2004 Advanced Media Production
This is a link to the web based projects that students produced for the Advanced Media Production projects in 2004. YMMV.
Australian New Media Blog Cluster
Several Australian researchers in what I guess are cognate fields to hypertext.rmit expressed a desire or interest in establishing personal research blogs. These have been established on the hypertext.rmit server using Movable Type in an attempt to encourage/hot house an Australian new media blog ecology. This largely came out of a recent conversation on the fibreculture list.
The blogs are by:
and join those hosted here for:
An undergraduate project where a group of students collaborated on developing an interactive DVD. This subject was to develop collaborative and reflective skills, as well as foregrounding for the class network literacies. The project team decided that they wanted to do a project about fashion in Melbourne, and this was eventually developed (via several brainstorming and focus sessions) into the idea to make a prototype DVD based documentary that showcased the work of a Melbourne designer.
They approached Preston Zly design, who accepted the invitation to be interviewed, and the team shot, cut, and produced a DVD. Most of the work was done using domestic equipment (iMovie, iDVD), partly because a major learning outcome for the students was to think about how to manage and make such work on a minimal budget. It was also to encourage them to reflect on their own technical learning skills and competencies, as they needed to identify how they best learnt (for themselves) to use these systems (by just doing, reading a manual, tutorials, etc) and to then do this.
Finally, they were invited to rethink their understandings of video production as the use of DVD allowed them to cut several different themed versions of their footage, treating the medium as not just a delivery or publication format for a single complete interview that was chunked into chapters.
Preston Zly Design
This is an undergraduate project where a collaborative project team has developed and written a semi-fictional blog. The blog's central character (and author) is Hannah, an Indian Singaporean woman who has travelled to Melbourne to study at RMIT.
The project became a blog because it strongly complemented the aims of the subject. Students were to learn about network literacy, new media in terms of professional practice, and the blog provided an environment where they could attempt to put into practice the various skills they had learnt during their undergraduate degree (journalism, television, radio and public relations).
The project was also interesting because its fictional status raised various significant questions for the students in terms of the ethics of representation, the role and nature of reportage, and the collatoral skills necessary to work in a contemporary media environment - that is a space that is intrinsically networked and where collaborative work models are the norm.
melbourneDAC 5th International Digital Arts and Culture Conference
melbourneDAC was hosted by the School of Applied Communication during May 2003. 180 delegates from 15 countries participated in 5 days of presentations, conference papers, a networking day out, and artists talks. A long paper proceedings were published on paper, and a complete proceedings published on CDROM and also in a special issue of Fine Art Forum. +playengines+ was the melbourneDAC exhibition, presented within the experimedia new media gallery of the State Library of Victoria.
videoblog::vog video blog research project
The vog is an ongoing applied research project that explores the possibilities of video blogging and networked interactive desktop video. Video blogs provide one possible context for such a practice.
vogblog: vlog research blog
A traditional research blog by me (Adrian Miles) which deals with some of the material around networked interactive desktop video research, hypertext research, and new media theory more generally. This forms a part of the larger Media Studies blog project.
Media Studies blog project
From 2003 it is intended that each Media Studies undergraduate student will maintain a blog. This will be used individually as a reflective journal across all of their curriculum, but will also be a public networked writing space which they 'own'. It is hoped that these blogs will be maintained after graduation for those students who wish to continue with their blogs. A position paper on this is being drafted (October 2003).
The Violence of Text
The Violence of Text is the electronic publication that six honours year students developed from a symposium held during 2002. The students received a brief where they were invited to reconsider what constituted academic content by producing a publication based on the symposium on digital multiliteracy using video, audio, image, and text. They were invitated to rethink what academic literacy and the expression of academic knowledge might be if digital literacy, rather than print literacy, were its basis. Violence of Text is what they produced. This project involved academic research and dissemination and then incorporated this into the curriculum of our honours program so that students were able to engage with 'real' theory in an authentic context. In doing this the work produced was able to be published in a peer reviewed journal, allowing this project to demonstrate the integration of teaching, learning and research from our undergraduate through to a major research symposium.
Violence of Text (mirrored at hypertext.rmit)
Violence of Text (published at Kairos)
SMAFE: SMIL Multimedia Annotation Film Engine
SMAFE is to provide a web enabled analysis engine to faciliate the close analysis of film. It will do this by allowing a user to define a set of properties to search for in a nominated film sequence and for all shots that meet this criteria to be displayed (and played) in sequence in the users browser. The tool is specifically designed for cinema and media studies applications, but will be applicable for any environment that requires the detailed analysis of time based media.
hypertext visiting research fellows
Hypertext.rmit endeavours to provide basic support to scholars in cognate disciplines who may be visiting Melbourne or RMIT. This support includes office accommodation (phone, fax, photocopying), network access, and sundry consumables. A more formal Fellowship has also been available (subject to the funding Gods) which allows senior researchers and practitioners to undertake teaching and research within RMIT.
RMIT Hypertext Fellows
bonza: an online bibliography for cinema studies
bonza is an online project developed in collaboration with Deb Verhoeven. It is a series of relational databases that are used by undergraduate cinema studies students to document their primary research around student nominated topics relevant to Australian cinema.
Newmedia-ann is a moderated email list established in March 2001 after the decline of the Australian recode email list. The membership of the list is international, and is primarily for the distribution of calls for works, exhibitions, and conferences that may be of interest or relevant to researchers, teachers, and artists in Australia.
Bowerbird Hypertext Search Engine (1999)
The Bowerbird Search Engine was originally developed in 1999 in response to Stuart Moulthrop's Research Fellowship. It was a strategic computing initiative that used an 'off the shelf' search engine (Phantom) to build a comprehensive online search engine for content related to hypertext theory. The site was very successful, however the development of more sophisticated online search engines, specifically Google, saw its use and relevance diminished. By 2001 Google provided much more accurate search results and the service that Bowerbird provided to the hypertext search community was no longer needed.
Chris Marker WWW Site (1994, 1995)
The Chris Marker site is a now dated hypertext project that is a bibliography and filmography of the work of French film maker, Chris Marker. This was written in Storyspace and published into HTML, originally in 1993 or 1994 and was one of the very first hypertextual film resources on the World Wide Web (there were other resources but the majority did not attempt to be hypertexts, for example the Internet Movie Database didn't move onto the Web until at least 1994).
Chris Marker WWW Site
National email lists
hypertext.rmit also provides announcment and administrative email lists for the following state and national bodies:
- Experimenta Media Arts (a Melbourne based new media body)
- The Australian Council of Adult Literacy
- Museums Australia Queensland
- Melbourne Cinematheque Announcements