Friday, 26 June 2009

e-merge, pervasive media and Dot.Biz

e-merge remapped again - this time to the playing fields at Chippenham for Dot.Biz: 'Last In, First Out?', an industry day for current and prospective digital media undergrads, organised by the Interactive Media Centre at Wiltshire College, yesterday. The day focused on how the creative industries can survive recession, positives of innovation, technologies and different ways of doing business; with a range of activities, talks, workshops, panel discussion and screenings. I gave a talk about pervasive media, Jane and I ran a drop-in session and mscape workshop, as well as the panel discussion (filmed for future student resources... well planned day, great!)

It was sunny, so the only obstacles for mediascaping were a football game and a barbeque, also on the fields!
I put a mixture of mscapes on the ipaqs, so there was something for everyone - narrative, drama, film, games - and the obligatory mole stamping, which entertained observers!
Some good feedback from the remapped e-merge, and interesting to hear people's responses to seeing the London footage in Wiltshire - with several people commenting on the similarity of shots - sky, trees, grass, seagulls on screen and off - whilst others noticed the contrasts more, the busy cityscape and roads.

Thanks to Jane for help throughout the day and sharing her experience as a musician and composer for e-merge. Also for her comments on experiencing e-merge live for the first time. Great!

Monday, 22 June 2009

Art Space

I'll be presenting a paper on 'Pervasive Media: Experience of Landscape and Short Film' at the Art Space conference at CADRE, talking about e-merge and Something More.

Living Landscapes

I went to the rather sumptuous Living Landscapes AHRC conference at Aberystwyth last week - packed with interesting performances, installations, papers and plenarys.. and a performance workshop (7am in the woods - nice weather, phew!) Ideas emerging, areas of interest re-inforced, met a few old friends, and many more new.

There's a bit more about it on the Strata blog

Descending Angel on National Library Sounds, forest art and simultaneous intercontinental performance - documented in the summary session!
View from above...

Simon Whitehead performance...another inter-continental collaboration...magical

In the woods, ideas for a future piece of work...

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

And more music collaboration...

Soundlines, an educational pervasive landscape project with Strata Collective, has been simmering away in the background for the past 6-7 months, and last night we had our first sample audio-walk with music created by Russ and Jane in response to Sand Point, North Somerset.
Contact me if you'd like an invite to a Soundlines hilltop experience celebrating the launch of the Cultural Olympiad at the end of July....