Our academic staff at the Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice participate in a broad range of interdisciplinary research projects. Select from the items listed below to read a snapshot of some of these exciting projects.
- AHRC Copyright Research Network (Professor Fiona Macmillan)
- Cultural Space as Political Metaphor: The Case of the European ‘Quality’ Film (Professor Mary Wood)
- Hearing and Listening Action Research Project (Pauline Greene)
- International Directory of Sculpture Parks and Gardens (Dr. Cameron Cartiere)
- The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (Dr. Isabelle Fremeaux)
- London Asia Pacific Cultural Studies Forum
- Manifesto of Possibilities (Dr. Cameron Cartiere & Sophie Hope)
- Media Consumption and Public Connection (Tim Markham)
- Mediapolis: Media Practices and the Political Spaces of Cities (Dr. Scott Rodgers with Clive Barnett and Allan Cochrane)
- Paths Through Utopias (Dr. Isabelle Fremeaux)
Fiona Macmillan was recently awarded an AHRC research grant to establish an international, multidisciplinary network of scholars to consider new directions in copyright law. With input from a range of copyright stakeholders, the network will play a leading role in stimulating international research and debate about the future of the copyright system.
The paper uses case studies drawn from the European Cinema Yearbook to suggest a definition of a sector of the European film industry which can be defined as the ‘quality’ film. The genre has developed out of art cinema practice and represents an attempt by European filmmakers to compete with big-budget US films, at the same time as they examine serious issues arising from the European experience of life at the end of the twentieth century. The paper concludes that the ‘quality’ sector of the film industry provides a metaphor for the effects of globalization on cultural expression.
The Heaing and Listening project was conducted with 1st year undergraduates at London Studio Centre, University of the Arts. The project considered different ways of focusing student attention on sound and its effects, by creating or interpreting different sources (visual, literary, abstract) in sound and then relating those sounds to musical examples. The focus then passed to the subsequent class topics based on active listening (rather than passive hearing) of recorded musical examples.
The International Directory of Sculpture Parks and Gardens is developed and maintained by Cameron Cartiere with the assistance of Sarah B Davies and is supported by the archive compiled over twenty years by sculptor Benbow Bullock.
Information on sculpture parks, sculpture gardens, outdoor university collections, sculpture trails, and earthworks from around the globe can be easily located within this site.
Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (lab of ii) is a network of socially engaged artists and activists whose work falls in between resistance and creativity, culture and politics, art and life.
We believe that playful forms of cultural intervention in everyday life and the development of convivial spaces that enable participants to cultivate full confidence in their own creative capacity are fundamental tools for social change.
This collaborative project aimed to identify critical issues and tangible solutions for the commissioning of public art in an urban context. Information on the manifesto can be found at www.manifestoofpossibilities.co.uk
The principal focus of this research project is the relationship between consumption and citizenship, asking whether and, if so, how, people's media consumption gives them the resources to connect to wider publics.
Dr. Scott Rodgers, co-organised with Clive Barnett and Allan Cochrane
This two-day workshop held in June 2008, and jointly funded by ESRC and the Department of Geography at The Open University, brought together scholars from across a range of disciplines into a dialogue on the intersections of cities and media. Although urban and media studies are typically pursued using contrasting spatial imaginations, this workshop asked participants to consider what difference it makes to consider the intersection of these areas by specifically emphasizing political practices.
Paths Through Utopias takes us on a 6 month journey through Europe in search of ways of living despite capitalism. Out of the journey will arise a blog, a book, a Utopian Road movie and a series of workshops & performances.
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