Presentations

Organiser

FORWARD SLASH STORY (USA, 2014; COSTA RICA, 2015/…)
– A residential lab for storytellers working in tech. This event is co-founded withLance Weiler (USA). Our labs attract applications from all over the world and include participants from gaming, theatre, documentary, puppetry, and transmedia. www.forwardslashstory.com

WHAT I REALLY DO (Brisbane, 2014/…)
– A public lecture series where I invite game development professionals, and practitioners from film, graphic design, audio, and animation to give talk to students and industry. They are talks aimed to reveal what people really do in their work, and facilitate creatives talking about what they really want to pass on with others. Videos of some talks are available online [links coming]

TRANSMEDIA VICTORIA (Melbourne, 2011)
– I was commissioned by the Australia Council for the Arts to organise and curate a special conference and workshop event on transmedia. My brief was to secure all the relevant funding bodies to support it financially (the first time they ever all funded the same event). I brought in transmedia professionals from around the world, and targeted directors, writers, designers, and producers, from film, TV, theatre, gaming, music, literature and digital sectors. I curated the audience as well as the speakers. It was a huge success, along with the follow-up meetup with the Transmedia Victoria IGDA Meetup, 5th April, Melbourne, 2011.

BARCAMPSYDNEY (Sydney, 2007-8)
– Organised the first “barcamps” unconferences for IT professionals and entrepreneurs in Australia. Lead a team of volunteers to arrange, promote and run these successful educational and social events that have since continued.

EXTENDED ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCES (Sydney, 2006)
– Commissioned by the Australian Film, Television, and Radio School to organise, MC and present at an event designed to educate film and television practitioners about digital and transmedia entertainment. Speakers include international guests Evan Jones of Xenophile Media and Chris Avellone of Obsidian Entertainment. The Marketing Director of Yahoo!7, Cricket Wardein, and Integrated Marketing Director of Yahoo!7, Kristin Carlos, spoke about the Australian leg of the international ARG of the Lost TV series The Lost Experience and interactive drama PSTrixi. Glen Condie of Maverick Marketing and Communications spoke about the experiential campaigns created by his agency and Deb Polson of QUT will shared techniques she used in Scoot. Friday 24th November, 10-4.30pm, Chauvel Theatre, Paddington.

Keynotes

Course Designer & Lecturer

  • Studio 2 Games (GDS220), Overview of Industry (CIU111), SAE Creative Media Institute, Brisbane, 2014-2015
  • Cross-Media Interaction Design, Department of Infomatics, Umea University, Sweden (March-May), 2012
  • (2007) Co-Course-Designer & Lecturer ‘Game Design’, Department of Software Engineering, Faculty of Information Technology at The University of Technology, Sydney
  • (2006) Tutor ‘Multimedia Theory and Production 1′ , Media Department , Division of Society, Culture, Media & Philosophy, Macquarie University. Co-ordinated by Sherman Young. Subject Code: MAS208.
  • (2005) Design of theory competency for Diploma of Multimedia (Visual Arts) , Swinburne University of Technology, Prahran TAFE.
  • (2005) Lecturer ‘New Media Criticism’ for students in Masters of Digital Media, School of Creative Arts, University of Melbourne. Teaching linearity, narrative models, hypertext fiction, botfiction, cross-media storytelling. subject code: 760445 Webraft [staff or student access only]
  • (2005) Course-designer, lecturer & tutor ‘New Media Arts Theory’, 1st year students of Advanced Diploma of Multimedia (Design), Swinburne University of Technology, Prahran TAFE. Subject Website

