Jon Dovey is the Director of the AHRC-funded Research & Enterprise in Arts & Creative Technologies (REACT) Knowledge Exchange hub and Professor of Screen Media.
Before becoming an academic Jon worked in media practice producing documentary and experimental works located within the independent film movements of the 1980s, most notably founding the original mash up scratch video team Gorilla Tapes in 1984. This work has recently been revived in shows at FACT Liverpool (2003), the Tate Modern (2004) and the ICA (2007).
Since returning to UWE in 2008 Jon has worked with the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol and founded the Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE in 2009 with colleagues in the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education. In 2012 Jon became the Director of REACT, one of four AHRC Knowledge Exchange hubs,to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange. REACT is a collaboration between the University of the West of England, Watershed, and the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.
Jon has previously taught at the University of Plymouth and at the University of Bristol where he was Head of Subject in the Department of Drama: Film, Theatre and Television. As well as teaching a range of moving image production modules Jon has also taught production in photography, installation, and digital interactive media. Jon have also taught a range of text based units including Introduction to Media Studies, Narrative, Film Studies, Documentary, Cyberculture, Games and New Media.
Between 2010-11 Jon was a Knowledge Transfer Fellow at the the Pervasive Media Studio. This research programme investigated the Aesthetics and Value of Pervasive Media innovations. Jon conducts practice based work with Rik Lander and Greg Browning in the media innovation company 'You Are Here'. Jon's research focus is on technology and cultural form and he has long-term collaborations with members of the UWE School of Creative Induistries. Jon was a founding member of the Play Research Group.
Game Cultures Dovey J & Kennedy H W, Open University Press 2006
New Media - A Critical Introduction Lister M, Dovey J, Giddings S, Grant I and Kelly K, Routledge 2003
Freakshows - First Person Media And Factual TV Pluto Press 2000
Fractal Dreams: New Media In Social Context, ed. Dovey J, Lawrence and Wishart 1996
Recent Chapters include:
"Simulating the Public Sphere" in Rethinking Documentary eds Austin T & de Jong W, McGraw Hill 2008
"Why Am I in Vietnam? The History of a Video Game" in Videogame, Player, Text ed Barry Atkins and Tanya Krzywinska MUP 2007
"Playing the Ring" Dovey & Kennedy in Branding the Ring ed Mathijs E, Wallflower Press Columbia 2006
"Camcorder Cults" in The Television Studies Reader eds Allen R & Hill A Routledge 2004 pp 557-568
Recent keynote papers include:
The Challenge of New Media, Conference for AMD-HEA Dec 2008 and later published as "Straw Men or Cyborgs?" Dovey J & Lister M 2009 Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture 1 (1), Intellect Press
The Language of Mobile Media for the Hewlett Packard MSCape Conference Dec 4 2007
Technicity: Power and Difference in Game Cultures (with Helen Kennedy) Game In Action Conference University of Goteborg Sweden June 2007
How Do You Play? - Identity Technology and Ludic Culture Mindplay Conference London Metropolitan University 2006
What am I doing in Vietnam? Aesthetics of Play Conference University of Bergen (2005), http://www.aestheticsofplay.org/
Current PhD supervisees are: