Prof Sean Redmond

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Professor of Screen and Design

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

GCHE Exempt, Deakin University, 2012
Doctor of Philosophy, Lancaster University, 2010

Contact

s.redmond@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 43931

Research interests

I research in the areas of stardom and celebrity; genre studies, and science fiction cinema in particular; film authorship; film sound; film and affect; Asian Cinema; and whiteness studies. 

I utilise various forms of empirical methods in my research including eye tracking, autoethnography, and the 'storying the self' method.

I edit the journal Celebrity Studies, short-listed for the best new academic journal 2011. I chaired the Inaugural Celebrity Studies Conference in December 2012 and was on the organisation committee for the 2014, 2016, and 2018 conferences - the last one held at the University of Sapienza in Rome.

My 2017 monograph, Liquid Space: Digital Age Science Film and Television has been reviewed as: ‘In this immersive yet critical book, Sean Redmond never forgets the structures of power behind the enticing mirrored surfaces of science fiction. A warm, generous and honest academic-poet: he gently shapes our understanding by sharing his personal experiences.’ – Will Brooker, Kingston University; author of Hunting the Dark Knight: Twenty-first Century Batman

‘Accessible and passionately written, this is a welcome contribution to contemporary science fiction film and television theory. Especially noteworthy – for its rarity and descriptive power – is the absolutely terrific last chapter, devoted to close analysis of recent science fiction’s aesthetics of sound.’ – Vivian Sobchack, UCLA; author of Screening Space: The American Science Fiction Film.

‘In this ground-breaking study, Sean Redmond travels to the far reaches of screen outer space, previously undiscovered and unexplored, to reveal new ways of seeing science fiction as an immersive, interactive experience at one with our digital lives.’ – Howard Hughes, author of Outer Limits: The Filmgoers' Guide to the Great Science-Fiction Films

‘Cinema is science fiction: this startling, persuasive conclusion guides Sean Redmond's enquiry into the liquid state of digital culture seen through the lenses, heard through the speakers and felt through the trackpads of science fiction film and television. From capitalism to race, surveillance to the sublime, in a brilliant constellation of close readings Redmond tracks the new heavens and hells of our compulsorily fluid condition.’ – Sean Cubitt, Goldsmiths, University of London

My most recent monograph, Celebrity, for the Routledge Key Ideas in Media and Cultural Studies Series, published in August 2018, has been reviewed as: 'Sean Redmond offers the most useful toolkit to understand how celebrity culture makes media matter across its many platforms. This is more than a book about celebrity culture, it is the perfect tool to understand media today.' Joke Hermes, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

'Sean Redmond here continues his distinctive, highly engaged exploration of popular celebrity, now interleaving his insistence on its affective dimension with a circuit of culture approach. The resulting study should find a place on every celebrity scholar’s bookshelf.' Frances Bonner, University of Queensland, Australia.

'In this dazzling star-turn of a book, Sean Redmond offers a guide and a conceptual inventory to the circuits of celebrity. Celebrity expertly analyses dominant approaches as well as recovering celebrity’s all-too-often excluded energies of affect, embodiment and texturality. By insistently weaving fandom into scholarship, and the affective into the cultural, Redmond casts a spellbinding look at the fascinations, provocations and multisensory complexities of celebrity today.' Matt Hills, University of Huddersfield, UK.

Affiliations

Editor of Celebrity Studies;

Editorial Board Member of Illusions;

Editorial Board Member of Feminist Media Studies;

Editorial Review Member of Continuum's Film Authorship Series.

Teaching interests

I teach in the areas of film and television genre, film and television sound, stardom and celebrity, film authorship, black and Asian cinema, film and television performance, screen aesthetics.

I am currently supervising seven PhDs, with students working on science fiction film and literature, the conspiracy film, VR and creative practice, revisioning the western and final girl films, and star and celebrity analysis.

Units taught

For 2018: ALC304 - THE CELEBRITY INDUSTRIES: STAR IMAGES, FAN CULTURES AND PERFORMANCE

Conferences

September 2011: 'Fast Cinema', delivered at the World Cinema Now conference held at Monash University;

November 2011: Invited paper: 'Celebrity Aesthetics'at the What is there left to say about Celebrity Conference,held at the University of Queensland;

December 2011: Keynote Address:'Performing Age in the Star Body of Mickey Rourke', at the Age Spots and Spotlights: Celebrity, Performance and Ageing Conference, Birbeck, London;

