Data Visualisation symposium

On Wednesday 14th June MA Global Media Management hosted its third annual symposium. This year’s theme, connecting to our earlier study visit and guest lecture, was on data visualisation. Three speakers presented their research and the concluded with a roundtable discussion:

  • Dr Anna Feigenbaum (Bournemouth): Scraping, Sorting and Storytelling: Dealing with Data in Social Justice Research
  • Cath Sleeman (Nesta): Data visualisation in practice
  • Cristian Hernández (data scientist): From Open to Public Data: a Citizen Data Science Approach (presentation available here)

There was also a selection of student work from the MA Communication Design programme’s 2016 “Data Physicalisation” exhibition. The project asked students to collect data on the topic of E-Waste and to represent that data in physical form. The brief provides further information and there is an overview of images from the exhibition.

Here are some of the tweets and pictures from the day:

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Arts and Culture Southampton Study Visit

On Tuesday 9th May, GMM held its annual study visit exploring arts and culture in Southampton.

To help prepare, we had talk from Louise Coysh from Arts at University of Southampton.

In the morning we explored the cultural quarter:

And did some tweeting:

And some “stickering”:

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In the afternoon we headed up to Nuffield Theatre at Highfield for talks.

First, from Turner Sims, Kevin Appleby provided an overview of arts and cultural management and Jo Roberts explored marketing:

This was followed by Ros Carter from John Hansard Gallery providing an overview of programming:

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And then a cup of tea!

Followed by a workshop from Tracey Cruickshank from Nuffield Theatre on engaging audiences

In the evening we stayed at the Nuffield for the Pygmalion performance:

Industry Insights

On Tuesday 25th April, GMM held its “Industry Insights” afternoon. We we joined by three excellent speakers sharing their careers and exploring debates in relation to social media, technological innovation, organisational structures, and crowdfunding.

Pictures from the afternoon and speaker biographies are below:

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Chris Buckingham is a crowdfunding specialist and author of several books on the topic. His research interest with Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) is looking at how serious games might help crowdfunding campaign management. He is the founder of the crowdfunding education platform, minivation, an international speaker and guest lecturer for several universities.

Howard van Rooijen is co-founder and director of two businesses: endjin – a consultancy who enable organizations of all sizes to deliver on the vision of a modern, data-driven enterprise, and benchpeg – which aims to support the British Jewellery Industry and Allied Trades and has over 10,000 subscribers / 60k page views a month. He is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and a Microsoft Accelerator Mentor.

Rebecca van Rooijen is the creator of Benchpeg, she has 20 years of experience in the Creative Industries spanning Art and Craft Galleries, Arts Centres, the Jewellery Industry: jewellery design and making, communication projects, marketing, PR and branding, events management, website management, social media management, workspace management, Creative Industry business support programmes, mentoring and even capital build projects within the Public, Private and the Third Sectors. Alongside her ‘formal’ career she created Benchpeg, a website and weekly newsletter for the jewellery industry. Her vision was to create a digital resource where the jewellery industry could share and access information. 10 years on she now concentrates on developing Benchpeg as a business with a team of helpers. As an alumni of Winchester School of Art and the School of Jewellery in Birmingham, Rebecca holds an MA in Arts Management from City University, London. Rebecca is a Committee Member for the Communications and Marketing Committee at The Goldsmiths’ Company, she sits on the Selection Committee for the Goldsmiths’ Directory, is a business mentor for the Crafts Council, and was elected a Committee Member of the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council (retired). She has acted as an ambassador for many jewellery industry events and has been a regular speaker at International Jewellery London. In 2013 she was awarded the Freedom of the Goldsmiths’ Company and is a Freeman of the City of London.

 

Q&A with Yang Hong (2015-16 alumni)

It’s great to hear what recent alumni have been up to. Most recently, Yang Hong has been contact …

1.Why did you choose GMM at WSA/University of Southampton?

WSA is part of the the University of Southampton, which has a good academic standing and educational resources. The strong art and humanities ambience attracted me a lot. In addition, Winchester is close to London which has lots of exhibitions, performances and other entertainments that could enrich my off-work hours.

I have majored in Advertising in undergraduate and want to extend and deepen my understanding of Media so I choose GMM.

2.What are your currently doing?

I’m a part-time editor in Nanjing University Press. I have edited many books like the Chinese version of A Companion to Art Theory and Gille Deleuze’s collected works, as well books related to the media. My study at WSA helped me knowledge in these areas so that I can edit them easily.

3. In what ways does your time on GMM and at WSA/University of Southampton help you with this?

GMM broadened my outlook. For example, I know deeply about concepts including ‘imperialism’ and ‘UGC’. Through GMM I gained not only an understanding of certain concepts, but developed approaches to thinking. Since graduating, this way of thinking has helped me find and understand matters in the world.

I also enjoyed the external links, for example meeting the director of Blueberry Soup and exploring the process of making films.  This is novel thing for me because I have always been interested in films but had never meet directors face-to-face. The experience excited me a lot.

In addition, the writing of my Final Project and the Research Skills module provided me with relevant academic experience so when I wrote my proposal for PhD application I was prepared.

As to the University, I often saw exhibitions in the gallery in WSA and a performance in Nuffield Theatre at Highfield campus. These facilities enriched my time and raised my art appreciation.

4. Advice to current GMM students

Enjoy the assignments.

Exploring what you real interested in.

Do more reading and travelling.

Q&A with Duo Yun (2014-15 alumni)

It’s great to hear what recent alumni have been up to. Most recently, Duo Yun has been contact …

  1. Why did you choose GMM at WSA/University of Southampton?

    I got my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and wanted to pursue a communication & media management role in the future. I did some research of related programmes in the UK before I started my applications and found that the course structure of the GMM at WSA aroused my interest a lot.

  1. What are you currently doing?

    I’m working with a marketing team at a consulting firm in London, which is really rewarding and helps me build a clearer career perspective in the future. I did enjoy the marketing work in London. Besides, I’ve got tremendous practical skills from the business operations.A particular achievement was leading the company’s social media accounts including Weibo, WeChat, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter. I expanded THE company’s Weibo followers from around 18,000 to more than 50,000, and the WeChat followers from 1,400 to 5,000 through active involvement in online career events as well as marketing strategies in 6 months

  1. In what ways does your time on GMM and at WSA/University of Southampton help you with this?

    As an international student, the studying experience at WSA helped me adapt myself into British cultural. I met some great local friends which improved my language level and helped me eliminate the language barrier to a large extent. It also helped me develop a critical thinking mind and be creative. Even when I work as a marketer, I always keep a keen eye on digital trends.

  1. Advice to current GMM students

    Try to go out the comfort zone and be confident. If you are not a native speaker, you should make more effort to improve your English make more friends. Be brave and enjoy your study life in WSA. One day you will realise that all your endeavour is worthwhile.