i-Docs 2014 – Call for Participation now open!

i-Docs announces the call for participation to their 2014 event – two full days devoted to considering the expanding and rapidly evolving field of interactive documentary – March 20 – 21, 2014 The Symposium is convened by Judith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi and Mandy Rose, and DCRC is delighted to host and support this event for a […]

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Creative Networks: Asset Mapping South Blessed

The Creative Citizens research project has sought to adopt and adapt asset mapping as a cross-thematic methodology to study the value of creative citizenship. The use of this approach was introduced and developed by project researchers examining the value of creative citizenship in the context of community led design (strand 2) and is it is […]

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Drones, sport and ‘eventization’

This post is to start some ideas circulating from work I am increasingly becoming preoccupied with concerning military robotics and AI, as a particular (and also particularly important, in many ways) case of automatizing technologies emerging today. This is a big topic attracting an increasing amount of critical attention, notably from people like Derek Gregory […]

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The Future of Documentary is happening in Bristol

The first group meeting of REACT’s Future of Documentary Sandbox happened today in Bristol. This is exciting stuff: 6 innovative projects were selected  to explore new models of authorship and ownership within the i-docs sphere, 6 projects to push ahead the questions that we can see emerging and to which we have no answer yet, […]

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Speaking at @Scoopcamp on 13th September!

I’m going to be speaking at Scoopcamp on the 12th September in Hamburg about our work on GameTheNews: 11.15-11.45 – How to use decision making to engage readers. And also I’m co-running a workshop on playing with reality later in the day with Dr.Martin Burckhardt of Ludic Philosophy: 14:45-16:00 – Reality distortion fields. Should be […]

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Renewed Interest in Endgame:Syria @MuzzyLane #EndgameSyria

Not surprisingly as the crisis in Syria has grown and grown, we’re seen a renewed interesting in Endgame:Syria. @gamethenewsnet I am teaching a current affairs class this year and we just studied Syria so I shared your game with the parents. Love it!— Meryl van der Merwe (@merylvdm) August 31, 2013 I also talked about […]

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Op-Docs & the NFB’s “A Short History of the Highrise” to debut at New York Film Festival

The New York Times’s Op-Docs and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will debut their new new immersive documentary series as part of the Film Society at Lincoln Center’s New York Film Festival Convergence program –  a showcase for storytelling that transcends a single narrative medium – on Monday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. ET. Following this, the series will premiere on NYTimes.com in […]

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Interactive documentary and the future of journalism

Snowfall, a New York Times interactive experience which was released in December 2012, brought with it tweets hailing the piece as “the future of journalism”. More recently The Guardian released ‘Firestorm’, which again prompted the same response (from me included…) And the Huffington Post added Elaine Macmillion’s Hollow into the same category stating, ” Anyone who saw promise for the future […]

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Memory and Space

Over the last week or so I’ve returned to reading some Stiegler, after a break of maybe 6 months, as a result of editing a book chapter. I’ve used him as a key reference point to talk about human access to and cognition of an event. I’ve argued that social media works to construct the […]

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Living books about life, Open Humanities Press

A year on from the publication of the ‘Paying Attention‘ theme issue of Culture Machine, the excellent Open Humanities Press published journal, I’ve been poking around the various linked websites and stumbled on the Living books about life site, which is really interesting. The JISC-funded, OHP published website offers 24 open access ‘living books’, curated […]

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