komninos zervos
Since 2003
Works in Labrador Australia

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BIO
komninos zervos:biographical details

komninos, performance poet, poeted from 1985 professionally, taking his poetry to schools, community groups, hotels, music venues, prisons, coffee lounges and universities, radio and television and now the internet.

komninos the published poet has two adult collections of poetry with the university of queensland press, 'komninos', 1991, and 'komninos by the kupful', 1994, a collection of poetry for children illustrated by peter viska and published by oxford university press, 'the baby rap and other poems', 1992, and a hard cover illustrated children's picture book published by harper/collins, 'high street, kew east', 1991.

komninos has had three plays performed by professional theatre companies in sydney and brisbane.

in 1992 komninos received the australian human rights award for literature and in 1993 was awarded the australia council's ros bower award for outstanding achievement in community arts.

in 1995 komninos completed a masters of arts in creative writing at the university of queensland, he authored a cd-rom of 'cyberpoetry' for his dissertation.

in 1997 komninos travelled to london to be writer in residence at artec, a multimedia training and resource centre in islington where he authored a cd-rom, 'cyberpoetry underground'.

since 1999 komninos has convened the CyberStudies major, at the School of Arts, Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus. http://www.gu.edu.au/ppages/k_zervos

in 2001 the 'cyberpoetry underground' cd-rom was runner-up in the Electronic Literature Organisation's Award in poetry.

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Re: Call for submissions: 1st Bachelors '\_Prize\_for\_Net-Literature


<FONT face="Default Sans Serif, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=2><DIV>i wonder who is man enough to enter their work into this little project?</DIV><DIV>i can only&nbsp;really envisage&nbsp;women submitting as their male personas.</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>it could very well be the most discours-ting project ever, i mean there will be a lot of email energy expended on this&nbsp;provocative call for work.</DIV><DIV>perhaps there will be no exhibition, just the discussion prior to the planned event.</DIV><DIV>perhaps that is the intent?</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>komninos<BR></DIV><DIV>komninos&nbsp;zervos<br>lecturer,&nbsp;convenor&nbsp;of&nbsp;CyberStudies&nbsp;major<br>School&nbsp;of&nbsp;Arts&nbsp;<br>Griffith&nbsp;University<br>Room&nbsp;3.25&nbsp;Multimedia&nbsp;Building&nbsp;G23<br>Gold&nbsp;Coast&nbsp;Campus&nbsp;<br>Parkwood<br>PMB&nbsp;50&nbsp;Gold&nbsp;Coast&nbsp;Mail&nbsp;Centre&nbsp;<br>Queensland&nbsp;9726<br>Australia<br>Phone&nbsp;07&nbsp;5552&nbsp;8872&nbsp;Fax&nbsp;07&nbsp;5552&nbsp;8141<br>http://www.gu.edu.au/ppages/k_zervos<br>http://users.bigpond.net.au/mangolegs<br>http://spokenword.blog-city.com<BR></DIV></FONT>

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Re: new book on creative writing


