More Insecurities

My regular and committed correspondent Jeni Thornley, left me this comment the other day (in relation to a post on documentary insecurity): Interesting…but fiction is also insecure. I really like this essay by Vivian Sobchack (1999) ‘Toward a Phenomenology of Non-Fictional Film Experience’ because she suggests that there aren’t fixed boundaries between fiction and documentary […]

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Some Korsakow Sculpting

Was a beautiful day Saturday. Mid 20s, ms 7 y.o. having a sleep over. Ms A. taken over the dining room with all the furniture moved out and a quilt laid out, mix of new modernism meets Amish. Very impressive piece of work. Real coffee. Spent some time working on the sonnet Korsakow film. It’s […]

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Yet More Ways I Get to Feel Old

Just needed to share that in Keynote I added a Vine clip as a background, scaled up to 800 x 800, plays automatically and loops. Text on top with dissolves in and out. Then over 30 seconds I zoom in 10x closer onto the video, then over 30 seconds back out again. Plays fine. Then […]

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Tamed Manifestos

So via the videovortex email list arrives news of Videoex, the “Experimental Film and Video Festival Zürich“, late May early June 2014. Cool. Except like most festivals in the experimental category this means anything that can be shown via DVD (or film, but that’s not the point). Look, look at me. Look at my amazing […]

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New Documentary 02

Over on the new documentary email list we are trying to begin arguing, pulling about, speculating with, and wondering about the essays in a recent special issue of Studies in Documentary Film. The essay we’ve begun with (and the rate we’re going we’ll have the issue discussed by about 2016) is: Aston, Judith, and Sandra […]

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Interactive Documentary and Digital Poetics version 0.4

In Australia the peak research funding body is the Australian Research Council (the ARC). Getting ARC money is a big deal. Highly competitive and as they always tell you, the money runs out well before the good projects. For most academics this is the royal road in Australia to fame and fortune. A simple indication […]

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The First Quarter

Every morning, well, nearly every morning, around about 7am, I film the ridge over the way using Vine on my phone. … The First Quarter , ( ) In the archive views each is a 120 x 120 video, mouse over and it will play (it’s Vine, they’re only six seconds long).

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New Documentary

Several Australian colleagues and I had a quick chat at Visible Evidence in Canberra last December (the site’s already disappeared…) about ways to keep in contact as we are all so far away from each other, and so busy, that we don’t actually meet up outside of perhaps an international conference. … Perhaps in time we’ll expand it to other sorts of services or systems, but it is a small ‘d’ small ‘h’ digital humanities intervention using readily available and free tools to begin to build a local community.

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Tactical Making

It is the time of ‘hanging out’ where you don’t’ parcel it out into measurable blocks (even if you said ‘let’s hang out for 10 minutes that 10 minutes rarely has the strict occupation of time that say 10 minutes of film, television, radio, or even examination occupies), the time of being with friends, or just doing something which is more about the doing of the some thing than it is for accounting for the time. … We are exploring ways of making that fall outside of the industrial of needing to know more or less what is to be done before it is done (scheduling, shot lists, production sheets, and so on), that if you notice something then in that moment use the ready to hand everyday to record it, for some sort of later use, finding time and making do amongst everything else.

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