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Now Here 13: Computational Arts Degree Show

Nowhere 2013, a unique and compelling show by Masters students in Computational Studio Arts, Goldsmiths, Department of Computing, University of London.

Nowhere 2013 showcases a diverse range of work by twenty five international practitioners, who are shaping the use and understanding of applied technologies and their role in society alongside wider cultural practices. Nowhere 2013 is a highly captivating experience set in one of Goldsmiths’ newest exhibition spaces, a former church at the heart of the campus.

All the practitioners are engaged in wide-ranging research: from augmented reality to storytelling, from traditional arts and crafts to theories of perception, from the self to the technological ‘other’; the resulting works span from audio-visual composition to large scale installation, from live performances to photography to dynamic computational systems.

They variously describe themselves as fine artists, artist-programmers, sonic artists, musicians and performance artists. Others eschew these terms completely and instead seek their own definitions for practices that are always engaging and often challenging.

The exhibiting students have each developed their individual practices, merging existing specialties with innovative computational approaches whilst maintaining a critical eye on the wider social implications.

The Computational Studio Arts programme awards degrees at two levels, a one-year Masters (MA) and a two-year Master of Fine Art (MFA), both of which are represented in this show. Based in the Goldsmiths Digital Studios, the Computational Studio Arts programme exemplifies the strong interdisciplinary identity at the core of the Computing Department’s world-leading research.

 

Practitioners:

Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, Pradeep Balasubramanian, Damien Borowik, Joowon Chung, Jeffrey Ferguson, Andrea Fischer, William Goodin IV, Steph Horak, Haydn Jones, Parinot Kunakornwong, James Leahy, Kain Leo, Richard Lockett, Matthias Moos, Jonathan Munro, Samson Ng, A. Nuttall, Nelmarie du Preez, Ladan Razeghi, Stefan Ritter, Jonathan Shohet Gluzberg, Jen Sykes, Ronan Tuite, Catherine M. Weir, and Cedar Zhou.

 

Private View: 6pm to 9pm, 12th September

Performance times: 7pm and 9pm

 

Open to the Public: 13th to 16th September

Open daily: 10am to 7pm

Sunday 15th September: 10am to 4pm

Performance times: 2pm to 3pm & 6pm to 7pm (except Sunday)

Find out more, visit the Now Here 13 website

 

Dr Brock Craft on 3D Printing and his new book, Arduino Projects for Dummies!

A double post on our very own Dr Brock Craft today.

A short piece featuring Brock appeared in Monday’s City AM. The paper ran a piece debating which technology has the greatest potential to transform the world over the next 50 years.

Here’s Brock’s case for 3D Printing:

3D PRINTING
3D printing is the technology of the moment. It’s now left the high-tech research and development laboratories – where it’s been used for decades – and the consumer market is wide open.
And the market is growing. Just last month, industry leader Stratasys bought 3D printing firm Makerbot. Objects can be printed almost as easily as documents, and the price point for a basic 3D printer is coming down faster than it did for laser and ink-jet printers. You can download designs for thousands of models and print anything from toys, to tools, to replacement parts. The possibilities are endless.
Video games will soon incorporate 3D printing. And as with other content in books, music, and movies, there is also potential for licensing 3D models. In the not too distant future, we will be able to print an entire product from scratch (including its electronics), and deliver it immediately to the customer. When this is made possible, 3D printing will radically overhaul the way manufacturing markets operate.
Brock’s been v busy over the past year. Not only does he have a busy teaching load coaching our undergraduates and postgraduates in the wonders of Physical Computing, but he’s also been writing the newly published Arduino Projects for Dummies.
Well done Brock! Now, enjoy the summer and try to have a well-deserved rest before term starts!

Student profile: Mohamad Hussain, MA/MSc Digital Journalism

Who I am?

I am Syrian Journalist who has worked for last 7 years in journalism. I was doing three jobs at the same time back in Syria: political editor at Syrian Arab News Agency, Editorial Assistant at SyriaToday Magazine, Researcher At Spacetoon Media Group. I also did a Master thesis entitled “News Characteristics in Arabic Websites”

Why I did this course?

I chose this course after spending around three months looking at and checking courses about media, communication and journalism. I closely looked at more than 200 courses online and asked friends and former students what they though of them.

Finally, I settled on Digital Journalism at Goldsmiths. Firstly, my friends who studied at UK and my British friends rated Goldsmiths very high in fields of media, communication and computing, everyone encouraged me to choose goldsmiths. Secondly, when I looked at the course modules, it struck me that it was as if the person who combined the course content was able to read my mind. I immediately thought: this is what I am looking for.

The syllabus seemed very practical and comprehensive and combined almost everything I wanted to learn to be able to do what I always dreamt of but could not due to lack of knowledge and skills or lack of knowing what is possible. This course made my wishes come true with all the training on journalism and computing.

What skills I have built?

– News writing and editing

– Conducting interviews

– Broadcast journalism storytelling, filming and video editing

– Digital project management

– Web design and development and websites building

– Computer programming

– Digital research methods for online media

This course enabled me to do things faster and more accurately and more efficiently. Things I previously thought were impossible now seem very easy to achieve with the arsenal of digital tools the course introduced me to.

This course made me into a multi-skilled Ninja rather than a soldier and made me an integrated part of any media organization and improved my communication skills and knowledge in the multidisciplinary fields that media organizations operate within nowadays.

I know other students acquired a different set of skills based on what they need the most for the career path they are building for themselves as the teachers are very liberal and supportive of what students want.

What do media organizations think?

When I was doing an innovation internship at Wall Street Journal with two classmates, journalists wanted to learn from us the things we learnt on the programme—especially the digital skills.

Whenever I meet with professionals from media organization and tell them about things we learn and practice on the MA/MSc Digital Journalism they are impressed and wowed, and tell me that there will be high demand for graduates of this programme.

Who is this course for?

Personally, I think this course is for students who have done some journalism before but they feel they can take journalism to the next level with innovation and digital technologies.

It is for journalists who want to make the future of journalism and be at least 10 years ahead of industry. It is for those who are not afraid of learning new things and combining unlikely tools and techniques from previously unconnected domains of science. I found myself combining political science with machine learning with computational linguistics with journalism to do my project for one of the classes.

Finally….

 I will tell you a secret, take advantage of these things when you are at Goldsmiths:

– Ask the teachers for advice for anything comes to your mind, they are very nice people.

– Wander around the books in the library, they have great collection of books.

– They have all the media equipment, studios, labs and software. Use them 🙂

 

All Goldsmiths postgraduate Games students secure industry placements

(Project by MSc student Tudor Nita)

All of the 2012/13 MSc in Computer Games and Entertainment students at Goldsmiths, University of London have secured placements at UK computer games companies.

The students, who finish their masters this summer, will take up placements at some of the UK’s top games development institutions, including The Creative Assembly (SEGA), Rebellion, Supermassive Games, Gamesys, Roll7, Beefjack, Hadrian York, National Film & Television School, and British Petroleum (BP) Graphics Group.

Professor William Latham, co-director and co-founder of the MSc Computer Games and Entertainment, said: “We have created a programme that is line with industry needs and focuses on placing students with companies during this exciting time in the industry – as PS4 and Xbox One arrive and casual games and underlying games analytics demand grows. From the students’ point of view, invariably these placements become a rapid stepping stone to full-time employment”.

MSc in Computer Games and Entertainment graduate Andrew Dyer, now a Programmer at Supermassive Games, commented: “The MSc Computer Games & Entertainment course has done an excellent job preparing me for working at the front lines of the games industry, and as a programmer specifically. It has been intensive and very thorough, encouraging us all to understand first-hand the workings of graphics, animation, and physics systems that ultimately helped me working with them at a higher level during my internship at Supermassive Games and subsequent employment at the studio.”

Professor Frederic Fol Leymarie, co-director and co-founder of the MSc Computer Games and Entertainment, said: “Our lecturers have tens of years of experience in the games industry and still practice on current and emerging titles and consoles, such as Andy Thomason who continues to work as a games programmer at Sony.”

