On 5th December 2018, students and staff at WSA took part in a series of Critical Media Practice workshops, focused around the theme of ‘Gendering Technology’. The workshops developed practical skills, but also explored the gendered dimensions of technology’s access and use, and the framing of debates around gender identities and technology. Half of the workshops were led by students on the Global Media Management MA, who took the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills by sharing their knowledge with others.
In the first workshop, Summer Xia (a GMM student) talked about what it’s like to manage a video website, introducing the ways a manager cooperates with other departments in the company. Through examples, she took participants through the challenges of building and coordinating a video website. She also answered questions they had about the industry.
Workshop two was led by another GMM student, Tom Carey. In this workshop Tom gave a brief description of the different software available for performing with video and motion graphics live, and the advantages and disadvantages of two main competitors and examples of their potential use. A demonstration of ArKaos GrandVJ followed, with supporting documentation available as a handout. After a short discussion of the gendered aspects of this technology, there was an opportunity for participants to have a go at VJing themselves!
In workshop three Adam Procter (Programme Leader for the BA in Games Design and Art at WSA) talked to students about the position of women in the video games industry, from design to coding to content. Participants were asked to share their favourite games, and then a short activity followed in which we researched how women are represented both in these games, and in the companies that design them.
The final workshop of the day was led by Dr Megen de Bruin-Molé and Dr Mihaela Brebenel. They gave a brief history of collage, and the resistant practice of zine-making. Participants were then given the chance to explore the practice of zine-making for themselves, creating a collaborative zine around the themes of ‘gender’ and ‘technology’.
More details about the aim and scope of the day are available in the original post. Click the gallery below to view images from the workshops: