An ARC Discovery grant has been awarded to Dr Tony Moore and Associate Professor Mark Gibson for their project: Fringe to Famous: Contemporary Australian Culture as an Innovation System.
The project team includes Monash academics Dr Moore and Associate Professor Gibson, and Dr Chris McAuliffe from The University of Melbourne.
The project examines the crossover between ‘alternative’ and ‘mainstream’ cultural production in Australia, identifying ways in which a hybridisation between the avant garde and the popular promotes the development of cultural industries.
It will conduct a detailed study of five cases: comedy (Working Dog and the Chaser), music (Mental as Anything, Paul Kelly and Nick Cave), visual arts/graphic design (Mambo Graphics), short film (Tropfest) and games development (Freeplay).
It will identify the conditions which have allowed crossover between the avant-garde and the mainstream and produce recommendations for policy both in cultural development and the development of creative industries.
The project aims to:
- Identify and compare key areas of exchange in Australia between small-scale experimental creative production for restricted audiences and larger-scale forms with more general appeal.
- Develop a detailed understanding of the social and material contexts in which such exchange has occurred, through a combination of archival and interview-based research.
- Identify the conditions for the translation of creative expression from ‘fringe’ locations to the ‘mainstream’, such that innovations at the margins are able to gain scale and influence.
- Determine the role that public institutions (like the ABC) and government have played in enabling or facilitating this translation.
- Develop recommendations for future government policy on the basis of an understanding of Australian creative production as an ‘innovation system’.
B is for Bad Cinema
Monash University’s Film and Screen Studies experts, Dr Claire Perkins and Associate Professor Con Verevis, have co-edited a new book, B is for Bad Cinema: Aesthetics, Politics and Cultural Value.
Wigs, tans, boobs: American hustling for Oscars
“Some of this actually happened.” So reads the non-committal title card that precedes the opening scene of David O’Russell’s sixth feature, American Hustle (2013) – a film nominated for 10 Oscars at the 2014 Academy Awards.
Australia’s radical media sphere link
MFJ’s Dr Tony Moore has revealed to secondary school teachers the history of media activists and rebels transported to colonial Australia as “seditionists”.
International programs for MFJ students are available through exchange with a partner university overseas or external field work programs. Monash abroad allows students to study similar journalism units in many universities across the world.
Hutchins appointed an ARC Future Fellow
Associate Professor Brett Hutchins will be an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow based in the new School of Media, Film and Journalism in 2014.
Media experts lead The Conversation
Monash University media experts Dr David Holmes and Dr Andy Ruddock are leading the commentary on news website, The Conversation. The prolific writers are among the top 10 Monash authors who are generating strong readership on the research-focused news site.
Student-centred learning seminar
A seminar on student-centred learning – contemporary Malaysian and Australian perspective will be held on Monday, March 10 at Monash University’s Clayton campus.
Journalism students score top jobs and awards
Monash University journalism students had a cracker of a year in 2013. They won Walkley awards, a prestigious award from the nation’s journalism educators and, crucially, secured key full-time jobs in the media.
Cultural Economy: The Next Generation
A conference Cultural Economy: The Next Generation explored the possibilities of a new policy agenda for the cultural economy in Australia. The event was held at the Monash Law Chambers last month.
Holly wins Ossie for best convergent media story
Monash University’s Master of Journalism graduate Holly Humphreys has been awarded one of the top prizes for journalism students in Australia.