The Russian Winter

The Russian Winter is an ambitious research project to create a new kind of multimedia show – in which live musical performance and film interactivity create an experience that is never the same twice. The project started as a concept album, written and composed by professional musicians John E. Vistic and Adam Coombs. Through working […]

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Call for Proposals – Making the City Playable Conference – Research Stream

Watershed, Bristol September 10th & 11th 2014 CALL EXTENDED TO 28th APRIL. On September 10th and 11th 2014 the Watershed Media Centre in Bristol will host the first Making the City Playable Conference, convened by University of the West of England Visiting Professors Clare Reddington and Andrew Kelly. This two day international conference will bring […]

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This is the second in a short series of posts exploring ambient literature. They’re tentative steps, and are not meant to mark out inviolate territory, rather work in gas-light toward something that seems to sit in the gloom of quasi-academic thought. The first one is here. 2. Edgelands and borders. Liminal spaces. If we’re trying […]

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Toward a Literature of Ambience

I’m going to write a few of these. This is the first. It might be the last, but to be perfectly honest that’s going to depend on what works and what doesn’t. To kick things off (and I have a notebook made of stone that has scribbles for six of these posts) what follows are […]

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A King in Yellow, and the shape of books

Okay, so here’s the thing. The King in Yellow is either the thematic backbone of HBO’s True Detective, or it’s an incidental device being utilised by the hipster, HBO-centred crowd to draw in the weird fiction mob and convince them that this series is worth sticking with. Time will tell which of these is true, […]

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The 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training at the DCRC

PhD Opportunities in Digital Design, Digital Media and Digital Arts. Deadline for applications: 28 March 2014 A list of the supervisors and available expertise at the DCRC is available here, or please contact Associate Professor Mandy Rose: The Digital Cultures Research Centre is delighted to announce that UWE will be the lead institution within the 3D3 Centre […]

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On The Bridge

  DCRC PhD candidate Tine Bech recently took part in the Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival, where she set up an interactive light installation; ‘On the Bridge’. On The Bridge invites audiences to interact with each other and the bridge itself, lighting up as people walk across it. Visitors activate pink colour bombs, created by a […]

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Gaming Love, Loving Games

Last week I gave a Friday lunchtime talk at the Pervasive Media Studio on the importance of love in games and gaming. We are used to hearing scare stories of addiction, compulsion and obsession in the media when it comes to loving games, but we rarely hear about the real passion that gamers have for […]

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Reading Group at the DCRC

The DCRC will be hosting a number of Reading Group evenings throughout 2014. The topic of each session will focus on a broader theme in Digital Culture, presented through the lens of contentious or thought-provoking writing. We also envisage that we may read ‘beyond’ the text, and future sessions will also feature practice based work […]

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A Call for Papers – Autonomy and Automation: Robotics, AI and the Digital Cultural Future

Autonomy and Automation: Robotics, AI and the Digital Cultural Future A One Day Seminar at DCRC – UWE Bristol Saturday March 8, 2014 Through a curiously ambivalent wave of media attention robotics and AI have emerged as major topics for media and cultural research to address in a more substantial fashion. The oscillation between accounts […]

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