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Director's cut — May 2005

May 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

I have been writing lectures recently for my first year course. Through this process, I have been thinking deeply about the nature of creativity. I have always had problems with that word. It is has always seemed a bit 'arty' to me, something that those people do over there, rather that something within all of us.

I am getting more comfortable with the word as I get older. I've often defined 'intelligence' as the capacity to make connections between ideas, images or rhythms that no one else sees. Probably creativity could be defined in exactly the same way. The creativity is in the combination.

News clippings — May 2005

May 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

As promised in April, many members have been incredibly active in the last few weeks. On behalf of all the Collective, congratulations to you all. Let's go through some of the highlights.

Director's cut — April 2005

April 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

A house less crowded …

Easter is an odd time for the non-religious. For no apparent reason, we find ourselves eating fish and taking a holiday to which we are not entitled.

Easter 2005 will be remembered by many in the Collective for another death. This pop death, while never as significant or important as that of a religious leader, will have lasting consequences on fans in Australia and New Zealand.

News clippings — March 2005

March 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

One event dominated the Popular Culture Collective in March. It was a special event that most of our Perth-based members shared.

Liverpool of the South Seas was launched, thanks to the organisational brilliance of Debbie Hindley. On behalf of the Collective, we would like to thank her for the effort, attention to detail and care.

We would also like to thank our sponsors. 78 Records opened up their shop to us on a busy Friday night. Little Creatures provided their quality beer. Both UWA Press and the Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) at Murdoch University supported our night.

Importantly, I would like to thank Matt Hodge for his time and beats, the book's contributors for their time and support, Gordon and Valentin for their services behind the bar.

Director's cut — March 2005

March 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

March's Director's Cut focuses on the special projects that are being developed in each of the hubs for the year. My congratulations to both members and the hub kings and queens for the fascinating ideas. I am particularly impressed by the palatte of visual and design work that is being developed for the year. It will add so much to our site/sight, and will also increase our visual literacy and visual thinking for the year.

Director's cut — February 2005

February 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

What an exciting month we have been experiencing. The publishing of Liverpool of the South Seas has been accompanied by myriad media opportunities and chances to mention our Collective. We have all been working steadily on the contributions for our next book, Access all areas. Outstanding material continues to be uploaded to the site each week. We thank Jo Smith, our Web designer extraordinaire, for taking over so smoothly from the lovely Carrie Kilpin who is currently traveling the world. It is a credit to these two great women that the transition has been a flawless one. With such remarkable members, I have a feeling that 2005 will be a big year for us.

News clippings — February 2005

February 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

Great work has been undertaken by all members in the last month, and much of this effort will reach fruition in the next few weeks. I wanted to take this February New Clippings to discuss a few members in particular.

Firstly to our Senior Researcher in the Collective, Leanne McRae. She's had an outstanding month of publishing. She represented us and discussed Liverpool of the South Seas on the RTR FM Breakfast programme earlier in the month. Her writing though remains a great reflection of the aims of the PCC.

News clippings — January 2005

January 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

Much fantastic news this month. Firstly, our resident DJ Enrico has a regular weekly gig at the Newport Hotel under the alias of Trancexual. As members may know, Enrico is a remarkably innovative trance producer who mixes Progressive, Trance and Breaks. He also has two other projects. The first is a new group going by the name of Funny Farm. The three DJ/Producers are Enrico, Gabrielle and Davor. They are aiming to produce their first track in the next few months, with an album this year. Another of Enrico's projects is with the DJ/Producer Alaric. They are both working hard to return the core elements of Trance to people's musical experience, with attention to melody, emotion and seamless mixing. On behalf of the Collective, we congratulate him on his commitment, belief and achievements.

Director's cut — January 2005

January 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

2005, I hope, will be better for the planet than 2004. There was so much sadness, war and destruction. It seemed horrifically appropriate that 2004 ended with a Tsunami that crashed through the lives of over two hundred thousand people. The scale of tragedy — the nightmarish darkness — has left me reassessing so much of what we take for granted each day.

Director's cut — December 2004

December 1, 2004 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

Well, we have made it to December. What a year it has been for the Popular Culture Collective. Our first book has been published, and our second on in the planning stages. Our Community is growing in number and relationships. Great work — writing, creating and thinking — has been produced. It has been one of the great pleasures of my life to see the PCC continue to surprise and ignite social change and promote important ideas in difficult times.

Some of the best material I have read all year has been produced by Collective members. My hope is that this outstanding work will continue through 2005. I have no doubts or concerns about this goal, as the sheer ability and insight of the PCC has already surpassed my (lofty!!) expectations.