Category Archives: Event

Full House at the GFF for SimVis

As previously mentioned, SimVis lecturers Ronan Beslin and Paul Wilson had the opportunity to present two guest lectures at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival: Life of a Foley Artist, and Anatomy of a Soundtrack. We are happy to report that both sessions were filled to capacity and were a huge success. Well done!

During Life of a Foley Artist, Simvis’ Paul Wilson and Ronan Breslin had a mock fight with live foley sound provided by Mark Daniels and Matt Collings. Photos by GFF photographer Martina Ciliento

Paul noted: “It was a great privilege to be invited as guests of the Glasgow Film Festival. Our revealing and humorous sonic deconstruction, accompanied in depth discussion of theory, historical and current practise, sparking a lively Q&A session in the presentation room and afterward in the lovely bar of the CCA. It was fabulous to be able to screen the latest outputs from our studios (‘Tam’ by Greenlight Creative) in which our hard working post-graduate students produced exciting Sound Design, Foley and Mixing: The film has been subsequently submitted to the Edinburgh Film Festival and The BBC are currently considering it for broadcast. Both evenings were ‘sold-out’ and we look forward to joining with or GFF colleagues in future years.”

 

VR – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Head of School of SimVis will be giving this illustrated talk at BBC Scotland as part of Digtial Cities Glasgow week in March:

Everywhere we look we see the resurgence of VR which, in the last 24 months, seems to have become ubiquitous within our society. Even the mannequins in the shop windows, clad in the latest fashions, have HMDs strapped to their heads. VR is everywhere, from classrooms to therapy couches to TV adverts and bargain buckets in the local petrol station.

VR is being pushed as the modern-day panacea for all our ills and commercial challenges. We’ve been here before and this time we’re in a much stronger place from a technological point of view but there’s still so many improvements we can make and pitfalls we must avoid. We must be mindful not to force the square VR peg into the real world round hole; VR really isn’t for everyone.

In this talk I’ll touch on the wonders of VR, the good. But I’ll also talk about the pitfalls, the bad and the ugly. What do we need to watch out for? What are the real negatives of VR both from a social and physiological perspective? And importantly, what advances are we likely to see in the coming years.

Date and Time: Fri, March 17, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM GMT

Location: BBC Scotland, 40 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1DA

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-cities-glasgow-vr-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-tickets-32181979166

SimVis goes Global (GameJam)

It was an exciting time for SimVis student and lecturers over weekend of the 21st of January, as staff and students took part in this year’s Global Game Jam (http://globalgamejam.org/). The weekend was an intensive 48 hours of game design, programming, artwork, and sound creation, with participants tasked to make a new game using the theme of ‘waves’.

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Escape from BottleTree Island

Split into two different teams, each was successful in creating something unique and interesting, with one of our teams being awarded audience choice for best game art at the event. To learn more about the game’s that were created, check out The Godyssey Game (http://globalgamejam.org/2017/games/godyssey) and Escape from Bottle Tree Island (http://globalgamejam.org/2017/games/escape-bottletree-island).

Team Godyssey (left), Team Escape from BottleTree Island (right)
Team Godyssey (left), Team Escape from BottleTree Island (right)

Another BAFTA New Talent Win!

We would like to congratulate Sound for Moving Image student Kevin Murray, who has won a The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)  Scotland New Talent Award for his short film “Paperclip”.  Well done!

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I didn’t even entertain the idea of getting nominated, never mind winning, and as such had absolutely no prep; even in my head, for an acceptance speech.

As I still didn’t believe I had a chance of winning once I had been nominated, I fully intended to have a nice time being at the awards and drinking all the free booze. It’s only good fortune and my friend Colin (Who did the camera work for paperclip) being incredibly late, that I wasn’t completely smashed on free wine before things even began.

Upon winning, I went proper giddy, as is evident from the official BAFTA photo of all the winners doing there best to look regal and winnery, and me laughing like a maniac beside my pal Danny Boyle.

You can see Kevin’s film here.

Details about the BAFTA Scotland awards for new talent can be found at: http://www.bafta.org/scotland/awards/new-talent.

Sound Thought @ The CCA

This week in the Glasgow CCA is Sound Thought – the University of Glasgow’s annual postgraduate sonic arts festival.

Through a series of concerts, screenings, performances, discussions and workshops, the three-day festival will show how research and practice from a range of sound and music disciplines communicate across artistic canons.

DDS PhD student Jessica Argo and tutor Ronan Breslin both have works that will be performed as part of the festival, this Thursday evening.

Jessica will be presenting a paper and providing samples of Soundscapes used in her research: “Immersive Soundscapes to elicit Anxiety in Exposure Therapy: Physical Desensitization and Psychological Catharsis

Jessica will present physiological data analysis from her experiments, to reveal the most powerful and consistent anxiety-triggering sounds. Questionnaire responses also offer insight into participants’ emotional involvement and reactions.

Ronan’s work goes under the title “Adolescent Nuclear Angst…Or how I Learned to Stick My Head Between my Knees“.

