Media Culture and Practice

second year critical practice

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The work from our level 2 modules, Web Media and Video Media, is online for your viewing and interacting pleasure:

The Sideways Looks manifesto

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It has never been more important to study the media. As Lord Leveson lifts the Fleet Street flagstones to glimpse the tangle of power, influence, secrecy, disdain and corruption writhing beneath them, as social media are accused of rewiring children’s brains, of destroying the very sociality they proclaim but also celebrated for toppling autocratic regimes, as popular magazines proliferate new forms of disgust for their readers’ bodies, and as photography, video, animation and the written word fuse, split and evolve in the new primal soup of the Web, the work on display in this exhibition offers a magnifying glass for the study of this rapidly mutating media ecosystem.
These student-producers are not replicating established media conventions and images, they are dismantling and remaking them through a critical engagement with media and cultural theory, and through a creative ambition for the technical, aesthetic and political possibilities of digital technologies and networks. They have an eye on the future, but - just as importantly - a critical and sideways eye on the everyday and here-and-now in all its banal strangeness.
This exhibition and screening (and the Media & Cultural Studies course from which it has emerged) follows the call to arms raised by the notorious media theorist Marshall McLuhan, in whose centenary year these students began these projects:
‘instead of scurrying into a corner and wailing about what the media are doing to us, we should charge straight ahead and kick them in the electrodes’.

UWE media students in Fusion with the BBC

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The first Fusion Lab collaboration between BBC and UWE where media students and alumni joined forces to develop ideas for innovative second screen experiences in response to live briefs set by the BBC Natural History Unit and radio producers.

Over a period of three months four interdisciplinary project teams have been exploring new formats for the development of second screen experiences to accompany and extend audience engagement with established BBC programme material. The programme strands explored were 'How Life Works', 'Spring Watch Unsprung', 'Deadly' on CBBC and 'More Than Words' Radio 4 Bristol Festival.

This project was developed and delivered though a partnership between the BBC Academy and UWE's Digital Cultures Research Centre.

See the UWE Media Flickr site for more pictures.

take a gamble

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‘Gambling/Gaming: What’s the Difference? Who Cares?

Joyce Goggin, Professor of English and Media at the University of Amsterdam, will be presenting a lecture for the Games, Simulation and Media level 3 module on Monday 26 March at 12 noon. (There is some space so all are welcome to attend).

technology, agency & walled gardens

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Visiting new media researcher Sy Taffel will give a talk to first year Media Practice & Culture / Media & Cultural Studies students today on digital technology, agency and walled gardens. The images from his presentation can be seen here

transmedia, games, and Dr Who

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Third year students on the Games Simulation and Media module were treated on Monday to a fascinating presentation by Iain Tweedale, Head of Interactive and Learning at BBC Wales. Taking the Dr Who franchise as his focus, Iain explored the current transmedia nature of popular media production and narrative, linking the TV series, websites, international marketing and - particularly - the downloadable Dr Who Adventure Games.