ASPERA Conference 2014 (UoN)
ASPERA is the Australian Screen Production Education & Research Association:
ASPERA is the peak discipline body of Australian tertiary institutions teaching and researching film, video, television and new media as screen based production practices. It was established in 2004 at an initial conference at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne attended by 16 institutions.
The conference was excellent; so many great presentations and events. The 2014 program is also online here.
Backstory: I attended UoN as an undergraduate in 1991-3 (BA Communication: Screenwriting/Video/Film major) and, I also worked in the UoN Video Department for a year in 1994, (and also tutored at the Wollotuka Centre) so it was also a wonderful and very nostalgic personal experience to return to my young alma mater. At UoN I also studied Journalism (under Lynette Sheridan Burns), and also Photography, and Graphic Design (among other subjects) for my undergraduate degree at UoN. I also studied Horror Screen Studies under Helen Macallan at UoN, and thereby gained an enormous appreciation and even love for Genre films; I studied Screenwriting under Richard Tipping, and as a result of Richard’s influence, I now wear odd socks whenever I can. I also was fortunate to study with (and, have enormous fun making many films with) Jamie B. Lewis of Mikey’s Extreme Romance fame. Okay, so that’s enough backstory [reaches for a Kleenex].
Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Bill Hogarth opened the 2014 ASPERA conference with a terrific speech, and Bill also mentioned that he is retiring in 6 months, and, that this would be one of the last official academic conferences such as this, at which he speaks. He will certainly be missed upon retirement from UoN.
I also took some snaps during the conference:
At the conference, I also presented a paper on: Database Documentary Narrative and `The StoryAlity Theory’ K-Film. (30 mins.)
My presentation was filmed, and is below:
if you would like to view the online StoryAlity Theory K-Film i-doc (i.e., Korsakow-film interactive-documentary, 30 mins) click the link below.
Also, encouraged by Ben Goldsmith (QUT) and Sean Maher’s (QUT) excellent and inspiring paper “Re-thinking Ancillary: Australian Screen Content in Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Education: Uses and Potential”, I also mentioned the idea of my `Schools of Thought in the Arts / Humanities’ Survey at ASPERA. Many delegates I spoke to seemed to think that such a survey might be a good idea, and also that they would be interested in participating in (and of course, seeing the results of) such a survey. So – when I get time, I will pursue the idea. I am currently looking for feedback, comments and suggestions on the survey design, by all means please make suggestions (as Comments, on that blog-page).
Maryella Hatfield (from the UWS) presented on “The Future of Nature”, about her Discovery Channel documentary The Future Makers (2008).
And so – Thanks again also to the University of Newcastle – and to everyone involved – for such a great conference in 2014.
Next year’s ASPERA (2015) conference is at Flinders University in South Australia, and the conference convenor will be Dr Alison Wotherspoon. – Should be another great conference!
And – for more detail on the evolutionary systems (or, complexity) view of narrative and bioculture in general, see, this book chapter:
StoryAlity #132 – The holon/parton structure of the Meme, the unit of culture – and the narreme, or unit of story – book chapter (Velikovsky 2016)
And for a great consilience & creativity & evolution reading list, see:
StoryAlity #71 – On Consilience in the Arts / Humanities / Communication
Comments, always welcome.
High-RoI Story/Screenplay/Movie and Transmedia Researcher
The above is (mostly) an adapted excerpt, from my doctoral thesis: “Communication, Creativity and Consilience in Cinema”. It is presented here for the benefit of fellow screenwriting, filmmaking and creativity researchers. For more, see https://aftrs.academia.edu/JTVelikovsky
JT Velikovsky is also a produced feature film screenwriter and million-selling transmedia writer-director-producer. He has been a professional story analyst for major film studios, film funding organizations, and for the national writer’s guild. For more see: http://on-writering.blogspot.com/
Velikovsky, J. T. (2016). `The Holon/Parton Theory of the Unit of Culture (or the Meme, and Narreme): In Science, Media, Entertainment and the Arts.‘ In A. Connor & S. Marks (Eds.), Creative Technologies for Multidisciplinary Applications. New York: IGI Global.