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textobjectext: writing the posthumanities


Exploring the potentialities of writing practice after the material turn


This symposium, hosted by La Trobe University’s Centre for Creative Arts in conjunction with the University of Western Sydney's Writing and Society Research Centre, envisages a space for material/conceptual provocations surrounding the questions: what is writing in the posthumanities? What kind of generative spaces emerge where the borders between disciplines –art, humanities and the sciences– blur and merge? What does an understanding of the materiality of writing do for creative practice? How do encounters between new and old technologies/concepts/practices reconfigure our understandings of art, literature, authorship, creative process, collaboration, the body and agency? The symposium offers a place to advance ideas, collaborate on projects, and showcase some emerging work in the fields of new materialism and posthumanism, specifically at the points at which these intersect with writing. A series of conversations between new and established textual artists and scholars will be facilitated and supported, resulting in new collaborative opportunities, practical exchanges, and expanded understandings of the potentialities of practice in the twenty-first century.


Symposium: Unintended Consequences

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: Has the Internet created a social myth too big to fail?

 A full-day symposium with Professor Marcus Breen (Bond University)

The Internet in its present form has undergone a number of ‘conceptual evolutions,’ yet at its base it remains an open network of computers programmed to exchange packages of data. In the 1960s Cold War hysteria prompted the United States to create a decentralized network capable of withstanding a nuclear strike. By the 1990s the Internet had developed into a world wide web for mainstream use. While inventors saw the technological potential of the network, it has been the ideological enthusiasm of developers that has propelled the Internet through the last two decades with the promise of its utopian applications. We are now living amongst a certain cynicism of commentators on the scope and application of Internet culture that marks a regression of the hype surrounding online potentialities.


Nature in the Dark

Nature in the Dark is a series of artistic video projects exploring the hidden world of the animals of Wombat State Forest and Bunyip State Park as never seen before on the big screen at Fed Square. The Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University and the Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA) have developed an extraordinary exhibition that will be screened from 23 November until 22 December 2012.


Research Cluster Meetings

On Thursday the 1st November, the Centre for Creative Arts will have its first of three research cluster meetings, all taking place on Thursday afternoons from 4:00 until 5:30 pm. These meetings are an opportunity to exchange ideas around the cluster themes with a view to future research and events in 2013. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.


Tales of a City by the Sea

Tales of a City by the Sea is a play about the lives of ordinary people caught up in the Gaza siege and bombardment of 2009. Jomana, a woman from the Shati refugee camp, falls in love with Rami, an American Palestinian doctor who arrives as part of the Free Gaza Flotilla. Breaking the siege sparks their love - but can it be sustained?


Written by: Samah Sabawi

Creative Producer: Rand Hazou


2:00-4:00pm, Saturday 13 October

La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday Street, Carlton


Public Lecture - Barbara Maria Stafford - Mirroring: From the Pool of Narcissus to Social Cognition

The Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University, presents a free public lecture from independent writer and curator Barbara Maria Stafford: 'Mirroring: From the Pool of Narcissus to Social Cognition'.


Barbara Maria Stafford is an independent writer, curator and speaker. Her work has consistently explored the intersections between the visual arts and the physical and biological sciences from the early modern to the contemporary era. Her current research charts the revolutionary ways the neurosciences are changing our views of the human and animal sensorium, shaping our fundamental assumptions about perception, sensation, emotion, mental imagery, and subjectivity. Her most recent book is The Field Guide to a New Metafield: Bridging the Humanities-Neurosciences Divide (UCP, 2011).


6:30pm, Tuesday 9 October 2012

Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne


Paul Wells: An Animated Screenwriter: Tales, Tips and Tall Orders from a Writer's Notebook

The Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University, in partnership with the Writing Cinema Group of RMIT’s School of Media and Communication, invites you to a free public lecture:

From writing radio series about Hollywood’s top directors, to scripting British TV soap-operas, to working on a myriad of animation series and films, Professor Paul Wells has a range of credits in the media production field. More to the point, he has a host of experiences with figures as diverse as John Milius, the writer of the original Conan the Barbarian; the perennially ill or injured citizens of Holby City, surely Britain’s most accident prone fictional town; Horror writers like Stephen King and Clive Barker, and fresh from his pineapple under the sea, Spongebob Squarepants. His lecture will include a range of examples from his work, and offer some analysis and advice about screenwriting, which he has written about in his down time in the hallowed halls of academe, at the UK’s Olympic campus, Loughborough University.


Free Public Workshop for experienced and aspiring screenwriters

Scriptwriting for Animation

This workshop session will offer practical advice, support and exercises in writing for animation. Based on the lecture tour, ‘The Seven Deadly Sins of Animation Screenwriting’, the workshop will address some of the issues and challenges in writing specifically for animation – a form with its own distinctive language of expression. The approach is based on the view that there is no theory without practice and no practice without theory, and will look at how ‘theory’ can be used as tools for writing, and how ‘practice’ generates ways of re-thinking established orthodoxies not merely about academic principles, but life, love and the universe, too! The workshop will seek to address some core ideas, but will also be responsive to the needs and interests of the participants, and address a variety of genres from documentary to comedy.


Vicki Kirby: What if Culture was really Nature all along?

What if Culture was Really Nature all along?

Vicki Kirby (UNSW)


The renowned feminist theorist Vicki Kirby will discuss her ground-breaking ideas on nature, body and materiality in this three-hour workshop. Concentrating on her most recent book, Quantum Anthropologies: Life at Large (Duke, 2011), Professor Kirby will discuss some of the most provocative aspects of deconstruction. Revisiting Derrida's claims that there is 'no outside of text', Kirby argues that theories of cultural construction developed since the linguistic turn have inadvertently reproduced the very binaries they intend to question, such as those between nature and culture, matter and ideation, and fact and value.


Post-Graduate Scholarship in Creative Arts and Sustainability

Are you a trans-disciplinary artist with an interest in sustainability and place making?

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Centre for Creative Arts are pleased to offer a 3-year postgraduate scholarship for a creative practitioner to research in the area of creative arts and sustainability. The student will be supported by the Centre for Creative Arts research cluster: Making Sustainable Places. This cluster brings together Faculty, University, and external researchers working at the intersections of sustainability and place, including human-animal-object relations.


Christine Wertheim - Reefs, Rubbish and Reason: Community Arts in the 21st Century

CCA presents a free public lecture by Christine Wertheim on the Crochet Coral Reef Project  and Community Arts.

Where: Room 228, Humanities 2, La Trobe University, Bundoora

When: 2.00pm, Wednesday 22 August, 2012

All Welcome.


Violins to Fences A Life of Experimentation in Music

In this lecture Jon Rose, world renowned experimental musician, connects the radical with the traditional, and the unique experience with the commonplace, in a practice of music that has led him into previously unexplored sonic worlds and sometimes into confrontation.

Date: Friday 27 July 2012
Time: 6.00pm
Location: Village Roadshow Theatrette - State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Cost: This is a free public lecture.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Seats are limited so please register now.


Timothy Murray: Archival Frenzy - From Event to Fever in Digital Art

As Curator of the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media and theorist of new media art and cinema, Timothy Murray will provide an overview of theories of the Archive in relation to digital artworks from the archive for which "the archive” is a central concern of content and form.  The importance of archival projects in new media art, by artists such as Yao Jui-Chung, Maurice Benayoun, Kieth Piper, Muntadas, and Jolene Rickard provides a significant platform for reconsidering the theory of the archive itself, as formulated by Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida in relation to theorizations of the “event” by Jean-François Lyotard, Gilles Deleuze, and Alain Badiou.

Monday 18 June 2012, 6.30pm, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square, Melbourne


The 7arakat |‘ḥarakāt’ Project

The 7arakat or Harakat Project is an initiative supported by the Australia Council for the Arts through the Cultural Leadership Development Grant. Led by grant recipient Dr. Rand Hazou, the 7arakat Project seeks to develop a series of theatre-related initiatives between Australia and Palestine.


The Museum of Glitch Aesthetics

The Museum of Glitch Aesthetics (MOGA) is the latest work in Mark Amerika's collaborative series of transmedia narratives. MOGA tells the story of The Artist 2.0, an online persona whose personal mythology and body of digital artworks are rapidly being canonised into the annals of art history.


Tim Nohe Goes West at Area 405 June 1 - July 30 2012

Tim Nohe, UMBC Faculty Senate President, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Adjunct Professor, La Trobe University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will be participating ina panel discussion with Breon Gilleran and Sarah Laing. Tim will be speaking about his Fulbright experience in Australia and the exchange that he is producing with the support of a Fulbright Alumni Initiative Grant awarded by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission.


Mark Amerika & Chad Mossholder: Micro-Cinematic Essays on the Life and Work of Marcel Duchamp ..

[Micro-Cinematic Essays on the Life and Work of Marcel Duchamp dba Conceptual Parts, Ink]

New show: 19th March - 13th April at Emily Davis Gallery
Gallery Address: 150 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44325


Shakespeare's Henry IV Part 1

Recently returned from the southern hemisphere’s only recreated Elizabethan theatre – The New Fortune in Perth, Western Australia – Nothing but Roaring’s production of Shakespeare’s historical masterpiece imaginatively recreates the world of Shakespeare through the power of his words and using the conventions of his theatre.

Playing at 45Downstairs, Melbourne from February 28 - March 11 2012


New Directions in Circus Research

‘New Directions in Circus Research’ was a symposium presented by La Trobe University’s Centre for Creative Arts, Faculty of HSS and Australian Physical Theatre and Circus Association (ACAPTA) 5 December 2011. Australian circus artists and researchers and international scholars presented recent projects and research approaches: Circus Oz; Living Archive; creative processes; philosophising about the circus body; rethinking circus history. Featured speaker from Finland, Tomi Purovaara, presented on Cirko, a circus centre that brings together information centre, studio training facilities, festival venue, and research resources with visual archive library.