Little while since the last post. Mall Stories and You Are Here was great fun and you can still take the tours.
I’m working on a couple of projects – one is interactive fiction based on Coleridge’s experience of writing Kubla Khan. I had minor breakthrough with that last week – I was all hung up on the serious atmosphere and trying to get it completely authentic. Then I found it had become so dry and depressing and I twigged that this can be a fun(ny) project too. I was already doing this to a degree but now I’ve turned the Day of the Tentacle/Peppers/twisted history dial up to 11 and it’s turned into a joyful project once more.
And Bioshock Infinite is quite nice looking. Took freaking ages to get it to work, but pretty none the less. Still deciding about the gameplay…
Secondly, something to kickstart your mall story-ing: back in 2008 I made a zine about Canberra. Recently CJ pointed out that in that zine I had promised a second volume sometime in “late 2012″. Well, sad to say the second volume is still a long way off, but to mark the date I’ve uploaded A Zine About Canberra (PDF).
Unfortunately, in order to get the file down to a reasonable size the tour and mix tape scan are way too hard to read. Since I lack the requisite software and time to get this sorted, I’ve uploaded my Canberra ‘Walking’ Tour and mix tape as a separate PDF. Enjoy the excessive use of ‘brilliant’, ‘lovely’ and ‘awesome’ (but really, Canberra is a brilliant, lovely and awesome place. You should visit. Particularly during You Are Here).
Please note that some of this zine including the walking tour are well out of date, as are my contact details at the end.
Submissions have already opened for creative material to be used for another collection of audio walking tours in the Canberra CBD. Content is welcome from artists in any country, not just Canberra or Australia. Check the full callout and get your non-fiction, poetry and music to youareherecanberra AT gmail DOT com by COB 24 December 2012.
And big congratulations to CJ Bowerbird: 2013 Australian Poetry Slam winner.
on 4 November 2012, 10:10 pm,
Last weekend I performed Live Action Canberra Choose Your Own Adventure (LAC-CYOA) at Art, Not Apart. A good friend managed to record most of it – I’ve posted in the last part of the run through in which the player meets his/her unfortunate demise at the hands of four hack-sack playing law students.
And here are some great photos from the event, taken by Alex Moffatt:
on 11 September 2012, 9:19 pm,
It’s been pretty quiet round here. Following the last Folk Festival I took a break from poetry activities and visited the US for the first time. After 6 or so years of running the poetry slams I have rolled back my involvement to focus on other creative projects. The renamed Canberra Slam is in good hands I think, and am enjoying a new style of event developing at The Front. I intend to progressively update the About page on this site to reflect this change in my creative output.
Currently on my plate are two projects: firstly a short zine about my trip to the US, with special focus on my mini Lovecraft tour of New England, and a similar exploration of New Orleans inspired by Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers (oh so nerdy).
The second project is a computer game of my own, based on the poem Kubla Khan and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s experience of writing it. As the previous paragraph and earlier posts indicate I’ve had a long love of computer gaming: I’ve programmed my own simple games since I was a child, from text adventures to BASIC arcade clones and HyperCard interactive story stacks. I feel the time is right to come back to this medium and the game’s theme is a logical progression from my previous work. I hope to share the process of producing this game through this and subsequent posts as a way to keep myself on track and also to crystallise my thinking.
I already have a good amount of notes that I am compiling into a design document and am in the process of brainstorming with some creative people. The starting point for this game was is an essay I wrote at uni on the subject of Coleridge and Kubla Khan and the tension between creativity and chaos, which I might share later on down the track. At the moment I’m trying to go from this first spark of inspiration to making some very basic decisions about the game’s form. The first (and, unfortunately, some of the most significant) decisions to make is the kind of gameplay and the visual style. The working title of the game – Super Kubla Khan RPG – came very early on, but I’m not completely keen on doing a retro RPG. I still have such fondness for point and click adventure games, and I can think of some interesting in-game problems for this setting. As for the visuals: Top down? 2d scrolling? Or perhaps I should return to my interactive fiction roots. Perhaps there’s a way I can combine all of this?
Just added my gigs at the National Folk Festival to the events page…
Zombie Choose Your Own Adventure @ The National Folk Festival(2 shows)
Part of Lost In The Harbour – Poetry Showcase
4-4.50pm Friday 6 April 2012
Part of I’ll Shoot The Moon — Poetry Showcase 8.30-9.20pm Saturday 7 April 2012
Exhibition Park, Canberra
Performance Poetry Workshop @ The National Folk Festival
With Andrew Galan and Adam Hadley
12.00-1.00pm Sunday 8 April 2012
Exhibition Park, Canberra
My Live Action Canberra Zombie Choose Your Own Adventure* (With Giant Inflatable Dice) was properly debuted. And it will rear it’s ugly decaying head again as part of the National Folk Festival. Hey, it’s already on this kid’s must see list!
on 17 December 2011, 11:35 am,
I’m very excited that next year I’m going to be running a project as part of Canberra’s You Are Here festival. I can’t say too much about it yet, but it will allow me to explore some ideas I’ve been itching to try out over the last two years.
