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Projects / books in development

I Am Robot And Proud
Book on Japanese manga, animation, music & popular culture - in development

Books

100 Anime
Book on Japanese animation - commissioned by the British Film Institute, London, 2005; second printing, 2006.

TEZUKA - The Marvel of Manga
Edited book on Tezuka's manga, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2006; second printing, 2007.

Books translated into Japanese

100 Modern Soundtracks
Book on film scores and sound design - commissioned by the British Film Institute, London, 2004
Japanese edition published by Film Art, Tokyo, 2005

Curatorial projects

TEZUKA - The Marvel of Manga
Curated retrospective on Tezuka's manga - commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, late 2006; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, early 2007; Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, mid 2007.

Focus on Tezuka
Curated retrospective programme of Tezuka's anime - commissioned by the Australian Centre of the Moving Image, Melbourne, December 2006 to January 2007; touring nationally in Australia throughout 2007; USA/Europe dates/venues in development.


AURAL GAZING- Japanese Audio-Vision
Catalogue essay & screening notes for Experimenta's VANISHING POINT exhibition, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, 2005


A LUST FOR VIOLENCE - Seijun Suzuki
Curated retrospective for the 49th Melbourne International Film Festival, 2000


MAYHEM, MAGIC & MAELSTROMS - Studio Ghibli
Curated retrospective for the 46th Melbourne International Film Festival, 1997; programme incorporated into the Asian Shadows Film Festival, UCLA, Los Angeles, 1998; programme and programme notes incorporated into the 23rd New Zealand International Film Festival, Dunedin, 2000

GLIMPSES OF A FANTASTIC IMAGINATION - Osamu Tezuka
Curated retrospective for the 44th Melbourne International Film Festival, 1995


KABOOM! Explosive Animation from America & Japan
Curated exhibition - commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1994

Articles / talks

The Sound of an Android’s Soul - Music, Muzak and MIDI in Time Of Eve
full version published in Palgrave Handbook of Music & Sound Design in Screen Media, Palgrave/Macmillan, London, 2017

Review: Shin Godzilla
broadcast on Radio National's The Final Cut, October 2016

Meta-Cinema & Japanese Comedy
unpublished slide lecture for the Urbanism lectures, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2016

The Art Of Gundam review
for the column Manga Museums & Anime Art, Madblogs, Madman Entertainment, Melbourne, 2015

Attack On Titan review
for the column Manga Museums & Anime Art, Madblogs, Madman Entertainment, Melbourne, 2015

Panel participant - Don't Follow The Wind
for the Don't Follow The Wind Fukushima Exclusion Zone exhibition, Watari Museum, Japan, 2015

The Reflecting Screen: How Artists Address Media
published in the Technologism exhibition catalogue, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2015 (includes discussion of Expo '70 and Nam June Paik)

Sine Qua Son: Considering the Sine Wave Tone in Electronic Art
published in Abstract Video Art, University of California Press, Los Angeles, 2015 (includes discussion of work by Ryoji Ikeda)

Meta-Cinema & Japanese Comedy
unpublished slide lecture for the Cult Japan film programme, Australian Cinematheque, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2015

Tokyo Art Meeting 5: Seeking New Genealogies: Bodies / Leaps / Traces
published in Real Time No.125, Sydney, 2015

Yoshihide Otomo's Between Art And Music
published in The Wire No.372, London, 2015

Kazuyuki Kishino / Makato Kawabata / Yumiko Tanaka
published in The Wire No.372, London, 2015

Nobuya Hoki, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
published in Frieze No.168, London, 2014

Sacred Sites and Screenic Figurines: Perfume at Love Japan Night
published for the column Audiovision, in RealTime No.124, Sydney, 2014

Public Singing & Imperfect Pitch
for the special section Freedom Principles, published in The Wire No.370, London, 2014 (includes discussion of the origins of Karaoke)

Naoki Urasawa: 20th Century Artist
published on MadBlogs February, Madman Entertainment, Melbourne, 2014

Q&A with Yasuhiro Yoshiura
Melbourne International Film Festival, 2014

Sound: Hayayo Miyazaki's The Wind Rises
published in Film Comment Vol.50 No.3, New York, March-April 2014

Hayayo Miyazaki's The Wind Rises
published on Frieze magazine blog, London, May 2014

Loving the Image of Your Own Voice: Japanese Digital Signage
published for the column Audiovision, in RealTime No.118, Sydney, 2014

The Sound of Godzilla's Footsteps
symposium presentation, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2013

Tomoko Konoike: Distilling the Natural. Imagining the Unnatural.
catalogue essay for Tomoko Konoike, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, 2013

Affected Music & Emotional Exhaustion: Documentary of AKB48: Show Must Go On
published for the column Audiovision, in RealTime No.113, Sydney, 2013

Tokusatsu Comes Alive
published in MadBlogs February, Madman Entertainment, Melbourne, 2013

Tokusatsu: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
published in Frieze No.152, London, 2013

The Way Wakamatsu Chose His Own Fate: Political Mortality & Radical Dramaturgy
published in Senses Of Cinema No.65, Melbourne, 2012

Sexual Robots & Plastic Humans in Anime
(extended unpublished lecture from 100 ANIME) - as part of the exhibition JAPAN - KINGDOM OF CHARACTERS, College of Creative Arts, Wellington, New Zealand; keynote for the 25th Society For Animation Studies Conference, RMIT University, Melbourne; VCA Film & TV School, 2012

Island Nation: After The Tsunami
published in Frieze No.144, London, 2012

The Sound of an Android’s Soul - Music, Muzak and MIDI in Time Of Eve
published in Cinefile Vol.7 No.1, Vancouver, 2011

Introduction to Osamu Tezuka's manga
unpublished slide lecture, Arc Cinema, Canberra, 2011

How Anime Fucks The World (And You With It)
(extended unpublished lecture on FLCL from 100 ANIME) - talk delivered at the conference WORLD CINEMA NOW
, Monash University, Melbourne, 2011

Pink Cinema
panel contribution for 1st Fantastic Asia Film Festival, Nova Cinema, Melbourne, 2011

Anime At The Speed Of Thought
catalogue essay for the DVD release of Welcome To Irabu's Office and The Tatami Galaxy, Siren Visual, Melbourne, 2011

Sexual Robots & Plastic Humans in Anime
(extended unpublished lecture from 100 ANIME) - RMIT University Gallery, Melbourne, & VCA Film & TV School, Melbourne, 2011

Relationships Between Manga & Anime
published in the Manga Impact catalogue, National Film Museum, Turin, published by Phaidon Press, 2011
(compiled from excerpts from 100 ANIME BFI Publishing, London, 2005)

Tezuka's Gekiga: Behind The Mask
reprinted in Manga: An Anthology Of Global & Cultural Perspectives, Continuum, London, 2010

Kazuna Taguchi: Silent Sirens From The Floating World
catalogue essay for exhibiton at Void+, Tokyo, 2009

Delusional Praxis & Cinematic Immolation in Ecstasy of Angels
Un, Volume 3 No.2, Melbourne, 2009

Anime
monthly column of mini-reviews of anime - published by Empire, Sydney - 2006-2008
Sexual Robots & Plastic Humans in Anime
(extended unpublished lecture from 100 ANIME) - VCA Film & Television School, Melbourne, 2008; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2008

Introduction to Osamu Tezuka's manga
unpublished slide lecture, Asian Studies Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, 2008

Sexual Robots & Plastic Humans in Anime
(extended unpublished lecture from 100 ANIME) - special lecture tour commissioned by the Consul of Japan & the Japanese Embassy, New Zealand & the Japan Foundation: University of Canterbury, Christchurch; Victoria UNiversity, Wellington; the Japan Information & Culture Centre, Wellington; Auckland Museum, Auckland, 2007

Sound: Nobuhiro Yamashita's 'Linda Linda Linda'
published in Film Comment Vol.43 No.4, July-August, New York, 2007

Sonic - Atomic - Neumonic: Apocalyptic Echoes in Japanese Animation
published in Illusion of Life 2 - Essays on Animation, Power Publications, Sydney, 2007 (from original presentation at the Illusion of Life conference, Sydney 1995)

How Sound Floats on Land: the Suppression & Release of Indigenous Musics on the Cinematic Terrain
excerpt reprinted in BEYOND THE SOUNDTRACK, University of California Press, 2007 (includes discussion of Kaidan)

Introduction to Osamu Tezuka's manga
unpublished slide lecture, Brisbane Writers Festival, Brisbane, 2007

various floor talks on Osamu Tezuka's manga
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, 2007

various floor talks on Osamu Tezuka's manga
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2007

The 50 Best Things About Anime
Empire (Australian), Sydney, January 2007

Tezuka: From Manga to Anime
unpublished slide lecture, Chauvel Cinema, 2007; Revelation - Perth International Film Festival, 2007

'n_scape' and 'Becoming' as Acts of Japanese Art
published in Bijutsu Techo Vol.59 No.890, Tokyo, January 2007

The RAPT! Symposium - a Wandering Wrap-Up of Ideas Surfaced
published in the 2nd Volume catalogue for RAPT! 20 CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS FROM JAPAN, Tokyo, 2007

Toru Takemistu Golden Cinema Week
contribution to poll conducted the film programme of the exhibition Toru Takemitsu: Visions in Time, Tokyo Opera City Gallery, Tokyo, 2006

Misreading Manga
published in the catalogue for TEZUKA: The Marvel of Manga, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2006

Tezuka's Gekiga - Behind The Mask
published in the catalogue for TEZUKA: The Marvel of Manga, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2006

Tezuka: From Manga to Anime
unpublished slide lecture, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, 2006

various floor talks on Osamu Tezuka's manga
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2006/2007

Sound: Katsuhito Ishii's 'Funky Forest'
published in Film Comment Vol.40 No.6, November-December, New York, 2006

Sexual Robots & Plastic Humans in Anime
(extended unpublished lecture from 100 ANIME) - VCA Film & Television School, Sydney, 2006

n-scape Japan: Traversing Contemporary Japanese Art
panel contribution for the RAPT! 20 CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS FROM JAPAN symposium, Asialink, Melbourne, 2006

Prismatic Japan: Angles on Contemporary Art from Japan
published in the catalogue for RAPT! 20 CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS FROM JAPAN, Tokyo, 2006

Manga & Anime in Australia
published in Wochi Kochi No.13 (the Japan Foundation Quarterly Newsletter), Tokyo, 2006

Sound: Alexander Sukurov's 'The Sun'
published in Film Comment Vol.40 No.3, May-June, New York, 2006

L'Amour Japan: Recent Frissons in Japanese Cinema
published in Metro Magazine No.149, Melbourne, 2006
(contains reviews of Heart Beating In The Dark (New Version), Green Minds Metal Bats, Analife, A Volatile Woman, The Lost Hum)

GANTZ: Evacuating the Self
(extended unpublished lecture from 100 ANIME) presented as a Popcorn Taxi event for the Melbourne launch of the book, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, 2006; presented as a Dendy Cinemas Special Event, Dendy Opera Quays, Sydney, 2006; presented by FullScreen, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, 2006

METROPOLIS: Imagined Cities, Suppressed Architecture, Remembered Spirits
(extended unpublished lecture from 100 ANIME) University of Queensland, Brisbane, 2006

AKIRA: Post-atomic landscapes & post-sonic mindscapes
(extended unpublished lecture from 100 MODERN SOUNDTRACKS) University of Liverpool, UK, 2006; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2006

Anime & Manga - Tokyo
Lonely Planet - Tokyo, 2006

Q&A with Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli
Sydney International Film Festival, 2005

ARASHIGA OKA: The Sound of the World Turned Inside-Out
Japanese Horror Cinema, Edinburugh University Press, Edinburugh, 2005

Osamu Tezuka & Astro Boy
Notes to DVD box set of the 1980 colour ASTRO BOY, released in special edition by Madman Entertainment, Melbourne, 2004 (revised and adapted from the 1995 Melbourne International Film Festival catalogue introduction)

Dumb About Japan
published in Mesh No.17, Melbourne, 2004

Wire: Cinesonic No.3
Soundtrack CD reviews published in
The Wire No. 249, London, October 2004 (contains reviews of Hana-bi. A Scene By The Sea, Dolls, Electric Dragon 80,000 Volts, Go Joe, Avalon)

Burnt In Burnt Out
catalogue essay for Phip Murray animation, ABC Strange Attractors national website/gallery, 2003 (includes discussion of post-atomic effects upon Japanese illustration techniques)

Manga As Art
unpublished talk delivered at Art Gallery of New South Wales, in conjunction with THE BEAUTY OF TRANSIENCE IN JAPANESE ART, Sydney, 2003 (discusses major screen works from 1800-1900 in the exhibtion as examples of pre-cinema perspective and origins of manga panel devices and narrativity)

I Am Robot & Proud
unpublished slide lecture delivered on Astro Boy's birthday at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, 2003 (on Osamu Tezuka's manga of robots, androids, cyborgs, replicants & clones)

Sounds of Sex & Violence
unpublished talk delivered at Adelaide International Film Festival, Adelaide
, 2003 (includes section on Seijun Suzuki's Gate of Flesh)

Sound: Furi Kuri
published in Film Comment Vol.38 No.6, New York, 2002

Wire: Cinesonic No.1
Soundtrack CD reviews published in
The Wire 226, London, December 2002 (contains reviews of the Go! Cinemania! series)

Vinyl Fantasy
published in
Gloss No.4, Melbourne, 2002 (discusses Final Fantasy in relation to posthuman pornography)

Funny Accents: The Sound of Racism
published in CINESONIC: Experiencing The Soundtrack, AFTRS Publishing, Sydney, 2001 (includes discussion of Japanese/USA versions of Gojira/Godzilla & Kagi No Kagi/What's Up Tiger Lilly?

Body Mats & Super Slams: Sport, Sound & Violence
unpublished notes from talk presented at the 4th CINESONIC: International Conference on Film Scores & Sound Design, Melbourne, 2001 (includes discussion of Godzilla Vs. King Kong, Gangster Soldier & Fist of the North Star)

Monster Island: Godzilla & Japanese Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy
published in Postcolonial Studies, Vol.3 No.1, London, 2000 (includes discussion of the Godzilla cycle)

Osamu Tezuka's Manga
unpublished slide lecture delivered at Japanime Festival, Sydney, 2000

How Sound Floats on Land: the Suppression & Release of Indigenous Musics on the Cinematic Terrain
published in CINESONIC: Film & The Sound of Music, AFTRS Publishing, Sydney, 2000 (includes discussion of Kaidan)

The Rising Sun Set: The West's Fascination with Japan
unpublished panel discussion, The Melbourne Writer's Festival, Melbourne, 1999 (discusses posthuman pornography, multi-market manga, consensual S&M contracts, non-Christian bodies, British mediarising of Japan as weird)

I Scream in Silence: Cinema, Sex & the Sound of Women Dying
published in CINESONIC: The World of Sound in Film, AFTRS Publishing, Sydney, 1999 (includes discussion of Ninja Scroll, Vampire Princess Miyu)

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Tyranny of the English Voice in Anime
published as part of of the CINESONICS series, Real Time, Sydney, 1999

Re-inventing Tradition & Reverence for the Superficial
unpublished paper delivered @ an Asian Arts Society of Australia forum, Caulfield Arts Centre, Melbourne, 1999 (discusses manga in relation to calligraphy & painting, bonsai & gardening, architecture & geography, sound & silence)

Report: Manga & Anime in Australia
published in Comickers No.6, Tokyo, 1997

J'Taime Ginga Tetsudo 999
programme notes for stage musical version of Reiji Matsumoto's GALAXY EXPRESS 999, Tokyo, 1997


Asia Minor & Other Eastern Modes Part 1: The Skin of the Human Drum
published as part of of the SECRET HISTORY OF FILM MUSIC series, The Wire No. 161, July, London, 1997 (covers Godzilla, Kaidan, Akira)

Asia Minor & Other Eastern Modes Part 2: Sukiyaki, Chow Mein, Minestrone
published as part of of the SECRET HISTORY OF FILM MUSIC series, The Wire No.162, August, London, 1997 (covers The Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Angel Dust, Labyrinth of Dreams, Arashi ga oka)

Sonic - Atomic - Neumonic: Apocalyptic Echoes in Japanese Animation
unpublished talk delivered at Life Of Illusion: 2nd International Conference on Animation, Sydney, 1995 (covers Akira, Laputa, Urotsuki Doji, Tottoro, Giant Robo)

Japanese Animation in the West
published in Filmnews No.117, Sydney, 1995

LABYRINTH OF DREAMS
catalogue entry for Ishii Sogo's film in the Melbourne International Film Festival, 1995

Ocular Excess: A Semiotic Morphology of Cartoon Eyes
Published in KABOOM! Explosive Animation from America & Japan, Museum of Contemporary Art Publications, Sydney, 1994; edited version reprinted in Art & Design No.53 (Special Issue: Art & Animation), UK, 1997 (includes discussion of Osamu Tezuka's manga & 80s kawaii anime)

KABOOM! Explosive Animation from America & Japan
Edited book on animation, Museum of Contemporary Art Publications, Sydney, 1994 (contains interviews conducted with Hayao Miyazaki, Katsuhiro Otomo, Buichi Terasawa, Rumiko Takahashi, Kenichi Sonada)

TETSUO II: Mutant Offspring of Mutant Culture
catalogue essay for Japanese theatrical release of TETSUO II, 1993

Apocalyptic Scenarios In Japanese Pop Culture

unpublished talk/slide-lecture delivered @ the 41st Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne, 1991 (discusses Godzilla, Akira, Patlabor, Urotsuki Doji)

No Comment On Images
unpublished talk (with Adrian Martin) delivered @ the Futurfall Conference on Postmodernism, Sydney University, 1984 (includes section on advertising imagery in Tokyo)

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