Australia and New Zealand
This year's Newcastle Poetry Prize, with cash prizes totaling $8000, has a new media component. This year's winners in the new media category are Central Australia by Jayne Keane and Rictus Usage by Mez Breeze. Mez's RE (AD.HTM also received an honorary mention in read_me 1.2, a juried prize for software art. Congratulations!
d>ART02 is dLux media arts' annual international showcase of experimental film, sound and time-based media art. Thirty works, from local and international artists, are included in the exhibition, which kicks off with a gallery launch on Thursday, 13 June 2002, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. On Friday, "Interactively Speaking: The Guided Tour," a discussion with Australian media artist Debra Petrovitch, Danielle Karalus and Magnus-Opus, will begin at 2 pm. On Saturday, join dr Nigel Helyer, Mari Velonaki and Wade Marynowskj for "Skating the dangerously thin ice of experimental media," a forum investigating the function, technique and value of experimental media culture in Australian contemporary society (also at 2 pm).
Mark Amerika, Pia Ednie-Brown, Adrian Miles, Darren Tofts, Jenny Weight, and Jeremy Yuille will speak at i link therefore i am, a symposium on new media literacy to be held on 16 April 2002 at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. Registration is required.
Australia: A digest-only announcement list has been set up for all material relevant to new media people in Australia. It is intended help counter the complaint that there are too many cross postings to existing lists for conferences, exhibitions, competitions, journals, etc. To subscribe, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Leave the subject blank, and in the body: subscribe digest newmedia
The National Library of Australia has produced a set of guidelines to assist the creators and publishers of web resources. Safeguarding Australia's Web Resources: Guidelines for Creators and Publishers is intended primarily to assist those creators and publishers who do not already have well established digital data management procedures in place. The guidelines provide advice on creating, describing, naming and managing web resources to facilitate their ongoing use. The practices that are recommended will make it easier to carry out future preservation actions, which may be necessary in the longer term to maintain continued access to important resources.
Adrian Miles has begun vogma, a video blog. Feedback is welcome!
The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology has announced this year's winner of the Eastgate Prize for Hypertext, Mr. Christopher Scadden. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 13. Congratulations, Christopher!
Macquarie University's Division of Society, Culture, Media, and Philosophy is looking for a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Media Theory, to begin in February, 2000. The successful applicant for this full-time position (ref. #16072) will be responsible for the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate Media Theory in the Department of Media and Communications. Applicants should indicate the level at which they are applying, or whether they wish to be considered at both levels. Applications, including full curriculum vitae and quoting the reference number, visa status, and the names and addresses of three referees (including e-mail addresses) should be forwarded to the Recruitment Manager, Personnel Office, Macquarie University, NSW 2109 by 17 January 2000. Applications will not be acknowledged unless specifically requested. All enquiries should be directed to Dr. Naren Chitty. Thanks, Adrian Miles!
The October-November edition of RealTime - contemporary Australian arts - is now up and running. This issue of RealTime may be found at http://www.rtimearts.com/~opencity and includes a review by Mike Leggett of David Blair's work, including Waxweb.
Each year, the Royal Melbourne Institute for Technology awards the Eastgate Prize for the best hypertext work by a student in Media Studies. This year's winner is Jesse Nonneman of Carlton, Victoria. Congratulations! (new links)
Adrian Miles sends word of a mini-conference on writing for New Media, Content is the Key, in Melbourne Australia on 9-10 October. Speakers include Simon Hopkinson (Bababas in Pyjamas) and John Smithies (Cinemedia). Email Jo McIntyre for details.
A new issue of Australia's Real Time features a survey of 60 works in progress by Australian digital artists and an essay on Teaching New Media.
In a historic move, The Board of Studies of New South Wales, Australia has decided to include hypertext fiction its new "Stage 6" secondary school curricula. Shelley Jackson's Patchwork Girl and Deena Larsen's Samplers are among the prescribed texts. Their extensive Web site describes the thorough consultation process and provides PDF files of the curricula, reading lists, and other relevant documents.
Ilana Snyder's book, Hypertext, may not seem especially controversial to frequent readers of this page, but it apparently inspired a good deal of rhetoric in the Australian press. In The Significance of Difference, David Howes surveys the issues, with interlinked responses by Douglas McClenagh, Andrew Treloar, and Ilana Snyder. Thanks pilot-search.
Australian hypertext guru and film scholar Adrian Miles is touring the U.S. in June, visiting a host of hypertext folk. His latest project is bonza, a cinema studies project constructed by students who work in Storyspace and then export their work to an interlinked Web site.
Mangrove is a new collection of hypertext for the Web from the University of Queensland. Edited by Jan McKemmish and Ingrid Woodrow, with attractive design by Philip Cloran. The premier issue is "mud"; issue #2 will be "sweet" and issue #3 will be "red".
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