What I’m Doing and Not Doing This Week

I WILL NOT be at PICNIC 06

Not by choice. I would love to go and I must say I had free pass to go since I am meant to be co-presenting the International Game Developers Association Alternate Reality Game Whitepaper that I co-wrote, but I couldn’t rustle up the funding in time. I’m sure the writers that are going will do a great job in the session and have a ball. To all the crossmedia researchers who are going that I know (Indira, Monique, Daphne, Peter…) — say hi to the ARG people.

I see that Frank Alsema, a cross-media producer I respect from afar, is attending and there are a few Aussies too: ACID researchers; Courtney Gibson, Head of TV Arts and Entertainment at the ABC; Brendan and Megan from XMediaLab; and some notable organisations who are not there … I must say, although it looks like there is going to be lots of fascinating talks and naughty stuff going on (see this Picnic video at YouTube) the majority of cross-media talks are in the Partner sessions. That means, the cross-media parts were not curated by Picnic, but by people who were attracted to the tag “crossmedia week” and who did it themselves.

In the end though, if I went to Picnic I wouldn’t of been able to do these wonderful things:

I WILL be presenting for the Film Makers Network in Canberra

I will be presenting for the ACT Film Makers Network at National Museum of Australia on Wednesday night for 1.5 hours! Yes, that’s right, they get 1.5 hours of me and I’m going to share lots of juicy cross-media stuff. It is a delight to be speaking to filmmakers and TV writers. Here is the blurb:

INTERACTIVITY – THE NEW WORLD OF PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT WEDNESDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2006        
 
Consumers are becoming more demanding about their consumption needs. 

What is the new and progressively required relationship between the television/film content and the interactive component of content for websites, IPOD, RSS and content for mobile phones?

The creation, use and complexity of developing content for producers is progressively becoming more complex. 

We are now living in the information age and what are some questions, considerations practitioners should consider when developing their productions. 

Some questions include:

How is the modern movement in communications affecting the film and television industry?
What can content creators develop to take advantage of other new channels for content dispersal?
How is the new technology of IPOD, interactivity and mobile phones effecting the production planning cycle of production?
What kind of personnel and technologies are involved and required with creating alternative distribution platforms for productions?
How do these new technologies influencing distribution strategies?

I’m going to really enjoy this one. Then, I’ll be flying to Brisbane to do this:

I WILL be presenting and attending the Association of Internet Researchers Conference in Brisbane

I will be presenting and attending the Internet Research 7.0: Internet Convergences, Association of Internet Researchers conference. I will be presenting my talk, How the Internet is Holding the Center of Conjured Universes, in the 8.30am session in the Lockyer Room on Friday 29th Sept. It is a talk about how people are using the internet to manage cross-media projects. There will also be a talk by Anja Bechmann Petersen, a longtime participant in this blog and crossmedia researcher who has come over to Oz from Denmark. Anja is now studying at Syd Uni with me now! She is presenting on Thursday 28th in the 16.15 session in Ballroom B. 

Here are the various sites and tags for the conference as there is sure to be alot of commentary on the web as it unfolds:

See you in Canberra, Brisbane or on the Net! Have a great week everyone!

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Babies Rock!

Rockabye Metallica

Baby Rock Records is offering lullaby versions of rock tunes so that the parents can enjoy listening as much as their bundles of joy. They’ve got lullaby versions of Metallica, ColdPlay, Bjork, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Tool, The Cure, Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, The Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, No Doubt, Smashing Pumpkins and The Beatles.

As fortune would have it, the site was recommended to me by a stranger while I’m in the middle of a discussion on a narrative listserv about plurality. Perfect.