[csaa-forum] Fwd: FW: REMINDER: Bedevil in the Details: Australian Experimental Film in the Era of New Media with Dr Maura Edmond

Phoebe Macrossan phoebe.macrossan at gmail.com
Tue May 2 11:37:09 ACST 2017

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Seminar: Bedevil in the Details: Australian Experimental Film in the Era of
New Media
Wednesday 3rd May, 5 - 7.30pm  Room 327, Robert Webster Building, UNSW

This paper presents some initial research into Australian experimental film
culture in the 1990s, a decade in which experimental and avant-garde film
traditions were displaced – at the level of theory, policy and practice –
by the conceptual codification of new media art, and its variants: ‘media
arts’, ‘digital media’, ‘intermedia’ etc. The 1994 ‘Creative Nation’ policy
announced the Keating Government’s enthusiasm for innovation and digital
media, including support to boost ‘multimedia production’ in Australia.
Australian artists and organisations scrambled to claim ground, funds and
relevance in an era marked by insistent declarations of the end of the
avant-garde, the end of cinema and the inevitability of a digital future.
Some two decades on and the innovation rhetoric is louder than ever, but
what that might mean at the level of cultural policy is unclear. ‘New
media’ and ‘media art’ remains marginal at best and there is a near vacuum
of funding for experimental film practice through the film funding
agencies. This paper presents a historical take on the question of
where-to-now for film (and film studies) in an era of convergent screen
media, by looking at a period in which those questions were considered at
length by filmmakers, institutions, critics and policymakers – with uneasy
results for contemporary screen culture in Australia.

*Dr Maura Edmond* is an academic and writer based in Melbourne. Her work on
art, media and culture has been published in *New Media and Society*,
and New Media*, *Art and Australia, Un, Eyeline, Artlink, Senses of Cinema* and
in the forthcoming *Routledge Companion to Global Cultural Policy* (Routledge,

Refreshments will be served during the seminar. All are welcome.

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