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June 7th is VCR Day

Posted June 06, 2016 in category General by Sue FOSTER

 

 

VCR Day is dedicated to the videocassette recorder!


Check out these documentaries about movie making in the 1980s when video rental stores were on nearly every street corner ...



Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films  Featuring interviews with Eli Roth, Tobe Hooper, Franco Nero, Bo Derek, Olivia d'Abo, and Dolph Lundgren. It tells the story of Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus who bought low-rent Cannon Films, and injected ninjas, nudity, and Rambo clones into their threadbare plots. When Menahem insisted on getting 'that Stone woman' for a rip-off of Indiana Jones, instead of securing Kathleen Turner star of Romancing The Stone, he inadvertently booked Sharon Stone and launched her career.

Rewind this  Documents the impact of VHS and its recent revival and cult following by hipsters who collect shlocky 1980's direct to VHS movies that have never been re-released to dvd.

 

To view online videos you will be asked for your Swinburne username and password to login.
They are made available for educational purposes under Part VA of the Copyright Act 1968 and access is restricted to Swinburne staff and students only. 
The material is subject to copyright. Any further copying or communication may be the subject of copyright or performers' protection under the Copyright Act 1968


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Looking for somewhere to publish your paper?

Posted May 19, 2016 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

These tools can help by suggesting quality highly ranked journals based on your paper's title and abstract.

Endnote's Manuscript Matcher (watch the video to show you how).

Journal Finder from Elsevier.

For journals to avoid, see Beall's list of predatory publishers.

 

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New on Swinburne Commons (May 2016)

Posted May 02, 2016 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Swinburne Commons is the central service for managing and distributing digital media resources created at Swinburne. If you are creating video and audio at Swinburne, contact us

Recent highlights include:

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Swinburne Graduation videos (March 2016)

Posted April 27, 2016 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Swinburne's March 2016 Graduation videos are now available on Swinburne Commons.

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 All videos and programs are free to view and download. Send your ceremony to friends and family, or download a high resolution copy.

Graduation ceremonies since 2008 are available on: Swinburne Commons | YouTube | iTunes U

The "Black Stump" - Royal Insurance Group Building

Posted April 20, 2016 in category General by David BRADLEY

Buildings given heritage protection in April 2016 include the Royal Insurance Group building in Melbourne also known at "the Black Stump" . This building was first constructed in 1962 there were fears that it would "turn out to be rather grim looking", but the 18-storey building went on to win a top architecture award.

 

The library's Design Special Collection includes Entrée Card and programme from the opening of the Royal Insurance Building held on Friday 29 October 1965. The building was officially opened by Sir Robert Menzies. There is also a critical letter to the editor, comparing the dull black building to a funeral parlour.

                                   

 

Image credit: Baytram366 1988, The "Black Stump", https://www.flickr.com/photos/baytram366/11618151774 

Brutalism and Cronenberg

Posted April 20, 2016 in category General by Sue FOSTER

  

Brutalism is the 20th Century architectural style critics love to hate. The blocky aesthetic has fallen from favour because of its association with cold totalitarian bureaucracy. This is the very thing that makes Brutalist structures perfect film shorthand for The Dystopic Future.

David Cronenberg's films of the 70s and 80s are eye candy for fans of Brutalist buildings, their rigid architecture is perfect for Cronenberg's themes of malevolent science.

In Cronenberg's early student film Stereo, the "Canadian Academy of Erotic Enquiry" is actually the University of Toronto's Andrews Building, designed by famous Australian architect John Andrews. The stark poured-concrete megastructure attracted worldwide attention when unveiled in 1966. At the time of Cronenberg's film in 1969 there was still little surrounding foliage so the monolithic structure jutted out from the landscape like a raw wound.

When interviewed by Piers Handling for the Toronto International Film Festival's "David Cronenberg: Evolution" exhibition, Cronenberg explained "It was an experiment for me ... I structured the film around the architecture". "The emptiness allowed me to completely see this structure in an abstract way, because they were not inhabited yet by human beings. That attributed to the tone - the loneliness, the smallness of human beings. The relationship of technology with human beings has always interested me, and you have to think of architecture as an expression of technology." "When I went back to Scarborough College [years later] it was trashed. People had been living in it. It had been humanized. They had not allowed themselves to be pushed around by that very aggressive, distancing architecture".

Cronenberg's next film, Crimes of the Future, filmed in University of Toronto's Massey College, is also unsettling. The concrete exteriors and interiors disorient and alienate. Large empty spaces reflect spiritual emptiness and harsh, unfinished concrete Caligarian angles, dwarf and threaten the actors.

Cronenberg's film Shivers, about a parasite that infects residents of a Montreal condominium, was set in architect Mies Van der Rohe Buildings, a pair of luxury high-rises on Nuns' Island. In the film's title sequence an advertisement for the fictional Starliner apartments showcases their cold architecture. By the end of the film the suburban dream turns into a nightmare as Starliner's parasite-infested residents escape their claustrophobic apartment incubator and invade Montreal. The architecture played a major role, Cronenberg likened the isolated apartment block to a spaceship, in an era where most horror films were set in gothic vampire castles it was revolutionary and went on to influence the film Alien four years later.