Industry Presentations

Academic Presentations

  • Modern Language Association Convention, Dec 29, 2009
  • perthDAC 2007: the 7th Digital Arts and Culture Conference, Perth, Australia, 15-18 Sept, 2007
  • Dena, C. (2006) ‘A Case-Study of miniARGs: Design Issues for Creating Alternate Reality Games for Professional Training and Education‘, Joint CyberGames & Interactive Entertainment 2006 Conference, Weds 6th Dec, 10am, Perth.
  • Dena, C. (2006) ‘How the Internet is Holding the Center of Conjured Universes‘, presented at Internet Research 7.0: Internet ConvergencesAssociation of Internet Researchers, Hilton Hotel, Brisbane, Australia, 27-30 Sept. [See paper here & Kevin Lim video interview with me about my presentation]
  • Dena, C. (2006) ‘Remediation of the Art Space in Second Life‘, presented at New Media Consortium’s Impact of Digital Media Conferencesymposium in Second Life, Oct 20th. PowerPoint & Audio at SlideShare
  • Dena, C. (2006) ‘Clustering Consciousness: Towards Polymorphism’ presented at SEAFAM Research Day, University of Sydney, 16 June.
  • Dena, C. (2005) ‘Texts, Worlds, Realms and Channels: Towards a Taxonomy of Polymorphic Works‘ presented at Research Seminar Series, School of Creative Arts, University of Melbourne, 17 Aug.
  • Dena, C. (2005) ‘Hybrids, the Universe and Channels: A Sketch of Polymorphic Narrative‘ presented at Seminar Day 4, School of Creative Arts Postgraduate Seminar Day, University of Melbourne, 27 May.
  • (2004) ‘Cross-Media Research Overview‘ presented at UniMelb/XMedia Lab Symposium, Computer Visualisation Facility, University of Melbourne, 21 Oct.
  • Dena, C. (2004) ‘Towards a Poetics of Multi-Channel Storytelling‘, presented at Critical Animals postgraduate conference, This Is Not Art Festival, chaired by David Wolf, Newcastle, October 1st.
  • Dena, C. (2004) ‘New Media Methodologies, Applied‘ presented at Contexts, School of Creative Arts Postgraduate Seminar Day , University of Melbourne, 14 May [PDF]
  • Dena, C. (2003) ‘Response as Input: The Role of Reader Response, HCI and HRI in the Modeling of a Cross Media Narrative‘ presented at Seismic Readings 2003 Conference , School of Literary, Visual and Performance Studies, Monash University, Clayton, 17-18 July. [PDF]
  • Dena, C. (2003) ‘Interacting with Ghosts: An Exploration of the Notion of Interactivity in Digital Storytelling‘ presented at School of Creative Arts Postgraduate Seminar Day , University of Melbourne, 11 Dec, published by SCAtharsis [PDF]
  • Dena, C. (2003) ‘The Day My Book Went Psycho‘ presented at School of Creative Arts Postgraduate Seminar Day, University of Melbourne, 2 May.

