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!
This symposium explores the working practices and dynamics that shape contemporary storytelling. In an age when lives are increasingly branded, gamified, and narrativized, how do our stories get created and communicated? What are the challenges of meaning-making across media? Focusing on digital media transformations, this symposium encourages discussions that interrogate the “work” (rather than the “art”) of storytelling.
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 Friday 27th May, GMM hosted its second annual research symposium. This year the title/theme was ‘Creative Organisations’ and the aim was to explore how creativity is understood and put to use in different organisations, and the forms of organisation associated within the cultural and creative industries.
Please see symposium page for details of the full programme/speakers. Some of the Twitter coverage is below: