Kirikiriroa Conversations

Kirikiriroa Conversations
Date Thursday 30 September 2021
Time 3:10pm - 3:40pm
Where S.1.01
Presenter Michael Boag and Alec Tolland
Contact Dr. Kyle Barrett
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Screen and Media Studies (SMST) are proud to present another series of Kirikiriroa Conversations. The aim of these chats is to explore topics of interest from staff and graduate students across the University that may be works-in-progress, recently published papers, or even just something you are passionate about! It is an opportunity to explore avenues of research or practice that may not have found a place in a lecture or publication. Why not discuss it in a friendly, open, informal environment? There are no prescribed formats for presenting as long as each conversation will be 15 mins long with 5 mins of questions. Afterward, come along to SMST’s legendary Thirsty Thursdays!

Second Conversation(s) - 30th September 2021

This week, we have two stellar conversations with the added challenge of discussing these works-in-progress in 7.5 mins each!

Michael Boag -  Master of Media and Creative Technologies (Screen and Media Studies)

Scaring Aotearoa: Can Television Benefit from Horror?

Contemporary television scriptwriting has, arguably, developed to cater toward commercialism and the need to market to as wide as possible audience, sacrificing character development and cohesive narrative arcs. How can Aotearoa's scriptwriters challenge this issue? What genres can be further developed to both appease wide audiences yet be subversive? What is unique about Aotearoa's setting that can subvert the contemporary television landscape? This conversation will explore avenues to foster Aotearoa’s television production, discussing horror genre tropes which could benefit the nation's televisual storytelling.

Alec Tolland - Master of Media and Creative Technologies (Screen and Media Studies)

Sensing a Place: Contemporary Psychogeography in Aotearoa

Developed by Guy Debord as part of the Situationist International movement of the 1950s/60s, psychogeography is a method to measure the psychological impact of urban environments on individuals. Conducting a dérive – a form of aimless ambulation - in a specific location of a city reveals various socio-cultural-political intersections of everyday life. Different forms of media are often used to showcase one’s dérive to visually display their thoughts, feelings and interactions within their surroundings. But what happens when we step outside of the city? This conversation will discuss a work-in-progress which utilises psychogeography to explore the Taitua Arboretum located just outside of Kirikiriroa. Through a combination of video and still photography, this seminar will unravel how a natural but human-made environment affects our senses to influence our thoughts and feelings.