July 2012: 'It is a Miracle to Me: Cate Blanchett and the Aura of Perfected, Female Whiteness', at the Images of Whiteness 2nd Global Conference, Mansfield College,Oxford, 7-9th July 2012;

December 2012: ‘The Aging Mickey Rourke’, at the 1st International Celebrity Studies Conference, Deakin University;

August 2013: ‘Eye-Tracking Sherlock’, at the 2nd International Visual Methods Conference, University of Wellington;

Keynote: ‘Sensing Celebrity’, at the 2nd International Celebrity Studies Conference, Royal Holloway, June, 2014;

Keynote: 'Lazarus Rises', the David Bowie Conference at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, September 2016;

Keynote: The Revisiting Audiences: Reception, Identity, Technology Conference at the University of Otago (June, 2016);

Keynote: 'Eye-Tracking Abstractions' at th New Directions in Screen Studies Conference, Monash University, June 12017;

Keynote: 'David Bowie in Cameo', Bridging Gaps: National Identity in Persona, Branding, and Activism Conference at Curtain University, November 2017.

Professional activities

I am ARC Assessor

Media appearances

ABC National Radio

Sky News

Research groups

The Screening Melbourne Research group

The Eye Tracking the Moving Image Research group

TechnEcology Research network

The Media and education Research group

Awards

Arts and Education Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012

Projects

For Wayne State Press, I am editing and writing for an edited collection on the star image of high-profile, Hollywood actor Tom Cruise. The book will assess the way cruise embodies such qualities as American masculinity, aspects of confessional culture, and the myth of the American dream.

I am curating, and exhibiting at the Model Citizenship Exhibition which will be held at the RMIT Gallery in Melbourne in February 2019. My work, titled 'The Unknown Celebrity' will be a 1:1 replica of a ‘devoted’ fan’s bedroom will be built. The room will be carpeted, and will house a bed, dressing table and lamp. The walls will be decorated and will be adorned with celebrity memorabilia, news stories, events, posters, magazine covers. Personal items will be found in the room: a hair brush, mirror, letters, a lock, old clothes, a dressing gown, a laptop opened with anonymized social media on display. Original music will play from a worn speaker (but will film the room from every corner).  At the centre of the bedroom will be a celebrity ‘shrine’: comprised of candles, rosemary beads, and photographs of the desired and desiring celebrity. A kneeling/praying mat will be placed in front of it (audiences can light their own candles).

The celebrity figure found in the room will be a composite unknown: a non-descript everybody, but whose ideal face will have been created through a software app that renders it by the regeneration of several male and female iconic celebrities in currency today. Their name will be fictitious. All the celebrity memorabilia found in the room will have this uncanny face, this nobody’s name, adorning it. The room, the shrine, will worship this unknown celebrity: this model citizen. Of course, the person whose room it is, is the one and same unknown celebrity who is being worshipped– a haunting mirror on their own invisibility and hungriness to be noticed. Their self-adoring room guarantees them the ubiquity of model citizenship.

I am undertaking and leading an eye tracking study of how viewers and fans respond to film stars they admire or identify with. Eye trackers allow us to assess whether attention may shift to these iconic figures when they appear on screen. This will be published in a special edition of Celebrity Studies in 2020.

I am working on a video essay project to assess whether video essays are a more authentic form of assessment for students, empowering their learning. The project's findings will be first presented at the video essay symposium to be held at Monash University in November 2018.

I am part of the organisation committee for the Asian Stardom and Celebrity Conference which will be held at the end of 2019.

In association with Liminal VR and ACMI X I am developing a Technecology project that draws upon Green VR to motivate conservation and improve mental well-being.

With CO.AS.IT. I am undertaking a Storying Italian Migrant Identity project that will research the way Italian migrants, now aged in their 70s, recall, remember and reflect upon their arrival to Australia.

Publications

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2018

Introduction: the blackest and whitest of swans

T Dwyer, C Perkins, S Redmond, J Sita

(2018), pp. 1-11, Seeing into screens : eye tracking and the moving image, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter

Shaping abstractions: eye tracking experimental film

S Redmond, J Sita

(2018), pp. 129-153, Seeing into screens : eye tracking and the moving image, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter

David Bowie: In cameo

S Redmond

(2018), Vol. 57, pp. 150-157, Cinema journal, Austin, Tex., C1

journal

Book review : forever stardust: David Bowie across the universe

Sean Redmond

(2018), Vol. 57, pp. 193-196, Cinema journal, Austin, Tex., C1

journal

Celebrity

S Redmond

(2018), Abingdon, Eng., A1

book
2017

Liquid space: science fiction film and television in the digital age

S Redmond

(2017), London, Eng., A1

book

Feeling, story and time: an unruly life lived through David Bowie

S Redmond

(2017), Vol. 31, pp. 519-527, Continuum: journal of media & cultural studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Talking Miley: the value of celebrity gossip

S Redmond, Cinque

(2017), pp. 71-90, Entertainment values: how do we assess entertainment and why does it matter?, Berlin, Germany, B1

chapter

The ear that dreams: eye tracking sound in the moving image

S Redmond

(2017), Vol. 4, In Transition: journal of videographic film & moving image studies, [New York, N.Y.], J2

works

Getting Any DVD Audio Commentary

S Redmond

(2017), London, Eng., J1

works
2016

The passion plays of celebrity culture

S Redmond

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 234-249, European journal of cultural studies, London, Eng., C1

journal

Introduction: celebrity intersections

P Marshall, S Redmond

(2016), pp. 1-13, A companion to celebrity, London, Eng., B1

chapter

Sensing celebrities

S Redmond

(2016), pp. 385-400, A companion to celebrity, London, Eng., B1

chapter

The whiteness of cinematic outer space

S Redmond

(2016), pp. 337-354, The Palgrave handbook of society, culture and outer space, Basingstoke, Eng., B1

chapter

Sounding loneliness in under the skin

S Redmond

(2016), pp. 1-15, Senses of Cinema, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

Becoming animal in lust, caution

S Redmond

(2016), pp. 119-136, Sex and storytelling in modern cinema : explicit sex, performance and cinematic technique, London, Eng., B1

chapter

Seeing, sensing sound: eye tracking soundscapes in saving private Ryan and monsters inc.

A Rassell, J Robinson, D Verhagen, S Pink, S Redmond, J Stadler

(2016), pp. 139-164, Making sense of cinema: empirical studies into film spectators and spectatorship, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter

Nowhere left to zone in children of men (2006)

S Redmond

(2016), pp. 291-306, American cinema in the shadow of 9/11, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

chapter

Lazarus rises: storying the self in the migrant fandom of David Bowie

T Cinque, S Redmond

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 7-24, iaspm@journal, C1

journal

Invasion of the ants

S Redmond, J Redmond

(2016), Melbourne, Vic., J1

works

Morbis artis: diseases of the arts

S Redmond, D Verhagen

(2016), RMIT Gallery, J2

works
2015

Swivelling the spotlight: stardom, celebrity and 'me'

S Holmes, S Ralph, S Redmond

(2015), Vol. 6, pp. 100-117, Celebrity studies, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal

Seeing into things: eye tracking the moving image

S Redmond, C Batty

(2015), Vol. 25, pp. 1-1, Refractory: a journal of entertainment media, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

Our Sherlockian eyes: the surveillance of vision

S Redmond, J Sita, K Vincs

(2015), Vol. 25, pp. 1-14, Refractory: a journal of entertainment media, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

The whiteness of David Bowie

S Redmond

(2015), pp. 215-230, Enchanting David Bowie: Space/Time/Body/Memory, New York, N. Y., B1

chapter

Eye tracking the sublime in spectacular moments of science fiction film

S Redmond

(2015), pp. 32-50, Endangering science fiction film, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter

We are in danger

S Redmond, L Marvell

(2015), pp. 1-9, Endangering Science Fiction Film, London, Eng., B1

chapter

Inside the Matrix: a tango with light

A Wilson, S Redmond

(2015), Sydney, N. S. W., J1

works

Extraordinary television time travel and the wonderful end to the working day

S Redmond

(2015), Vol. 131, pp. 54-64, Thesis eleven, London, Eng., C1

journal

Introduction to the special issue on science fiction

A Milner, S Redmond

(2015), Vol. 131, pp. 3-11, Thesis eleven, London, Eng., C1

journal
2014

Celebrity and the media

S Redmond

(2014), Basingstoke, England, A1

book
2013

The cinema of Takeshi Kitano: flowering blood

S Redmond

(2013), London, A1

book

Invaders at the door : science fiction film invasion narratives of the 1950s

S Redmond

(2013), Warrnambool Art Gallery. Exhibition (2013 : Warrnambool, Victoria), J2

works

Death and life at the cinematic beach

S Redmond

(2013), Vol. 27, pp. 715-728, Continuum, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

