Revise: The Art and Science of Contemporary Remix Cultures
Held at the University of Wollongong
2-3 December, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Getting to UOW

In advance of the conference, please find some important details about getting to UOW below. 

Conference Venue

Revise will be held at the University of Wollongong, in Wollongong, NSW in the Communications Building, Building 20, in Lecture Hall 5 (20.5). From the bus stop, go straight down the ramp, past the car park, and down another ramp. Building 20 is directly across from the Library and Panizzi's Cafe. A registration table is set up directly outside 20.5 with nametags and conference booklets and will be staffed during breaks and lunch. For full details about the campus please see the University website: A campus map of UOW may be viewed at

Getting to UOW

For those arriving by train, you will need to get off at North Wollongong Station. There is a bus stop at the train station with a free shuttle to the University, Route 9 (North Gong Shuttle). It is designed to connect with the train services at that station. Please see the complete schedule here:

For those driving, there is parking available around the campus for a small fee. Please see the parking website for details: As we are currently out of session, there should be ample parking available.

For anyone coming from town or the Medina Hotel, Wollongong operates a free bus, called the Gong Shuttle, which travels around the city both clockwise (the 55A) and counter-clockwise (the 55C). It can be picked up any bus stop marked with a bright green ―Free Gong Shuttle‖ post, and travels between the University and the conference accommodation at the Medina Hotel on Market Street. Take the 55C to the University, and the 55A back to the Hotel. The free bus runs from 7am – 10pm, Monday – Friday and 8am – 6pm on weekends. For details on the Gong Shuttle, please see the service map here:

Taxis are also easily available to get around Wollongong. Call (02) 4229 9311 to order a taxi.

For any further information, see the University‘s ―Getting to UOW guide here:

Pre-Conference Workshop: "Premix: Experiments in Open Source Cultural Practice"

This workshop will be held in the afternoon of Wednesday, 1 December in the Creative Arts Building (Building 25) in Room 128 (25.128) beginning at 1.30pm. For details about this event check out the website here:


Morning and afternoon tea and lunch will all be served in the foyer of the Communications Building. Vegetarian options are available.

Social Program

Thursday evening, after the conference events have ended, we will move the UniBar (on campus) for Mashup! to have dinner, drinks, and enjoy conversation and remix performances by Buttress O’Kneel, Slapsista and Guy Sterling, and also a presentation of fan videos. This event will commence at 5.30pm, directly after the conference.

There will be a conference dinner held on Friday evening, beginning at 6.30pm at Ghedia’s Indian Restaurant, 2/123 Corrimal Street, Wollongong. This is just around the corner from the Medina Hotel, across from the Harp. The restaurant is fully licensed and also allows BYO for a corkage fee of $2.50pp.

Presentation Details

Each presenter will be given 20 minutes to speak. After all the speakers in each panel have presented, questions will be held for 30 minutes at the end of the panel in a discussion format.

The conference room is fully equipped with a PC and a Mac, a data projector, screen, DVD player, and a whiteboard. You will be able to present using your own laptop, however, we encourage the use of the available computers. Please load your Powerpoint onto the computer in the room and check in with your panel chair before the session begins.

Please ensure that your mobile phones are either off or on silent during the panels and discussion sessions.

Internet Access

Revise attendees are able to access the University wireless using a guest account. A detailed document on how to connect for both Macs and PCs is available at the registration desk.

Emergency Contacts

If you need help at any point, please don‘t hesitate to contact Arts Central in Building 19, Room 1050 or by phone at 4221 5328. If you need after-hours assistance contact Katie Freund at 0402 163 020 or by email at, or Andrew Whelan at 0422 097 489

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Important Conference Updates

We're almost there! Just 10 days to go until the conference begins. The program booklet is now complete and can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF from Google Docs. Check it out here.

Some minor changes to the schedule have been made, however, unless you were contacted directly then your presentation time should remain the same as noted in the earlier email.

All of the main conference events will be held in the Communications Building (20), Lecture Hall 5. On Thursday evening we will move to the UniBar for Mashup! An evening of remix sound and video performance. Check out the event details on Facebook or see the poster for more details.

