A chance for the creative sector and the local community to engage and collaborate with the dynamic media research at Bath Spa University.

We Make Stuff is a public engagement event series organised by the Media Convergence Research Centre. It serves the dual purpose of publically exposing a diverse set of research from a range of subject areas and approaches - including talks, book readings, academic papers, games, VR projects, film screenings and digital media artefacts - while also serving as a public platform for networking and forging collaborative links between Bath Spa’s researchers and the South West’s creative sector and local communities.

Each event takes place at The Holburne Museum in Bath and revolves around a dynamic theme emerging from the focus and interests of one of the Centre’s four research clusters: Digital Materialities, Film & Social Context, Play, and Transmedia Industries.

Open to all and free to attend, We Make Stuff is an interactive, early evening event series that mixes showcases with discussion, and also includes a welcome wine reception.

We Make Stuff: Film & Social Context

Monday 27th March 2017 - The Holburne Museum - 6:30pm-9:00pm

A chance for the creative sector and the local community to engage and collaborate with the dynamic media research at Bath Spa University.

Seeking to shine a light on contemporary questions of how film and creative practice can be used to understand connections between time and place, We Make Stuff is a public event organised by Bath Spa University’s Media Convergence Research Centre.

What is the relationship between our past and our everyday understanding of place - and in turn between those understandings and the art of filmmaking or creative practice?

Grappling with this question, filmmakers, artists and researchers come together to showcase a range of short films, exhibitions and art installations. An interactive, discursive platform for showing creative work and for collaborating with the South West’s creative sector, We Make Stuff is open to all and offers a welcome wine reception from 5:30pm.

Dr Patrick Turner (chair) Patrick's field of interest lies in urban expressive multi-cultures, their cultural politics and globality. At once rooted and ‘mundanely’ cosmopolitan, how do they traverse, mediate, reproduce and subvert contexts of social turbulence, privilege, stasis, regulation and transgression? Patrick’s forthcoming book is based on his research on UK post hip hop culture: Hip Hop Versus Rap: The Politics of Droppin’ Knowledge, published by Routledge. He is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Bath Spa University.

Claire Levy will introduce her latest documentary as producer. Some Will Forget (2016) reflects on the lives of a family living in a small mining village in South Yorkshire, as the mine is finally closed, 30 years after the end of the miners’ strike. The past and the future are located through the miner Les Moore and his son, exploring their relationship with the village and the mine - both of which, through a tragic event, have become dislocated.

Richard White will preview media work from his forthcoming exhibition, Forced Walks: Honouring Esther, re-working archive, documentation and social media to produce gallery film and soundscape. In collaboration with installation artist Lorna Brunstein, the exhibition presents new work from Richard’s series of participatory performative walks-in-witness, following a Nazi Death March transposed to Somerset and returned to Germany.

Charlie Tweed will present his experimental film Grain (2013), which materialises as a machinic poem to the Isle of Grain in Kent. The film outlines a proposal for the island’s future focusing in on its non-human population and exposing its history as a ‘non-place’ used to provide resources and support economies of supply. It explores recent proposals to remove the human population along with 350,000 rare birds to make way for a new airport. The film was developed from a performance at Whitechapel Gallery in 2012.

Sam Wilkins will also present a series of new digital collages exploring our relationship with the painted landscape as projected and disturbed idyll. Utilising digital visual effects and compositing techniques to combine contemporary elements into existing British landscape paintings the collages explore the dissonance of the post-pastoral and our complex and continued relationship with the idealised pastoral landscape.

The work showcased during the event emerges from the Media Convergence Research’s Film & Social Context research cluster. The cluster aims to uncover and to critically interrogate a range of social, environmental and political issues and debates that permeate across our everyday social and natural world. As well as seeking to unearth the sorts of representations, ideologies and perspectives that go beyond the reach of the mass media, researchers in this cluster are also interested in the relationships between such representations and the art of filmmaking, translating social content via the lens of drama, documentary, environmental film and other forms of independent media practice.

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