Mr Seth Keen
Media and Communication
+61 3 9925 3017
Design & Social Context
Seth Keen is a lecturer in New Media in the Media program. Seth’s teaching practice combines industry experience in graphic design and television documentary production with creative research into interactive online video practice. He uses problem-based and process-based learning principles to teach media production that engages with digital technologies and the Internet. This includes networked, integrated and online video studio courses. Integral to this teaching is the development of media literacies. For example, using the social media practice of blogging to develop the network literacies needed to produce and publish media online.
Other responsibilities include providing technical support for the development of teaching and learning; project management consulting and facilitating the development of industry links with media and art organisations.
Seth supervises MA (by thesis and by project), as well as Master of Communication (Coursework) and Honours research projects.
MA (by Thesis) Media Arts, University Technology Sydney
Grad. Cert. Graphic Design, Auckland Institute of Technology
Seth is currently in candidature on a project-based PhD (Communication) http://www.sethkeen.net/blog/ at RMIT University, which explores hybrid approaches towards the articulation and dissemination of documentaries on the Internet. Funded by the Design Research Institute, he collaborates with interaction designers and programmers to develop video web systems that facilitate interactive storytelling. A recent project is a video work for the upcoming Stony Rises exhibition.
Seth’s practice focuses on a form of ‘environmental portraiture’ that documents the relationships between people and place. He is interested in using video to make connections across social groups. For example, he recently developed in collaboration with World Vision Australia, a framework for documenting and presenting a development aid program in Bogota, Colombia.
Seth completed a MA (by Thesis) in Media Arts (2005) that examined the effect the Internet is having on audiovisual narratives. Including an early analysis of videoblogging and the production of experimental videos which where exhibited in Australia.
Seth worked for 12 years in the film and television industry. He has written, directed and produced a number of primetime television and short drama films that have screened in international festivals. http://www.sethkeen.net/blog/practice/
Research affiliations/Participation in research groups and projects
Institute of Network Cultures (Amsterdam), Video Vortex Steering Committee
Post Industrial Media project, Media Program, School of Media & Communication, RMIT University
RMIT Media Research Portal, Media Program, School of Media & Communication, RMIT University
MCD Studio, School of Media & Communication, RMIT University
2009, RMIT Design Research Institute, Geoplaced Knowledge Project Fund, Locative Painting
2008, RMIT Design Research Institute, Geoplaced Knowledge Project Fund, Locative Painting
2008, World Vision Australia, Consultancy, Bogota: Colombia, (Interactive online documentary prototype)
2008, RMIT Design Research Institute, Geoplaced Knowledge Project Fund, Hack-it up workshop (Videodefunct)
2008 RMIT Design Research Institute, Geoplaced Knowledge Project Fund, Videodefunct (Software development)
2008 RMIT School of Applied Communication, Video Vortex: Responses to YouTube Conference, Linkage funding with the Institute of Network Cultures, University Amsterdam /Hoogeschool Amsterdam
2007, RMIT School of Applied Communication, Who would have thought of that? Collaborative Cross-disciplinary Research
2007, RMIT School of Applied Communication Learning and Teaching Investment Fund, Networked Literacies Project (Post-industrial media)
Accomplishments and achievements
2008, Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (group award to RMIT Media Program)
2002, Apple Staff Scholarship, Worldwide Developers Conference, Silicon Valley, USA
2001, Computer Graphics College, Sydney, Awarded Interactive Video scholarship
1987, Graphic Design Certificate, Auckland Institute of Technology, Awarded Most Outstanding Student[Next: Publications]