The Archive Unbound Report

4 May 2017, Cardiff University

The second symposium of the Cardiff Digital Cultures Network focused on the future(s) of the archive, the translation from analogue to digital archives and the impact of born-digital archives on our understanding of such constructs. Organised by Dr Jenny Kidd and Prof. Hanna Diamond, we were delighted to bring together a range of scholars from across the UK, who are working at the heart of these questions, while undertaking exciting projects that unbind the archive in a numerous ways. Following a brief introduction to the agenda and ambitions of the Digital Network by its director, Prof. Anthony Mandal, the full day of talks by a dozen speakers began, with subjects including women’s history, Victorian illustration, medicine, community participation, locative experiences and creative engagements with large academic databases. Continue reading

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