I’m a senior digital strategist working across web, mobile and social.
I’m a journalist, academic and editor. I write about film, animation, music, sound design, literature, architecture, travel, cities, urbanism and J.G. Ballard.
I also write about digital culture. I cover everything from the hyper-banality of online worlds, to the sentient qualities of certain spambots, to the metaphysical nature of tools such as Google Maps.
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In 2012, I began working at RMIT University. As Senior Digital Analyst, I helped to design the University’s social media policy. I train staff in social media management, content strategy and audience retention, and advise on mobile development, mobile content and digital strategy across all disciplines.
In 2012, Extreme Metaphors: Selected Interviews with J.G. Ballard, was published. This volume, which I conceived and co-edited, was one of the Guardian newspaper’s Books of the Year.
In 2011, I became editor of the magazine Architectural Review Australia (AR). I relaunched AR to include architecture and urbanism from the Southeast Asia region, rebranding it as Architectural Review Asia Pacific. I conceived, managed and launched AR’s first iPad app.
In 2009, I created my personal Twitter and Instagram accounts, tweeting about the fringes of digital culture and posting items of a Ballardian nature. I curate an occasional Tumblr, Social Dead Zone, about virtual afterlives.
In 2009, I graduated from Monash University with a PhD in cultural studies and comparative literature. My thesis was on the work of renowned novelist J.G. Ballard.
From 2005 to 2010, I wrote numerous articles on film and architecture for Australian and international newspapers, websites and magazines. I was RealTime’s magazine’s animation and short-film critic during that time.
From 2005 to 2006, I published Subterrain, a magazine written by and about Melbourne’s homeless and marginalised men and women, funded by the City of Melbourne.
In 2005, I founded Ballardian, a popular and influential blog and website documenting J.G. Ballard’s work and influence.
In 2004, I became a Lonely Planet travel writer. I co-wrote guidebooks to Japan, Micronesia and the North Pacific, the Netherlands and Australia. I also co-wrote Micronations: the Lonely Planet Guide to Home-made Nations.
In 2002, I founded Sleepy Brain, an online magazine about Melbourne’s artistic underground. It’s been archived by the National Library of Australia’s Web Archive as an “online electronic publication of national significance”.
In 2000, I founded Liquid Architecture, a festival of sound art held across Australia and still going strong.
That’s about it.
Please contact me if you’d like to commission, collaborate or say hello.