Notes on Contributors


#4 (June 2014)

editors: Robert Briggs & Niall Lucy, Curtin University



Louis Armand is a Sydney-born writer who has lived in Prague since 1994. He is the author of six novels, including Breakfast at Midnight (2012), described by 3AM magazine’s Richard Marshall as ‘a perfect modern noir’, and Cairo (2014; both from Equus, London). His most recent collections of poetry are Indirect Objects (Vagabond, 2014) and Synopticon (with John Kinsella; LPB, 2012). His work has been included in the Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry and Best Australian Poems. His screenplay, Clair Obscur, received an honourable mention at the 2009 Alpe Adria Trieste International Film Festival. Currently he directs the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory in the Philosophy Faculty of Charles University where he also edits the international arts magazine VLAK. See his website for more information.


Joel Gn is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore. His research considers cute design as a technology and explores the phenomenological implications of the aesthetic in interactive agents such as digital partners and social robots. Joel’s other interests include critical theory, science fiction and East Asian popular culture.


Adrian Martin is Professor of Film Studies at Goethe University (Frankfurt), and Monash University (Melbourne). He is published internationally and has been translated into over twenty languages, with regular columns in De Filmkrant (Holland) and Caiman (Spain). He is the author of six books (Phantasms, Once Upon a Time in AmericaRaúl Ruiz: Magnificent Obsessions, The Mad Max Movies, Last Day Every Day, What is Modern Cinema?) and is Co-Editor of the on-line film journals LOLA ( and Screening the Past, as well as the books Movie Mutations and Raúl Ruiz: Images of Passage. His forthcoming book (Palgrave, late 2014) is Mise en scène and Film Style: From Classical Hollywood to New Media Art.


Francis Russell is a PhD student in Cultural and Literary studies at Curtin University, Perth, Australia, where he tutors in the Department of Art and the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts. His current research involves an investigation into the interstices of art, nihilism and phenomenology.


Darren Tofts is Professor of Media and Communications, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Tofts is a well-known cultural critic who writes regularly for a range of national and international publications on issues to do with cyberculture, new media arts and critical and cultural theory. He is Associate Editor of 21C magazine and a member of the editorial boards of Postmodern Culture, Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures and Fibreculture Journal. His publications include Memory Trade: A Prehistory of Cyberculture (Interface, 1998), Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History (MIT Press, 2002) and Interzone: Media Arts in Australia (Thames & Hudson, 2005). His most recent book is Alephbet: essays on ghost writing, nutshells & infinite space (Litteraria Pragensia, 2014).


McKenzie Wark is Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College, the New School, New York. His books include The Spectacle of Disintegration (Verso, 2013), Telesthethia: Communication, Culture and Class (Polity, 2012), The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International (Verso, 2011), Gamer Theory (Harvard University Press, 2007), A Hacker Manifesto (Harvard University Press, 2004), Celebrities, Culture and Cyberspace: The Light on the Hill in a Postmodern World (Pluto, 1998), The Virtual Republic: Australia’s Culture Wars of the 1990s (Allen & Unwin, 1998) and Virtual Geography: Living with Global Media Events (Allen & Unwin, 1994).


Rowan Wilken is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, and Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Fellow in the Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology. His present research interests include mobile and locative media, digital technologies and culture, domestic technology consumption, old and new media, and theories and practices of everyday life. He is author of Teletechnologies, Place & Community (Routledge, 2011), co-editor (with Gerard Goggin) of the collections Mobile Technology and Place (Routledge, 2012) and Locative Media (Routledge, forthcoming 2014). He is presently working on two books: a monograph on locative media, and an edited collection (with Justin Clemens) on the work and influence of Georges Perec.





Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy

ISSN 2200-8616


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