Sapna Ramnani, an independent documentary film-maker since 2000, has Cerebral Palsy, effecting motor functions. Being a wheelchair user with speech impairment impacts on the way she produces documentaries. Sapna’s current method of work when interviewing on location is to train another person to ask questions on-camera under her supervision. Interviews appear formal and structured, not allowing Sapna, the film-maker, to spontaneously ask questions, or to make the interview informal and conversational while developing a relationship with interviewees.

Sapna will adapt conventional ways of interviewing on camera to make it possible for film makers with speech and communication impairments to take a more journalistic and spontaneous approach to documentary production with the physical limitations of film makers like herself in mind. This unique approach to documentary production will create possibilities for new ways of presenting information and issues to audiences. This study will explore how film makers with complex disabilities and communication impairments are able to produce documentaries independently and how technology and conventional interview techniques can be adapted to make this process easier.

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Turlif Vilbrandt: Digital materialisation, fabrication, low cost desk top systems, transformative social systems, replicable and replaceable systems, linked to environmental issues linked to nano-tech and nano-fabrication, toxicity, sustainable solutions, survey of related work, hardware ad software links, heterogeneous representations, open source, open standards, on the fly production, just in time delivery

Questions/Discussion:-who is your user and what assumptions do you make in designing the sofrtware?
-how does the fabriction machine work? – which aspects of the DF process are Yours and original and appropriate for you to submit as part of your PhD write up? – what is the most important academic/scholarly argument and contribution you will make with this phd project?


Turlif Vilbrandt  

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Halina Gottlieb: an exploration of physical interfaces such as toys that help children move through museums with a personalised focus; introduction of a number of Interactive Institute projects invented by Halina, to show the spaces beyond paintings, discussion of the role of the creator in collaborative interactive installations, emphasis on the role of the artist and cultural worker within an interactive experience design model, et al.

Questions: Chris: Can you talk us through the connection between these installations made for the Interactive Institute and your own PhD themes?

Discussion of the originating impulse and processes of managing the original ideas within larger collaborative

Cathy asked about the role of gender in the workshops – the numbers of boys and girls interacting and the ways in which in other art forms such as dance the gender balance leads to very important cultural valuations of the system

Sara mentions ZKM and also the San Jose Science Museum as two museums that might offer useful frameworks for comparison; how are you mapping out the comparative contexts in order to place your work? The arguments about the role of artists and designers working in this context are well made- but perhaps you need to develop a section on the specific benefits of your work in this context? Also a mention of Ron Wakkary’s writings on interpretive tools for museums.

Clilly mentions the timescales of the projects and means for following through and measuring outputs. . .

Discussion of comparative models. . .

Babak asked about the possibilities of crossing paths for specific navigation systems. .
Leslie asked for an academic framing of the work, to place the case studies in a scholarly context

Halina discussed the case study analysis as the methodology for the work

Lizbeth asked for a summary of the original scholarly contribution to be made by the project. Discussion. Agreement that the work is leading in interesting directions, and now needs shoring up to summarise the scholarly contributions and forms of deliverables for the final submission.


Halina Gottlieb (middle)

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Keywords of the Day: Interactivity, Site specificity, novel interfaces, learning journeys, learning contracts, toys as interfaces, smart-toys, intelligent agents Morning: The Journey of the PhD continues…

Bobby Byrne warms up the group physically. . .

Leslie Hill warms up the group mentally, following on from yesterday’s public speaking exercises with a new focus on writing skills. . .


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Alison Williams: An exploration of how the physical environment affects the ways people are creative; environmental architecture, affordances, physical determinism, direct & indirect effect, can the physical environment directly impact what we do? Or is cultural mediation also important?

Environmental features or events and intervening variables, creativity syntax, triggers for creative behaviours- space syntax and creativity syntax (Alison’s original idea in development)/pattern languages and emergent structures for understanding these. . .
Questions: David – How disappointing at first was it that what you searched for in the journey didn’t come through, and how did you shift gears?

Sara discusses the discourses of positivist notions of creativity and individuality and the failure of some of these theories in social situations. . . suggests that it might be helpful to tie these ideas about social and creative impulses: the transcendence of moments and social media/experience etc., examinations in social transcendence…

Alison replies with reference to Sheridan Tatsuno’s work on group creativity in this domain.

Esther discusses the links to flow theory and raises issues about space/no-space locations.

Alison discusses the differences between her social/real space approaches and the virtual domain (not addressed in this paper)

Turlif asks about the process planned for mapping creative footprints.

Alison discusses her plan: the emergence of new ideas from interviews, common threads from statements made and wider sampling planned for the next phase (also discusses the importance of the multiple diagrams that are informing and modelling the study.


Alison Williams

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