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Collusion Making Things in VR

Collusion Making Things in VR Presentation with Shreepali Patel and Mark Pickering LAB006, ARU, Cambridge, 18 September 2018, 6-8pm ”This seminar was a great opportunity for artists, arts organisations, and anyone working in a creative industry that's interested in virtual reality to meet and connect. Speakers will show new work and explain their production methods, giving insights into new practice and techniques." Alex Byford StoryLab discussed and demonstrated the two prototypes they’ve been working on around VR (360 and Unity) Shreepali Patel, Mark Pickering, Senir Dinar, Rob Toulson and undergraduate researchers. Links Collusion Alex Ruhl (Catsarenotpeas) OnetoOne Development

Media Manipulation

Media Manipulation
Media Manipulation Media Manipulation: Ideologies and Political Economies of Intervention in a Digital World Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 29th June 2018 The StoryLab Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University and the ERC-funded “Risking Speech” project at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge hosted a workshop on the topic of “media manipulation”. Manipulation—of attention, opinion, action—has been a salient concern in the recent Euro-American takes on digital media and their role in politics. While the question of media and power is by no means new, attending to how manipulation is imagined and organised at various scales in diverse historical and geographical contexts promises a fresh perspective. The workshop, therefore, explored the relationship between vernacular ideologies of mediated influence and political economies of manipulative interventions both in and beyond Western democracies....

Refugee Crisis

Refugee Crisis
Refugee Crisis Challenges and Opportunities in Creative Practice Research Symposium, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 20 June 2018 This event was hosted by StoryLab, Anglia Ruskin University’s Migrant Studies Network in collaboration with the City of Sanctuary Cambridge, and as part of the Refugee Week events. The symposium aimed to open up a dialogue between artists and researchers involved with the current European refugee crisis. Invited speakers included practitioners and researchers working with theatre, film, multimedia, art and photography. Throughout the day, participants discussed challenges and opportunities encountered when exploring meanings and experiences of groups engaged in forced migration. Organising Committee: Dr Samuel Lengen (StoryLab), Dr Adriana Sandu (Social Work and Social Policy),  Dr Roxana Anghel (Education and Social Care), Kelcy Davenport (StoryLab) Mike Levy (Keystage Arts...

Freedom to Play

Freedom to Play at Sheffield Doc Fest
Freedom to Play The Pros and Cons of Filmmaking as Research StoryLab / Sheffield Documentary Film Festival, 9-12th June 2018 Supported by StoryLab and Sheffield Documentary Film Festival, a panel of filmmakers and academics explored the growing trend of straddling filmmaking and academic lives and discuss the pros and cons of making films as research. Academia can free film-makers from conventional narratives and forms, allowing for experiments in creative storytelling. But does their work impact in academia as traditional 'research' and what influence have their films in the broadcast industry? Moderated by Hans Petch (Academic and Producer) Participants: Nicola Daley ACS , Shreepali Patel , Joanna Callaghan (University of Sussex)  and Susan Kemp (University of Edinburgh and producer) Links Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival Filmmaking Research Network Media, Communication and...

Forensic Architecture

Foresnsic Architecture
Forensic Architecture Screening and Presentation Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 30th April 2018 Christina Varvia presented the work of Forensic Architecture, a research agency based at Goldsmiths University of London undertaking advanced architectural and media research. She provided insight into the work they do on behalf of international prosecutors, human rights organisations and political and environmental justice groups. Their pioneering use of forensic aesthetics and the art exhibition as public forum to disseminate evidence beyond words made this event a fascinating display of cutting-edge research blurring the boundaries between art and forensic science. Hosted by LENS and StoryLab.

Notes on Blindness

Notes On Blindness
Notes on Blindness Screening and Presentation Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 23rd April 2018 LENS and StoryLab Research Institute hosted a screening of Notes on Blindness followed by a director Q&A, plus virtual reality experience. The film directed by Pete Middleton and James Spinney is a moving account of personal perseverance: After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In 1983 he began keeping an audio diary. Since premiering at Sundance in January 2016 (alongside the virtual reality project) the film has played at over 40 international festivals. It won the Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards and was nominated for 3 BAFTAs (including Best Documentary and Outstanding British Film). The Q&A discussed...

CPM3 | Panel Discussion

CPM3 | Panel Discussion Approaches to Creative Practice Methods (CPM) by academic staff Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 22nd March 2018 This third event in the CPM series featured presentations by Dr Sergio Fava, Dr Becky Palmer, and Prof Martin Salisbury. Their opening presentations were followed by a panel discussion. Podcasts Please find poster here.

StoryLab Symposium ‘Interpret’

StoryLab Symposium Interpret
StoryLab Symposium ‘Interpret’ Presentations Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 14th March 2018 The rapid development of technological innovations in recent years has dramatically reshaped the way people communicate. This has accelerated the exchange of ideas, but has also produced a climate of confusion and misinformation with stable narrative patterns of communication breaking down. Addressing these issues, this StoryLab symposium explored different forms of narrative as a tool for investigation and interpretation. A range of presentations spanning creative practice, design and social science investigated the full range of the theme ‘interpret’. Please find programme here.

CPM2 | Showcasing Projects

CPM2 | Showcasing Projects Showcasing Creative Practice Methods (CPM) in current research projects Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 25th January 2018 Building on the foundations laid by the first CPM event, this featured paper presentations, technical demonstrations, artworks, poster presentations, and work in progress. It provided insight into a range of approaches to creative practice methods. Podcasts Please find programme and presentation abstracts here and poster here.

CPM1 | Exploration

CPM1 | Exploration Exploring Creative Practice Methods (CPM) with the academic and PGR community Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 15th November 2017 The first event in the CPM series facilitated discussions on creative practice research, provided insights from fellow academics and post-graduate researchers and identified potential opportunities for future collaborations. Call for interest can be found here and poster here.
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