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Biography

Cathie joined the Communications team at the School of DCIT in 2008. A Master’s by research graduate from the University of Technology Sydney, Cathie is a multi-award new media producer with over fifteen years experience producing video, sound, interactive media, games, documentary, web, broadband and animation work. Cathie’s documentaries have been screened at film and video festivals in New York, London and Belgium and her sound work has been broadcast on Radio National, triple j and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. From 1996–2004 Cathie worked with the Australian Museum Multimedia Unit writing, producing and directing over 50 digital media works for national and international travelling exhibitions of specialist scientific and cultural content.

While at the Australian Museum, Cathie also produced and directed the award winning Keeping Culture interactive documentary CDROM (NSW Heritage Award) for Aboriginal Outreach, as well as the museums corporate video Future Visions (United States Film & Video Festival silver medal) and the Indigenous Australians: Australia’s First Peoples interactives (NSW Premiers Award 1997). Her recent short documentaries, Shared History: Stories of the Pacific Collection have been screened at the 28th Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival in New York and the 11th London Australian Film Festival and Rediscovering Aboriginal Wollemi, has been screened at the 9th Kineon International Archaeological Film Festival.

In 2006 to 2008 she worked as lead producer with ABC Science Online www.abc.net.au/science and produced the ABC broadband documentary site Crude: The Incredible Journey of Oil www.abc.net.au/crude and also worked as executive producer of ABC Kids Online www.abc.net.au/kids and www.abc.net.au/rollermache. Her writing has been published in various Australian journals and she has worked as a researcher/writer in communications at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Powerhouse Museum and AFTRS. Cathie lectures in media production, documentary, digital video and cross-media practice and has taught at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Technology Sydney and AFTRS. She is currently working on a documentary and research toward a PhD called 'Cinematic Topologies: Mapping shifts in nature, thought and mind'.

Qualifications

  • Master of Arts, University of Technology Sydney, 20/04/1995
  • Bachelor of Education (Art), Newcastle College of Advanced Education, 10/01/1983

Research

Research keywords

  • Archaelology and climate science
  • Cross-media practices
  • Digital media and digital cinema histories
  • Documentary and documentary hybrids
  • Film, Television and Digital Media
  • Museum and cultural heritage
  • Philosophies of cinema
  • Philosophies of science
  • Screenwriting and composing practices

Research expertise

Cathie's research interest is in the meeting place between cinema, science and media arts. Her research includes theoretical work about cinema as archaeology and as site for multi-textual convergence between mechanical, electronic and digital media; as well as applied research, with significant contributions through media projects to the communication of cultural heritage, science and climate science, produced for the Australian Museum and ABC Science. Her theoretical and practical research draws on interdisciplinary methods to re-approach cinema from the 1960s to the present and nvestigates shifts in the materiality of cinema with the fusion of electronic and digital images and sounds, and their affect on perceptions of time, space and memory. Her work includes analysis of Michelangelo Antonioni’s trilogy of the sixties, Andrei Tarkovsky’s works of memory and conscience in the1960-70s, and looks at the introduction of electronic, digital and high-definition images and sounds in the films of Chris Marker, Ridley Scott, Wim Wenders and Peter Greenaway in the 1980-90s. Current research work investigates digital media, screenwriting and composing practices, the emergence of micronarratives and contemporary articulations of nature, thought and mind with a focus on the work of Robert Cahen, Terrence Malick and Errol Morris.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190299Film, Television And Digital Media Not Elsewhere Classified100

Appointments

Fellow UON
School of Design Communication and IT (Australia)
01/01/2013 - 01/12/2013

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Key managerial and administrative positions held in cultural institutions in Australia include:

Media Industry

  • Executive Producer, ABC Kids Online in ABC Multiplatform TV (Contract)
  • Lead Senior Producer, ABC Science Online, 2006-2007 (Contract)
  • Manager, Multimedia Unit, Australian Museum 1996-2004

Consultancy & Project Management

  • Project Manager in Film, Television & Digital Media at AFTRS, 2006

This work included consultancy and development of:

  • AFTRS National Flexible Delivery Business Case 2006,
  • AFTRS National Curriculum Conference 2005 & 2006,
  • AFTRS Five Year National Curriculum Plan,
  • AFTRS international benchmarking and quality assurance for AUQA
  • AFTRS Industry Advisory Board
  • Consultancies for national and international educational and commercial media projects and exhibitions for Australian Museum Business Services (AMBS Consulting)1997-2004
  • Collections and curatorial

    • Researcher/Assistant Curator, Communications, Museum of Science and Technology and Powerhouse Museum, 1991-1992
    • Vice President, Board of Directors, Electronic Media Arts, Australia which included selection, and organisation of a program of international video works with the Australian International Video Festival Director for The 5th Australian Video Festival. --Events included the Australian Video Touring Exhibition, ‘Video Visions’ Installations by International Video Artists, AGNSW and the Australian Video Component for 4th Berlin Video Festival.

