Patrick Crogan is an Australian researcher who has worked at UWE since 2008. His 2011 book critically examines what videogames can tell us about the relations between war and technoculture. With Professor Jon Dovey he organised a conference in 2010 for the DCRC called Paying Attention: Digital Media Cultures and Generational Responsibility with funding from the European Science Foundation. A special issue (link to http://www.culturemachine.net/index.php/cm/issue/view/24) of Culture Machine based on the conference, co-edited by Patrick and Sam Kinsley, was published in 2012.
In partnership with game developer, Tom Rawlings of Auroch Digital and Professor Janet Jones of Middlesex University, Patrick is leading a project in the REACT Hub’s ‘Future Documentary’ Sandbox in 2013. The project is to make an innovative ‘playable documentary’ looking at the Jack the Ripper phenomenon from a different, more reflective and critical angle.
Patrick is an expert on the work of media and technology philosopher and activist, Bernard Stiegler, having written several pieces on his work’s relevance to film, media and cultural theory and translated some of his writings into English. He guest edited a special issue of Cultural Politics on Stiegler, and is currently writing a book for Routledge on post-cinematic media applying and extending Stiegler’s insights on the contemporary mediatic milieu’s challenges and potentials. In 2011 and 2013 he was an invited contributor to the summer school of the Ecole de philosophie d’Epineiul le Fleuriel organised by the association Stiegler co-founded, Ars Industrialis. Videos of his presentations can be accessed there.
Patrick is involved in DCRC seminars and symposia concerned with digital technoculture, videogames and critical approaches to technology. He is currently working on military robotics and AI developments as important vectors of technocultural (and political) transformation today. Patrick has also been looking at projects connecting the DCRC with other organisations, working to renew a sustainable cultural future through the enormous potential of the digital to foster creativity, collaboration, critical engagement, and new kinds of collective futures.