CCCI Events

The Centre co-hosts, sponsors and supports research conferences and symposiums at Bath Spa and within the UK

If you are planning a conference or symposium that you think comes under the umbrella of research in the cultural and creative industries and you would like the Centre to become involved in supporting it in some way, please email: CCCI@bathspa.ac.uk.

Past events

Alpbach European Forum - Austria

Reader in Creative Writing Lucy English has been invited for a second year to run a spoken word creative writing workshop at the Alpbach European Forum in Austria in August. Last year Lucy took three Bath Spa MA students - Danny Pandolfi, Connor Macleod and Josie Alford - to help her design and deliver the week long seminar.

This year she will be accompanied by student Alex Calver, who will help her organise a number of events, including 'Spoken word poetry - how to express yourself in front of people' with Austrian performance artist Anat Stainberg.

MIX 2019 conference

After the success of the last four MIX conferences, MIX 2019 returned to the beautiful surroundings of Bath Spa University’s Corsham Court Campus this July. 

This year’s conference was a more intimate, single strand version, curated for a smaller audience to give time and space to instigate conversations around digital writing with a focus on experiential storytelling, including immersive technologies and new forms of publishing, from transmedia and poetry film to virtual reality to AI in storytelling.

For more information and a list of our speakers, please visit our website.

Literature Between Media

On 22 May, Making Books and the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries held a seminar in collaboration with the Literature Between Media research centre at Aarhus University, Denmark. This seminar looked at the impact of digital technology on reading, including looking at new forms of literature designed for mobile phones.

Bath Spa's Alastair Horne presented his research on new forms of fiction and publishing for mobile phones and Professor Ian Gadd presented a paper on reading as an ambient, situated practice.


Commission Impossible

On Wednesday 24 April, Michael Morris joined Kate Pullinger in conversation as part of the the Bath Spa University Public Lectures Series, where they discussed the extraordinary work of Artangel, the London-based powerhouse that has been supporting artists to create site-specific installations and events since 1985.

Described as ‘the guardians of modern art’, Artangel’s commissions range from Rachael Whiteread’s House (1993) to, most recently, Taryn Simon’s An Occupation of Loss (2018), with former clients going on to win the Turner Prize and Academy Awards.

How books are fighting back in the digital age

CCCI joined a panel of writers, publishers and future-thinkers and examined ways in which books are attempting to compete, re-imagine and revitalise storytelling in the digital age.

The panel explored new partnerships developing between writers, tech and the book publishing industry and discussed how new audiences are being introduced to the work of emerging and established writers through advances in digital technology. 

For more information and a list of our speakers, please visit the event's website.

When practice becomes research

CCCI’s successful symposium returned in 2019 to seek answers to the question ‘When does Creative Practice become research?’.

This all-day event welcomed a multi-disciplinary panel

  • Jo Hyde, Conor Wilson, Lucy English and Ruth Farrar - who discussed the question ‘When does Practice become Research in my field?’
  • Heather Dyer and Lucy English offered a workshop on how to articulate Creative Practice Research to a range of audiences
  • Paul Newland discussed Creative Practice in an academic context
  • Keynote speaker, Anita Taylor, considered the historic and current position of Creative Practice Research.

Marking the space symposium

Our Marking The Space symposium explored the issues surrounding the relatively recent emergence of work made for live performance with digital creative technology.

Sir Peter Bazalgette launches Bath Spa's new CCCI

Launch of the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries (CCCI) at Bath Spa University, with a reception, followed by the Centre’s first annual lecture given by Sir Peter Bazalgette.

Sir Peter discusses the importance of the Creative Industries as part of his inaugural speech

One Thousand Mindreaders: Interdisciplinarity and Creative Research

Co-hosted by CCCI and the Empathy Research Group, this session featured One Thousand Mindreaders, a year-long collaborative artwork during which artist, performer, and creative technologist Stuart Nolan will train one thousand new mindreaders.

Through empathic touch and sensing the small subconscious movements of another person's hands, individuals will be able to ‘muscle read’ and recreate drawings that someone else is merely thinking of and find objects they have hidden. This workshop functioned as a way to both network and find new ways of thinking about interdisciplinarity, empathy and creative research. 

Second Ambient Literature symposium

Co-hosted by the Making Books Research Centre. Reading the Data brought together a diverse set of speakers – Dan Franklin (Pottermore), Claire Squires (Stirling Uni), and Søren Pold (Aarhus Uni, Denmark) – to address how data links the production and consumption of literature in new and often unexpected ways, changing how we think about the status of reading in contemporary culture today.

Creative methodologies workshop: exploring practise-based research

Dr. Yiota Demetriou (BSU, Bristol Uni) and Dr. Paul Geary (University of Birmingham) co-led this workshop drawing from their experience as artists and academics. The session mapped out practical strategies for tackling the complexities, idiosyncrasies, and particularities of researching through creative means, whether through writing, performing or designing.

Seeing Sound: visual music symposium

Seeing Sound was an informal practice-led symposium exploring multimedia work which foregrounds the relationship between sound and image. It explored areas such as visual music, abstract cinema, experimental animation, audiovisual performance and installation practice through paper sessions, screenings, performances,

For more information: http://www.seeingsound.co.uk/.

The Digital Humanities Travelling Roadshow

The Making Books Research Centre hosted the Digital Humanities Travelling Roadshow, it comprised of demonstrations, workshops and a public performance by theatre group Zoo Indigo.

This is a AHRC-funded collaboration between Professor Gabriel Egan (Director, Centre for Textual Studies, De Montfort University) and the universities of Oxford, Leeds, Strathclyde, Liverpool John Moores, and Bath Spa.

Transmedia UK: Sector by Sector

Transmedia UK: Sector by Sector begins to map the ways in which different UK media sectors are now responding to ideas, concepts and pressures of transmediality. This academic-industry workshop aimed to identify the strategies and principles that now make up the transmedia practices in and across online gaming, publishing, mobile media, digital marketing and beyond, examining which practices operate across these various sectors while exploring what it means to distinguish between storytelling, publishing, interactivity and marketing in today's transmedia environment.

Filming African Music - an interdisciplinary study day

This interdisciplinary study day was a partnership between Bath Spa University, the African Musics Study Group UK branch (AMSG-UK), affiliated to the International Council for Traditional Music, the Afrika Eye Film Festival, Bristol, and the British Forum for Ethnomusicology. The event intersected with research, exposing the multiple challenges presented by video documentation of African music, including the contexts in which they perform, both in their own cultural settings and around the world, and the range of approaches to film, from indigenous and traditional settings to contemporary popular musical forms. It brought together academics, performers, filmmakers and videographers and included a MediaWall commission and an evening concert in the Michael Tippett Centre.

Elastic Spaces - Third International Symposium

This was the third meeting from the international partnership project Elastic 3D Spaces, with Concordia University. The purpose of the symposium was to share practices from people already in the project and expand awareness and participation to other BSU colleagues and additional external colleagues. The event ran over 3 days including presentations and workshops.

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