SinpOzium

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Convention
Name: SinpOzium
Dates: 2000-2002, 2005, 2011-
Frequency: annually
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Type: fan-run
Focus: slash fandom
Organization:
Founder: medusafox, iibnf, erilyn
Founding Date: June 2000.
URL: LiveJournal Community
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SinpOzium ("Sinpoz") is an annual multi-fandom slash convention held in Sydney.

History

Born out of an awkward lull in a conversation, the first SinpOzium was organised for the June long weekend of 2000. It was held in a scout hall and attracted approximately 30 people. The second SinpOzium was held in a private home in 2001, while the third and fourth SinpOziums were held at the Sydney YWCA in 2002 and 2005 respectively. Since 2011, it has been run by erilyn and alasen.

In 2005, SinpOzium inspired fans living near Wellington, New Zealand to host their own weekend convention. Called simply Get Together, it has been held annually since 2005.

Activities

Activities have included games such as Fandom Celebrity Head and Slash Pictionary, discussion panels, fandom pimping, writing discussions, vid shows and BDSM Q&A sessions.

Playlist from the 2011 vid show can be found here. [1]

A convention report from 2005 can be found here.[2] More 2005 reports are linked from here.[3]

Articles About the Convention

The following article was published in July 2000 in the Diverse Universe, an Australian science fiction newsletter. Excerpts are included below. The full text of the article can be found here.

"A draughty wooden RAAF cadet barrack in the western suburbs of Sydney hosted a slash fans' convention, organised by the tireless Bernice. The number of the participants - virtually all women - fluctuated between 10 and 40; their ages between 18 and 60; and they came from NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

There are six stages in the life of a slash fan:

  • watch action or SF shows featuring two team members or partners of the same sex
  • reconstruct the partners as a couple in love
  • read stories, written by more experienced fans, in which the couple make love while seeking out new planets or fighting villainous aliens
  • write your own stories and publish them in fanzines or on webpages
  • publish your own slash fanzine, or construct your own webpage
  • make your own songvid, taking significant moments between your favourite couple and adding a soundtrack with a song whose words fit the images or give them a new emotional meaning altogether."[4]

2011 Con

This was a weekend convention, held in June 2011 (over the Queen's Birthday Weekend). The draft convention plan is on LiveJournal, though there were mini-pimps on Henry IV by hyarrowen and on pretty fannish art by leyna55, and there was debates on various things (such as the history of 90s TV through The Sentinel). Presentations on Hawaii 5-0, the Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling, reboots of older TV shows, Merlin, Justified, the ethics of RPF/RPS writing, the dilemma of underage slashers/porn writers, "Fictional incest: okay because it's not real?", podcasting, and Fanlore were all planned.

2012

Sinpozium 2012 was held the weekend of 2nd & 3rd of June 2012.

2013

Sinpozium 2013 was held the weekend of 1st & 2nd of June 2013.

2014

Sinpozium 2014 was held the weekend of 7th & 8th of June 2014 (Queen's Birthday long weekend).

2015

Sinpozium 2015 was held the weekend of 30th and 31st of May 2015.

The theme of the vid show on Saturday was a vidding retrospective with an emphasis on the transition of vidding around 2002-2004: Sinpozium 2015 Vid Shows: sinpozium, Archived version

2017

After a one year hiatus, Sinpozium was held on 3rd and 4th of June 2017.

Games played were: Slash Pictionary and erilyn's AO3 quiz.

Presentations were on: Yuri on Ice, a general introduction to K-Pop, Hamilton_(musical), Unreal_(TV_series), Supergirl, a second K-Pop presentation focusing on Monsta_X , Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Shadowhunters, and Audio Podcast Dramas.

Discussion: Unstructured group discussion on current fandom topics (including LiveJournal, the demise of Imzy, Tumblr and its related issues and attitudes, fannish history anecdotes, and current media people are enjoying).

Vidshows: "Antiheroes" and "Seeing things in a new light" put together by SQ and another show put together by meelie.

References

  1. ^ WebCite.
  2. ^ WebCite for 2005 con report, dated June 16, 2005.
  3. ^ WebCite for Sinpozium impressions, dated June 14, 2005.
  4. ^ WebCite for "SLASH CHRONICLES: Watch, chat, convert and shiver... Slash fans' SinpOZium (Sydney, 9-11 June 2000)" reviewed by Mirna Cicione, published in Diverse Universe issue #4.