Guest Lectures

  • Guest Lecture, Transmedia Design, Griffith Film School, 2014
  • Guest Lecture, Interactive Writing, Griffith Film School, 2014
  • Pervasive Gaming Guest Lectures, Swinburne University, 2013
  • Interactive Narrative, Swinburne University, 2013
  • Transmedia Writing & Design, RMIT University, 2013
  • Transmedia Writing and Design, RMIT, 2012
  • Pervasive gaming, Swinburne University, 2012
  • ‘Transmedia’, Australian Film, Television, and Radio School, Sydney, 2012
  • ‘Pervasive Gaming’, RMIT University, 2012
  • Transmedia Week, Cyfle, 25th Sept, UK (remote), 2011
  • Online MA in Creative Writing and New Media, De Montfort University, UK, Feb, 2009
  • Invited Lecturer (workshops) on ‘Cross-Media Interaction Design’, Department of Infomatics, Umea University,25th Sept-10th Oct, Sweden, 2011
  • Transmedia Experience Design, 16th Sept, RMIT, Melbourne, 2011
  • (2009) Invited Lecturer on The Writer’s Guide to Making a Digital LivingOnline MA in Creative Writing and New Media, De Montfort University, UK, Feb.
  • (2008) Invited Lecturer & Workshop Facilitator, ‘Polymorphic Fictions’, Writing Between the Lines (Ficto-Criticism) (ENGL6979), Department of English, University of Sydney. Co-ordinated by Dr Rebecca Johinke. Workshop on 27th May, 2008.
  • (2008) Invited Lecturer & Workshop Facilitator, ‘Hypertext Fiction’, Writing Between the Lines (Ficto-Criticism) (ENGL6979), Department of English, University of Sydney. Co-ordinated by Dr Rebecca Johinke. Workshop on 20th May, 2008.
  • (2008) Invited Lecturer, ‘Games, Stories & the Multi-Platform Ecology’, Introduction to Game Design (SOMA3622), School of Media Arts, College of Fine Arts, UNSW. Co-ordinated by Erik Champion. Lecture on 20th May, 2008.
  • (2008) Invited Lecturer, ‘Games & Animation in the Multi-Platform Context’, Innovations in Storytelling, Screen Studies (SCS110), Graduate Certificate in Film, Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Adelaide. Lecture & workshop on 12th May, 2008.
  • (2008) Invited Lecturer, ‘Interactivity, Games and Films in the Multi-Platform Context’, Innovations in Storytelling, Screen Studies (SCS110), Graduate Certificate in Film, Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Melbourne. Co-ordinator: Allan Cameron. Lecture & workshop on 30th April, 2008.
  • (2008) Invited Lecturer, ‘History of Games’, Department of Software Engineering, Faculty of Information Technology at The University of Technology, Sydney, Co-ordinated by Yusuf Pisan, 28th Feb.
  • (2008) Invited Lecturer, ‘Designing with Lotsa Media’Online MA in Creative Writing and New Media, De Montfort University, UK, 5 Feb.
  • (2007) Invited Lecturer, ‘Multi-Platform Art versus Commodity Intertexts’, Digital Communication and Culture, University of Sydney, 22nd May.
  • (2007) Invited Lecturer, ‘Cross-Media Entertainment’, Crossmedia Minor, Noordelijke Hogeschool, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, 28 March.
  • Digital Communication and Culture, University of Sydney, 22nd May, 2007
  • (2007) Invited Lecturer, ‘A New Total Work of Art?‘, Online MA in Creative Writing and New Media, De Montfort University, UK
  • (2006) Invited Lecturer, ‘Transmedia Entertainment: Narrative and Play Get Snuggly’, Masters and Honours level course in Communication Studies: iGeneration: Communication and Participatory Culture, University of Western Australia. 12th Oct. Co-ordinated by Peter Morse.
  • (2006) Invited lecturer, ‘Massively Multiplayer Games’ for Introduction to Computer Game Design, Department of Software Engineering, Faculty of Information Technology at The University of Technology, Sydney. Co-ordinated by Yusuf Pisan.
  • (2006) Invited lecturer, ‘Serious Games’ for Introduction to Computer Game Design, Department of Software Engineering, Faculty of Information Technology at The University of Technology, Sydney. Co-ordinated by Yusuf Pisan.
  • (2006) Invited Lecturer, ‘Cross-Media Entertainment’ lecture for ‘Advanced Multimedia Theory and Production’, 3nd year students, Media Department , Division of Society, Culture, Media & Philosophy, Macquarie University. April 12. Co-ordinated by Sherman Young. Subject Code: MAS308.
  • (2006) Invited lecturer, ‘Cross-Media Entertainment: how games can be designed to take over the universe‘, DAG (Digital Art and Games) Seminar series , RMIT Creative Media, Games programs. May 16.
  • Dena, C. (2006) ‘Mono-Polymorphism: A Paradigm for Understanding Cross-Media Entertainment’, Media and Communications Department, School of Letters, Art and Media, University of Sydney, 15th Sept.
  • (2005) Invited Lecturer, ‘Interactive Narrative’ for 3rd year Interactive Multimedia, Media and New Media, co-ordinated by Dr Peter Morse, main lecturer John Waller, School of Creative Arts, University of Melbourne.
  • (2004 & 5) Seminar Presenter/Tutor, ‘E-writing’ for 4th year Reading Australian Writing subject in Postgraduate Diploma of Creative Writing , Dr. Kevin Brophy, School of Creative Arts, University of Melbourne.
  • (2004) Invited Lecturer, ‘Hypertext, Script and Theatre’ for 2nd and 3rd year Script and Theatre, Theatre Studies, Dr. Denise Varney, School of Creative Arts, University of Melbourne

