Posts by Megen de Bruin-Molé

Full-time nerd. Moonlights as Teaching Fellow in Digital Media Practice at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton), editor with the Critical Posthumanism Network, and assistant on the Changing Attitudes in Public Discourse project.

GMM Study Visit to the V&A (18 February 2019)

As part of this year’s programme of events under the theme ‘Gendering Technology’, GMM students and lecturers took a study visit to London’s Victoria & Albert museum. In the morning we visited the special exhibition ‘Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt’, which was prefaced by an introduction from exhibition curator Marie Foulston. In the afternoon we were introduced to the V&A’s brand new Photography Centre by Dr Mihaela Brebenel. Dr Brebenel also provided students with information about specific exhibits and questions to consider throughout the visit.

Introduction by Marie Foulston

The ‘Videogames’ exhibition delved into one of the most significant design fields of our time, investigating the work of groundbreaking designers, creative player communities and the critical conversations that define the medium today. In addition to exploring other themes in games design, students were able to observe how gendered representation, gendered production, and gendered reception interact in the process of making video games. Students were also asked to consider how digital culture and its artefacts are presented in an institutional space like a museum, within a temporary exhibition (Videogames) and as part of the permanent collection (the Photography Centre). Following the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) Collection, which has enabled a dramatic reimagining of the way photography is presented at the V&A, the new Photography Centre opened on 12th October 2018. The V&A’s photography collection comprises over 300,000 images dating from 1839 to the present, and the first phase of the centre will more than double the space dedicated to photography at the Museum.

You can find a selection of images from the study visit below.

 

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Students Lead the Day at GMM ‘Gendering Technology’ Workshops

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:

 

‘Gendering Technology’: GMM Critical Media Practice Workshops (5th December 2018)

As part of the MA in Global Media Management, this year we will be offering Critical Media Practice workshops on the theme of Gendering Technology. These will take place on Wednesday, 5th December between 10am and 1pm.

Technology has alternately been held responsible for producing and reproducing gender norms, and hailed as the saviour of minorities (especially women) by providing the tools for their liberation from oppression. The reality is somewhere in the middle, ‘between technophobia and technophilia’.[1]We are interested in examining this mutually-defining relationship between gender and technology, exploring the gendered dimensions of technology’s access and use, and the framing of debates around gender identities and technology.

Do you have a skill or media practice experience that you would like to share? We are also very keen to include student-led workshops, including smaller numbers of participants and ranging from 30 minutes to an hour. This may take the form of a tutorial, where participants learn hands-on how to make something, or it may simply be a short talk followed by questions from the participants. Leading a workshop can be an excellent experience from the perspective of thinking critically about media practice, and it also looks very impressive on your CV. Please send all expressions of interest to m.j.de-bruin-mole@soton.ac.uk by 16th November 2018.

Workshops will include:

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Parallel student-led workshops (capped at 5-10 students) in SR 1+2

  • ‘Looking Inside the Operations of a Video Website’, led by Summer Xia in SR1

  • ‘Live Visuals: How to do Realtime VJ Performance with Arkaos Grand VJ’, led by Tom Carey in SR2

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‘Women in Games’, led by Adam Procter in Lecture Theatre B

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‘Art vs Craft: Collage and Zine-Making as Feminist Practice’, led by Dr Megen de Bruin-Molé and Dr Mihaela Brebenel in SR 1 (capped at 15 students)

[1]Wajcman, J. (2007). ‘From Women and Technology to Gendered Technoscience’. Information, Communication & Society, 10(3), 287–298.

The Work of Storytelling project showcase

On 29th and 30th May, the Transforming Creativity research group and MA in Global Media Management co-hosted a symposium on “The Work of Storytelling”. On the second day of the symposium staff and students from across the University of Southampton were invited to share their current research, and encouraged to seek out possibilities for future collaboration (read more about that here). The first day of the symposium was focused on student projects from GMM.

Students had the opportunity to hear talks from industry experts Dr Matt Freeman, Emma May from Emmerse Studios, and Dan Norris from Atelier Studios. Students also got to participate in a workshop with Dan Norris, where they were asked to respond to a sample project brief.

Students also got the chance to display their final projects from Global Media 2 in an exhibition, where they presented their work and received feedback from Dr Matt Freeman and Emma May.

For their GM2 projects, students worked in groups to create a social media influencer profile, a news website, or a transmedia story. It was very rewarding to see the results of all their labour!

More information about the symposium, including the full list of speakers, can be found at the event website. You can also find tweets from the symposium at the Twitter hashtags #gmmstorytellingand #wsastorytelling.

Q&A with Rebecca Li (2016-17 alumni)

Here at GMM we’re always excited to hear what recent alumni have been up to. Most recently, we spoke to Rebecca Li.

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

I used to study Public Relations and Advertising in college, and I wanted to study further in this area. When I searched online, I was quite interested in the Research and Design module at GMM. In addition, University of Southampton is on the top 100 university Times ranking list, and I really like the location of it. It’s warmer and close to London.

To be honest, I am thinking about applying to another master’s degree or PhD to continue study in the future!

2. What are you currently doing?

I am a marketing specialist in a company in Beijing: Counton Global Mobility Solutions. This company is mainly for education consultant immigration advice and investment management. My duties include online media platform operation, like editing online articles, posting on social media, collecting or making videos and so on.

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

GMM helped me gain knowledge about new media, and showed me how to engage with audiences on a public platform. I also gained some knowledge about data analysis and research methods, such as content analysis. It’s quite helpful for me in my current work. In addition, I’ve started to write my own blog online, which is about my travel experiences, makeup tutorials or randomly daily updates. If you have interest, please search online for the WeChat official account: 没谱频道.

4. Advice to current GMM students

Studying at the University of Southampton was a great experience in my life. I miss it there, and hope to visit soon. Thank you to all the teachers in GMM! Thank you for your efforts to give us many amazing lectuers. I hope you are all well.

Q&A with Yanan Mu (2015-16 alumni)

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

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

After I obtained a bachelor’s degree in management, I felt that management was too broad for me to get a job in the field that I was particularly interested in. I became increasingly interested in the media industry when studying in Manchester. Therefore, I decided to enrich myself by studying a media-related master’s course. When searching for relevant courses online, I found that the GMM programme at the University of Southampton was just what I was looking for. It is perfectly connected with my undergraduate studies. At the same time, it gives me a comprehensive understanding of the development of media.

2. What are you currently doing?

After graduated, I found a placement opportunity in an education company. I was mainly responsable for monitoring trending information through social media, using this information in our product to attract customers and get attention from potential customers. After the placement, I became the channel development manager of the company, provided leadership and guidance for new resellers and used social media platforms to develop the company’s business. After nearly two years’ work experience, I found myself stepping into a bottleneck period. I need to enrich myself if I want to create more possibilities for my life. Therefore, I decided to get a PhD in media and I’m currently working on my research proposal.

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

My time at GMM and WSA definitely helped me significantly with what I experienced after graduated. Firstly, the valuable knowledge I gained from this course gave me acute knowledge of the world of digital media, which helped me to get a job easily. Secondly, the rigorous research and practice-based work experience enabled me to put theoretical concepts into practice, so that I did a great job during my placement period and got an unexpected promotion after that. Last but not least, my time at WSA/University of Southampton was the most unforgettable experience of my life. I made so many awesome friends who gave me so much love and support. Also, I met my Mr. Right here!

4. Advice to current GMM students

1) Always keep your feet on the ground, be serious about what you are learning, remember that it is your attitude not aptitude that determins your altitude.

2) Make your career plans as soon as possible. Try to do some interns or placements, grasp any chance to show your abilities.

3) You can either travel or read, but either your body or soul must be on the way.

GMM Study Visit to Oxford (25 April 2018)

Every year, the MA in Global Media Management sends students on a Study Visit to a different city. Our 2018 destination was Oxford, which GMM students and staff visited earlier this week. This year’s theme centred around the concept of transmedia worldbuilding: creating spaces in, outside, and around multimedia narratives.

The first part of the study visit involved a trip to the Oxford Story Museum. This museum creates immersive, interactive spaces designed to bring books and stories to life, deepening visitors’ engagement. Students took part in a Building Narrative Environments workshop, which looked at the principles behind the museum’s approach to storytelling, and at how they go about creating their spaces. Students learned about the various ways in which the museum provides immersive experiences—for example their story session for toddlers, or their Extreme Reading Adventures project, which works to re-engage reluctant or struggling readers. The Oxford Story Museum aims to take us into the world of the story in a real and physical way, and they look at story in all its forms: oral, written, film, digital.

The second part of the study visit was a transmedia ‘tour’ of Oxford, realised in an interactive Google Map. Students used this to explore of some of Oxford’s most famous filming locations, immersing themselves in the ‘world’ of stories like The Mummy (2017), Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), and the Harry Potter franchise (2001-2011), and considering how these fictional stories interact with real spaces. They were also asked to add something to these storyworlds themselves, by taking photographs and video at each location and tweeting them using the #GMMTransmedia hashtag.

After the day was done, GMM students and teachers made the inevitable trek back home—some with souvenirs and mementos, all with fresh perspectives on how stories are made and sustained.

Below are some of the moments we shared under the #GMMTransmedia hashtag: