Mark Bould will be launching his new book, “The Anthropocene Unconscious: Climate Catastrophe Culture” at Book Haus in conversation with Bristol Ideas.
His latest book reveals traces of climate catastrophe found throughout contemporary literature and film: from the autobiographical fictions of Paul Auster and Ove Knausgaard to the Sharknado movies.
“Climate change is not going to happen – it is already happening, and deep down our culture knows it. And not just in the science fictions and climate fictions that tackle head-on the crisis through which we are living.”
UWE Bristol is recruiting a Wallscourt Associate Professor – Immersive Media to join the network of researchers within the Digital Cultures Research Centre . This is a full time, permanent post. Overseas candidates are welcome to apply.
The Wallscourt Associate Professor will lead in developing cross-disciplinary research into immersive media, exploring the intersection between creative practice and emerging media technology.
For an informal discussion please contact Professor Mandy Rose via email at email@example.com
Tales of Care and Repair gathers stories of the repair of everyday objects from India, UK and Brazil.
It is a British Council Creative Commissions COP26 project, led by DCRC member Teresa Dillon.
Considering repair as a potentially radical act that can transform our relationship with our material worlds. From Aug-November 2021 our programme aims to build a repository of ‘stories’ of everyday repaired objects. To generate the tales or stories we aim to collect 1000 images of everyday repaired objects, which people can be upload to this site and tagged with details about the repair.
October is packed full of exciting events and you can find out more about the programme here.
This seminar aims to expand the understanding of repair practices in Brazil and their implications in art, environment, economy and society, articulating such practices in light of the environmental emergency and the need to re-found the way humanity relates to objects and materials. The guests’ distinct experiences present an overview of repairs and reparations in the country from the perspective of diversity, in order to reimagine the idea of “repair” in a collective way, aiming at socioeconomic and environmental regeneration.
Speakers: Izabella Teixeira, Ricardo Abramovay, Pedro Belasco, Nêgo Bispo, Cinthia Mendonça, Fred Paulino (moderator)
COVID-19 Creative Economy Resilience & Recovery is a nationwide project led by UWE Bristol and funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), addressing questions of resilience, and subsequent recovery and rebuilding, for the UK’s creative sector, with a specific focus on creative micro-businesses.
In collaboration with a network of creative hub partners in nine city regions across the UK, the project team will design and assess the viability of a resilience framework and toolkit for creative micros, offering policymakers and other stakeholders tools which can aid in sectoral recovery and renewal from the COVID-19 crisis.
Under the banner of Evolving Media , we are delighted to welcome Dr. Donna Hancox for a talk which proposes that the theory and practice of transmedia storytelling must be re-considered from a social impact and community development perspective, and that time has come for a rigorous critique of the limited ways in which it has been commonly represented.
Respondent: Dr. Tom Abba
What happens to architecture after the climate emergency undoes its foundational assumptions of growth, extraction, and progress?
Under the banner Restorative Futures, we are delighted to welcome MOULD collective, for the third in a series of online research seminars at DCRC this summer, each aligned with one of our four research strands. It will address the demand posed by our current climate emergency to engage in a thorough reconsideration of our collective ways of being in the world, amidst assumptions of growth, extraction, and progress.
Respondent: Professor Teresa Dillon (DCRC)
This talk will introduce a series of premises that inform the ongoing research project Architecture after Architecture, led by Jeremy Till and Tatjana Schneider.
A one-day conference to discuss Channel 4’s move out of London and to debate broader issues about the role of regional screen production.
The channel’s relocation is embedded within broader strategies that aim to challenge London’s dominance and to ‘rebalance’ the UK’s screen ecology. Occasioned by these developments, the aim of this one-day conference is to discuss the motivations, mechanisms and political machinations of Channel 4’s move out of London and to debate these broader issues about the role of regional screen production.
Sometimes changing the world begins with imagining a different future. But how can we harness our imagination to achieve this?
This panel brought to you by Bristol+Bath Creative R+D explores a range of methodologies such as design fiction, storytelling and scenario techniques, to demonstrate the possibilities of human imagination.
Ilana Lipsett, Institute for the Future
Jen Stein, World Building Institute
Dr. Foluke Adebisi, University of Bristol
Cassie Robinson, The National Lottery Community Fund
Clare Reddington, CEO, Watershed
Dr. Gross will argue for both the necessity to understand and critique how GDP derives significant power as an indicator of growth from its capacity to establish a simple narrative framework for collective progress, and the need to consider what might be alternative grounds for narrating the ‘success’ of economies – and of creative economies in particular.
Following the talk, Jonathan will be joined in conversation by Simon Moreton, with a Q&A session following the talk.
On March 26th The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) invite you to join them online for their Data Showcase.
It’s a day to share, reflect on and challenge ideas in DATA, INCLUSIVE FUTURES and CREATIVE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT.
Explore the inspiring work of the Data Prototype teams, and learn more about their developing work, as well as diving into the deep thinking done by our Data Fellows.
Join Teresa Dillon, artist and Professor of City Futures at UWE, to explore the world of facial recognition & its intersectional histories.