Who am I now? Remembering the enchanted dogs of David Bowie

S Redmond

(2013), Vol. 4, pp. 380-383, Celebrity Studies, Oxon, UK, C1

journal

Who is he now? The unearthly David Bowie

T Cinque, S Redmond

(2013), Vol. 4, pp. 377-379, Celebrity studies journal, London, Eng., C1-1

journal
2012

Future almost lost : dystopian science fiction film

S Redmond

(2012), Critical insights : dystopia, Hackensack, N.J., B1

chapter

The Celebrity Aura Exhibition

S Redmond, J Keane

(2012), Melbourne, Vic., J2

works
2011

Sounding alien, touching the future : beyond the sonorous limit in science fiction film

S Redmond

(2011), Vol. 9, pp. 42-56, New review of film and television studies, London, England, C1

journal

Pieces of me : celebrity confessional carnality

S Redmond

(2011), pp. 41-53, Star and Celebrity Confessional, London, Eng., B1-1

chapter
2010

A journal in celebrity studies

S Holmes, S Redmond

(2010), Vol. 1, pp. 1-10, Celebrity studies, Oxon, England, C1-1

journal

Avatar Obama in the age of liquid celebrity

S Redmond

(2010), Vol. 1, pp. 81-95, Celebrity studies, Oxon, England, C1-1

journal
2009

Shilpa's filthy hands

S Redmond

(2009), Vol. 7, pp. 1-9, Entertainment and sports law journal, Coventry, England, C1-1

journal

The healing power of romantic love in popular Indian romantic comedies : Raja Hindustani : home elsewhere and elsewhere home

S Redmond

(2009), pp. 65-78, Falling in love again : romantic comedy in contemporary cinema, New York, N.Y., B1-1

chapter
2008

When planes fall out of the sky : the war body on screen

S Redmond

(2008), pp. 22-35, The war body on screen, New York, N. Y., B1-1

chapter

Pieces of me : celebrity confessional carnality

S Redmond

(2008), Vol. 18, pp. 149-161, Social semiotics, Oxon, England, C1-1

journal
2007

The whiteness of stars

S Redmond

(2007), pp. 263-274, Stardom and celebrity : a reader, London, England, B1-1

chapter

The whiteness of the rings

S Redmond

(2007), pp. 91-101, The persistence of whiteness : race and contemporary Hollywood cinema, London, England, B1-1

chapter

Stardom and celebrity : a reader

S Redmond, S Holmes

(2007), Los Angeles, Calif., A1-1

book

The eye of the Beckettian present

S Redmond, M Wagner

(2007), Vol. July, pp. 1-11, Screening the past, Bundoora, Vic., C1-1

journal
2006

Intimate fame everywhere

S Redmond

(2006), pp. 27-43, Framing celebrity : new directions in celebrity culture, London, England, B1-1

chapter

Framing celebrity : new directions in celebrity culture

S Redmond, S Holmes

(2006), London, England, A1-1

book

The whiteness of science fiction

S Redmond

(2006), pp. 1-21, Scope, University Park, Nottingham, C1-1

journal
2005

Purge! Class pathology in Blade Runner

S Redmond

(2005), pp. 173-189, The Blade Runner experience : the legacy of a science fiction classic, London, England, B1-1

chapter
2004

Titanic : whiteness on the high seas of meaning

S Redmond

(2004), pp. 197-204, The Titanic in myth and memory : representations in visual and literary culture, London, England, B1-1

chapter

Liquid metal : the science fiction film reader

S Redmond

(2004), London, England, A1-1

book
2003

All that is male melts into air : Bigelow on the edge of Point break

S Redmond

(2003), pp. 106-125, The cinema of Kathryn Bigelow : Hollywood transgressor, London, England, B1-1

chapter

Thin white women in advertising : deathly corporeality

S Redmond

(2003), Vol. 3, pp. 170-190, Journal of consumer culture, London, U.K., C1-1

journal
2002

The new media : a teacher's guide

S Redmond

(2002), Leighton Buzzard, England, A1-1

book

Funded Projects at Deakin

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Supervisions

Executive Supervisor
2018

Catherine Moore

Thesis entitled: The transnational capacities and narrative preferences within Danish screenwriting practices.

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Co-supervisor
2017

Daniel Joshua Lewis

Thesis entitled: `¿Dead-Channel¿ ¿ Writing Cyberpunk

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2015

Mhairi McIntyre

Thesis entitled: The Cailleach Bheara: A Study of Scottish Gaelic Highland Folktales

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Associate Supervisor
2015

Philip Ian Kemp

Thesis entitled: The Monologue, Power and Mental Illness

Master of Arts, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2013

Jack Sargeant

Thesis entitled: Investigating the uses and functions of shock in underground film

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts