Our research encompasses interdisciplinary creative practices in the areas of creative writing, publishing, documentary film, radio, photography, theatre and interactive documentary.
non/fictionLab specialises in narrative and creative arts research methods applied to social and cultural issues as well as the critical investigation and practice of nonfiction across media. We have research partnerships with industry, national and international research centres, and cultural organisations. Our research addresses community problem solving around issues of concern to contemporary Australia and contributes to the reinvigoration of nonfiction as a method of producing new knoweldge.
The non/fictionLab currently supports a range of dedicated research activities, events, and projects.
What is nonfiction?
This group canvasses the possibilities of this term and its variations by asking numerous people from different disciplines and fields (and different walks of life) the same question: what is nonfiction? What makes nonfiction nonfiction? What is the art of nonfiction? How does it relate to fiction making? Where do form and structure and voice fit in? What is nonfiction as it relates to poetry, experimental forms, computational methods, documentary, transforming the everyday, performance? How do you nonfiction (as a verb)?
Materialism, Nonfiction and Ecological Aesthetics
This group undertakes research into new materialism and applies it to individual areas of practice and interest. Activities include a reading group, symposia, visiting speakers, and a planned anthology. Keywords: speculative realism, ecology, materialism, eco-aesthetics.
This group holds bi-monthly events to show interactive, participatory, essayist, installation and locative creative works (finished or in-progress) to explore how these practices provide new possibilities for what documentary is and does. Docuverse is a forum for discussions at the intersection of theory, practice and industry in the expanded field of documentary.
non/fictionLab Urban Writing House
Located beside the basketball courts just behind Building 80, the Urban Writing House is non/fictionLab’s new space for all things creative and scholarly. Premised on thinking through making, it houses residencies, workshops, dinners, intimate public readings, and one-on-ones — events that thrive in the wide border space between research, practice, and the city. This year, we've hosted residencies from international writers, visiting poets, industry partners and Higher Degree Researchers. In 2016, the Urban Writing House will be home to nonfiction writer Sam van Zweden, researcher Hannah Brasier, WrICE writers and Spotlight (a showcase for new creative works). We look forward to experimenting with new ways to see what this space can do and working collaboratively with other research centres.
Dromana's Butterfly House, an architectural treasure of the 1950s, was donated to RMIT University by descendants of the original owners and now enables non/fictionLab to offer McCraith House Creative Residencies throughout the year. non/fictionLab Mccraith House residencies for 2016 have included Robin Hemley, Stuart Cooke, Samuel Cooney, Briohny Doyle, Robyn Winslow and Judith Aston.
Regular non/fictionLab Research Activities for Members
These are designed for HERDC outcomes (conference papers, essays, articles, and so on) and intended for anyone who wants help, support, mentoring, and encouragement about writing. The workshops run every 2 weeks on Tuesdays, RMIT Building 9-04-32.
non/fictionLab Creative WorkShops
Aim, through presentation and feedback, to create ERA recognised outputs to produce works of creative writing/creative non fiction/experimental essays, sound work, video, performative essays. These run every third Monday afternoon of each month, RMIT Building 9.
Group discussion around chasing the dollar for research projects, fellowships and creative works pertinent to non/fictionLab members.
When: Fortnightly 1-2pm Thursdays
Where: Building 9-04-32
A weekly shut up and write session.
When: Monday mornings 9.30-10.30am
Where: Pearson & Murphy Cafe
Spotlight showcases the creative works of Lab members in an informal, Salon-style series of events, with drinks.
Where: non/fictionLab Urban Writing House, Stewart St opposite Basketball Courts