Our technologies are never neutral.
Embedded within their design and articulation are nested decisions that propagate certain views and ways of being in the world, over others. This talk focuses on the histories of facial recognition software, drawing on research into early photography, anthropometric techniques and the normalisation of the ‘criminal profile’.
In 2020 The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) launched their Data Fellowship as part of a year of thinking about Data. Now with the prototype strand in full swing the team are looking towards their Data Showcase on 26 March, an online day of fun and adventure exploring data, new forms of investment and inclusive futures.
This talk is in partnership with SWCTN.
The creative and cultural sector as a whole faces an uncertain future as a result of Covid 19 and subsequent policies, with long-term unemployment and business closures a reality for many.
In this talk, chaired by DCRC member Dr. Tarek Virani, we will learn about the key findings of research undertaken by UWE Bristol’s Creative Economies Lab.
During 2020, the team carried out a detailed survey aimed at understanding how Covid-19 had impacted the creative and cultural sector in South West England. Led by Dr. Tarek Virani, Associate Professor of Creative Industries at UWE Bristol, the survey aimed to learn how the sector was being affected by the pandemic, how it was adapting and planning for the future.
Tarek will be joined by Melanie Rodrigues, Founder/Creative Director, Gritty Talent , Jack Gibbon, Director, Bricks Bristol and Alex Duarte-Davies, Executive Director of Theatre Royal Bath’s Theatre School inc. The Egg Assembly
Bristol + Bath Creative R + D are excited to announce a new funding call for six Fellows and four to six Industry Partners to join the programme to explore Amplified Publishing and interrogate questions around the future models of content creation, discovery and distribution.
Successful applicants will be given between £5k and £12k – depending upon which opportunity they apply for – along with various other opportunities including time, space and resources to focus intensively on exploring an area of interest in the field of Amplified Publishing.
We’re looking for SMEs and freelancers working across publishing, games, video, XR, etc, in the broadly defined field – people working on creating and disseminating content. (We’ve already recruited our academic fellows).
Deadline for Applications: 10am, Monday 15 March 2021
Image credit: Jazz Thompson
We are looking forward to hearing from DCRC Member and PHD researcher Rob Eagle as he discusses Making Through Failing.
Inspired by Jack Halberstam’s The Queer Art of Failure, this talk embraces techniques of failing, losing, forgetting, unmaking and not knowing. These are actions and feelings many artists, academics and queers know all too well by ‘not fitting in’ or achieving the usual societal metrics of success. Once we embrace our outcast status, everyday failure can open up opportunities for us to live non-normative lifestyles, form alternative kinship groups and create work that is true to who we are and how we see the world.
This talk was broadcast live on Watershed’s Youtube Channel – Link below.
Image Credit – Rob Eagle
DCRC Members Steve Presence, Alice Quigley and Andrew Spicer have just announced the publication of Making It Real, following on from the UK Feature Docs’ previous report, Keeping it Real: Towards a Documentary Film Policy for the UK, published last summer.
Based on a survey of 200 leading UK nonfiction producers and directors, Keeping it Real outlined a chronic lack of funding, support and coordination at the heart of the UK’s feature documentary film sector. This new report represents the sector’s response to those original findings in the light of global events including the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.
It ultimately comprises a new industrial strategy for documentary based on inclusivity, sustainability and the creation of optimum conditions for success at home and internationally.
Join Alice Quigley from the Creative Economies Lab for a lunchtime talk at the Pervasive Media Studio.
This is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about Container: a new online magazine about creative tech. Container explores the world we live in by looking at & questioning how we use technology for social & cultural purposes.
Container is based in Bristol and born out of a long-term collaboration between Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio and UWE Bristol’s Creative Economies Lab, alongside leading creative and technology-based labs and research centres across the South West.
Find out more about the ‘Control Shift’ digital art programme Rod Dickinson co-curated with Martha King and Becca Rose Glowacki in Bristol in October 2020. Sarah Selby will discuss ’The Departed (A Digital Seance)’ a digital artwork which she made with Tim Kindberg for Control Shift.
The Control Shift programme brought together both international and Bristol based contemporary artists whose artworks and workshops explored ways that we can reimagine and rethink our digital tools. The programme was part online and part IRL with physical installations situated across the city.
Control Shift Network is a collective of artists, technologists and producers.
Image Credit: The Departed image by Ibi Feher / Control Shift image by Becca Rose Glowacki & Control Shift Network
DCRC member Dr Emma Agusita is presenting her work “Family Migration, Separation and Communication – Visualising the Hostile Immigration Environment” through UWE Bristol’s Global Migration Network this week.
Emma is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Media Communications in ACE (Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, UWE).
This seminar presents insights from a research study, Visualising Love, funded by UWE Bristol, that explored impacts on partners and families of cross border separation caused by restrictive UK immigration controls. www.vizlove.org
If you have any questions about the seminar, please contact the Global Migration Network coordinator Dr Artjoms Ivlevs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
‘UK Feature Docs: A Study of the Feature Documentary Film Industry’ is an AHRC-funded study of the UK’s feature documentary film industry.
