Value, tricksters and city layers (week ending 25042012)
As the summer term begins, week 138 was a period of travel and several projects progressing. DCRC Director Jonathan Dovey was invited to present research concerning value networks in pervasive media in Lüneburg and PhD researchers Dan Dixon and Sy Taffel have been involved in conferences and workshops. 138 is the sum of four consecutive prime numbers (29+31+37+41) and on page 138 of New Media: a critical introduction, written by DCRC researchers, the concept of 'hyperrealism' is discussed as 'a distinct and dominant aesthetic in popular animation', developed by Disney, in relation to the notion of 'hyperreality', offered by Baudrillard and Eco.
DCRC Director Jonathan Dovey visited the Moving Image Lab, a part of Leuphana University, in Lüneburg (Germany), which is associated with a new media incubator created by the university. Jon presented material from the AHRC Connected Communities project concerning value networks in the production of Pervasive Media (particularly focusing on the Pervasive Media Studio) at an event at the university.
A new researcher, Bambo Soyinka, has been added to the DCRC website to represent her ongoing relationship with work within the Pervasive Media Studio and links with the centre. Bambo is a Senior Lecturer in Film Making and Creative Media within the Department of Arts at UWE Bristol. She is conducting an AHRC funded network and development project entitled 'Translating Tales of the Trickster', that explores the Trickster, an enduring character from folklore who is never quite what we at first think and still appears in different guises across the world today.
As a part of ongoing research, Dan Dixon visited Nottingham University to meet with people from the Mixed Reality Laboratory. He also attended a workshop as part of this NESTA Digital R&D fund for Arts and Culture. One of the big questions addressed as part of the workshop was what R&D can and does mean for the Arts and Culture sector.
Sy Taffel presented a paper at the conference 'Journeys Across Media: Time Tells' at the University of Reading. His paper build upon some of the theoretical influences on his PhD research and was titled 'Technics Temporality and Attention in Digital Cultures'.
Charlotte Crofts has been blogging the progress of the REACT Heritage Sandbox project 'City Strata', in which she is the academic partner, with lots of details about how the project is being worked through. For example, a post about a historic cinema layer for Bristol's open data map and a post about playful project ideas. You can read more on the journal page for the project on the REACT site.
Tom Abba will be interviewing the author Nick Harkaway as a part of a Festival of Ideas event concerning Harkaway's book 'The Blind Giant: Being Human in a Digital World', on 15th May. Please visit the Bristol Festival of Ideas website for more details.