‘The art of the pivot': RMIT’s 2014 Web Conference

Storey Hall. Photo: courtesy RMIT University. Originally published on RMIT Blog Central, 7 July 2014. This year RMIT hosted its second annual web conference at Storey Hall, the University’s iconic lecture theatre/conference centre. It was the perfect venue, with its harmonious blend of 19th-century structural strength and radical postmodern restoration. Remember, that new facade and interior […]

RealTime Archive Highlights: Animation

Originally published in RealTime magazine, September, 2009. I began writing about Australian animation in 2003, but only by default. I was in the queues for the Melbourne International Film Festival waiting to see various short film programs, which is what I intended to review. I kept overhearing the names ‘Adam Elliot’ and ‘Harvie Krumpet’ in […]

Review: Sinclair/Ballard/Bond/Bavidge/Baxter

Robert Bond and Jenny Bavidge, editors. City Visions: The Work of Iain Sinclair. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. ISBN 1-84718-153-8. Jeannette Baxter. J G Ballard’s Surrealist Imagination: Spectacular Authorship. Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2009. ISBN 978-0-7546-6267-9. This double review was originally published in Colloquy, issue 17, August 2009, pp. 108-12. City Visions: The […]

The BLDG BLOG Book: Geoff Manaugh’s Hall of Mirrors

An artificial reef in the Red Sea, which features in the Landscape Futures section. Originally published in Blueprint, 19 August 2009. Los Angeles-based Geoff Manaugh has been described by fellow futurist writer Bruce Sterling as ‘the world’s greatest practitioner of “architecture fiction”’. His online ideas factory, BLDGBLOG, attracts descriptors like ‘promiscuous’ and ‘omnivorous’. His new, […]

Tricks and Treats

Carmen Torero. Originally published in RealTime #92 Aug-Sept 2009 p31. In its 9th iteration, the melbourne international animation festival’s programming policy continues to be brave and adventurous, and this resulted in another diverse set of programs. This year, the boast was that miaf screened over 400 films selected from over 2,000 entries, spread over 40 programs […]

MIFF 2008: Lo-tech Brilliance

Daumë, Ben Russell. Originally published in RealTime issue #87 Oct-Nov 2008 pg. 23. One of the interesting things about the Melbourne international film festival is the ‘parallel world’ effect. The festival you experience may well be completely different from anyone else’s, so much so you may sometimes wonder if you were at the same event […]

Puppet Power and Scary Magic

PeursDuNoir [Fear(s) of the Dark] – Burns 06, Charles Burns. Originally published in RealTime issue #86 Aug-Sept 2008 p24. This year’s MIAF was flush with riches. Selected from over 2000 entries, there were 150 films in competition and 150 outside of it. There was an eight-program international selection, music videos, digital animation, studio and producer […]

Australian Animation: Quality Wins

Ward 13. Originally published in RealTime issue #84 April-May 2008 pg. 25 In compiling a program of Australia’s best animation shorts for Flickerfest, curator Anthony Lucas chose films that inspired his own animation career, including TV commercials. Lucas describes the program as “a retro view jumped up on tang, wearing Golden Breed stubbies, riding a […]

Small Tales and True: Short Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival, 2007

Still from The Boy Who Loved Rain. by Simon Sellars Originally published in RealTime issue #81 Oct-Nov 2007. Recently in RealTime and elsewhere I’ve been critical of Australian short film and animation, so much so I’m beginning to bore myself (and doubtless others) with the old refrain. Still, I voice these criticisms from a position […]

Animation: Access, Artistry, Limits

Still from Carnivore Reflux. Originally published in RealTime issue #80 Aug-Sept 2007. At the Melbourne International Animation Festival’s ‘Careers in Animation’ forum, an audience member wanted to know what institutions look for in their entrance interviews. Robert Stephenson (from the VCA) said that an understanding of the body’s movement and mechanics is useful. He suggested […]