    Teaching

    Teaching keywords

    • Documentary
    • Media production
    • Media project
    • Screen and Media Theory
    • Screenwriting
    • Sound production
    • Video production

    Teaching expertise

    Cathie's teaching expertise in cinema, video, sound, media theory and practice includes undergraduate teaching at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Jumbunna, Aboriginal Unit UTS, City Art Insitute (now College of Fine Art, UNSW), and Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.

    Cathie has taught and developed postgraduate curriculum in media production, theory and practice at the University of Newcastle, Sydney College of the Arts and AFTRS (Australian Film, Television and Radio School). She designed and taught the second year curriculum for the Electronic & Temporal Arts Studio, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University 1994-1995.

    Cathie has been a Guest Lecturer at the School of Theatre and Film Studies at UNSW, Sydney Audio Engineering College and in the MA Program in Fine Art at Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen (Bergen National Academy of The Arts) Norway, in 2012.

    Course development and teaching at University of Newcastle since 2008 includes:

    CMNS6040 Digital Video (MA in Digital Media)

    CMNS3450 Media Production: Project (3rd Year Major Project)

    CMNS1004 Media Production: Video (Documentary)

    CMNS1230 Foundations of Media Production (Foundation program in media production, video and sound editing)

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    Highlighted Publications

    For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

    YearCitationAltmetricsLink
    2004Payne C, Shared History: Stories from the Pacific Collection (Documentary), Sydney, NSW, Australia (2004) [J1]

    The documentary Shared History: Stories from the Pacific Collection (190204) finds that Pacific Islander cultures previously in unequal colonial relationships, are building mutually beneficial relationships with the Australian Museum regarding repatriation of cultural objects. It investigates shared histories between Australia and the Pacific Nations reflecting the museums changing attitudes to cultural heritage collections. Research links the collection with Sydney's growth as a port trading in cultural artifacts from the 1830s. Often no record exists of the objects significance to the community. Using cross-cultural and inter-textual methods primary source material was collected through interviews with Islander and museum researchers providing insight into the collections histories and cultural perceptions. The collections are re-perceived as snapshots in time reflecting changes in anthropology and Australian attitudes toward Pacific peoples cultural heritage. Interviews with Indigenous Islander researchers provide new evidence of the collections value to current and future generations of the originating cultures and their uses as sources of research to revive original cultural practices. This provides new understandings in the role of museums in the 21st century and identifies the end of an era of museums as colonial institutions and the beginning of collaboration and cross-cultural exchange. The documentary is cited at the American Museum of Natural History website, 11/11/04, Screen Australia News Archive Media Releases 2004, the Screen Australia International Festival Profiles http://www.saminihost.com/Festivals/Festival-detail.aspx?id=MARGAREM and in the Screen Australia: Searchable film Database http://www.sa-minihost.com/Find-a-film/faf.aspx It was selected in the 28th Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, American Museum of Natural History, New York, 14/11/04 and the 11th London Australian Film Festival, 2005.

    2007Payne C, Nelson A, Davies H, Rollermache Makeover Website, www.abc.net.au/rollermache, ABC Kids Online: Sydney, NSW/Australia (2007) [J1]

    In 2006 ABC KIDS ONLINE identified the need for a unique creative communication website and community space that would enable children (8-14) to upload their stories through a range of media. The aim of the Rollermache Makeover website (190205) was to fuse interactive media education, safe social networking capabilities, user-generated content (UGC) tools and interactive functionality with a user-friendly interface design to enable children to safely upload media. Rollermache addressed the ABCs need to prototype a user-generated content management system for the development of web 2.0. Prior to Rollermache, ABC childrens and youth initiatives such as JTV and triple j Unearthed were limited in interactive and social networking functionality and difficult to use. The significance of the output was its innovation in design, expanded educational capability, and the integration of a robust UGC application to the site to enable safe social networking capabilities. The output provided a new benchmark for interactive media use at ABC ONLINE and roll-out of the prototype UGC management solution to a series of ABC websites such as triple j, JTV and ABC TV Online. The value and evidence of excellence of the Rollermache Makeover website in the media industry is supported by indicators such as Finalist, Best Childrens Website, ABC Excellence Awards in 2008. Evidence of interactive design excellence is also supported by the success and popularity of the site with children all over Australia. Videos are selected for broadcast on ABC2 in appropriate timeslots. The website is at ABC Kids Online: http://www.abc.net.au/rollercoaster/rollermache/default.htm

