Wednesday, 29 October 2014

AdventureX 2014

The fourth annual adventure game expo, AdventureX, will be held at LSBU this year, on 6-7 December.

Click here for full details of the event, and join its Facebook page here.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Artist's Talk: James Bridle

Writer, artist, publisher, technologist James Bridle will be giving a talk for LSBU Arts & Creative Industries students on 28 October (at 4pm, room B468).

Places are limited but if you'd like to come along please email Daniel Alexander.

There is an interview with James in Furtherfield this month if you'd like to find out more about his work.

Monday, 13 October 2014


Patrick Tarrant's latest film, The Take Up, recently screened as part of the 'Experimenta' section of the London Film Festival, is reviewed in the current issue of Sight & Sound:

'...a magnificently subtle celebration of celluloid – by way of shooting a single digital take through the holes of a spinning 16mm take-up reel. It’s an ingenious concept, and the soundtrack – from Larry Yust’s 1961 documentary How to Bend Light – teases, mystifies, illustrates and primes. And all the while, the flicker of analogue gradually overwhelms the unremitting zeroes and ones capturing an otherwise mundane street scene to head-spinningly enthralling effect.'

Friday, 10 October 2014

Digital Interactive Storytelling Guest Speaker Programme

Nathan Penlington: Friday 10 October, 1 pm - London Road LR331

Nathan Penlington has gained a reputation as an original and inventive performer at venues and festivals across the UK, Europe and the USA and has been billed alongside John Cooper Clarke, Ricky Gervais, Daniel Kitson, and Stewart Lee.His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 1, Radio 3, Radio 4, 6 Music.

Nathan’s latest project is Choose Your Own Documentary. Combining film, stand-up, and storytelling, the show allows the audience to interact with the performance by using wireless remote controls to decide what happens next. With over 1500 permutations each performance is unique. The show has been co-commissioned by the Southbank Centre, and supported by Arts Council England. 

Matt Locke: Friday 17 October, 1 pm - London Road LR331

Matt Locke founded Storythings in 2011 as a creative studio helping clients tell stories in an age of digital attention. Recent clients include Google Creative Labs NY, CLM, Pulse Films, Penguin, Faber & Faber, BBC, Welcome Trust, WWF, Dazed & Confused, CP&B, Random House & CNN.

Before starting Storythings, Matt worked in digital media for over 15 years, including 7 years as Head of Innovation at BBC New Media, were he led many ground-breaking open data projects, including Backstage, Innovation Labs, and the BBC/Yahoo Hackday. He then went to Channel 4 in 1997 to lead their Education dept, commissioning crossplatform projects for 14-19 yr olds, including the double-Emmy winning Before leaving Channel 4 to start Storythings, he was Head of Multiplatform, running the team that developed projects including Million Pound Drop, Big Brother, Skins and Misfits.

Trevor Klein: Friday 24 October, 3 pm. London Road LR331

Trevor Klein is a consultant, producer and director of story based apps, including the worldwide number one iPad book app The Magic of Reality, written by Richard Dawkins and illustrated by Dave McKean, which won the Best Non-Fiction App award at the 2012 Publishing Innovation Awards. He was also Executive Producer for A Race Against Time, a free iOS game for Tate Modern. Before specializing in digital media, Trevor was Content Producer for BBC youth production across a range of platforms.

Jon Ingold: Friday 7 November, 1 pm London Road LR331

Jon Ingold is the co-founder of inkle, a software and design company with a focus on interactive storytelling. Their interactive story-game 80 DAYS has received rave reviews from gamers and readers alike for its blend of rich, characterful storytelling and simple, coherent and effective game-mechanics. Their web-tool for writing interactive stories, inklewriter, is widely used in schools and by indie development teams for creating branching narrative. They've worked with Penguin, the BBC, Profile Books, English National Opera, Steve Jackson, Ian Livingstone and others.

This guest speaker series is primarily intended for LSBU staff and students, but if you would like to come along please email Karlien Van Den Beukel.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Researching Residencies: Artists and the Archive

Borough Road Gallery
Thursday 6 November 2014

Free entry, booking strongly recommended, book tickets here.

This panel discussion will delve into the dynamic ways in which artists are responding to archives and collections, using them as research tools to inform their own art practice.

Curators Althea Greenan (Goldsmiths) and Lizzie Fisher (Independent/Kettle’s Yard), who both work with archives or collections connected to universities, will be joined by artist Jason Singh (V&A Sound Art Resident 2012), to open up this discussion. The speakers will discuss their own residencies, experiences and observations, followed by a Q&A.
Full details here.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Telling the Untold Story

NewsTalk Guest Speaker Series

Thursday 9 October
Room K407, Keyworth Building

John Conroy is an award-winning producer/director with extensive experience making documentaries in Afghanistan, Brazil, Colombia, Somalia, South Africa, the UK and the USA for broadcast television.

His most recent film, Rwanda’s Untold Story, made as part of BBC2’s This World series, screened on 1 October 2014. Tackling a highly controversial and politically-sensitive subject, the film overturned the conventional narrative of the Rwandan genocide as it has been established over the last 20 years.

John will discuss the making of the programme and the challenges it involved, and reflect on the issues it raises.

If you missed it, you can watch it on iPlayer, or (for LSBU staff and students) via the library’s Box of Broadcasts service.