Another Brutalist building, 1000 St. Charles served as ConSec headquarters in Cronenberg's film Scanners. Harsh industrial corporate exteriors housed commercial spaces where senses were assaulted by garish colors.

Swinburne Cinema Studies and Design students can access DVD online versions of selected Cronenberg films, including:

Scanners, Videodrome, eXistenZ, The Fly, Naked Lunch, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis, M Butterfly 


To view online videos you will be asked for your Swinburne username and password.
They are made available for educational purposes under Part VA of the Copyright Act 1968 and access is restricted to Swinburne staff and students.
The material is subject to copyright. Any further copying or communication may be the subject of copyright or performers' protection under the Copyright Act 1968

Image credits: Flickr - JasonParis 7938680648 | 7938681332

Swinburne Library is going cashless

Posted April 14, 2016 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


Students, did you know that from Semester 2 this year, you won't need to carry cash with you to pay for printing and photocopying?

Why change?
At present, 88 per cent of library payments occur digitally through EFTPOS. We want to do what our users want, sooner, rather than later.

Safety and security
It's also about your safety and security. Not having to carry cash with you will decrease your risk, especially if you're visiting us late at night.

Reducing queues
We know how frustrating it can be to wait in a long queue. With our cashless system in place, you'll be able to use our self-service kiosks.


We'll keep you posted on developments as our launch date nears. In the meantime, it's business as usual. Have a question? Contact us.

New on Swinburne Commons (April 2016)

Posted April 11, 2016 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Swinburne Commons is the central service for managing and distributing digital media resources created at Swinburne. If you are creating video and audio at Swinburne, contact us

Recent highlights include:

Digitised journals - Design Special Collection

Posted April 04, 2016 in category General by David BRADLEY

Swinburne Library is digitising selected material from the Design Special Collection.

Swinburne staff and students can now view digital flipbooks of early editions of a number of magazines from the 1930s and 1940s. Titles include the Australia Home Beautiful, Decoration and Glass, The Australian National Journal and The BP Magazine, as well as a souvenir brochure from Views of the New York World's Fair.  The project is ongoing with more titles to be added later in the year.

 Example of digitised magazine in a flipbook format

Log in to view the full collection

March 31st is Eiffel Tower Day

Posted March 31, 2016 in category General by Sue FOSTER


The Eiffel Tower was completed on this day in 1889.


Engineer Gustave Eiffel took 2 years, 2 months and 5 days to build the tower for the International Exhibition of Paris marking the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.

Find out about its constuction in the video "Monsieur Eiffel's tower" (part of the Design Classics series)


To view online videos you will be asked for your Swinburne username and password to login.
They are made available for educational purposes under Part VA of the Copyright Act 1968 and access is restricted to Swinburne staff and students only. 
The material is subject to copyright. Any further copying or communication may be the subject of copyright or performers' protection under the Copyright Act 1968

Image credit: Flickr bvi4092

New on Swinburne Commons (March 2016)

Posted March 18, 2016 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Turn of the century art posters - New York Public Libray

Posted March 16, 2016 in category General by David BRADLEY

Over 2000 posters are now available to download for free from New York Public Library's digital collection.

The posters highlight the development of modern commercial design as advertising, but also its development as an art form. 

       

To start browsing the collection go to  New York Public Library

Image credit: Harper's February 1895 (Cover page) and Ben Blair plainsman, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection

Need a published alternative to Wikipedia?

Posted March 15, 2016 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

There are also 1000s of online dictionaries, handbooks and encyclopedias on special subject areas, that are searchable through

Library Search

Just type in what you're looking for, eg law dictionary, or handbook of human resource management to find them.

Special subject reference books are also listed in most Subject Guides.

Here are some examples of special subject encyclopedias and dictionaries, all online, and available 24/7.

Wiley international encyclopedia of marketing

Dorland's illustrated medical dictionary

The Encyclopedia of Melbourne

 The Laws of Australia

 Encyclopedic handbook of integrated optics

 Wiley encyclopedia of management

 

 There is also a page for general online dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Dictionaries and encyclopedias

OZ Magazine (London) - Now available online

Posted March 03, 2016 in category General by David BRADLEY

Every issue of OZ can now be viewed and downloaded for research purposes from the University of Wollongong Research Online.

Oz was an influential psychedelic underground newspaper that was published in London between 1967 and 1973 after several years of an Australian version that was equally mind-blowing.

            


The newspaper featured an impressive range of contributors, including Germaine Greer, Lillian Roxon, Barney Bubbles, David Widgery, Clive James, Edward de Bono, Richard Meltzer, Clay Wilson, Colin MacInnes, Anthony Haden-Guest, and Raymond Durgnat. Interview subjects included Pete Townshend, Timothy Leary, Jimmy Page, and Andy Warhol. Martin Sharp was initially responsible for art and graphic design.

Go to University of Wollongong Research Online

Image credit: Oz 7 cover image, October 1967 and Oz 15 cover image, September 1968


Celebrate World Book Day and Mustaccio March

Posted March 03, 2016 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Hot on the heels of Soup Catcher September, Don't Shave December and Fu Manchu February

... it's Mustaccio March!


March 3rd is also World Book Day - check out the Library's display of moustached biographies