Media Culture and Practice

Media Culture and Practice goes back to school!

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In June 2013, we were invited to participate in Refresh - an event for refreshing film and media teachers' skills in digital media teaching - which was held at Watershed Bristol. The module Mediated Lives (Media Culture 1) was used as an example for how to make use of students existing social media and online skills as research tools. The workshop went down so well that we were asked to share more details about the course by several teachers in Bristol schools, and in July we went into Redland Green and did a workshop with sixth -formers about Twitter and mobile phones.

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.

intellectually fruitful and practical

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From a recent Guardian article on the future of the university by the philosopher Stefan Collini:

"It is worth emphasising, in the face of routine dismissals by snobbish commentators, that many of these [new] courses may be intellectually fruitful as well as practical: media studies are often singled out as being the most egregiously valueless, yet there can be few forces in modern societies so obviously in need of more systematic and disinterested understanding than the media themselves".