Friday, August 17, 2007

The secret life of poster boards

One week, they're sad and empty

and the next they're bustling and overcrowded.

Where do all the flyers come from? Where do they go?

State of Play V: Building the metaverse

A collaboration by Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, New York Law School, Trinity University and Nanyang Technical University is presenting the 2007 State of Play Conference.

According to the conference blurb:

The popularity of virtual worlds in Asia is phenomenal. From Thailand and Malaysia to Indonesia and the Philippines, the Asia Pacific region's on-line gaming market generated approximately $1.4 billion in annual revenues last year – a figure that is expected to reach $3.6 billion by the end of the decade. Much of this growth will be propelled by 180 million Chinese Internet users, the majority of whom will play on-line games.

It is being held at Marina Mandarin, Singapore - August 19-22.

Take note.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Missing in action

I've been missing-in-action for a few weeks. I've been going to various events. One of the most interesting was hosted by the Gippsland campus of Monash University (and most particularly Margaret Somerville). The one day symposium Landscapes and Learning brought together a cross-disciplinary audience and featured presentations by, amongst others, my colleagues Barbara Comber, Helen Nixon (pictured here preparing for their seminar), Debra Hayes and Alan Mayne as well as well-known scholar and artist Paul Carter. An interesting day. Lots to think about. Look out for the edited collection that will follow.

I've also been reading this fabulous and intensely thought provoking book by Paul Gilroy.

Street Art Film Festival in New Jersey

Trenton, NJ is hosting the Street Art Film Festival celebrating public art from around the world. The work of the artists showcased is challenging ideas about who owns public spaces and what they can be used for.

Find it here: