Simon - Shoreditch

Presenting ‘In Defence of the Virtual: A Secret History of Ballardian Cinema’ at BL-NK, Shoreditch, London, May, 2014. Photo: Dan Hill. 


/// HIGHLIGHTS REEL


2014

Spoke on social media, film and surveillance at conferences, festivals and events: Melbourne, Oslo, London and Sydney.


2012

Conceived and co-edited Extreme Metaphors: Selected Interviews with J.G. Ballard. A Guardian Book of the Year.


2011-2012

Managing Editor, Architectural Review Asia Pacific. Rebranded and relaunched it. Conceived and project managed the iPad version.


2009

Graduated from Monash University: PhD, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. Thesis on the work of J.G. Ballard.

Created personal Twitter and Instagram accounts: fringes of digital culture; mini Ballardian photo essays.

Occasional Tumblr, Social Dead Zone: what happens to online identities when we die.


2008-2011

Itinerant academic, a peculiar sign of the times. Moved between Monash University, RMIT University, NMIT, Deakin University and the University of Melbourne.

Research on the psychological effects of new media and urban environments. Published five journal articles, two book reviews and four book chapters. Co-edited two books and one journal.

Conceived, designed and taught the course ‘Publishing and Writing in the Digital Age’.

Designed and taught a seminar series and workshop on representations of architecture, urbanism and design in film, literature, new media and popular culture.


2005

Founded Ballardian, an influential blog and website documenting J.G. Ballard’s work and influence.

Conceived and edited Subterrain magazine, written by and about Melbourne’s homeless community. Funded by the City of Melbourne.


2004

Became a Lonely Planet travel writer. Wrote guidebook chapters on Japan, Micronesia, North Pacific, Netherlands and Australia.

Co-wrote Micronations: the Lonely Planet Guide to Home-made Nations. Optioned for a film starring Jack Black. True story.


2002-current

Freelance writer. Sometimes, full time; other times, between the cracks of full-time work.

Numerous articles on film, technology, digital media, music, travel, literature and architecture. Published in Australian and international newspapers, anthologies, websites and magazines.


2002

Founded Sleepy Brain, very early online magazine about Melbourne pop culture. Archived by the National Library of Australia as an “online electronic publication of national significance”.


2000

Founded Liquid Architecture, an internationally renowned festival of sound art.


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