    2000Payne CL, Body Art (Interactive Documentary), Australian Museum: Sydney, NSW, Australia (2000) [J1]
    1998Payne CL, Journey to the Future, (Interactive touchscreen game), Australia's Biodiversity Exhibition, Australian Museum: Sydney, NSW, Australia (1998) [J1]

    Publications

    For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

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    Book (1 outputs)

    YearCitationAltmetricsLink
    1986Payne CL, McCarthy P, Brereton K, Australian Mythological Sights*Sites*Cites*, A Third Degree Publication, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 208 (1986) [A3]

    Journal article (3 outputs)

    YearCitationAltmetricsLink
    1994Payne CL, 'Visible Spaces, Electronic Records: John Conomos and Tracey Moffatt', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 8 318-327 (1994) [C1]
    1988Payne CL, 'In the field of the large and small', Scan+: A New Magazine for Video & Time-Based Arts, 1 8-9 (1988) [C3]
    1986Payne CL, 'Lookouts', Third Degree Publications, 1 16-22 (1986) [C2]

    Conference (4 outputs)

    YearCitationAltmetricsLink
    2013De Burgh-Woodman H, Payne CL, 'Consuming the Aesthetic of the Everyday: A Visual Analysis of Errol Morris' "High Life"', Asia-Pacific Advances in Consumer Research, Queenstown, NZ (2013) [E1]
    2012Kerrigan SM, Aquilia P, Payne CL, 'Investigating a global tertiary curriculum through concepts of eastern and western creativity', Refereed Proceedings of the 2012 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E1]

    Co-authors: SUSAN KERRIGAN

    2012Aquilia P, Kerrigan SM, Payne CL, 'Student film collaboration: The East-West dilemma', 62nd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association. Abstracts, Phoenix, AZ (2012) [E3]

    Co-authors: SUSAN KERRIGAN

    2012De Burgh-Woodman H, Payne CL, 'Consuming the aesthetic of the everyday: A visual analysis of Errol Morris' 'High Life'', Asia Pacific Association for Consumer Research Conference 2012, Queenstown, NZ (2012) [E3]
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    Creative Work (15 outputs)

    YearCitationAltmetricsLink
    2012Payne CL, Tracking/Tracing: Contemporary Art from Australia, Stiftelsen Gallery, Bergen, Norway (2012) [J2]
    2007Payne C, Nelson A, Davies H, Rollermache Makeover Website, www.abc.net.au/rollermache, ABC Kids Online: Sydney, NSW/Australia (2007) [J1]

    In 2006 ABC KIDS ONLINE identified the need for a unique creative communication website and community space that would enable children (8-14) to upload their stories through a range of media. The aim of the Rollermache Makeover website (190205) was to fuse interactive media education, safe social networking capabilities, user-generated content (UGC) tools and interactive functionality with a user-friendly interface design to enable children to safely upload media. Rollermache addressed the ABCs need to prototype a user-generated content management system for the development of web 2.0. Prior to Rollermache, ABC childrens and youth initiatives such as JTV and triple j Unearthed were limited in interactive and social networking functionality and difficult to use. The significance of the output was its innovation in design, expanded educational capability, and the integration of a robust UGC application to the site to enable safe social networking capabilities. The output provided a new benchmark for interactive media use at ABC ONLINE and roll-out of the prototype UGC management solution to a series of ABC websites such as triple j, JTV and ABC TV Online. The value and evidence of excellence of the Rollermache Makeover website in the media industry is supported by indicators such as Finalist, Best Childrens Website, ABC Excellence Awards in 2008. Evidence of interactive design excellence is also supported by the success and popularity of the site with children all over Australia. Videos are selected for broadcast on ABC2 in appropriate timeslots. The website is at ABC Kids Online: http://www.abc.net.au/rollercoaster/rollermache/default.htm

    2004Payne C, Shared History: Stories from the Pacific Collection (Documentary), Sydney, NSW, Australia (2004) [J1]

    The documentary Shared History: Stories from the Pacific Collection (190204) finds that Pacific Islander cultures previously in unequal colonial relationships, are building mutually beneficial relationships with the Australian Museum regarding repatriation of cultural objects. It investigates shared histories between Australia and the Pacific Nations reflecting the museums changing attitudes to cultural heritage collections. Research links the collection with Sydney's growth as a port trading in cultural artifacts from the 1830s. Often no record exists of the objects significance to the community. Using cross-cultural and inter-textual methods primary source material was collected through interviews with Islander and museum researchers providing insight into the collections histories and cultural perceptions. The collections are re-perceived as snapshots in time reflecting changes in anthropology and Australian attitudes toward Pacific peoples cultural heritage. Interviews with Indigenous Islander researchers provide new evidence of the collections value to current and future generations of the originating cultures and their uses as sources of research to revive original cultural practices. This provides new understandings in the role of museums in the 21st century and identifies the end of an era of museums as colonial institutions and the beginning of collaboration and cross-cultural exchange. The documentary is cited at the American Museum of Natural History website, 11/11/04, Screen Australia News Archive Media Releases 2004, the Screen Australia International Festival Profiles http://www.saminihost.com/Festivals/Festival-detail.aspx?id=MARGAREM and in the Screen Australia: Searchable film Database http://www.sa-minihost.com/Find-a-film/faf.aspx It was selected in the 28th Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, American Museum of Natural History, New York, 14/11/04 and the 11th London Australian Film Festival, 2005.