The project will map the industry, historicise its development and explore the manifold challenges involved in the finance, production, distribution and exhibition of feature documentary films in the UK.
In 2019, the team launched what became the largest survey ever conducted of UK feature doc producers and directors. Keeping it Real: Towards A Documentary Film Policy for the UK, is based on the survey findings and reveals a sector that was in urgent need of intervention even before the advent of COVID-19.
Bristol+Bath Creative R+D are running a series of research based discussion events. The first one up is on the Bristol Arts Channel, where Clare Reddington, Watershed CEO, Katherine Jewkes, Curator Bristol Arts Chanel and La Toyah McAllister-Jones, Executive Director of St Pauls Carnival will be discussing how they brought a diverse programme of in-person cultural content online in record time.
Please join us for “Virtual Realities: Immersive Documentary Encounters” part of the BVI Seminar Series put on by Bristol Vision Institute. This talk will be introduced by BVI Director, Professor Dave Bull.
Professor Kirsten Cater, Principal Investigator University of Bristol, and Co-Investigators, Professor Danae Stanton Fraser (University of Bath) and DCRC Director Professor Mandy Rose (UWE Bristol) will share findings from the three year EPSRC Virtual Realities: Immersive Documentary Encounters project, examining the application of virtual reality for nonfiction.
The words ‘fake news’ have become an ominous symbol for an informational landscape where nothing is quite what it seems, any factual assertion can be thrown into doubt, and who you believe has almost entirely to do with your pre-existing political persuasions. Is it as simple as blaming the digital technologies we use to learn about politics?
DCRC member Marcus Gilroy-Ware will be joined by special guests Dr. Sivamohan Valluvan, Professor Jo Littler and Professor Natalie Fenton in a discussion about his new book After the Fact?, which looks at fake news and conspiracy theories, ‘bullshit journalism’ and the resurgence of the far-right.
Find out more: http://www.mjgw.net/
Launched in August 2020, the new edition of These Pages Fall Like Ash now has over 300 copies live across the globe, spanning 30 countries and 4 continents.
Join the creative team – Tom Abba, Duncan Speakman and Emilie Grenier, alongside special guest Nick Harkaway – for a conversation about the project and what’s next for this new form of storytelling.
Author Kate Pullinger will be moderating this event – http://www.katepullinger.com/
Find out more – and buy the book! https://pagesfall.com/
Documentarists engaging with VR encounter ethical issues common to traditional documentary practice. Additionally, VR documentary gives rise to specific ethical challenges relating to the psychological implications of immersion for users, to data extraction and privacy, and associated with the claim that immersion in real world content has unique prosocial potential.
In this lecture, Mandy Rose will unpack the domains in which VR provokes novel or specific issues for documentary practice, and discuss how a toolkit might support VR nonfiction practitioners in thinking through the ethics of their work.
The lecture reflects research undertaken within the EPSRC Virtual Realities; Immersive Documentary Encounters project.
We are delighted to be supporting the third i-Docs Community Conversations webinar – i-docs and multi-perspectival thinking.
In this webinar i-Docs Co-director, Judith Aston, and Stefano Odorico, Director of the International Research Centre for Interactive Storytelling (IRIS), will present their ongoing work on i-docs and multi-perspectival thinking.
Central to this work is their research into polyphony, as a means through which to promote intercultural dialogue and exchange in a context of increasing polarization.
DCRC Members Tom Abba and Duncan Speakman are releasing a second edition of These Pages Fall Like Ash – an immersive story told across time, place and the pages of two books. One book is a crafted, physical, familiar artefact, a guide to an imagined world, and a reminder that your own world is just as unique. The other is a digital text that weaves the two books together. Immerse yourself from August 20th 2020.
Composed by Tom Abba, Duncan Speakman With Emilie Grenier, Nick Harkaway and Neil Gaiman.
DCRC researcher Steve Presence, alongside co-editors Mike Wayne and Jack Newsinger, have announced the publication of their new edited collection – Contemporary Radical Film Culture: Networks, Organisations and Activists – the first book to emerge from the Radical Film Network.
With essays from some of the leading scholars and practitioners in the field, this is the first book to investigate twenty-first century radical film practices across production, distribution and exhibition at a global level.
DCRC researchers will join a new creative media powerhouse called MyWorld which is set to create more than 700 jobs and further the South West as an international trailblazer in screen-based media, thanks to £46 million funding.
Led by Professor David Bull at the University of Bristol, the initiative will develop major new research and development (R&D) facilities and partnerships connecting regional, national and international creative industry and technology partners.
DCRC’s Mandy Rose will lead the UWE Bristol team in MyWorld, working with Simon Moreton and Jon Dovey. The UWE Bristol academics will contribute expertise in immersive media production, and draw on a significant body of research into creative industry ecosystems to understand the impact of the MyWorld project in the city region.
Photo – Creative Producers International Residential Lab at the Watershed, Bristol.
Photo credit: Shamphat Productions