Ronan notes:

As a child of the late 70’s and early 80’s my abiding memory was of the malevolent spectre of nuclear annihilation. Ronald Reagan was elected US president promising to confront an “evil empire” and in my school playground we fretted about the latest scare-mongering TV documentary or drama depicting the imminent apocalypse.  The Soviet Union was the evil bogeyman waiting in the woods; not witches, demons or monsters.  After watching one particular film “Threads”, a 10-year old me recalls asking my all-knowing, military-trained, strong and protective dad what we would do if there was a nuclear war. “Stick our heads between our knees and kiss our arses’ goodbye” was his glib reply.

This AV piece will have resonance as a warning from the past as well as offering me a chance for me to finally get payback on my dad for his inconsiderate flippancy.

The full programme is available here. All events are free, but registration is required.

 

Explorathon 2015

Back in October, Stuart Jeffrey, (Research Fellow in Heritage), Laura Hundersmarck (International Heritage Visualisation intern), and Mhairi Maxwell (Research Developer for International Heritage Visualization) took part in the Explorathon event at the National Museum of Scotland.

3D printer in tow, they joined astronomers, chemists, physicists and fellow archaeologists to showcase some of the most cutting-edge discoveries and technologies available today, and presented work from the ACCORD project: an endeavour to co-create 3D-models of archaeological sites and monuments that has been travelling across Scotland to work with local communities.

They outlined their work by video here, and details about Explorathon, and the other fantastic projects presented there, can be found here.

Tech Meetups and Events in Glasgow

I was putting together a list of lists of tech meetups and events in Glasgow for DDS students… and thought I’d share it here instead.

There are a wide range of meetup and events occurring in and around Glasgow on a wide range of topics – many of which are relevant to topics studied at the DDS.

General Event Listings

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom–glasgow/events/
http://www.meetup.com/

Arts and Culture Event Listings

The List is Glasgow’s (and Edinburgh’s) original arts and culture magazine. Their listings are here:
https://www.list.co.uk/events/what:Glasgow/

Also see:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom–glasgow/film-and-media–events/
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom–glasgow/music–events/
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom–glasgow/arts–events/

Tech Events and Listings

Techmeetup is a regular meetup event. Most events have a web dev focus – http://techmeetup.co.uk/
http://www.meetup.com/Glasgow-Digital-Media-Meetup/
http://www.meetup.com/Health-2-0-Edinburgh-Scotland/

And general listings:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom–glasgow/science-and-tech–events/
The OpenTech Calendar listings tend to favour open source meetups and related – https://opentechcalendar.co.uk/area/65-glasgow/

Digital & Board Games Events and Listings

BertWednesdays is an informal pub meetup for people in (or interested in) game development – http://bertwednesdays.com/

The International Game Developers Association has an active Scottish chapter, which meets most months, rotating through Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow – https://igdascotland.org/

A group for people interested in creating board games – https://www.facebook.com/groups/GlasgowGameLab/

A group for people interested in playing board games – http://unpluggedgames.co.uk/unplugged-games-club/

A group that organises digital game pub nights and events – https://www.facebook.com/glesgames

Writing

General – http://www.meetup.com/GlasgowWriters/
Science Fiction – https://gsfwc.wordpress.com/

Filmmaking

http://scottishscreenwriters.ning.com/

'Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling'

World Premiere of the first Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance

CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK | Thu 30 – Fri 31 July 2015 | 8.00pm
Ages 18+

Polina Zioga and the Digital Design Studio (DDS) of The Glasgow School of Art present ’Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling’, a new innovative performance, with actress Anastasia Katsinavaki, and composer Minas Borboudakis.

This international production is the result of Polina Zioga’s doctoral research on brain-computer interfaces that provide the brain with a non-muscular channel for communicating with the external world. The real-time brain-activity of a performer and the audience controls the live audio-visual projections and the atmosphere of the theatrical stage, which functions as an allegory of the social stage.

The performance explores the life and work of Enheduanna (ca. 2285-2250 B.C.E.), an Akkadian Princess, the first documented High Priestess of the deity of the Moon Nanna in the city of Ur (present-day Iraq), who is regarded as possibly the first known author and poet in the history of human civilisation, regardless of gender.

In her most known work, ‘The Exaltation of Inanna’, Enheduanna describes the political conditions under which she was removed from high office and sent into exile. She speaks about the ‘city’, power, crisis, falling, and the need for rehabilitation. Her poetry is used as a starting point for a conversation with the work of contemporary writers that investigate the notions of citizenry, personal and social illness, within the present-day international, social and political context of democracy.

The project has been realised in the GSA Digital Design Studio, in collaboration with the School of Psychology of the University of Glasgow, the School of Art, Design and Architecture of the University of Huddersfield, and with the support of the NEON Organization, CCA, MyndPlay and the GSA Students’ Association.

Performed in English, Greek, and French with English supertitles.
Please be aware of that the event will be filmed.

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