Premix will be held in the Creative Arts Building (25), Room 128 on Wednesday, 1 December from 1.30pm, and will feature a special performance by British multimedia artist Scanner. The workshop events are free, but there is a cost of $10 for the Scanner performance. Again, see the Facebook page or check out the event poster for details:

As noted in the conference booklet, presentations should be 20 minutes in length. There will be time for discussion and questions held at the end of each session (rather than after each presentation). Powerpoint presentations are welcome: please have your file ready on a USB to be loaded onto the computer before your session starts. There is a Mac, a PC, a DVD player, a whiteboard, and a data projector available in the conference venue of 20.5. If you have any questions about your presentation, please contact the conference team at

Monday, November 15, 2010

Conference Schedule Now Online!

The schedule for Revise is now ready! You can view the entire conference schedule as a PDF file on Google Docs. Check it out below or click here to find it.

Don't forget to book your travel arrangements and accommodation soon, as the event is fast approaching. For information on conference accommodation and travel to Wollongong, check out this link. As always, you can contact us by email for any assistance you might need.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Revise Poster

We've just drafted a new poster for Revise. Feel free to print it out, share it, pass it on, etc.! Find the PDF on Google Docs here.

Revise Conference

Announcing a Special Event: Premix!

Revise is pleased to announce the special workshop, Premix: Experiments in Open Source Cultural Practice, which will take place on Wednesday, 1 December in the afternoon here at the University of Wollongong as a lead-in to the main conference, from Thursday 2 to Friday 3 December.

Organised by Creative Arts faculty member Brogan Bunt, this event brings together educators and artists to discuss the pedagogical potentials of remix, and will feature a very special guest speaker: electronic multimedia artist Scanner. Scanner will present a talk entitled: "Telephone Terrorism to Soundtracking the Dead: The Adventures and Tales of a Flaneur and Bricoleur". In addition to this session, Scanner will be giving a live performance in Wollongong Wednesday event.

From his website:
British artist Robin Rimbaud traverses the experimental terrain between sound, space, image and form, creating absorbing, multi-layered sound pieces that twist technology in unconventional ways. From his early controversial work using found mobile phone conversations, through to his focus on trawling the hidden noise of the modern metropolis as the symbol of the place where hidden meanings and missed contacts emerge, his restless explorations of the experimental terrain have won him international admiration from amongst others, Bjork, Aphex Twin and Stockhausen.

Additional speakers will include:
  • Chris Moore and Graham Barwell on their collaborative project on creating machinima using World of Warcraft to tell the story of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales"
  • Brogan Bunt and Peter Goodall on open source frameworks for introducing computational media art practice
  • Lucas Ihlein on the Art School Garden.
The workshop is free for any and all attendees, and Revise participants are encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity.

For more information about this event, please contact Brogan at or the Revise team at Further details will be forthcoming as they become available.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Last Call for Registrations

It's now last call for anyone who still needs to register for Revise. If you have not yet done so, please follow this link to Conference Online to register for the event. If you have any questions or concerns before registering, please contact us directly at We're hoping to work out the scheduling in the next few weeks.

For information on hotels and accommodation in Wollongong, please see this post for further details on how to book.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Registration and Accommodation

[UPDATED: A new link to the registration has been provided below. Sorry for any confusion.]

After many weeks of organising, we've finally got all the details sorted out! Here are the details on how to register for the event, and where to book accommodation in Wollongong. This information is forthcoming to you all via email as well.

Pre-Conference Event
A related masterclass is being organised by the Faculty of Creative Arts and the Institute for Social Transformation Research, to be held on Wednesday, 1 December 2010 and all Revise attendees are invited to attend without charge. Stay tuned for further details as they develop.

In order to attend, you will need to register in advance through the Conference Online service. The fees are $60 for academics and $50 for postgraduates and artists to cover the cost of facilities rental and catering. Please register by 1 November, 2010.

The main accommodation will be at Medina Executive Wollongong Hotel. Two types of rooms have been reserved for the conference attendees: studio rooms with single beds, at the rate of $124/night, and one bedroom rooms with a queen size bed for $139/night. You will need to contact the hotel directly to make your booking. Make sure you mention you are part of the Revise event in order to get the special rates, which are available to all attendees from 1 – 4 December, 2010. The hotel details are as follows:

Medina Executive Wollongong Hotel
19 Market Street
NSW 2500 Australia
Tel: +61 2 4250 5000
Fax: +61 2 4250 5099

Budget Accommodation is available Keiraview Accommodation, one of the student dormitories, as well. There are several types of rooms. For backpacker accommodation, there are 4 share dorm rooms with bunk beds and shared bathroom/kitchen facilities for $33/night per person and twin share rooms with bunk beds and an ensuite bathroom for $44.50/night per person. Additionally, there are hotel rooms available at Keiraview with a double bed, TV, air conditioning, ensuite bathroom, and kitchenette. Mention that you are attending a University conference to receive the discount rate of $90/night. It is recommended you book Keiraview early as rooms disappear quickly. The dormitory details are as following:

Keiraview Accommodation
75-79 Keira Street
NSW 2522 Australia
Tel: +61 2 4229 9700
Fax: +61 2 4229 1875

To Wollongong
Wollongong is easily accessible by train from Sydney city and the airport. Check out for details. The closest station to the University is North Wollongong. Leisure Coast Limousine Service also offers a $50 flat rate for pick-up from the airport and delivery at any location in Wollongong. Check out their website or call them at +61 2 4261 7393 for details and booking.

Around Wollongong
Wollongong operates a free bus, which travels around the city. It stops just outside the Medina, and is a 5 minute walk from Keiraview, and stops at the University for easy transport to and from the conference. It is available from the every ten minutes from 7am – 6pm and every 20 minutes 6pm – 10pm Monday through Friday, and every 20 minutes from 8am – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Taxis are also easily available, and most of the city is easily walkable.

About Wollongong
For more information about the city check out Tourism Wollongong or the University of Wollongong websites.
Please feel free to contact the conference organisers by email at if you have any difficulties, questions, or need help organising your trip. We look forward to hosting you in December!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Registration Details; Submissions Closed

Thanks to everyone who submitted artistic works! We are now no longer accepting content for the conference. We'll be sorting through everything and getting back to you soon.

There are still several months until the conference, and things are being set up here on our end. Just for your information, the registration fees for the conference will be $65 for academics and $50 for postgraduate students and artists, which will be used to pay for catering and room rentals over the two day event. We are currently in the process of organizing an online registration system for the conference, so please bear with us. You will be notified by email once everything is ready, and we will also make an announcement here on the blog.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Abstracts Accepted!

We've been busy reading through all the abstracts that we received, and have made our decisions! If you have submitted an abstract, please check your email to see if you were accepted. We had lots of fascinating submissions, and it looks like it's shaping up to be a great event.

If you were accepted, please keep an eye on your email and on this space for information about registration and hotels here in Wollongong. The conference team is still in the process of making these arrangements, and we hope to have things sorted soon. Thanks for your patience on this.

A note to remix artists and practitioners: we are still accepting remix art, music, and video until the 15 June. Please send your expressions of interest to

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Abstract Update

We're overwhelmed by the response to our call for abstracts - thanks everyone for your submissions! The Revise team is currently sorting through them, and we hope to have made our decisions shortly. Please bear with us for now.

We are still looking for more submissions from remix artists and practitioners. If you create art, sculpture, music, video, etc., we would love to include your work as part of our event. You are welcome to submit a piece of artwork, or to give a talk on your style or work on remix. Please check out this page for more details.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Abstracts Due Next Week!

Just a reminder to get those abstracts in soon, as the deadline is 15 April, 2010: that's next Thursday! Please check out the full Call for Papers. If you are a remix or fan artist, we'd love to hear from you too!

Please distribute the CFP around to any interested parties or share it on relevant mailing lists.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Call for Remix Submissions

Our upcoming conference on remix cultures is seeking contributions from remix artists and practitioners. This event aims to bring together researchers whose work investigates aspects of remixing, alongside practitioners working in remix cultures, for a collaborative conference. We invite remixers of all kinds to submit artworks in the media of their choice, and/or to speak on their style or aesthetics, or other features of their practice. Live performance submissions are also welcome.

Expressions of intent of 200-250 words should be sent to by 15 April, 2010. Please include your full name (and/or artist/fan name), email address, and institutional affiliation (if applicable) along with the proposal, and include any tech requirements.

Please see for more information, or email if you have any questions.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Coordinator Profile: Rae Campbell

Rae Campbell is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Science, Media and Communication at the University of Wollongong. She is writing her thesis on shifting western cultural discourses concerning value and power associated with nerd identity and considering whether there is a gender inequity when it comes to the power and cultural advantages now attached to the nerd label.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Coordinator Profile: Andrew Whelan

Andrew Whelan is a sociology lecturer at UOW with interests in music, gender, and language use. His current research addresses noise and death metal, sampling practices in breakcore, and forms of 'problematic' speech and discourse online.

Remix recommendation: the last tune on this release.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Coordinator Profile: Katie Freund

Katie is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Science, Media & Communication at the University of Wollongong. She is writing her dissertation on fan-made remix videos, known as vids, which edit television and film footage to music, and also researches virtual worlds such as Second Life and their uses for education.