The best bit about this is you can be involved! We need your writing about experiences inside shopping malls/centres. We’re looking for non-fiction but we’re not too picky about how it comes out… poetry, creative non-fiction, anecdotes, compilations of Facebook conversations, whatever… just make sure you email it to youareherecanberra AT gmail DOT com by 15 February 2012.
Here’s the full callout. Get writing!
Food court food fights, drunk Christmas elves, guerilla hula-hoop performances… what’s the strangest thing you’ve seen in a mall?
You Are Here wants YOUR non-fiction tales, poetry, anecdotes, urban myths and shaggy dog stories about malls and shopping centres. Funny, sad and weird – let us know!
Selected stories will be featured as a part of a project during You Are Here 2012, from March 8 – 18.
You Are Here is an annual multi-platform arts festival taking place in the Canberra CBD, showcasing the city’s alternative arts and underground culture. You Are Here aims to highlight the energy, innovation and talent of Canberra’s artists past and present, presenting and promoting their work in non-traditional venues, revitalising city spaces and attracting new audiences.
Email your writing (2 pages max) – to youareherecanberra AT gmail DOT com by COB 15 February 2012.
on 29 October 2011, 10:52 am,
After one extremely massively sweaty ACT poetry battle we now have two champions that will represent the Canberra at the national final on 27 November:
Third time ACT finalist Adam “Jacinta” Hadley‘s idiosyncratic bread of insanity/genius will knock Sydney audiences for six.
Australian Poetry Slam newcomer Miranda “Bling Bling” Lello combines beautiful words and images of bikes, words, cities and forgotten loves with a mean uppercut. Get ready for something very very special Sydney.
Congratulations to third place winner Barry who narrowly defeated Jay in a tense slam-off.
Should you wish to attend the annual blood brawl that is the national final (and I encourage you to!) grab your tickets and head to:
Australian Poetry Slam National Final – Write a Revolution
Sunday 27th November, 5pm
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay
on 10 October 2011, 9:24 pm,
Well it’s that time of the year again… time for Australian Poetry Slam! This year we’re only running one ACT heat so, unfortunately, this’ll be the one and only shot for Canberra poets to perform at the nationals (for other areas check the Australian Poetry Slam site).
The national final takes place on Sunday 27 November at Sydney Theatre. Two poets from each state/territory will compete for the chance to win an amazing writer’s tour of China and Indonesia (over 18 national winner) or $500 (under 18 national winner).
Please note that under 18 poets will need a parent/guardian in attendance to perform at The Front and that the time limit will be 2 minutes, not 3 as in usual Traverse Poetry slams. Be sure to read the rest of the rules:
Maximum of 20 entrants per heat.
Enter at the venue on the night of the heat 30 minutes before the heat commences.
Contestants must reside in the state/territory in which they are competing. In some cases, if your nearest heat is interstate, an exception can be made. In such cases, if you compete interstate and are one of the two winners, you will progress to the final as one of that state/territory’s winners. e.g. If you live in Queanbeyan (such as a certain previous APS winner) and you win the ACT final, you will go to the national final carrying the magnificent title of “Glorious Grand Champion of the Canberras”.
Random draw for performance order.
ABSOLUTE two minute limit. Time starts at your first word or when the timekeeper feels the performance has begun (no additional time allowed for introductions). Points will be deducted from the final score for exceeding the time limit — one point for every 30 seconds over time. For example: At 2:01 minutes you will lose a point. At 2:31 minutes you will lose another point…
Five judges chosen by the MC at random from the audience.
Judges hold up score cards using a 1 – 10 scale, with 10 being the highest. Of the five scores for each poet, only the middle three scores are counted. The decision of the judges is final.
Poem must be the original work of the performer written within the last 12 months. No plagiarism folks. One or two recognisable pop culture references are okay.
Performers must be prepared to perform two different poems in the heat.
In the case of a tie a “slam off” will be used at the discretion of the slam organisers.
No musical accompaniment. No props. No costumes. (ie; clothing related to the content of your poem)
Two performers with the highest scores in each State Heats will proceed to the national final.
Employees of libraries or venues that are hosting heats may not compete.
Random draw for performance order.
Contestants must sign a copy of the rules prior to performing.