<FONT face="Default Sans Serif, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=2><DIV>i have read the book - it's great for providing ideas for experimentation and placing the writing thus produced in a theoretical context without prescribing what is good or bad writing.</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>congratulations hazel,&nbsp;and from my experiences teaching creative writing in schools, as well as at university, i believe it is not beyond&nbsp; year 10, 11 or 12 high school students. it is certainly a much needed resource for their teachers who often find it difficult to introduce their students to the concepts of contemporary literary and cultural theory with practical examples of the art that their students can relate to.</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>you may get the criticism that you are just taking a very structuralist approach but expressing it in a post-modern language. most of us who teach will have come across similar sorts of writing exercises elsewhere.</DIV><DIV>but i do stress that you are not being prescriptive, merely suggestive of possible experiments.</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>i am doing bellydance classes at the moment and i didn't start to have fun with it until i knew the standard shimmies, body movements, steps and turns. then i could extend, re-combine, re-invent and experiment for myself. the point is we all need some structure some knowledge of the bricks before we start building.</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>with young writers and new writers i found that the more emphasis that was placed on the adherence to the structure, the more likely they were going to fill that structure with their own content, and not worry that it was too trivial as a topic for poetry. in one way it was liberating their writing by employing fascist techniques. if i had asked them, on the other hand, to write something&nbsp;about their lives, few knew how to make a start, or what to write.</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>this book also helps in seeing that writing is work, and each kind of work has its own tools and methods. hazel does not deny an inspirational kind of writing but shows us that a disciplined writing is no less valuable.</DIV><DIV>in 1985 i stopped doing every other job in my life and dedicated my life to making poetry my art and my means of financial survival. i was probably the first australian full-time professional performance poet with a wife, family and mortgage (since henry lawson).</DIV><DIV>i learnt very quickly that if i sat around waiting for the inspirational poem, i wasn't very productive. but if i set myself tasks, if i made myself productive, then i was a whole lot more creative, even if some of the things i wrote never made it past the work-in-progress stage.</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>i have a personal preference for poetry, and most exercises are poetry based, although many of the concepts apply equally to prose. this fits in very well with my belief that if you can write good poetry, you can tackle almost any writing task, whether it be for page, stage or cyber age. and that is another great benefit of this book, it acknowledges that writing has many forms and utilises various inscription technologies; print, performance and the multimedia interconnected internet. there is an internet website to accompany the book, <A href="http://www.allenandunwin.com/writingexp/" target=blank>http://www.allenandunwin.com/writingexp/</A></DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>finally here is a poem that i constructed using some of hazel's exercises</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>breasts broken spoken speech screetch</DIV><DIV>scrawny morning awning</DIV><DIV>spawning</DIV><DIV>horn-blower rower crower omen chromer home ho ho ho</DIV><DIV>whoa why try demysify kisses</DIV><DIV>bliss bleeding sincere chin </DIV><DIV>chunder scum scallops trollops</DIV><DIV>troughs and bollocks</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>cheers</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>komninos</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>komninos&nbsp;zervos<br>lecturer,&nbsp;convenor&nbsp;of&nbsp;CyberStudies&nbsp;major<br>School&nbsp;of&nbsp;Arts&nbsp;<br>Griffith&nbsp;University<br>Room&nbsp;3.25&nbsp;Multimedia&nbsp;Building&nbsp;G23<br>Gold&nbsp;Coast&nbsp;Campus&nbsp;<br>Parkwood<br>PMB&nbsp;50&nbsp;Gold&nbsp;Coast&nbsp;Mail&nbsp;Centre&nbsp;<br>Queensland&nbsp;9726<br>Australia<br>Phone&nbsp;07&nbsp;5552&nbsp;8872&nbsp;Fax&nbsp;07&nbsp;5552&nbsp;8141<br>http://www.gu.edu.au/ppages/k_zervos<br>http://users.bigpond.net.au/mangolegs<br>http://spokenword.blog-city.com<BR><DIV><BR></DIV><FONT color=#990099>-----owner-austlit@lists.vicnet.net.au wrote: -----<BR><BR></FONT>To: austlit@lists.vicnet.net.au<BR>From: hazel smith &lt;hazel.smith@canberra.edu.au&gt;<BR>Sent by: owner-austlit@lists.vicnet.net.au<BR>Date: 04/03/2005 10:42PM<BR>Subject: new book on creative writing<BR><BR><font face="monospace" size=2>Dear all<BR><BR>Some of you may be interested in my new book, &nbsp;The Writing <BR>Experiment: strategies for innovative creative writing which has just <BR>been published by Allen and Unwin. It is being launched in Australia <BR>now and is obtainable from bookshops. I<BR><BR>The book is specifically designed for tertiary level students <BR>studying creative writing, though it can be used by the more general <BR>reader. It takes an experimental approach, stresses incremental <BR>strategies and uses literary and cultural theory to illuminate the <BR>process of writing. It includes many different types of writing, <BR>including &nbsp;fiction, poetry, mixed genre writing, &nbsp;writing for <BR>performance and writing for new media. &nbsp;Each chapter is illustrated <BR>with extensive student and published examples.<BR><BR>More information about the book is available at <BR><a href="http://www.allen-unwin.com.au/exports/product.asp?ISBN41140153" target=blank>http://www.allen-unwin.com.au/exports/product.asp?ISBN41140153</a><BR><BR>from where the book can also be ordered.<BR><BR>Best wishes<BR><BR>Hazel<BR>-- <BR><BR><BR>Dr. Hazel Smith<BR>Senior Research Fellow<BR>School of Creative Communication<BR>Deputy Director<BR>University of Canberra Centre for Writing<BR><a href="http://www.ce.canberra.edu.au/writing" target=blank>http://www.ce.canberra.edu.au/writing</a><BR>Editor of Inflect <a href="http://www.ce.canberra.edu.au/inflect" target=blank>http://www.ce.canberra.edu.au/inflect</a><BR>University of Canberra<BR>ACT 2601<BR>phone 6201 5940<BR>More about my creative work at<BR>www.australysis.com<BR>+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++<BR>To unsubscribe from the AUSTLIT mailing list, please address a message to<BR>majordomo@lists.vicnet.net.au. &nbsp;In the body of the message, include the line<BR>unsubscribe austlit your-email-address. &nbsp;To post to the list send email<BR>to austlit@lists.vicnet.net.au. &nbsp;Problems? &nbsp;Email owner-austlit@vicnet.net.au<BR>+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++<BR><BR></font></DIV></FONT>

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Re: an interactive video piece


<FONT face="Default Sans Serif, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=2><DIV>very good jim, i knew nothing of kearns before experiencing your site.</DIV><DIV>i know nothing of the constitutional issues of canada, now or in 1976, but i gert the feeling whatever changes that ere soought were rejected by the vote of the people.</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>i have a poem about an australian constitutional crisis, on my homepage, called australia day 2005. </DIV><DIV>http://www.gu.edu.au/ppages/k_zervos<BR></DIV><DIV>we are a commonwealth but not a republic.</DIV><DIV>the queen is on our currency.</DIV><DIV>our constitution defines the queen of england as our soverign.</DIV><DIV>the english flag sits in the top left hand corner of the australian flag.</DIV><DIV>&nbsp;</DIV><DIV>cheers</DIV><DIV>komninos<BR></DIV><DIV>komninos&nbsp;zervos<br>lecturer,&nbsp;convenor&nbsp;of&nbsp;CyberStudies&nbsp;major<br>School&nbsp;of&nbsp;Arts&nbsp;<br>Griffith&nbsp;University<br>Room&nbsp;3.25&nbsp;Multimedia&nbsp;Building&nbsp;G23<br>Gold&nbsp;Coast&nbsp;Campus&nbsp;<br>Parkwood<br>PMB&nbsp;50&nbsp;Gold&nbsp;Coast&nbsp;Mail&nbsp;Centre&nbsp;<br>Queensland&nbsp;9726<br>Australia<br>Phone&nbsp;07&nbsp;5552&nbsp;8872&nbsp;Fax&nbsp;07&nbsp;5552&nbsp;8141<br>http://www.gu.edu.au/ppages/k_zervos<br>http://users.bigpond.net.au/mangolegs<br>http://spokenword.blog-city.com<BR></DIV></FONT>

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underground


http://live-wirez.gu.edu.au/Staff/Komninos/underground/entry.html

if you have the time and the bandwidth i'd like some visitors to my new
project.
it's a re-working of my cd-rom for the web, trying to capture the same
feeling of travelling through the london underground all in animated text,
and quicktimeVR.

i'd be very appreciative of any comments, good, bad, constructive,
destructive, or indifferent.

cheers
komninos

komninos zervos
lecturer, convenor of CyberStudies major
School of Arts
Griffith University
Room 3.25 Multimedia Building G23
Gold Coast Campus
Parkwood
PMB 50 Gold Coast Mail Centre
Queensland 9726
Australia
Phone 07 5552 8872 Fax 07 5552 8141
http://www.gu.edu.au/ppages/k_zervos
http://users.bigpond.net.au/mangolegs
http://spokenword.blog-city.com

DISCUSSION

Re: Symbols that say what you want them to say


Richard Bamattre wrote:

> "Symbols ..." was created as a tool for future works. It is a product
> of graphic design and critical awareness of symbols and logos and
> their functions as accurate/false representations.

hey richard, i'd love to see this with a third layer for text, with the ability of the user to add their own dictionary or bank of words(equal to number of symbols).
possibly even a fourth layer of sound symbols, telephone rings, mobile dial tones, traffic light sounds, alarm clock, traffic noises, whistles, kettle, white noise, fridges, air conditioners, fans, etc, .....it's a sort of multimedia or polysemiotic 'exquisite corpse'

cheers
komninos
ps had fun with the combinations, but something weird happened, the swastika appeared, big and black and i didn't even click on it, well i don't think i did, but i have been known to be sloppy with the mouse.