Black Velvet: redefining and celebrating Indigenous Australian women in art

A picture of strength: lifelong activist Bonita Mabo OA in front of her portrait as a young woman, which features in her granddaughter Boneta-Marie Mabo’s first solo exhibition. Josef Ruckli, courtesy of the State Library of Queensland, CC BY

A picture of strength: lifelong activist Bonita Mabo OA in front of her portrait as a young woman, which features in her granddaughter Boneta-Marie Mabo’s first solo exhibition. Josef Ruckli, courtesy of the State Library of Queensland, CC BY

* Warning: This article contains graphic language that may upset some readers, while Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers should be aware that it may contain images, voices or names of deceased people.

With her first solo exhibition, artist Boneta-Marie Mabo has been inspired by the State Library of Queensland’s collections to create new works that speak back to colonial representations of Indigenous womanhood.
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Coding for creativity

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Interactive poetry by The Cube Digital Writer in Residence, Jason Nelson

A recent invitation to a coding workshop gave me a fearful flashback to a data analysis lecture. In this class I was trying to comprehend something that was foreign, complex, and, to me, useless. I didn’t know the first thing about coding, and with my chosen field being creative writing, I naively assumed I wouldn’t have to come across this digital complexity.

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Sticky Stories

68-sticky stories_rockhampton Sept 2014 LP-BC2D8149 Roaming an empty Rockhampton library looking for sticky notes was an unusual way to spend a weekend. I was recently in the north-east Queensland town for a seminar on locative storytelling. Before arriving, I appreciated the concept of stories physically existing in the place in which the narrative is set. After an enlightening session hosted by an award-winning writer and artist, I came to realise how valuable and simple it is to take part in this non-traditional form of self-publishing. Read more

Story above all else

Portal Entertainment's Mike Jones at STORY +

Portal Entertainment’s Mike Jones at STORY +

No technology has ever changed what a story is – just the process and narration. It was this thought from Portal Entertainment’s Mike Jones that struck me like a wrecking ball at STORY+ . The two-day event featured discussion, panels and workshops where ideas on narrative, technology and design intersected with transmedia storytelling. But it was this concept of story towering above all mediums, new and old, that stood out to me the most.
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Discover your writing passion

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Massively multiplayer story game Cloud Chamber

 “If there were a prerequisite for the future successful digital creative, it would be the passion for discovery”

John Maeda

If you’ve been wondering where writing and story is heading next, how games influence culture and what it means to shape a truly interactive narrative, then STORY + is for you.
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Authors and readers merge online

QUT Creative Industries' Dr Kari Gislason introduces the 'Surviving and thriving in an age of change' panel at STORY+

Writers need to be flexible, persistent and reader-driven if they hope to survive in a technology-driven publishing model.

The Brisbane Writers Festival’s (BWF) STORY+ explored authorship in a constantly changing technological landscape. The one-day conference at Queensland University of Technology was sponsored by QUT Vice Chancellor Peter Coaldrake and strongly supported by the Creative Writing and Literary Studies discipline. The event saw authors, publishers, artists and poets discuss the issues in and showcased their contributions to digital writing and publication.
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Spreading the zombie virus

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This is part two of Dr Tim Milfull’s blog article. Read part one.  

While [REC] (2007) has been reconstituted quite effectively by the Hollywood machine as Quarantine (2008), true zombie-philes will always return to the Spanish original, which is set in the claustrophobic halls and stairways of a Madrid apartment building, as a TV presenter and her crew get caught up in a routine fire department ride-along gone terrifyingly wrong.
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