I am a consultant, researcher and lecturer with a PhD in Communication.
I am the principal at River Rock Content Consultants, and my work in the creative industries includes: digital and audiovisual content production; copy and script writing and editing; planning and strategy; creative consultancy; and qualitative market research, specialising in focus group facilitation.
Academic Teaching + Research
I am a Lecturer in the School of Creative Industries at the University of Newcastle, with an interest in strategic communication design, the post-industrial circumstances of media work (particularly journalism), emergent network cultures and media art.
My scholarly approach is transdisciplinary, and includes engagement with: organised networks; media work; communication design; celebrity; collaborative cultures; urban/street cultures; visual culture; emergence; translatability; mimetic theory; and media anthropology.
I also collaborate with artists to write catalog essays and to curate cross platform media.
(co-author: Sheridan Burns, Lynette) Understanding Journalism (3rd Ed). Sage Publications, London 2018. Print.
(co-author: Sheridan Burns, Lynette) “First Things First: Teaching Data Journalism as a Core Skill”. Asia Pacific Media Educator 28 (1). 2018. Sage Publications, London.
(co-author: Sheridan Burns, Lynette) “‘Post-industrial’ journalism as a creative industry". International Journal of Social, Behavioural, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering 11, no. 6. 2017. Web.
“Precarity, Globalism and Resistance in Emergent Collectivism: the case of Enspiral”. Global Media Journal 11, no. 1. 2017. Web.
“Anti-Hierarchical Culture in Media Work Based Collectives: sketching Originary Analyses”. Anthropoetics 22, no. 2. Spring 2017. Web.
“Ai Wei Wei’s Leg-Gun Meme, Virality and the New Ostensive”. Anthropoetics 21, no. 1. Fall 2016. Web.
“Victimary Thinking, Celebrity and the CCTV Building”. Anthropoetics 20, no. 2. Spring 2015. Web.
“Review of Defiant Earth: The fate of humans in the Anthropocene”. Global Media Journal 11, no. 2. 2017. Web.
Wolfgang Iser and Literary Anthropology. PhD. University of Newcastle, 2010.
“New Hypothetical Continents: Transdisciplinary Art Collaboration”. Project Initiator and Key Author. Exhibited as part of the Project Anywhere Peer Review Program (Ongoing, 2017-18).
"Until I am there I will be there" with Consalvo, Lottie. The Lock-Up, Newcastle. (Text to accompany installation).
"Neokairos and the New Hypothetical Continents". in Maddock, Lucas. New Hypothetical Continents. Melbourne: Blackartprojects, 2015. Print.
Interregnum - Honi Ryan: A Conversational Quadrant 2. 2 February, 2014 : Kia Sulc Open House, MAP Launch – curated by Lizzy Marshall (Performance, Blue Mountains 2014).
“The New Hypothetical Continents Collaborative Archive”; Anywhere & Elsewhere: Project Anywhere Biennal Conference 2018 (Parsons, New York, USA November 15-16).
(co-presenter: Payne, Cathie) “Teaching Digital Humanities for the Creative Industries: Immersion and Making”; Making Connections - Digital Humanities Australasia 2018 (Uni SA, Adelaide, September 25-28).
“Precarity and Resistance in the ‘Orgnet’: Exploring the Enspiral Network”; Cultural Studies Association of Australasia 2017 Conference (Massey University, Wellington NZ. Dec. 6-8).*
(co-author: Sheridan Burns, Lynette) “‘Post-industrial’ journalism as a creative industry”; ICCI 2017 19th International Conference on Creative Industries (Vienna, Austria June 21-22).
"The Figure of Utopia, Originary Thinking and the New Hypothetical Continents Art Project"; Generative Anthroplogy Summer Conference 2017 (The University of Stockholm, Stockholm. Sweden).
“Precarity, Collectivism and Activism: Enkel and Enspiral”; Australian Anthropology Society 2016 Conference (The University of Sydney, NSW. Australia).
"Can Creativity Help Us Now? Media Worker Collectives as a Case Study"; University of Newcastle Creative Industries Symposium 2016 (The Lock Up Art Space, Newcastle. Australia).
“Post-Hierarchical Culture in Media-Based Creative Collectives: sketching originary analyses”; Generative Anthropology Summer Conference 2016 (Kinjo Gakuin University, Nagoya. Japan).
“Emergent Collectivism in Professional Communication in Australia and New Zealand: 'Enkel' as a case study”; ECREA ICSI Convention 2015 (Aarhus University, Aarhus. Denmark).
“Ai Wei Wei’s Leg-Gun Meme, Virality and the New Ostensive”; Generative Anthropology Summer Conference 2015 (High Point University, NC. USA).
“The ‘Decline’ of Literary Studies: diagnoses, treatments and anthropological outcomes”; Australia and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2009 (QUT Creative Industries Precinct).
“Interpreting Lycidas: fictionalizing/arriving at a literary anthropology/originary scene?”; Generative Anthropology Summer Conference 2008 (Chapman University, Ca. USA).
GUEST LECTURES & Symposia
“The New Hypothetical Contintents”. ART ANYWHERE? Symposium: exploring art at the outermost limits of location-specificity. 2019 (Buxton ContemporaryMelbourne).
“Future of Creative Industries In Western Sydney” (Convenor). Western Sydney University Creative Cities Research Showcase, Riverside Theatres, 22 Oct. 2018.
“Creativity: Social & Cultural interpretations”, Bachelor Creative Industries - What is Creativity 2018? (The University of Newcastle, “Newspace”, Newcastle).
“Stakeholder Engagement”, “Project Briefs” & “The Creative Pitch”; Bachelor Creative Industries - Creative Collaborations 2018 (The University of Newcastle, “Newspace”, Newcastle).
“Innovation in the Creative Industries” & “Creative Industries Entrepreneurialism - Foundations, Qualities and Capacities”, Masters Creative Industries Aut 2018 (Western Sydney University, “1PSQ”, Parramatta Campus. Sydney).
“3rd Creative Industries Forum” (Convenor). Western Sydney University, 27 Oct. 2017 (“1PSQ”, Parramatta City Campus. Sydney).
“Precarity and Resistance in Media Work”, Western Sydney University, Autumn 2017 (Western Sydney University, Parramatta Campus. Sydney).
“Creating the New Hypothetical Continents”; Bachelor Creative Industries - What is Creativity 2017? (The University of Newcastle, Newcastle).
“Workflow, Engagement and Ethics: Google Docs as a Collaborative Environment”; 2016 UTS Teaching and Learning Forum (The University of Technology, Sydney).
“Can Creativity Help Us Now? Media Worker Collectives as a Case Study”; University of Newcastle Creative Industries Symposium 2016 (The Lock Up Art Space, Newcastle).
“Pitching an Idea /Branding”; Compressed Delivery lecture/tutorial CAPA3002 (Bootcamp); July 2016 (The University of Newcastle, Newcastle).
“Precarity, Globalism and Resistance in Emergent Collectivism: the case of Enspiral”; Western Sydney University, Spring 2016 (Western Sydney University, Parramatta Campus. Sydney).
“Emergent Collectivism in Professional Communication in Australia and New Zealand: 'Enkel' as a case study”; Western Sydney University, Spring 2015 (Western Sydney University, Parramatta Campus. Sydney).
* paper not delivered due to illness