When & Where?   AS404 Lecture Theatre, 4pm

The AS building is on the corner of Serpells Lane and Burwood Road, Hawthorn.


Wednesday October 1st                     Lisa Gye

‘Send us your photos now!* Citizen journalism and mobile camera phones’

Mobile camera phone images are finding their way into mainstream media with increasing frequency. Some of the most intimate and powerful images of the London bombings in 2005, for example, were captured on camera phones and transmitted around the globe while the event was actually taking place. This immediacy is vital in creating a sense of veracity or truthfulness in media representations. However, the aura of truthfulness of camera phone images is troubled by the fact that it is difficult to verify the origin or reliability of an image taken and sent on the fly by an unknown source. This paper will seek to examine this paradox. Are the technological affordances and aesthetics of mobile camera phone images making audiences less likely to question the authenticity of such images despite the unreliable nature of their origins? And what does this mean for those news organisations that are becoming more and more reliant on such content?


Wednesday October 15th                  Wendy Doubé

‘A model of cognition and motivation in multimedia learning’

How does motivation influence learning during learning activities? How do learning activities influence motivation? Can multimedia learning environments be used to motivate learning? The empirical multi-disciplinary research presented in this seminar establishes areas of conceptual intersection between theories of cognition and motivation to produce a dynamic model of working memory and task motivation during
interactive multimedia learning activities.


Wednesday November 5th                 Esther Milne

‘Epistolary Technologies: presence, intimacy, affect’

This paper explores desire as it is articulated through the material vehicles of epistolary media. It demonstrates how the British postal system of the nineteenth century enables the performance of intimacy,
affect and presence. Although epistolary subjects are not, usually, physically present to one another at the time of their exchange, this does not necessarily inhibit affective communication.  Indeed, as this
paper argues, physical absence may provide correspondents with intense intimacy and a spiritual, almost telepathic, sense of the other’s presence.  While corresponding by letter readers construe an imaginary,
incorporeal body for their correspondent that, in turn, reworks their interlocutor’s self-presentation.  In this regard, epistolary technologies are precursors to contemporary email systems. As a brief case study, the paper investigates the correspondence between British author Mary Russell Mitford (1787-1855) and her epistolary friend, Sir William Elford (1746-1837) to show how epistolary networks transform and transgress the cultural limits imposed upon such friendships.


Wednesday November 26th               Darren Tofts

“you can tie me up if you wish, but there is nothing more useless than an organ”

For many years Australian cybernetic artist Stelarc has pushed the boundaries of what we understand by the concept of the body.  For Stelarc, the body is not fixed, but plastic, nomadic and immanent.  This paper will draw on Antonin Artaud*s notion of the *body without organs* as a means of situating Stelarc*s most recent and dramatic Extra Ear project within a broader critique of the concept of the *interior* as it has been sanctioned within the pornographic imagination.  Nina Sellars* recent photographic series of the Extra
Ear surgery, Oblique (2008), will provide the context for an abstraction of sexualized notions such as enclosure and penetration that no longer have any need for organs or even bodies.

Stelarc and Nina Sellars will be respondents to this paper.


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