While certainly clever it is the playfulness and screwing around with life, temporality and memory that lets these reverberate. La Jetée via analogue photos via digitisation and Photoshop. It’s an elegant assemblage to build micro intensities.
Just uploaded a not very good scan of my 1992 Master’s Thesis on Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest to academia. Close reading that critiques deconstruction in relation to cinema studies, and uses Austin’s performative to understand the temporal economy of the film (from memory). Found it during my office move.
Yesterday I had my media objects lab, first session of the year. Caught the train after taking ms 7 y.o. to school, all good. Except everyone had to get off at Macleod – a long way out from the city – due to an ‘incident’ (which, sadly, is generally a euphemism for suicide by train). This means no trains. Bus companies are called, they need to find busses and drivers, and it was nearly an hour before I was heading towards Clifton Hill station. For a 10:30 class scheduled to finish at 13:20 I arrived just before midday.
Via Facebook I told everyone I was late, and why, and that the reading was available online. They should get it, start reading the first chapter, and after forty minutes or so stop for coffee. Once I realised how late I’d be I also sent through the suggestion they eat, as once I got there we’d work through without a break.
I walk into a seminar room deathly quiet. Everyone huddled over the text reading. Taking notes. All present. All stayed. All worked. We then had a pretty good conversation setting up the semester. Honours, it’s a treasure.
The elegance of this is sublime. The suffering religious.
From the weird department comes thisThis Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes | Elite Daily.
Points to note. They have a good marketing campaign as this is getting viral attention. It might be good for skimming, but really, this is not what we call reading. It confuses the pleasure of reading with instrumentalised time, and knowledge with information. Might be handy for email…
Semester has started. Have built who new site for the interactive video subject Integrated Media One. Still have to build student blog roll (130 of them), subscribe via RSS, and get reading. Then for honours I’ve got another campuspress WPMU installation happening (am very happy with this, has made life much simpler) under our own domain, consiliencelab.org.au.
Teaching wise I’m running the research practice subject and the media objects lab. I think I’ll repost some stuff from there to here as that is where a lot of my thinking out loud via blogging is going to be happening for the next 12 weeks.
On a professional personal note I’m a bit embarrassed by the last post, but in the spirit of blogging and leaving it out there, I’ll leave it behind for what it is. Servility I think is the word. Time to get over it.
What I have worked out though is that it is time to be, well, more selfish. To say no to some meetings and tasks because I still have a high teaching load, a lot of admin as a program manager, and so just don’t and can’t do the research that I want to, can, could. I have friends who have been here as long as I have and they have no teaching. It is like I’ve stood still, doing all the same small things I did when I started as an eager newbie in the university, attending all those program meetings, retreats, active on local committees, teaching. I’ve realised you need a bit of mongrel in you. Or if not mongrel then that arrogance that all academics have (otherwise why would you think it OK to stand up in front of 130 students, conference attendees, journal readers in the belief that your ideas matter?) to be selfish enough to declare “this is mine”. My idea, my time, my class. So, yeah, carving out some of my own needs here.