FOUR great news items here at REFRAME today:
- New articles published at SEQUENCE One: Planet Melancholia
- New Eduardo Coutinho video essay tribute at MEDIÁTICO
- OPERA AND THE MEDIA OF THE FUTURE Mini Web Opera Call – Result
- SusNet collaboration with ADA: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology
1. New articles published at SEQUENCE One: Planet Melancholia
SEQUENCE, REFRAME‘s experimental, peer-reviewed, sequential edited-collection, is delighted to announce the publication of two further individual responses — by esteemed media studies scholars Richard Grusin and Selmin Kara — to Steven Shaviro’s magisterial article “MELANCHOLIA, Or The Romantic Anti-Sublime”, SEQUENCE 1.1 (2012), the launch essay for PLANET MELANCHOLIA, the inaugural issue of SEQUENCE, REFRAME‘s experimental, peer-reviewed, media, film and music studies serial publication.
Following Rupert Read’s engagement with Shaviro in SEQUENCE 1.2, which offered a personal, affective (and deeply philosophical) account of Lars von Trier’s 2011 film Melancholia, in their very fine, equally philosophically-informed, contributions Grusin and Kara turn their detailed attention, respectively, to the questions of “post-cinematic atavism” and “primordigitality” raised by the hybrid analog/digital technical and aesthetic contexts of a number of recent films, including Melancholia as well as Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist (2011), Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011), Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (2011), Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), and Patricio Guzmán’s Nostalgia for the Light (2010) .
SEQUENCE continues to invite further responses to Shaviro’s article as well as to those which have followed it in the SEQUENCE One thread, as well as to SEQUENCE Two: ‘We Need to Talk about the Maternal Melodrama‘.
2. New Eduardo Coutinho video essay tribute at MEDIÁTICO
Mediático, REFRAME‘s website devoted to Latin(o/a) American, Spanish and Portuguese media cultures, is proud to present a remarkable new video essay made in tribute to the work of the late Brazilian documentarist Eduardo Coutinho by Michael Chanan, Professor of Film and Video at Roehampton University, London. This work complements Mediático’s earlier published tribute to Coutinho, headed by a written study of his work by Cecilia Sayad.
3. OPERA AND THE MEDIA OF THE FUTURE Mini Web Opera Call – Result
The University of Sussex Centre for Opera and Music Theatre (CROMT) is delighted to announce the result of our recent Call for Proposals for a Mini Web Opera, to be showcased online and at the Opera and the Media of the Future event in October. The original call can be seen here:
The panel reviewed 17 proposals, and we were gratified by the amount of creativity and innovation on offer. We awarded modest development funds to two proposals:
- You Are Here by Jaakko Nousiainen (director) and Miika Hyytiäinen (composer)
- RUR-Rossums Universal Replicants by Martin Rieser (artist, electronic/interactive) and Andrew Hugill (composer)
The resulting works will be hosted on the REFRAME website network. So, watch this space!
The panel also wished to commend proposals from Elizabeth Swift, Jasmin Rodgman and Pietro Dossena.
4. SusNet collaboration with ADA: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology
In June, we announced the launch of SusNet, a new website published at REFRAME for the EPSRC CCN+ funded, Sustaining Networked Knowledge: Expertise, Feminist Media Production, Art and Activism Project (SusNet), based at the University of Sussex.
SusNet is coordinated by Kate O’Riordan and Aristea Fotopoulou and brings together feminist cultural production, art and activist practices and enables exchanges between different researchers, activists, artists and aims to contribute to knowledge exchanges across these areas and beyond.
Since the website launched, the special issue, edited by SusNet‘s coordinators, of ADA: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology — on Queer, Feminist Media Praxis — has been published and its contents can be found here: http://adanewmedia.org/issues/issue-archives/issue5/.