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Unexpected angles from UK thinkers

Two UK visiting professors bring new perspectives to the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention.

Seminars and Workshops

CMII warmly invites you to the second event in its seminar series:

  • Friday 19 September 2014
  • 10.30 am-12.30 pm
  • Theatre Room
  • Deakin University Melbourne City Centre
  • Level 3, 550 Bourke St
  • Melbourne 3000

Morning tea will be served.

RSVP: Friday 12 September 2014
elizabeth.braithwaite@deakin.edu.au

Two papers will be presented:

The Good, the Big and the Global:  Using Big Cultural Data to Understand the Diffusion of Film

Dr Bronwyn Coate

This paper/presentation focuses on two studies each connected with the Only at the Movies, ARC funded project. Both studies involve different aspects entailed from the diffusion of film across the globe and draw on a unique dataset of global showtimes covering over 68,000 films screened throughout 48 countries resulting in a database of over 190 million records.

This big cultural data set on screenings has been combined with other data sources including box office, as well as general demographic and economic data to facilitate the construction of ranking tools as a means of using simple quantification techniques to convey important aspects of what is contained within the rich data used.

The first study explores the so-called “cinemabilty” of cities as centres for film. Research undertaken as part of this has resulted in the development of the cinema cities index website http://www.cinemacities.com/ . The second study focuses on what it is that makes a film successful in the first place, and challenges the traditional reliance on looking at revenue generated at the box office in isolation to other factors, including the spread or reach of a film as well. 

Dr Mirjana Lozanovska

Pleasure in Reading Tradition

This paper examines architecture as performative space, firstly, as an interface between movement, temporality and physical configuration, and secondly, through signification, reading and representation. Drawing on field-work, its starting point is the observation of a vernacular church interior in the village Zavoj, Republic of Macedonia, during the Day of the Holy Mother, in which ceremony, incense, song, liturgy and prayer, were mixed with geometry, volume, surface and iconography; and further animated through the movements of women’s bodies going about their rituals.

If we call this mixture an “atmosphere” through which architecture is moved beyond its material enterprise, how can it be understood and read? Architectural representation alone, as plan, section and elevation, is insufficient since its focus on form and geometry presents a clear separation from atmosphere and other traces of activity. Field-work data will be framed as a dialectical relationship between, on the one hand, an “architectural frontier” of plan and elevation and, on the other, the “textual data” of stories, legends, and histories.

 

The first of the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention seminars, held on Friday 8 August at the Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, was a great success. The presentations were:

Dean Brandum (PhD completion seminar
Evaluating Film Viability via the DWA Method

Between 1964 and 1972 Michael Caine had twenty films released in the city of Pittsburgh, USA. His first of the period went, unheralded, directly into suburban theatres and drive-ins. As did his last. In between he had quickly become a major star in the United States but then found his boxoffice allure diminishing, mirroring the fate of British cinema at the time.

Dean's presentation investigated this career trajectory through DWA (Difference from Weekly Average) evaluation methodology. The measurement is one that, instead of the conventional practice of comparing the performance between concurrent releases in different venues, utilises an accumulating percentage-based performance evaluation against the other films screened within the same venue in the calendar year. In the case study of this actor, the outcomes find that Caine's films were released into venues of inappropriate size within Pittsburgh and were an unsuitable inclusion into the fare consumed by those venues' regular audiences.

Prof Deb Verhoeven and Dr Alwyn Davidson
Show Me the HuNI!

This presentation explored the questions: What is HuNI and why would I use it?

HuNI is a new research and discovery platform developed by and for humanities and creative arts scholars.

HuNI combines data from many Australian cultural websites into the biggest humanities and creative arts database ever assembled in Australia. For two years, Deakin University and 13 partner public institutions have been working to pool their resources in order to improve opportunities for Australian research. HuNI data covers all disciplines and brings together information about the people, works, events, organisations and places that make up the Australia's rich cultural landscape. HuNI also enables researchers to work with and share this large-scale aggregation of cultural information.

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4th September 2014