Mid-Stride but it keeps coming …

Another day marked for me by peeks under the hood at some of the potential goodies to be had. Stephen Atherton’s (Apple Australia) Keynote was served up in his charming fashion (with dreadful French accent at one stage), and a very elegant Keynote slideshow to accompany him. Stephen dealt with Apple’s mission in Higher Ed creative arts, and tackled a definition of creativity as process and philosophy. This got a good going over, and it was nice to see the remarkable (Sir) Ken Robinson again in that TED talk. And of course we got to see how the new Leopard server is going to make podcasting that much easier when we get it.

Stuart Harris (Apple Australia) did a double act with Stephen on Apple’s production tools. I was impressed for the first of many times today with the way Final Cut Studio operates to mix various file types: moving/still/audio. Started me thinking about utilising this in live production as did Luke Toop’s (SAU) great demo session on Quartz Composer. I had never heard of this until today. I knew about that little folder ominously entitled Developer Tools on the OSX installation disk. Had I ever gone there? Are you kidding … . But after Luke’s demo I got thinking again about the way the dynamics of live performance could be captured and fed through the Quartz patches (which seemed a snap to create) and into digital sound and images … and all live! Need to get a tech friend to come on board to create a project next year.

And the round table took on the Digital Indigenes. Not the first or the last time we’re going to hear this term bandied round, but I tended to side with Paul Turnbull (GU) who cautioned against falling for the ‘moral panic’ out there: ‘Be wary of taking on board this concept without considering who’s pushing this and why.’ Good point. It was nice to see that the research by Gregor Kennedy (UMelbourne) matches with my own informal surveys on what this group uses and how much. The discussion rolled on, as it usually does when a group of academics get together, to deal with reading standards, plagiarism … ethics, (re)search and cutting and pasting in the creative arts. All juicy topics that could have kept us going for at least another hour. Paul Draper (GU) noted the issue of workflow in multi and inter-disciplinary groups as the biggest challenge today in the creative arts. We were discussing time (another hot topic amongst overworked academics). The notion of Gen-Y’s inhabiting a different ‘chrono space’ has provided food for thought. It makes sense of the much bandied ‘instant gratification,’ ‘always on,’ 24-7 capability of a digital generation.

The afternoon ended for me with my presentation, which was OK. A small but very helpful group stayed with me as I talked through my own ‘permanent beta journey’ of discovery with students in creating and promoting performance art.





One response to “Mid-Stride but it keeps coming …”

  1. Stephen Avatar

    Heh! My accent wasn’t that bad!

    I hereby challenge you to an accent duel 🙂

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