Moving Image Narrative

The Moving image Narrative (MIN) Cluster is a practice‐based research group, that investigates the power of moving image narratives in contemporary life. It explores questions such as: What does it mean to tell stories through time? How, why, to whom and by whom are these stories told? The cluster draws together a host of established and emerging film makers, artists, academics and industry professionals.

MIN website

MIN are delighted to announce a dedicated website, initiated by members as a space for developing, exchanging and testing out ideas. The site is a collaborative and interactive, text, image, sound and moving image-based experimental research journal, that draws together a host of established and emerging artists, academics and industry professionals working in film, music, visual, performative and related modes of practice and production. The new website complements the Research Clusters pages on the VCA website.

Made in Melbourne

In partnership with the Melbourne International Animation Festival,  MIN will be presenting a special animation installation program in Cinema 2 from 7pm on June 21.

This program will feature a unique "extended cinema” performance by Associate Professor and legendary experimental film maker Dirk De Bruyn. Third-year BFA animators, graduate dance students and interactive composition students also have an exhibition component for this event, currently titled, "Our Imaginary Friends” which will be staged in the Founders Gallery as a real time and captured performance/projection from June 21 to June 23, 2016.   Keep an eye out for more details coming soon. 

Resonating Spaces Edinburgh:Transit

Mark Pollard, Paul Fletcher and Interactive Composition students recently took part in an international research project responding to the development of a new transport hub in Edinburgh and the contemporary and historical resonances of the “Innocent Railway Tunnel”. This culminated in an experimental live streaming of the performance last month. “Mapping Innocent” is a new audiovisual work produced by the collaboration between Mark Pollard and Paul Fletcher.

Image credit "Mapping Innocent” by Mark Pollard

The experience of meeting each other

17 October 2015 - Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne

'The experience of meeting each is other' is a catch-it-while-you-can pop-up exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, presented by MIN members, VCA Animation staff, alumni and students from VCA BFA Animation in concert with animation students from Sam Houston State University, Texas. In the Mezzanine Room there will be a 13 screen exhibition, a meeting of animators represented on screens by animated abstract portraits - 13 local animators and 13 animators from Texas. Upstairs in the Multifunction Room will be a large wall projection 'Handcrafted animation'.

When: Saturday 17 October, 2.00pm-4.30pm
Where: Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne

SoundIslands, 2015

18-23 August 2015 - Singapore

MIN members Paul Fletcher and Mark Pollard presented a live performance of their new collaborative audiovisual composition 'We Notice Raindrops As They Fall' at the SoundIslands 2015 Festival in Singapore. A number of fascinating and inspiring concerts and talks were had, from improving the perceived freshness of potato chips with sound, to music and image triggered by brainwaves. Watch a short excerpt of the concert.

Digital archive project, grant funding

Congratulations to MIN member Donna Hensler, who has been awarded a $5,000 professional development Cornelius Regan Trust grant. Donna will be using the funds to visit leading University archives and Film Centres (including the British Film Institute, Britsh Pathé, National Film Board Canada, Tisch School of the Arts NYU, Anthology Film Archives New York, UCLA, University Southern California and Australians in Hollywood) to contribute to the research and development of VCA Film and Television’s digital archive project which will digitize, preserve and provide open access to its films, dating back to 1967.

Gertrude Street Projection Festival

10-19 July 2015 - Fitzroy, Melbourne

Congratulations to MIN co-leader Paul Fletcher and his animation team who won Judges Choice Best of Festival Prize at the Gertrude Street Projection Festival with their 'Creatures of the City' installation.  

Malevich re-animated

18 May 2015 - Madrid, Spain

MIN member Sabrina Schmidt presented a Masterclass entitled 'Malevich re-animated' at the first international symposium devoted to abstract art in motion, Punto Y Raga Academy, held in Spain. Sabrina also presented at the Animafest Scanner ll, a symposium for Contemporary Animation Studies at the World Festival of Animated Film in June in Croatia.

Body of Water

16-30 April 2015 - St Kilda

Body of Water was an exhibition presented by MIN member and VCA graduate researcher Katherine Edwards at Brightspace. Her current research explores notions of the "lived body" experience in relation to the element of water. Through a series of underwater video sequences and video stills she traces the female body's animations in acquatic space. 

Organic Chaos

16 March 2015 - Castlemaine

MIN member Paul Fletcher presented "Organic Chaos", an evening of music and video performances and screenings organised by Undue Noise, featuring Jacques Soddell, Lizze Pogson and Ross Healy from Vicmod. The event was part of the Castlemaine Fringe Festival and featured the first trial of a new custom built junk and electronics audio visual instrument which enabled the playing of live percussion sounds to affect projected abstract animation, and in which the overall composition of complex patterns of sounds and animation became a semi-improvised performance, see more here.


MIN Cluster member Mischa Baka's latest experimental film Clothes is available to view online. Dialogue was pre-recorded and played on set in loops in order for the cast to heighten their physical interpretation of the text while lip syncing. 

Resonating Spaces at the Zoo

26 October 2014 - Melbourne Zoo

MIN Cluster members Mark Pollard, Robert Stephenson, Paul Fletcher, alumni Thom Fraser and Animation and Contemporary Music Interactive Composition students presented a major new exhibition, Resonating Spaces at the Zoo. The exhibition created an audio visual map of sounds and video installation relating to topography, intent and history of the location and surrounds.

A small sample of the exhibition was included in the ASIFA International Animation Day screenings, in addition to BFA animations and a fantastic program of Australian indigenous animation, which took place at the VCA.


The MIN Research Cluster has happily made new links with the Austrian Research Group sound:frame and would like to extend a warm welcome to this newest international research connection. Eva Fischer, art historian, curator and visualist is the founder and director if the Vienna-based sound:frame - Festival for Audio Visual Expressions and the sound:frame AV Agency.

Pop Psychology

4-8 September 2014 - Linz, Austria

MIN member Paul Fletcher presented his film Pop Psychology and attended five days of amazing installations, devices, exhibitions, performances, seminars, discussions, projecttions and screenings at Ars Electronica Media Arts Festival in Austria. The film had three screenings in the Visual Music section of the Prix Ars Electronica Computer Animation Festival.

Pop Psychology started off its life as a live semi-improvised performance. For the film version shown at Ars Electronica, the editing of the film combined traditional editing processes with pre-recorded sections of live performance using improvisation to inform its structure and composition.

Johnny Ghost

MIN member Donna McRae's micro budget feature Johnny Ghost continues to make waves with its upcoming US distribution through Continnum Pictures and eOne. Have a look at the trailer and see what women are doing in horror (and the MIN cluster). Johnny Ghost is available in Australia as VOD and on DVD.

Night Night Pretty

MIN member Siobhan Jackson's film Night Night Pretty, the first in a series of ten silent works made as part of a collaborative research project with Alan Thomas (RMIT), funded by an ASPERA Creative Research Seed Grant. The project will continue for 12 months and explores the differences between knowing something about film and knowing something through film - a conversation between the critical and the creative. 

Paris Lakes

19 July 2014 - Barwon Heads Film Festival, Barwon Heads

MIN member Robert Stephenson's film Paris Lakes screened at Barwon Heads Film Festival in July, and his most recent film Nightlife will screen at this year's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) 'Sightlines: Filmmaking in the Academy' Conference.

Melbourne International Animation Festival, RENDER Conference

20 June 2014 - Australian Centre for the Moving Image

MIN member Paul Fletcher presented a twenty minute audisvisual 'paper' at the MIAF Render Conference at ACMI, in response to the conference session question "Why abstract animation matters". A shorter three minute version of the paper can be found online.


January 2014 - Punto Yraya Reykjavik Visual Music Festival, Iceland

A collaborative audiovisual composition produced as part of the research project Reconstructing the Familiar that is based on collaborative interdisciplinary exchange and translation between music and animation by Mark Pollard and Paul Fletcher. GRID LIFE are inspired by the ideas implied in photographic images taken by Mark Pollard, which have been used as starting points for animations by Paul Fletcher using video synthesis in Artmatic software and video editing/compositing programs. MIN cluster leader Paul Fletcher presented GRID LIFE at the Punto YRaya Reykjavik Visual Music Festival in Iceland.

Animation Celebration & International Animation Day Screening

26 October 2013 - Federation Hall, Southbank

This event featured a display of some of the animation installations created as part of the Resonating Spaces project and fresh work from the first ever Bachelor of Fine Art First Year Animation students at the School of Film & TV, including eleven brand new one minute animated films, plus a selection of films celebrating UNESCO International Animation Day ASIFA Film Exchanges from Brazil, Russia and the USA. 

Resonating Spaces: The Ian Potter Museum of Art

16 October 2013 - Ian Potter Museum of Art

Artistic Directors: Paul Fletcher and Mark Pollard

Curator Academic Programs (Research): Dr Heather Gaunt

Resonating Spaces: The Ian Potter Museum of Art is part of an ongoing collaborative research project titled 'reconstructing the familiar'. The project is concerned with using trans-disciplinary modes of making and engagement to reconstruct existing material to illuminate other ways of experiencing and magnifying meaning. In the current project 38 composers and 12 animators reconstruct aspects of the Ian Potter Museum of Art to create a collection of sound and vision installations that interrelate with the topography, intent and history of the location and the surrounds.

The animators have developed their works through site-specific observation, code and traditional animation craft, generation skills and research. All animations confront the potential of animation to interact with non-linear, indeterminate, performative, mobile and location specific contexts.

The composers have each created a sound snapshot of a chosen location inside the Ian Potter Museum of Art. This snapshot sonically illuminates both meaning and interpretation of this location and the animations.

To see videos captured of the event, please visit the Moving Image Narrative Vimeo page.

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