On Wednesday 13th December, the 2016-17 cohort of GMM students attended their graduation ceremony at Highfield Campus. It was great to share the day and celebrate with students and their families and friends.
In October and November, GMM students undertook the Critical Media Practice module.
This module will introduce you to the creative practices, technical skills and conceptual frameworks required to produce critical media projects in a range of media (for example, video, photography, web) in a digital environment. It will explore the ways in which contemporary media production, participation and consumption are shaped by their historical, technological and everyday contexts. Through practice workshops, exploring key examples from alternative and experimental media, you will be encouraged to produce work that is analytical and critical of established media conventions.
The module focused on the critical exploration of four areas of media practice: web, photography, video and social media.
There were fascinating presentations:
There were playful and inventive media practice workshops:
And a day exploring VR and gaming, undertaking creative problem solving tasks, curating playlists, reimagining emojis, and sharing critical responses:
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:
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”:
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:
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:
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:
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.