SMARTlab PhD Seminar all set for 17-24 July 2009!

PhD Week

The SMARTlab tri-annual PhD Seminar is upon us yet again with students visiting from all corners of the globe.

We welcome external guest speakers to the lab this July including:

Sunday 19th July 2009, 6-7pm.

Verity Slater: Visual Arts Officer for Media Arts at the Arts Council England, South East

Verity Slater_photo

Verity Slater leads on the development of digital engagement with the arts in the South East region and works closely with a portfolio of artists, researchers and creative organisations across the UK. She previously managed the transdisciplinary programme ‘Sciart’ for the Wellcome Trust. She advises on a number of projects including ‘3G’  – an international development project based at the University of Sussex – sharing women’s experiences across four developing countries using mobile and distributed media platforms. She is an associate reviewer for the Wellcome Trust and a panel member on various programmes including the Helen Chadwick and Oxford Melbourne International Fellowships and Real World film commissioning initiative. She has contributed to various publications on arts / science practice and research, including “Expanding the Lab” for Axis (2007) and “Talking Back to Science: Art, Science and the Personal” for the Wellcome Trust (2005).

Verity will give a short informal talk about her experience of supporting collaborative, transdisciplinary projects through the lens of public and private funding infrastructures in the UK.

Wine & Snacks in the SMARTlab MAGIC PLAYroom

Thursday 23rd July 2009, 5.45– 7.15pm.

Prof. Bo Reimer: Director of Medea Collaborative Media Initiative, Malmö University, Sweden .

Bo ReimerMEDEA Collaborative Media Initiative is a ten year initiative at Malmö University, focusing on new media and co-production. The idea is to experiment with new forms of representations of knowledge and with new models of innovation, within the field of new media. The work is practice-based and carried out in the form of co-production with actors outside academia – companies, organizations, artists, citizens etc. A special focus is put on the development of new creative practices and on new public spheres.

In this short presentation, Prof. Reimer will give examples of the work carried out at MEDEA. He will also discuss the challenges associated with collaborative, practice based work.

Kris Smith: The University of Newcastle, Australia

KrisSmithPortraitKris Smith is primarily researching art and health synergies with a focus on digital methods for self expression. His background is in digital photography, painting, drawing and printmaking. He is currently lecturing in digital photomedia, and is co-ordinator of this discipline within the School of Drama, Fine Art and Music at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Whilst in the UK, Smith will be involved in a number of activities related to an Australian Research Council Linkage Project Grant that is exploring the impact of cancer on identity and the transition from adolescence to adulthood. His part in this project is to enable the utilization of digital imaging technology for self expression and the exchange of ideas, with a primary outcome being a digital media self portrait exhibition that provides a focus for the translation and dissemination of the research resulting from the activities of the other (primarily medical) team members.

Kris will be giving a short talk on ‘Combining art and health research models to examine how cancer influences the transition from adolescence to adulthood’.

Wine & Cheese in the SMARTlab MAGIC PLAYroom

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