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present tense .2 ‘Un-Lecture: Movement’ Changes the Way We See the Lecture

The Design Hub was packed out again for the second present tense event in the series, Un-Lecture: Movement. The sold out event was curated by Tresa LeClerc and Piri Altraide. It featured prolific multidisciplinary artists Neil Morris (DRMNGNOW), Sista Zai Zanda, Kathleen Gonzalez Villamizar and wāni. RMIT teacher Tresa LeClerc opened the event with a …

Speaking Up for Hot Scholar

Hot Scholar is underway, with the first of five sessions held on 16 July, and four more to follow.  Hot Scholar is a pilot program of supportive peer-based professional development, devised by Peta Murray, and supported by non/fictionLab. The goal of the project is to build researchers’ skills and confidence in live presentation settings. Its purpose …

Symphony of Awkward at the Critical Autoethnography Conference 2018

The Symphony of Awkward is a research collective of writers and filmmakers all dedicated to the scholarship of the emergent field of juvenile diary studies in their written and performed state. Our interest is in live diary readings and how they function as a discursive construction of subjectivity through address. By exploring the activity through …

BLAKWORK: A reading and yarn with Alison Whittaker

Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet, life writer and essayist from Gunnedah and Tamworth, north-western New South Wales. She now lives in Sydney on Wangal land, and is recently returned from the US, where she received a 2017 Fulbright Indigenous Postgraduate Scholarship to complete a Master of Laws (LLM) at Harvard. Her poem MANY GIRLS …

The Finish(ing) Line: week 3 of The Thesis is Present(ed)

The final (short) week of The Thesis is Present(ed) saw things to the finishing line, and beyond, even to the final footnote. Traffic in the UWH was slow to begin, but by Wednesday there was a steady stream of guests and visitors, many of them new to the project, and by the week’s end, there …

Bespoke: week 2 of The Thesis is Present(ed)

Week two saw an expansion of the exercise from the standard theatrical conventions of audience and performer, towards the other forms of collaboration, in which the reading experience is mutually-designed and co-curated. One visitor worked away with coloured chalk, another read case studies of older women artists tackling essayistic work. Some readings were dialogical. Another …

present tense .2 Un-Lecture: Movement

The Un-lecture is about breaking the traditional Australian style lecture—and remaking it. Creating a lecture where performance, song and word intersect. Featuring prolific artists and musicians, this performative event overturns the traditional Australian style lecture. Neil Morris (DRMNGNOW) is a National Indigenous Music Award nominee and RRR broadcaster. His track ‘Australia Does Not Exist’ has been …

Lit: week 1 of The Thesis is Present(ed)

On June 13, Peta Murray began a three-week-long residency that sees her in attendance in the Urban Writing House every weekday (until 29 June) between the hours of 10.30am and 3.30pm for The Thesis is Present(ed) – a durational, live art work. The project will see every word of her 400 plus page doctoral dissertation …

Welcome to the HDRLab!

On Wednesday 6 June, research students in the non/fictionLab met for the first HDRLab event for 2018. We welcomed new members and spoke about our plans for the group. We are excited to explore each others’ practices in a hands on way, and to share this with the wider Lab and public. After some chalk-and-cheese …

The Thesis is Present(ed)

From 12–28 June in the non/fictionLab’s Urban Writing House, Peta Murray performs The Thesis is Present(ed), a durational live art work investigating the possibilities of performance-based work as published research. Peta Murray’s acclaimed PhD project, Essayesque Dismemoir: w/rites of elder-flowering, concerned the lived experience of ageing – especially in one’s artistic practice – and the …