Articles #2

The Pervasive Media Cookbook: Cooking up – communicating Pervasive Media

by Jon Dovey and Constance Fleuriot

This work emerges from an ongoing knowledge exchange partnership between the Pervasive Media Studio Bristol, UK, and the University of the West of England’s Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC). The development of a shared vocabulary for ‘Pervasive Media’ formed a central question in an AHRC funded Knowledge Transfer Fellowship (KTF) undertaken by the DCRC in the Pervasive Media Studio 2010–2012. Using a collaborative process with Pervasive Media producers we addressed the question of a general language for Pervasive Media, and how we together begin to define this emergent field. A common set of terms and definitions is an important precursor for the development of this field of innovation in which multi-disciplinary teams and general publics are having to come to terms with these new forms of media experience. Project outputs have been published online in the form of the Pervasive Media Cookbook (2012). The cookbook documents a variety of case studies of Pervasive Media experiences, as well as including essays and thought pieces on relevant themes that have emerged over the course of the project. Dissemination in a form that is easily accessible to our creative industries participants is an essential element of our research process.

 

’Instruments for everyone’: empowering disabled creators with tools for musical expression

by Paulo Maria Rodrigues, Rolf Gehlhaar, Luis Miguel Girao & Rui Penha

This article reports a project commissioned by the Education Service of Casa da Música (CdM) in which tools were developed to allow musical expression by physically and mentally challenged people. The first phase involved defining a group of clients, identifying their capabilities and motivations and designing customized solutions involving different combinations of software and hardware. The second phase consisted of a programme of regular activities using these resources in their institutions. The third phase involved the composition of a piece of music using those resources along with others and its performance by these people in the main concert hall of CdM in April 2010. ‘Viagem’, a piece written for, and performed by, a group of about 80 people with mixed abilities proved the concept, but it was, above all, a deep artistic experience.

 

Phantom Public

by Wolfgang Fiel

In 2008 tat ort inhabited a flat for a sustained period of two months in the Siedlung an der Ach/Estate on the Ach, located in the small city of Bregenz in Vorarlberg, Austria. The project was the pilot to an open-ended series of self-organized artist residencies, with the aim of looking into the immediate living conditions of segregated, dense and highly conflict-laden social housing estates. This is an account of the theory and practice that formed a strategy to unlock a wealth of information that all too often is neglected by official bodies, governments or other representational organizations. By rendering this tremendous expertise visible, tat ort are able to reveal how a specific apparatus emerges, how to describe or interpret it adequately, and – if necessary – how to foster or reinvigorate its underlying dynamic with the catalysing spirit and playful dexterity of genuine artistic creation.