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Materialism and Interactive Documentary

Adrian Miles convened a panel at the 2017 Visible Evidence Conference (Buenos Aires) asking questions about matertialism, materialist media philosophy, and interactive documentary. The panellists were Adrian Miles, Daniel Fetzner (.de), Carles Sora (.es), and Judith Aston (.uk). Feisty is one adjective that springs to mind. The protocol was 10 slides, each slide 30 seconds, …

Kat Clarke & Emily Bitto at Emerging Writers Fest

In June, Kat Clarke and Emily Bitto appeared at Lunchtime Lit: Women Writers in the City as part of the Emerging Writers Festival. In a project supported by non/fictionLab and City of Melbourne 2016 Arts Grants, they engaged in conversation about what it means to be a ‘woman writer’ in the City of Melbourne, read …

Mentorships and readings in the Urban Writing House

This year, the Urban Writing House has hosted events from the ‘experiment in mentorship’ Women Writers in the City, a project supported by City of Melbourne 2016 Arts Grants. The writers Sophie Cunningham & Rebecca Harkins Cross worked together for a day on fiction and nonfiction projects, then read from works in progress. They were …

Zoe Dzunko & Annabel Brady-Brown at McCraith House

Zoe Dzunko & Annabel Brady-Brown undertook a collaborative residency at McCraith House this winter, gearing up for Women Writers in the City, a project supported by City of Melbourne 2016 Arts Grants. They write: During our stay at McCraith House we collaborated on a multidimensional project, born from our five-year friendship and working relationship as …

Docuverse at Visible Evidence

  This week Docuverse are in Buenos Aires for Visible Evidence running a workshop called Behind the interface: assessing technological implications in expanded documentary practices. Speaking as part of this will be Franziska Weidle, Hannah Brasier, Kim Munro, Pauline Anastasiou and Georgia Wallace-Crabbe. We will be covering the implications of existing technologies, pedagogical limitations and …

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 …

So, we’re continuing with the Ingold “Rethinking the Animate”, Tim Ingold, from: Ingold, Tim. Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description. London: Routledge, 2011. Print. http://vogmae.dropmark.com/288306/10826492 And adding to this: Tsing, Anna. “Unruly Edges: Mushrooms as Companion Species.” Environmental Humanities 1 (2012) 141-154. http://vogmae.dropmark.com/288306/11183034

http://vogmae.dropmark.com/288306/10826489 (Jakob van Uexküll, A foray in the world of animals and humans) and Rethinking the Animate, Tim Ingold, from: Ingold, Tim. Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description. London: Routledge, 2011. Print. http://vogmae.dropmark.com/288306/10826492

“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 …

Kat Clarke and Emily Bitto read from works in progress

Please join us at the Urban Writing House on Tuesday 25 July for an informal reading of works in progress by Emily Bitto, author of The Strays, and Kat Clarke, graduate of RMIT’s BA (Creative Writing). This is the third outcome of Women Writers in the City, a project supported by City of Melbourne 2016 Arts …

Docuverse Snapshots: Karelle Arsenault

Snapshots: I recall an interactive documentary… By Kim Munro Part-way through her presentation on interactive documentary and memory, Karelle began to recount memories of sleepovers as a child. Karelle and her gang of movie-loving friends would line up their mattresses in the basement and have ‘watching marathons’ that lasted well into the morning. They would eat …

Kathrine Clarke at McCraith House

Kathrine Clarke was in residence at McCraith House in May, in the lead up to her work with Women Writers in the City, a non/fictionLab project supported by City of Melbourne 2016 Arts Grants. Writes Kat: “My time at the Butterfly House was a nice reminder of how much I love the simple things in life. Time …

Courtesy of Daniel Binns we have the opening gambits of Eugene Thacker’s recent horror of philosophy trilogy. We are reading the preface and first part (PDF) of The Dust of This Planet. citation is more or less Thacker, Eugene. In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy. Winchester: Zero Books, 2011. Print. Next reading …

Non/fictionLab’s David Carlin has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Lapland this month. David gave a Keynote talk and a workshop at the University of Lapland’s Faculty of Social Sciences Seminar: ‘Situating the Self Ethically, Academically and in Society’ in Ranua, Finland. David’s talk was called ‘Essaying as Method’. It looked at the …

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Søren Kierkegaard A further gathering of devout diarologists took place in the Urban Writers House last Thursday night to consider avenues for situating and extending discussion of our juvenilia  into a range of possible research frameworks within the field of creative writing and beyond. Contexts …

Lecturer, School of Media and Communication Brigid Magner is a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies and convener of the non/fictionLab Writing Writing and Creative WorkShop sessions. She has published widely on authorship, bestsellers and literary tourism. Her current projects are: On The Trail: Reading Literary Places in Australia and Reading/Writing the Mallee, for which she …

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”  – Gwendolyn Fairfax, in The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde  The first ‘movement’ of the inaugural Symphony of Awkward was conducted last Thursday evening at the Urban Writers House under the baton of Stayci Taylor, Kim Munro, and …