fu·sion (fy zh n) noun.
- The merging of different elements into a union.
- The blending of different elements to form a larger nucleus with the simultaneous release of energy.
- A combination of different ingredients and techniques from very different cultures or countries.
This issue contains articles on any aspect – past and present – of the communication, media and creative industries which explore, analyse or otherwise attend to issues of fusion and hybridisations.
Issue 2 – ‘The Limits of Virtuality’
Call for Papers: April 2013,
Publication date: August 2013
- Brian Winston, Lincoln University
- Craig Bremner, Charles Sturt University
- Dr Rohan Nicol, Australian National University
In this issue of fusion the editors invite contributions that investigate/comment on the limits of digital representation, issues of cross-media representation, and the function of creative copyright when representing creative practice/work in research and publications. We ask the following questions:
- How far can we go in trying to compete with fusions across virtual/real?
- What, in practice, does the representation of one communicative mode in another, virtual, mode mean (in some way)?
- What are we doing when we say we are doing hybridity?
Issue 3 – ‘The Studio’
Publication date: December 2013
- Dr Andrew MacKenzie, University of Canberra (Australia)
- Lindsay Tan, Auburn University (USA)
This will be a special issue called The Studio. The goal is to explore the status of the studio as an active constituent of learning in the history of art, architecture and design education, but not integral to other learning platforms. The editors ask how the studio defines the project of learning and how that in turn redefines the studio in an education climate increasingly preoccupied with interdisciplinarity and flexible learning modes. Through case studies of research, student projects, and studio programs, authors are asked to explore and reflect on how the studio has evolved to become much more than an open plan room on a University campus. The editors have invited authors to explore other forms of group learning such as workshops, charettes and field laboratories that engage creative modes of learning traditionally associated with art and design education.
Issue 4 – ‘The Town and the City’
Call for Papers: July 2013
Publication Date: March 2014
- Dr Neill Overton, Charles Sturt University
- Chris Orchard, Charles Sturt University
In general the villages, towns and small to medium sized cities situated in the countryside have been derived from the agricultural landscape. As such the relationship between the rural landscape and townscape is clearly defined by the historic boundaries between agriculture and urban culture creating rural islands of populations. And the idea or concept or regional development, once imagined to be unlimited, is now on a collision course with new kinds of limits – limits to biodiversity, and the limits to the flows of energy and water – in contrast to increasingly unlimited digital flows ) mostly methods of genetic experimentation ad forms of entertainment), leaving rural islands to compete globally for population and productivity, and stretching the boundaries of regional identity. This issue of fusion asks contributors to consider the historic agri/urban boundaries which once determined critical regionalism.