Chair

  • Panel chair and panelist at Brisbane IGDA event GO423 Symposium in August
  • (2006) Invited Speaker, MC & Chair for Australian Literature Board’s “Story of the Future” Wednesday 29th November, 9am-4.30pm, Room B1.11, Building 5, Quay St, University of Technology, Sydney.
  • (2006) Invited Speaker, MC & Chair for Australian Literature Board’s “Story of the Future” Monday 27th November, 9am-4.30pm, Innovation Centre, AFTRS, Docklands.
  • Chair (2004) Stefan Popescu’s ‘The Birth of Celluloid‘, presented at Critical Animals postgraduate conference, This Is Not Art Festival, Newcastle, Oct 1st.

Panelist

Workshops

  • Workshop, “Digital Writers Room”, SA Writers Centre in August, 2014
  • Workshop, “Designing Deep Games”, WA Film & TV Institute on 21st Sept, 2014
  • Franchise Thinking for Indies, Freeplay Independent Games Festival, Melbourne, 14-15 Aug, 2010, 2010
  • Transmedia for Filmmakers, Think Outside the Box Office, Jon Reiss, Melbourne, July, 2010
  • The Pixel Lab: The Cross-Media Film Workshop, London, June, 2010
  • Storytelling on Multiple Platforms, Screenworks, Kingscliffe, May 1st, 2009
  • Innovations in Storytelling, Screen Studies (SCS110), Graduate Certificate in Film, Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Sydney. Co-ordinator: Karen Pearlman. Lecture & Workshop on 19th August, 2008.
  • Writing Between the Lines (Ficto-Criticism) (ENGL6979), Department of English, University of Sydney. Co-ordinated by Dr Rebecca Johinke. Workshop on 27th May, 2008
  • Writing Between the Lines (Ficto-Criticism) (ENGL6979), Department of English, University of Sydney. Co-ordinated by Dr Rebecca Johinke. Workshop on 20th May, 2008
  • Introduction to Game Design (SOMA3622), School of Media Arts, College of Fine Arts, UNSW. Co-ordinated by Erik Champion. Lecture on 20th May, 2008
  • Innovations in Storytelling, Screen Studies (SCS110), Graduate Certificate in Film, Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Adelaide. Lecture & workshop on 12th May, 2008
  • Innovations in Storytelling, Screen Studies (SCS110), Graduate Certificate in Film, Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Melbourne. Co-ordinator: Allan Cameron. Lecture & workshop on 30th April, 2008
  • Power to the Pixel, London Film Festival, 23rd October 2008. Video of workshop
  • Filmmaking in the Age of Cross-Media Production, Film and Television Institute, WA, 17th Sept, 2007
  • Game On, 5 June, Creative Industries Precinct, Queensland University of Technology, 2007
  • (2006) Invited workshop on ‘Alternate Reality Games and Cross-Media Entertainment: Low-tech, high-impact immersive experiences‘ workshop for the Joint International CyberGames and Interactive Entertainment Conference, Weds 6th Dec, 1.30-3.30pm, Perth. Sponsored by the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS)
  • (2006) Invited workshop facilitator on ‘Alternate Reality Game Design‘ workshop for the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS), Sat Dec 2, 9.30am-1pm Innovation Centre, Bentley, Perth.
  • (2006) Invited workshop facilitator on ‘Cross-Media Entertainment Design‘ workshop for the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS), Sat Dec 2, 2pm-5.30pm Innovation Centre, Bentley, Perth.
  • (2006) Workshop speaker on ‘Everything You Wanted to Know about Blogging‘ workshop for the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS), Fri Dec 1st, 6.30-8pm Australian Writer’s Guild, Perth.
  • (2006) Invited workshop facilitator on ‘Serious Games‘ workshop for the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS), Thurs Nov 30th, 6.30-9pm WestOne Theatrette, Leederville, Perth.

Artist Talks

Interviewee, Shift-ALT, State Library of Victoria, 7 Oct