RMIT won’t negotiate

RMIT won't negotiate
Liam Ward and I whipped together these vids about the forthcoming NTEU strike action: Short compilation Caroline Norma on casuals Liam Ward on casuals Melissa Slee “Why we’re striking” [short] Ruth Barton on academic workloads Liam Ward on academic workloads Bruno Doring “Why I’m striking” Melissa Slee “Why we’re striking” Bruno Doring on professional staff ...

Magic meets fantasy

Giving a nod to the work of the seminal figures in a discipline is just as important as paying heed to new developments, so here’s one of the founding fathers of animation and former magician, George Méliès‘ Trip to the moon (1902). Méliès was recently given reverential treatment in Hugo (2011), directed by Martin Scorsese. ...

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home, a group on Flickr. What does home really mean? Some images from flickr, and thoughts for my new ethnographic documentary project, ‘Wherever I lay my hat’. Home can be quite nebulous, quite abstract, I think – but these images tend to be about things. Tweet

Ethnographic film workshop

Ethnographic film workshop
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field guide to sirens

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creativity and the w’s

creativity and the w's
After watching a variety of presentations, I’m going to try to piece together how creativity can be harnessed or enhanced using the internet. Janet Echelman describes her process over fourteen years and living life in between – it’s one of worrying away at problems, solving them incrementally but never letting them entirely drop; finding inspiration ...

the event is the film

From whence comes the source of the verite in verite or fly-on-the-wall documentary? Fetveit argues that it is technologically-driven: the emphasis on the evidential became stronger with new light-weight and therefore portable technology of the 1950’s, which led to an aesthetic …strongly based on observation and interviews, often documenting events as they unfold through an ...

gamification, the solution for the hyper-attentive set?

gamification, the solution for the hyper-attentive set?
So do we really need new approaches to educational media for the current generation? Kate Hayles in On hyper and deep attention argues: The shift in cognitive styles can be seen in the contrast between deep attention and hyper attention.  Deep attention, the cognitive style traditionally associated with the humanities, is characterized by concentrating on ...

Hammer Films on Youtube

Hammer Films on Youtube
Hammer has its own Youtube channel now, and you can see The Quartermass Experiment (HD), The Man in Black, Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter, Dick Barton Special Agent and Man Bait. VISO Cinema has just added Alfred Hitchcock’s Charade to their impressive list of titles. [still from The Quartermass Experiment] Tweet

recalling the surreal

recalling the surreal
The trial (1963), a movie directed by Orson Welles and starring Anthony Perkins is based on Franz kafka’s novel of the same name. I recently watched a very badly compressed version of this movie which reduced a lot of the audio to near-incomprehensibility, but even extreme compression could not detroy the power of some of ...

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