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Mildura writer Maree Jones reports on her stay at The Butterfly House in September 2017: I arrived at the Butterfly House armed with my key code and code for the alarm. I tried the key code once. No dice. Twice, still the door didn’t open. Three times and I was certain it wasn’t going to …

DOCUVERSE 2018 call for proposals

DOCUVERSE 2018 Expanding documentary: Ecologies and dialogues CALL FOR PROPOSALS Since its inception in 2016, Docuverse has been aiming to bring together a diverse range of people from independent filmmakers and artists to research-practitioners and industry representatives. With its third iteration, our symposium will continue to foster these cross-disciplinary conversations that are increasingly necessary to …

Held at RMIT on Tuesday 22 August 2017, the Un-lecture experimented with breaking the traditional Australian style lecture—and remaking it–creating a lecture where performance, song and word intersect. Featuring prolific local spoken word artists from the African-Australian diaspora, Un-lecture speakers explored identity through lyrical and performative storytelling. Abe Nouk is the author of HUMBLE and …

OzWallace 2017, the first ever David Foster Wallace conference in Australia, was held at RMIT University from 1-3 September. Sponsored by non/fictionLab and the International David Foster Wallace Society, it featured 25 presentations from a diverse array of speakers from around the world, including David Hering’s keynote address on Wallace, Ronald Reagan and the 1980s. …

A poem by Bonny Cassidy, ‘grounds’, which was presented at the non/fictionLab’s Spotlight salon earlier this year, will be featured at the Melbourne Writers Festival in September. An excerpt from the poem is now riding as a banner on CBD trams (see pictured) and Bonny will read the work in the Botanical Gardens for a …

Behind the Interface – Docuverse at Visible Evidence

At 9am down a weaving corridor Docuverse held our Behind the Interface: assessing technological implications in expanded documentary practices workshop at the Centro Cultural Borges in Buenos Aires. Franziska Weidle hosted the workshop where she along with Helen Gaynor, Hannah Brasier, Kim Munro, Georgia Wallace-Crabbe and Pauline Anastasiou all presented short five minute provocations about expanded documentary …

Recap: Docuverse presents Reaching Out & Looking In

For our latest Docuverse Snapshots we had Dan Edwards present a talk called Reaching Out & Looking In: Independent Chinese Documentary Today. Dan is a Melbourne based academic, writer and journalist interested in Chinese and Australian film and culture. For this Snapshots talk Dan shared with us his extensive knowledge of Chinese independent documentary. Dan began by …

“Perhaps my best years are gone. When there was a chance of happiness. But I wouldn’t want them back. Not with the fire in me now. No, I wouldn’t want them back.” – Krapp’s final words, in the play Krapp’s Last Tape, by Samuel Beckett. It’s awkward when one can’t work out how to spin …