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CREATEC Weekly Seminar Series - Dr George Karpathakis and Dr Donell Holloway

Thursday, 21 September 2017


Presenter: Dr George Karpathakis

Title: Sion Sono’s The Whispering Star: Trauma and memory, a Deleuzian perspective.

Biography: George is a filmmaker and academic. He has a wide range of interests including landscape studies and photography. George’s ongoing project is Miners and Dealers: An Ethnographic Study of an International Trade. He is a regular contributor to the Revelation International Film Festival’s Academic Conference. His qualifications include: A PhD from Edith Cowan University; a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian Film, Television, and Radio School; and a Diploma in Teaching.

Abstract: Sion Sono’s film, The Whispering Star (2016), represents a break from his usual highly coloured productions often underpinned by mayhem, violence and sex, as characterized by Suicide Club (2001), Why Don’t You Play In Hell (2013), Tokyo Tribe (2014) and Guilty of Romance (2012). The Whispering Star, described by one critic as Sono’s most beautiful film, is slow, meditative and for the most part black and white. Framed as a science fiction film, with two ‘intelligent’ machines as lead characters and set aboard a space ship in the form of a traditional rural Japanese house that delivering packages to far flung human colonies, The Whispering Star explores ideas of time and space, trauma and memory. It is not a typical science film dependent on action and narrative, The Whispering Star informed by surrealist cinema and the new wave, and its conceits may be best understood utilizing Deleuze’s concepts associated with the time-image.

Presenter: Dr Donell Holloway

Title: The Quantified Baby: Discourses of Consumption

Biography: Donell is a research scholar at Edith Cowan University. Her research involves digital technologies and everyday family life—with particular reference to children. She has authored or co-authored over 50 refereed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers, and is currently a chief investigator on two Australian Research Council grants.

Abstract: This presentation adopts critical discourse analysis to examine commercial and other public available discourses concerning baby wearables. The findings are that advertisements and infomercials use a ‘discourse of risk’ that position parents as having sole responsibility for their babies’ health, safety and development, and the use of digital technologies to track babies’ bodies as a virtuous parental practice. This neoliberal responsibilisation also creates a discursive bridge between goods previously used only in the health care system and everyday parenting practices. Some public discourses, however, dispute the necessity of baby wearables by questioning their corporeal safety, and comment on the emotional distancing that wearables and apps have on the parent child relationship, as well as the implications around children’s privacy rights and data security.

Event details

Date: Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Venue: ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 10, Room 10.308
Cost: Free
Light lunch will be provided


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