    2004Payne C, John Gould's Australian Journey DVD, John Gould Inc. Exhibition, Sydney, NSW/Australia (2004) [J2]
    2000Payne CL, Body Art (Interactive Documentary), Australian Museum: Sydney, NSW, Australia (2000) [J1]
    1999Payne CL, Robinson M, Bats Navigation Game, (Interactive game), Bats Exhibition, Australian Museum: Sydney, NSW, Australia (1999) [J1]
    1998Payne CL, Ballou E, Journey to the Present, (Interactive touchscreen game) Australia's Biodiversity Exhibition, Australian Museum: Sydney, NSW, Australia (1998) [J1]
    1998Payne CL, Journey to the Past (Interactive touchscreen documentary), Australia's Biodiversity Exhibition, Australian Museum: Sydney, NSW, Australia (1998) [J1]
    1998Payne CL, Journey to the Future, (Interactive touchscreen game), Australia's Biodiversity Exhibition, Australian Museum: Sydney, NSW, Australia (1998) [J1]
    1997Payne CL, Robinson M, Robinson M, Australia's Most Dangerous Spiders Game, (Interactive Game), Spiders Exhibition, Australian Museum: Sydney, NSW, Australia (1997) [J1]
    1997Payne CL, Robinson M, The Spider Traps Game (interactive game), Spiders Exhibition, Australian Museum: Sydney, NSW, Australia (1997) [J1]
    1995Payne CL, Castaldi D, Letter to a Future Place (Audio clip), The Listening Room / ABC-FM and JJJ Network, ABC Radio, NSW, Australia (1995) [J2]
    1990Payne CL, Pitsis A, Scott A, Design by Nature: From the Unassembled to the Engineered, The Performance Space: Sydney, NSW, Australia (1990) [J1]
    1989Payne CL, Roman Portraits Antiquity: The work of Geoff Weary, Roslyn Oxley9 / Roman Portraits: Antiquity, Paddington: Sydney, NSW, Australia (1989) [J2]
    1988Payne CL, Real Space: False Time and Space in the Apartment, Australian Center for Photography: Sydney, NSW, Australia (1988) [J1]
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    Grants and Funding

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    Number of grants4
    Total funding$46,844

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    2013 (2 grants)

    ERF Teaching Relief - Payne$25,000
    Funding Body: University of Newcastle

    Project Team
    Ms Catherine Payne, Doctor Anne Llewellyn
    SchemeRole
    Equity Research FellowshipInvestigator
    Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
    $25,00020132013
    GNo:G1201024

    Cinematic Topologies: Mapping shifts in nature, thought and mind PHD Research Project with Creative work (documentary) and Exegesis (30,000words)$7,500
    Funding Body: University of Newcastle

    Project Team
    Ms Catherine Payne
    SchemeRole
    Equity Research FellowshipChief Investigator
    Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
    $7,50020132013
    GNo:G1200967

    2012 (1 grants)

    Clinical Training Framework Pilot Project – Anaesthetist Trolley Induction$9,344
    Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

    Project Team
    Doctor Peter Summons, Doctor Brian Regan, Miss Kristi Street, Professor Isabel Higgins, Ms Catherine Payne
    SchemeRole
    Strategic Initiative Research Fund (SIRF)Investigator
    Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
    $9,34420122012
    GNo:G1401029

    2010 (1 grants)

    Portable Digital Video Research Lab$5,000
    Funding Body: University of Newcastle

    Project Team
    Ms Catherine Payne
    SchemeRole
    New Staff GrantChief Investigator
    Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
    $5,00020102010
    GNo:G0190427
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    Ms Catherine Payne

    Work Phone(02) 4985 4571
    Email
    PositionLecturer
    Communication
    School of Design Communication and IT
    Faculty of Science and Information Technology
    The University of Newcastle, Australia
    Focus AreaCommunication
    Office
    ICT 3.59,
    ICT Building,
    Callaghan
    University Drive
    Callaghan NSW 2308
    Australia
    URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/cathie-payne