Blog: Fanthropology
Twitter: Katiedigc
Second Life: Rina Ethaniel

Remix recommendations:

"Supernatural at the Movies" by Ash

"Expialidocious", by Pogo

Coordinator Profile: Chris Moore

Chris Moore is a father, gamer and lecturer in Digital Communications, Games and Media Studies at the University of Wollongong. Currently researching Australian games and gamers and their cultural, economic and social contributions, this focus has emerged from analysis of the complementary and alternative regimes of intellectual property generation and management, including the Open Source movement and digital games modification and machinima sub-cultures and online learning practices. Check him out on Flickr and Twitter.


We've finally gone and done it! Chris Moore, Andrew Whelan, Rae Campbell, and I are now hosting a conference here at UOW. It's called "Revise: The Art and Science of Contemporary Remix Culture" and it's coming up on 2-3 December, 2010.

We are seeking both academic papers and fan submissions of artwork, video remixes and mashups, DJ work, and literary remix. I would love to see practitioners and fan artists attend this event, and you are welcome to submit a short abstract (200-250 words) to and speak for about 15-20 min about your work or your style. It is our hope to combine the academics and the artists in a collaborative event that everyone can enjoy.

Please check out the Call for Papers in the sidebar for more information on topics and submission guidelines. Abstracts are due by 15 April, 2010!

Call for Papers Now Open!

Revise: The Art and Science of Contemporary Remix Culture

Dec 2-3, 2010
University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia

In a media saturated environment, questions about authoriality and the ownership of cultural content have come to be increasingly urgent. A number of recent, high profile legal cases have highlighted the difficulties involved in adjudicating between different models of ownership and of cultural production. Furthermore, online environments render local, fannish, and ‘amateur’ forms of cultural production (frequently drawing on ‘Big Content’) increasingly visible – sometimes to the apparent detriment of these forms of vernacular creativity.

Across audio, televisual, cinematic, textual, and other forms, proprietary models of cultural production face challenges in managing, controlling, and monetising content tailored for a mass audience. It is paradoxical that a measure of success for such content is the extent to which it is - often almost immediately - adapted and re-used by vernacular cultures. Conversely, interventions by fans and other niche cultural producers are often understood on the one hand to be forms of innovative appropriation and interventions in the flow of cultural goods, and on the other to be products of unpaid labour, raising the value of material that is already ubiquitous in an attention economy sense.

This event aims to bring together researchers whose work investigates aspects of remixing, alongside practitioners working in remix cultures, for an interdisciplinary and collaborative conference. We are also soliciting curated art and video works in addition to presentations by remix practitioners and academic papers.

Call for papers
Abstracts of 200-250 words should be sent to by 15 April, 2010. Please include your full name (and/or artist/fan name), email address, and institutional affiliation (if applicable) along with the abstract. In addition to formal academic papers, we also welcome roundtable or panel discussion suggestions, and/or presentations by remix practitioners on their art or style. Curated artwork exhibits and live performance submissions are also welcomed. The following is a list of possible themes, but it by no means exhaustive.

  • Interrogating the boundaries of remix: when did remix 'start'? What of homage, pastiche, and the cover version? How are the boundaries between reference and appropriation established, and to what ends?
  • 'Reading' remixes: the semiotics of citation.
  • Literary allusion and remix in poetry: erasure and found poetry.
  • The artistic tradition of readymades.
  • Remix, originality, and creative process.
  • The ethics of appropriation.
  • Music remix - plunderphonics, DJ culture, hip-hop, electronic dance music: sampling cultures and aesthetics.
  • Intertextuality and ekphrasis: elements of one medium surfacing in another.
  • Remix offline and on: from dancefloors to netlabels and YouTube; remix and the networked archive.
  • Remixing in time: repetition and variation of source material; remix and the reconstitution of the past.
  • Histories of remix.
  • Fanfiction, slash and textual innovation.
  • Video: fan vidding, trailer mashups, anime music videos, machinima.
  • Remix and 'the canon': from JXL's A Little Less Conversation to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
  • Open source as remix.
  • Visual art - digital media remix art, appropriation, combining existing content.
  • Practices of appropriation and engagement with copyright, fair use and other intellectual property doctrines.
  • The aesthetics and interactions of remix communities of practice.
  • Remix economics and anti-economics.
  • The role of industry in remix.

For more information, please email or see