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Tuesday November 15 we have an editing and writing intensive for non/fictionLab. Location: Abbotsford Convent, the Bishop’s Parlour (probably my age but surely there’s a cavalcade of Dave Allen jokes available) Time: 9:30 for 10am kick off (we will begin 10am sharp) Food: we would like everyone to bring a contribution for a shared lunch. …

Paola Balla on Aboriginal Non-Fiction Spaces

In October, Paola Balla joined non/fictionLab for the second entry in The Lifted Brow Lecture Series – drawing packed crowds to the Urban Writing House, and necessitating a late-stage move to a bigger venue. Paola explored how Aboriginal culture understands memoir, discussing the history of First Nations women speaking into writing, storytelling and non-fiction spaces, …

RMIT non/fictionLab is hosting US writer Nicole Walker for a week-long residency this November. Nicole Walker is a contributing editor at Essay Daily, a nonfiction editor at DIAGRAM, co-editor of Bending Genre: Essays on Creative Nonfiction, and author of Quench Your Thirst with Salt, This Noisy Egg, and Micrograms. as well as the forthcoming Egg (Object …

Adrian Miles convened a panel at Visible Evidence XXII (2015, Toronto) around interactive documentary aesthetics. The format required each member to provide ten slides that would be on screen for thirty seconds in advance, so we each spoke for five minutes then opened it to discussion from the audience and amongst each other. (It was …

Overview: Snapshots #4 – Museums are Documentary Spaces

Docuverse’s final Snapshots event for 2016 saw the non/fictionLab’s co-director Adrian Miles take Seb Chan through his extensive experiences with the GLAM (Galleries, libraries, archives and museums) sector from Sydney’s Powerhouse, through to reinventing New York’s Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, to his new role as Chief Experience Officer at ACMI. For “Museums are Documentary …

Last month, Alien She Zine was in the Urban Writing House for one of the space’s first collective residencies. The team used the residency to curate and develop their fourth issue – discussing the issue with each editor present in person, rather than just online (which is their usual strategy). Using the space, they were …

By Toni Roberts. Text Journal Volume 20 no 2 This experimental hybrid memoir/essay/portrait traces the lineage of my creative practice in ceramics to my mother’s life of making and her passion for clay. It is a reflection in three parts; part 1 sketches fragmented recollections of my mother as a maker in her era and …

On my first afternoon in the Butterfly House, I take my customary let’s-scope-this-place-out walk. I head down the hill towards the foreshore and find myself passing signature bayside boathouses. It’s school holidays. There are kids and dogs at the water’s edge. I ignore the kids and try to connect with the dogs. I’m already missing …

Image: Aubrey Keen, 10.10.16 “It is a computer mouse, they love cheese, they know there way home because they have sensitive ears…” The ‘idoc tool design’ project is running a workshop with Docuverse and we need your input to begin scoping out the design of a new open source tool for making interactive online documentaries. …

present tense .3, .4 & .5

present tense .3 Nicole Walker – Save the Planet: Write Nonfiction! The planet is burning. It’s probably easier to do as Nero did and practice our fiddling. But say we don’t want to fiddle while Rome burns. Perhaps we think it’s important to witness and adjust as William Carlos Williams writes. Award-winning U.S. essayist and …

The Braided Essay workshop with Nicole Walker

Most essays, are, in some way, braided. Even a traditional New Yorker essay focuses tightly on, for example, Bill Clinton’s personal background then zooms out to provide the reader a picture of the political Arkansan landscape in the 1960s. The braid lets the facts of experience and facts of the world to play upon each other …

Melbourne-Seoul Poetry Exchange Readings

In this evening of readings, acclaimed poets from Korea and Australia will share their work and experiences, inspired by their immersion in new cultures through the Melbourne Seoul poetry exchange. Korean poets So Yeon Kim, Hyangra Kim, Bo Seon Shim and translator Ben Jackson will read alongside Australian and US poets Jessica Wilkinson, Cassandra Atherton, …

Reading Four

After a lively and spirited discussion arising from and around Braidotti’s The Posthuman the next reading is: Morton, Timothy. The Ecological Thought. Harvard: Harvard University Press, 2012. Print. [pdf | amazon] I think the writing style is an interesting contrast to previous readings, as is Morton’s willingness to use examples.

Docuverse 2017 Call for Proposals

DOCUVERSE 2017 – INTEGRATING NEW TECHNOLOGIES CALL FOR PROPOSALS After the success of their Symposium in February 2016, Docuverse will be hosting a further annual event on the 10th of February, 2017. The event will be taking place at RMIT University, in Melbourne, Australia. From their symposium in February 2016, Docuverse has grown as a …

Docuverse presents Snapshots #4

As part of their Snapshots bi-monthly forum, Docuverse presents ACMI’s Chief Experience Officer, Seb Chan, in a broad ranging discussion with Adrian Miles from RMIT’s non/fictionLab. Please join us on the 13th of October for drinks and snacks for what will be an interesting discussion. Event is free, however spaces are limited, so please RSVP via our Eventbrite.

The idoc tool design project is underway, with the first preliminary meeting with a programmer/developer happening last week. Some people have already expressed interest in collaborating on the open source, GNU licensed development of the design. Anyone else in the NFL is welcome to contact me with expressions of interest. The programmer and I are …