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Writing from Below: Death and the Maiden (issue 2)

We're very pleased to announce the publication of a new issue of Writing from Below. This special issue remixes Death and the Maiden, examining the motif and other associated themes and subjects through a range of critical and creative works, and across a diverse disciplinary perspectives.

+ DEADLINE EXTENDED: Contamination from Above
Unlawfulness, impurity, contamination: in the porous and scattered disciplines of gender, sexuality and diversity studies, these are the forces and strategies that impel our criticism and creation, the ethos of the fugitive journal Writing from Below. For more information see website.


Re-structure 2014 Conference

This conference looks at the current state of the arts, and considers alternative modes of culture and knowledge production within times of shrinking public expenditures. Featuring participants from performance, fashion, gaming, media and community intervention, the event explores both broader sustainable strategies as well as "clever partial solutions" to cultural and knowledge production in a post-public sector environment.

Date/time: 20. Nov 2014 - 11am-7pm
Venue: 215 Franklin St, CBD, Melbourne, La Trobe University (City Campus) (opposite Vic Markets)

This is a free event but requires RSVP.
Live stream @


Symposium on Indigenous Screen Performance

The symposium recognises the outstanding contribution that Indigenous writers, directors and actors are making to Australian film, television and theatre with a particular focus on Redfern Now, The Gods of Wheat St  and Tim Winton's The Turning.  Participants include Leah Purcell, Jon Bell, Aaron Perdersen, Jack Charles and Jub Clerc who have multiple credits as writers, directors and/or actors.

Date / Time: Monday 10 November 2014 - 10.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: ACMI in Melbourne


A Public Lecture by Ash Keating

As part of his Artist Residency with the Centre for Creative Arts at La Trobe University,  Melbourne artist Ash Keating has been using the opportunity to undertake new and expand on existing contemporary art projects titled Continuum and Urban Boundary Propositions, which he will discuss in detail in this upcoming lecture.

Date/Time: Wednesday 22nd Oct 2014, 10-11am
Venue: La Trobe University, Bundoora campus, Peribolos West (PW) - building, Room 219


Djon Mundine OAM: A Personal History of Aboriginal Art

The history of Aboriginal art has a number of overlapping, blurred edge phases; it is market driven and of European historical conceit on one side, and the offering up of icons, ideas, and possibly a moral-memory insistence on the (Aboriginal) other side.

Date/Time: Wednesday 15th Oct 2014, 10-11am
Venue: La Trobe University, Bundoora campus, Peribolos West (PW) - building, Room 219

This public lecture is a free event. No RSVP required.


Nature in the Dark - conference

The Nature in the Dark - conference: a trans-disciplinary conference on animal perception at the intersection of the arts, science and conservation

Date:     Saturday 4th October 2014 - 11:00am - 6:00pm
Venue:   Visual Arts Centre, La Trobe University in Bendigo - 121 View St, Bendigo, Vic 3550


Public Lecture by Vic McEwan: Contemporary Creative Arts at Work in the Community

Vic McEwan, artistic director of the artist led organisation Cad Factory, will present examples of a new mode for art making which partners deeply with business, health and communities....

Time: Wednesday, 17, September, 2014 10am-11am
Place: La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus -  Room: EDU 239-ELT


The Marco Polo Festival of Digital Literature

Dates: August 23 to September 1st 2014

The Marco Polo Festival of Digital Literature brings together writers from China and Australia who have used the internet as a core element of their practice.

Check the website for speakers, venues and events:

The Festival is a Centre for Creative Arts initiative and is presented in conjunction with the Wheeler Centre, the Beijing Bookworm, the Melbourne Writers Festival, The Marco Polo Project and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


Nature in the Dark @ Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo

Date: 13 Aug - 5 Oct 2014
Opening:  Thursday 14 Aug 6-8pm
Venue: Visual Arts Centre, 121 View St, Bendigo VIC 3550

Participating artists: Angie Black, Elizabeth Dunn, Siri Hayes, Tim Nohe, Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier + Renuka Rajiv + Scott Lewis, Josephine Starrs + Leon Cmielewski and Steve Turpie.


Lori Blondeau Public Lecture: Unpacking the Indigenous Female Body

In her lecture 'Unpacking the indigenous female body', Lori Blondeau will discuss the body of performance work she has created over the past 20 years. In her visual art and performances, Blondeau explores the influence of popular media and culture on indigenous self-identity, self-image, and self-definition.

Date/time: Tuesday 29 July, 6pm
Venue: ACMI

A co-event with ACMI and with cyberTribe's SOLID SCREEN Festival and Symposium, 2014


Nature in the Dark @ Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2014

Date/Time: 18 - 27 July 2014, 6pm-12am
Location: Design Dispensary, 92 Gertrude St,  Fitzroy, VIC 3065

Friday 18 July, 6pm
Venue: Fitzroy Beer Garden, 243-245 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy


Research Cluster meeting: Emotions, Embodiment and Performance

Date/Time: Wednesday 25th of June 3pm 

Bundoora: Martin Building 369
Bendigo: BUS 133
Mildura: Grogan Lecture Theatre (this venue has changed!)

Bendigo, Mildura and Bundoora Campuses will be connected by video conferencing.


Research Cluster Meeting: Making Public

Thursday 19th of June 5:30pm 

Bundoora: Martin Building 369
Bendigo: BUS 133
MilduraBrian Grogan Lecture Seminar Room #1 (Benetook)

Bendigo, Mildura and Bundoora Campuses will be connected by video conferencing.


Research Cluster Meeting: Sustainable Places

Wednesday 11th of June 3pm

Bundoora: Martin Building 369
Bendigo: BUS 133
MilduraBrian Grogan Lecture Seminar Room #1 (Benetook)

Bendigo, Mildura and Bundoora Campuses will be connected by video conference.


Uncle Vanya in Avoca - A site-specific Re-Imagining of Chekov

Uncle Vanya in Avoca is an exciting reimagining of Chekhov’s classic play Uncle Vanya: A Portrait of Country Life in Four Acts, set in a small regional town within the Australian landscape. The project will be performed as a durational, site-specific work at The Avoca Project, in the historic Watford House and its grounds.

Performance times:
Act 1: Saturday 21st March - 3pm
Act 2: Saturday 21st March - 9pm
Act 2: Saturday 21st March - 10.15pm
Act 3: Sunday  22nd March - 12.30pm
Act 3: Sunday  22nd March - 1.45pm
Act 4: Sunday  22nd March - 6.00pm

Venue: Watford House, 16 Dundus Street, Avoca 346.

Please contact La Mama at caitlin(at) if you would like to attend or call: 0430 033 495.


Masterclass with Igor Stromajer

Social Networks as Platforms for Media Art

This masterclass will address the Internet and social media as multifaceted interface for performance and social interaction in an arts context. Participants will together with Igor explore questions about digital culture and post-internet media art (death of the medium, post-everything culture, i.e. accelerationism, post-accelerationism).

Igor Štromajer ( is a net artist, intimate mobile communicator, and virtual performer. He researches tactical and emotional para-artistic actions, intimate guerrilla, and traumatic low-tech communication strategies.

Date: Tuesday March 18th 2014, 10:00 – 17:00
Venue: Advanced Studies Seminar Room (NR8), La Trobe University, Bundoora 

This masterclass is open to artists, postgraduate students and staff. Participation is free of charge, but RSVP by March 4th 2014 via email at papertigers (at) is required.


Dante's Workshop

A creative development showing inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy
Directed by Bagryana Popov

Date: February 28, 7pm 
Venue: Uniting Church, corner Carlisle and Chapel St, St Kilda Drop

Please RSVP to jotash(at) as seating is limited.