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Meta Blogging as Teaching

Integrated Media has kicked off. I subscribe to all the blogs and part of the subject involves me writing commentary. More like sports broadcasting at times (actually doing this via twitter is a good looking idea). A lot of really interesting stuff happens in this liminal pedagogical space between the classroom, the student’s writing, and me drawing it back in from the atomised experience of the student to the collective of the cohort. Here’s one from today:

It’s Friday afternoon, I rode 65km on my bike on the way to work (what you might also call school) this morning and the glorious autumn sun outside is shining a bit too seductively off my bike behind me in the office. There’s no segue here, just a shoutout to Thomas, who I editorialised with last week (yes, I responded to Thomas but it really is good for you all to realise that I use this as an opportunity to engage with everyone, so when I riff of ya stuff it’s usually to illustrate something for all 84 of those doing IM and anyone else passing by) when I did the blog equivalent of a clip behind the ear. No, I won’t read all participation criteria, but after writing on and around 20 or 30 if you bother to read here you will get the gist of it. If you don’t, or can’t, then it’s going to always be a struggle no matter what we do, isn’t it? I take it seriously by doing that, at some point you need to too (as Thomas now has). But I should not need to do this individually for everyone, its a tone, a sentiment, an attitude. A milieu. As Thomas picks up, your blog is you. The more like you it becomes, the better it is, the easier it is to do, and the more pleasure it brings. You nurture your own identity here and this, now, is as important an identity as any other associated with you. How many of you, when you google your own name, has your blog as the first thing on Google. What stronger indication of the authority of your blog in relation to identity in a networked age do you want? (Or do you never use Google?)

The Everyday

Holly is working on the final project and often forgets to film . One of the small but big changes we are playing with this semester is to think through how a semi-formal, everyday video making might also be ‘serious’ and produce ‘real’ work. Stephanie wants Melbourne, but done differently. While you do need something like 60 clips, some things to approach what she describes might be to only film at night, or to only explore one aspect of Melbourne. Imagine spending a couple of nights in a popular lane, filming what you observe. A piece of paper on a cobble,the reflection of light off something wet, feet going past, a bottle. Smoke. A portrait of a place in its moments.

Methods

Lots of ways to make a k-film. At this point for those who are a bit lost my advice is:

  1. choose a simple idea
  2. the idea must be a simple process or activity that can be repeated
  3. do it, a lot
  4. collate, and then
  5. curate (judge, group) what you collect
  6. see what, if anything needs to be changed, and shoot some more
  7. build (which you can begin from step 5)

Lindsay’s group have a character as their ‘thing’. Matilda et al are simply finding/looking/being light sources – where does light come from/what things does light come from? Celine begins one way, but is shown that it can just get too complicated (certainly at this point) to make a strict rule governed work, so casts about for other possibilities. Jess threw out Plan A, just gathered out of interest (which works surprisingly well if you try it) and in collaboration finds a path. Alene’s group has a character which provides the theme, while Abbie and co are also exploring light. Not surprising when you want to take the idea of filming in itself seriously – as filming is absolutely about painting, finding, unveiling and revelling in light.

Intertwingling

Kath has been busy, compiling two lots of lectures into one post. (Granularity Kath, granularity! Split this and for the same work you have two posts. This makes linking easier as this post is about two main things, not one….) As is common in this subject, it is someone working professionally in contemporary media who gets excited. They’ve seen what’s out there, what matters, and yes, there are great possibilities in making media that is native a deeply intertwingled, networked ecology.