Creativity in the Digital Age: Remixes, Remediations, Realignments Report

23 May 2017, Cardiff University

By definition, creativity is about the new and the different, the original and the inventive. Yet it can also involve reworking and realigning, putting a fresh spin on a practice or a concept and producing something wholly unexpected, exciting or even challenging. Creativity in the Digital Age: Remixes, Remediations, Realignments, a symposium hosted by Cardiff Digital Cultures, endeavoured to examine exactly this practice within the creative economy. Through a focus on the collaborations and intersections with academic research and the creative industries, the event aimed to consider how digital practices such as remixing and remediation are themselves realigning what we understand ‘creativity’ to mean, and how universities can be involved.  Continue reading

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Registration Open: Investigating (with) Big Data, 24 May 2017

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Keynote Speakers: Dawn Knight (Cardiff University); Linda Naughton (Jisc)

Registration is now open for our Creativity in the Digital Age: Remixes, Remediations, Realignments Symposium.

Big Data has provided new ways of empirical research, theorizing, and interpreting a wide range of artefacts and processes in both the humanities and social sciences. Yet these new ways have also affected approaches to, and understandings of, research. The questions (and concerns) raised by scholars have consequences for the collection, interpretation, and use of Big Data. What are the theoretical, practical, and pedagogical problems of working with and critiquing Big Data, its collection, investigation and use? What can the social sciences and the humanities teach each other about Big Data and its analysis?

Sponsored by Cardiff University’s Digital Humanities Network, this one-day symposium seeks to bring both humanities and social science perspectives to the field of Big Data to think about critical uses and useful critiques of ‘datafication’ in humanities and social sciences research. It explores Big Data-based research and investigations, questions surrounding the generation, use and interpretation of Big Data, and the risks and challenges of Big Data.

Confirmed speakers include: Andreas Buerki, Martin Chorley, Lina Dencik, Ian Harvey, Dawn Knight, Glyn Mottershead, Linda Naughton, Omer Rana, Luke Roach.

Registration is free for delegates but places are limited. The deadline for registration is 20 May 2017. Please register on Eventbrite: https://investigating-with-big-data.eventbrite.co.uk.

Final Programme

10.30 Registration
11.00 Keynote 1

  • Linda Naughton (JISC), Invisibility, Transparency, Openness, Exposure … Re-imagining Infrastructure for Data Intensive Research
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Panel 1

  • Omer Rana (Cardiff), Personalised Search and ‘Filter Bubbles’: Benefits or Barriers?
  • Ian Harvey (Cardiff), Building Data Services in Academia: Lessons Learned while Building and Maintaining the Illustration Archive and WISERD DataPortal
  • Glyn Mottershead and Martin Chorley (Cardiff), Title TBC
   
14.30 Coffee
15.00 Panel 2

  • Andreas Buerki (Cardiff), Using Big Diachonic Language Data to Feel the Pulse of Cultural Change
  • Luke Roach (Cardiff), Moral Panics in the Digital Age: A Comparative Analysis of Online and Print Media during the Charlie Hebdo Attack
  • Lina Dencik, (Cardiff), Data Justice: Examining Datafication and Social Justice
16.30 Tea
17.00 Keynote 2

  • Dawn Knight (Cardiff), Big Data and Corpus Construction: Introducing CorCenCC

Organisers: Keir Waddington, Anthony Mandal; Michael Goodman.

Registration Open: Creativity in the Digital Age, 23 May 2017

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Keynote Speakers: Jonathan Dovey (University of the West of England); Ruth McElroy (University of South Wales)

Registration is now open for our Creativity in the Digital Age: Remixes, Remediations, Realignments Symposium.

Cardiff University’s Digital Cultures Network is delighted to announce its third Symposium, which focuses on the creative arts in the digital age. The creative industries are a major contributor to the cultural and economic capital of the UK, constituting a field of rapid expansion and innovation. In this context, we consider how digital practices such as remixing and remediation are themselves realigning what we understand ‘creativity’ to mean, resulting in fruitful but also challenging collisions. While academic research is engaging with emergent practices in equally exciting and revealing ways, much remains to be done. Of interest are the intersections between the two fields, which are stimulating creative/critical approaches to collaborative practice, suggesting new roles that universities can play.

Confirmed speakers include: Victoria Anderson, Katie Brown, Jon Dovey, Holly Furneaux, Ben Gwalchmai, Ruth McElroy, David Millard, Janire Najera, Shane Nickels, Caitriona Noonan, Sara Pepper and Matt Wright.

Registration is free for delegates but places are limited. The deadline for registration is 20 May 2017. Please register on Eventbrite: https://creativity-digital-age.eventbrite.co.uk.

Final Programme

09.30 Registration and Coffee
10.30 Keynote 1

  • Ruth McElroy (USW), Value and the Digital: Creativity and Constraint
11.30 Coffee
12.00 Panel 1

  • Sara Pepper (Cardiff), Introduction
  • Matt Wright and Janire Najera (4PI Productions), CULTVR: Cultural Immersion
  • Dave Millard (Southampton), StoryPlaces: Exploring the Poetics of Locative Stories
  • Shane Nickels (yello brick), Creative Play
13.30 Lunch
14.15 Panel 2

  • Victoria Anderson (Cardiff/Stretch), Digital Storytelling in Prisons: Route to Rehabilitation?
  • Katie Brown (Bristol), Creating and Questioning Identities in ‘Joanna Rants’
  • Ben Gwalchmai (NUI Galway), Architectural Literature
15.45 Tea
16.15 Panel 3

  • Caitriona Noonan (Cardiff), Broadcasting the Arts in Television’s Digital Age: New Forms of Public Service Value?
  • Holly Furneaux (Cardiff), Dickensian: Mashups and Queer Fan Fiction
17.30 Keynote 2

  • Jon Dovey (UWE), Following your Nose: Ambiguity, Interaction and Ambience

Organisers: Kate Griffiths, Anthony Mandal.

Research Associate: Michael Goodman.

The Poetry Storehouse: An Experiment in Collaboration and Ekphrasis

As part of our recent Word. Image. Digital. Symposium, Othniel Smith presented a brilliant paper on The Poetry Storehouse. You can read the full paper here and watch the videos.

The Poetry Storehouse opened its metaphorical doors in October 2013.

A website put together by a panel of poets and literary academics, mostly in the US, its twin aims were (a) to utilise online technology to attempt to find a wider audience for contemporary poetry which might otherwise remain restricted to small-press print editions and (b) to stimulate creativity in other artists – whether they be actors, photographers, painters, filmmakers or composers – who might feel inspired to respond ekphrastically to the poems which were showcased.

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