Fringe to Famous: Contemporary Australian Culture as an Innovation System

  • Moore, Anthony (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Gibson, Mark (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • McAuliffe, Chris (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

The project examines the crossover between 'alternative' and 'mainstream' cultural production in Australia, identifying ways in which a hybridisation between the avant garde and the popular promotes the development of cultural industries. It will conduct a detailed study of five cases: comedy (Working Dog and the Chaser), music (Mental as Anything, Paul Kelly and Nick Cave), visual arts/graphic design (Mambo Graphics), short film (Tropfest) and games development (Freeplay). It will identify the conditions which have allowed crossover between the avant-garde and the mainstream and produce recommendations for policy both in cultural development and the development of creative industries.
Effective start/end date12/03/141/12/19


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$394,765.00
  • University of Melbourne: A$7,235.00