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Ross Gibson, Wednesday 15th.

Ross Gibson wrote the fantastic book Seven Versions of an Australian Badland. It's about how the history of a particular piece of land has created a psychological badland, but it's about so much more than that. It's brilliant. A book I can't recommend enough. Outside that, however, Gibson is also a research professor in New Media and Digital Culture, and Wednesday next week he'll be giving at talk at the University of New South Wales.


University of New South Wales Media, Film and Theatre Seminars.

Wednesday 13 April 2005 5 p.m. Webster Building 327


Complexity, Change and Dynamic Aesthetics

What are the aesthetic forms -- inherited as well as recently invented -- that help us to understand complexity, change, interactivity and the investigative impulses?  And how well do our traditional aesthetic criteria and compositional methods assist us to analyse, evaluate and improve these forms?



I'm going to try and make it. Wednesday is the deadline to get the beta version done, printed out, and handed in. It's Thursday and I honestly don't know if it'll work out. I'm in the final stages, but Samuel Clemens was a bad idea that didn't reveal itself to be a bad idea until about five thousand words of a vomit draft, so we're back with Mark Twain, thus making 'The Morning City' a direct sequel to 'The Dreaming City'. The good news is it's all coming smoothly from there--Mark Twain knows what he wants, and it's the hole in his chest repaired, and his dead daughter is going to do that for him, but that doesn't mean it'll all be done by Wednesday.

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deborahb
Apr. 7th, 2005 09:29 am (UTC)
Hey, let me know if you do decide to go.
benpeek
Apr. 7th, 2005 11:54 am (UTC)
cool. i'll know by tuesday :)
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benpeek
Apr. 7th, 2005 11:54 am (UTC)
hey, cool. a quick check of your profile says you're doing english. how long you been out there?
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benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
hey, you done any of the creative writing courses (a and b). i tutored in both last year, so you might've seen me round.
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benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 02:52 am (UTC)
nah, unless you've done creative writing b, you wouldn't have. i just drift in and out. i haven't even been to the uni this semester. anyhow, if you rock up to the gibson thing keep and i'm there, come say hi. i'm the big bald guy in black.
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benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC)
i don't know if i'll be teaching b, yet. i've taught it for the last three years and i dig it, but i have this thesis to finish, and i do less wheni work two jobs... the course is either love or hate, though.

cool for next wednesday. if you don't see me (if i'm not there) i'll be round in an office at campus sometime soon. come say hi.
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benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 04:47 am (UTC)
oh, god. political tutes. i think i just broke out in a rash. just the idea of that in any of my classes makes me sigh--i mean, i don't mind, but when it's just sledging, i don't care for it. plus, i can always just end it in my classes.
bodhichitta0
Apr. 7th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
AHHHHH. Are those real spoilers? Stop it! I want to read it someday!
benpeek
Apr. 7th, 2005 12:59 pm (UTC)
heh. yes. it's a real spoiler.

the structure is identical to the dreaming city though (two interlocking narratives, an afterward) so you can probably guess at how little has actually been spoiled. But yes, samuel clemens was useless. he did not want to be there, and he kept breaking the interlocking part, because there was no fantastical element to blend them.

that probably doesn't make much sense, does it? anyhow: i have been forced into writing on paper to do the draft, something i rarely do.
bodhichitta0
Apr. 7th, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
Well, I confess to wondering about the whole heart thing. Seemed necessary to continue but who knew for sure? :-)
benpeek
Apr. 7th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
well, i don't think it is necessary to continue it. it certainly wasn't that way when i wrote it. but then, when i wrote the original story, it wasn't meant to be the opening of the novel either... so, you know, that's sort of how this thing has gone from the start.
bodhichitta0
Apr. 7th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
No, sorry. I really have to re-read before I post. I've been Ms. Ambiguous lately. I meant it seemed necessary (to me) for MT to get his heart back if you were to continue the story with him in it. And I knew you were continuing the story because I'd read that here. That's all.
benpeek
Apr. 7th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
yeah, okay, i get you. well, when i had samuel clemens, it was about getting his heart back, too. he rubbed at his chest a lot. it was just kind of stupid though, in the end.
bodhichitta0
Apr. 7th, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC)
And people would have been asking themselves, "does he want to get his heart back or does he have a terrible case of indigestion?" :D
benpeek
Apr. 7th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
well, it was meant to be subtle. actually, i thought it worked. it was just the rest that didn't. the rest was just crap. plus, i didn't actually figure a way to give his heart back. believe it or not, if i couldn't think of anything, it was going to be a locket...

this is why i killed samuel clemens.
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