hannah is a member of the nonfictionLab …

As part of their Snapshots bi-monthly forum, Docuverse presents a talk by visiting U.K. academic Judith Aston. Interactive Documentary – a view from the inside Judith’s talk will show the trajectory that she has taken over the years, discussing the various projects that she’s worked on along the way. This will include videodisc, CD-ROM, installations and live performance. Throughout this time, a consistent theme in her work has …

In this masterclass Dr Judith Aston (University of the West of England’s i–Docs group and the Digital Cultures Research Centre) will consider what the principles of collaboration and embodied interaction are, and how apply to interactive documentary. The masterclass will build upon her recent reflections on interactive documentary (http://i-docs.org/2016/03/27/interactive-documentary-what-does-it-mean-and-why-does-it-matter/ ). Judith plans to use Michael …

From Franziska Weidle: From May 9th to 10th 2016, a student workshop on “Visual Anthropology and the work of David MacDougall” co-organized by the Department of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology and the Centre for Modern Indian Studies  took place at the University of Göttingen, Germany. In the panel discussion on “New Forms of Ethnographic Film: Contemporary …

From Francesca Rendle-Short: The first non/fictionLab salon spotlight was a triumph. Thanks so much for organising it, and if you missed it, you need to catch the next one. Thanks Julienne, Ronnie and Adrian for fabulous readings – they really were. I especially liked the fact that all three were works in progress. It is …