news

Docuverse 2017 Symposium

How are new technologies, practices and projects expanding documentary? After the success of our symposium in February 2016, Docuverse will be hosting a further annual event on the 10th of February, 2017. The event will be taking place in Building 80 (room TBC) at RMIT University, in Melbourne, Australia. From our symposium in February 2016, …

Gerda Cammaer at Docuverse

Image above: InTransit “Don’t bend, don’t water it down, don’t try to make it logical, don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions logically” – Franz Kafka In a spare few hours between the Sightlines conference and the MINA symposium in Melbourne, visiting scholar and filmmaker Gerda Cammaer …

Peta Murray, Shortlisted for VicHealth Award

Creatively Ageing: EmbOLDen, has been selected as a finalist in the Building Health Through Art category for the 2016 VicHealth Awards.  Non/fictionLab member and RMIT postgraduate student Peta Murray was one of three elder-artist-researchers-in-residence installed in the Roslyn Smorgon Gallery for the duration of EmbOLDen. The exhibition represented a critical stage in her PhD inquiry …

@ the UWH – idoc tool design

Last Friday in the UWH the ‘idoc tool design workshop’ was completed by a small but enthusiastic group of collaborators, who stayed the distance by eating the entire pumpkin tea loaf cooked for the occasion – (for those who requested the recipe I found this online).  The workshop followed a couple of steps in the …

From RMIT News: A radiophonic meditation on gender identity and storytelling set in Bangkok has won multiple awards. Kyla Brettle and Dr David Carlin won four categories at the 2016 New York festival (NYF) radio awards. Making Up: 11 Scenes from a Bangkok Hotelis a radiophonic essay/feature about sexual and textual identity and the act of …

Docuverse Snapshots #5: Gerda Cammaer

As part of their Snapshots bi-monthly forum, Docuverse presents a talk by visiting Canadian academic/filmmaker Gerda Cammaer. Modern day flaneuse Discussing various film and research projects she has worked on, Gerda will expose how her artistic and scholarly career is that of a flaneur, marked, as Baudelaire would say, by being “away from home, and yet to …

Environmental humanities. Deborah Bird Rose. “Slowly — Writing into the Anthropocene.” (With one of the better abstracts I’ve seen.) Get it via Text as a pdf. Thursday December 8th, 5pm, 9.4.32.

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 …