Projections is a blog by Jon (sorry, don’t remember how I found a link to this and I can’t find out who Jon is, perhaps a case of an academic blog where if you need to ask then you don’t need to know?) which is about the representation, etc of Latin America in Hollywood and European cinema. Not sure why other cinemas aren’t there, perhaps they don’t need to use Latin America as a marker of all that it gets used for (make your own list, it’s easy – corruption, graft, sweat, carnality, dark jungles, rain forests that contain monsters/miracles/epiphanies, and so on). Most of the commentary appears to be on specific films and their use of Latin America, but it is excellent commentary. For someone who has drifted out of screen studies in recent years, finding sites like these are exciting, if only because it is refreshing to find good cinema studies being done this way. And it lets me skim read some material to get a sense of the current intellectual flavours populating cinema studies. It has always had strong fashions, some might even say foppish.
Nearly typed eBook then, god damned aPple. My neighbours have edited (and contributed to) a fantastic collection dedicated to the work of Greg Ulmer. It is available as a free pdf download (46MB). Illogic of Sense. the Gregory L. Ulmer Remix. It is an academic collection and an artist’s ebook, check it out.
From the email announcement:
Transactions is a new section in the print journal Leonardo that publishes fully refereed papers in a fast track to disseminating key new results, ideas and developments in practice.
Papers are solicited under the stated aims and scope of Leonardo, but are restricted to two pages of published material. A fast referee process is employed in which the result is restricted to “accept” or “reject” a submission. If a submission is rejected, the submission of a revised version will be treated as a new paper.
This is an excellent idea and I suspect is evidence of Roger Malina’s influence with his hard sciences background as this sort of thing is very common in the sciences. Much of the humanities could benefit well from a good kick up the pants from quite a bit of the dissemination models offered by the sciences:
- studio practice (they call it a lab) is common
- joint authorship is common (regardless of its individual merits in an era of the RQF it is outrageously effective at producing a long list of publications to your name)
- a commitment to publicly accessible archives
- recognised (accidentally?) that books are very slow media (not many scientists write books, let alone treat books as their major source of knowledge production and dissemination)
Just found Sarah Gibson’s blog, as the URL indicates she’s from the the Uni of Technology Sydney (or Sidenknee as we like to say down here, cos we all have chips on our shoulders about Sydney), which is sort of a sister institution to RMIT where I am rumoured to be gainfully employed.
Sarah lectures in media arts and production, she has a particular interest in fairytales, archetypal narratives, and paints. She is documenting her ongoing re-enchantment project.
I got the labsome students to use the four sentence abstract exercise today as a way to focus their thinking. As I was explaining how to do it I described it as:
What are you going to do? Why is it worth doing? What are you going to do about it? Why does this matter?
Seemed to help shift from the sort of science language of the original.
As the following probably shows, I’m a cobbler (or perhaps it is more like sketching?). So, this media portal I’m wanting to build. Occurred to me that I could:
- install Loudblog
- then tag things in del.icio.us
- subscribe via Loudblog to that del.icio.us tag using the syndication plugin in Loudblog
Disadvantages: you need to tag the media object itself in del.icio.us not just the blog post, that is slow, and also means you lose the blog post. A very bad thing. So scratch that sketch. Bugger.
- install Loudblog
- tag posts in del.icio.us
- use the delicious plugin in Loudblog
- see what happens
I also think the reblog that I used last year worked well, and so if I can work out how to use that tied into a WordPress installation that might be the way to go.