Placements for new students joining in September 2013 are already being confirmed:

Martin Servante, Director of Operations & Finance at The Creative Assembly, makers of the hit series Total War, commented: “Following two consecutive years of taking Goldsmiths MSc Games students on placements, we are pleased to announce that we have reserved a minimum of three placements for Goldsmiths students starting the course in September 2013, on site during the period May to September 2014.”

The programme has attracted partnerships with UK games developer Rebellion, Creative Assembly, Supermassive Games, world-renowned advertising agency M&C Saatchi, and the National Film and Television School (NFTS).

For more information about the MSc Computer Games and Entertainment at Goldsmiths, visit www.gamesgoldsmiths.com.

Goldsmiths Computing Expo 2013: interesting people doing interesting stuff

The annual Goldsmiths Computing Expo is where we open our doors to everyone and offer them a chance to come and see some of our technological innovation and meet the staff and students behind it.

This year’s Computing Expo was a fantastic showcase of the work of our department at all levels from first year undergraduate to PhD and staff research. The diversity of work was impressive, from a durational performance recreating in digital form the collaboration between Marina Abramović and Ulay, to an app that suggests clothing and make-up colours to complement your skin and hair. There was also a first year collaborative music making systems that many attendees mistook for a final year project!

These were all projects that were very creative and well thought out but also highly technically challenging. What was particularly impressive was the number of students who were getting their work out in the real world from iPhone games on the app store to collaborations with Choreographers and open source hardware.

In the early evening, a range of professionals, students and academics took to the Ben Pimlott Lecture Theatre to hear a series of short presentations from some of the departments brightest undergraduate students. Martin Roth, head of research at interactive music company RjDj, and Research Fellow in the department, chaired a panel of industry experts including Lisa Long – Director of Soniq Play , Alan Stuart – Director of Wow Elite, Brendan Quinn from Clueful Media Ltd, and Justin Spooner, Director of Unthinkable consulting. Martin Roth said “It was great to be able to see what Goldsmiths students are up to and how the College is thinking about entrepreneurship.”

Check out some of the projects below:

The Department of Computing at Goldsmiths is arguably Europe’s leading interdisciplinary computer science department for research, teaching and enterprise across the arts, music and social sciences. Our success has been based on a strong strategic focus with London’s creative industries and realised through strong partnerships with other departments in Goldsmith such including Art, Music, Sociology, Design, Visual Cultures, Theatre and Performance and Psychology.

We are already looking forward to EXPO 2014 where, you never know, it might be your work we’re showing off!

See our Expo pics on Flickr

 

The realities of university life with mental health problems

13-19th May 2013 is Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation’s annual campaign. The Students’ Union and the Disability Team at Goldsmiths have organised a series of events around this, including an information stand in the Loafers café and a movie night, showing Lars and the Real Girl. Prior to the film screening there will be a Q&A panel on mental health issues. I’ll be one of the panellists, talking openly about my role as a departmental Senior Tutor, my own experiences as a mental health service user (I have bipolar disorder), and the problems and practicalities of being a student with mental illness (my husband is an undergraduate student at a different university and also has bipolar disorder). Everyone is welcome to attend.

Academic life and mental illness is not a smooth ride but it can be done. For me, academic life with bipolar disorder is both a blessing (when my mood is elevated I am incredibly productive and creative) and a curse (if I’m too high or low I can’t focus or concentrate). I know I can do my job and I can do it well – I just sometimes need a little more time or a different way of working. From a student perspective the same applies. My husband is now in his second year of his degree after two previous attempts at undergraduate studies prior to his diagnosis left him burnt out and on antipsychotics. This time round he has support in place. Goldsmiths offers the same support for any student with a disability: there are reasonable adjustments for assessments, we can help with your application for Disabled Student Allowance to fund further support, we strive to raise awareness and understanding amongst staff and fellow students, there is a counselling service on campus, and where we can’t help we’ll refer you to someone who can.

I’m the Senior Tutor in the Department of Computing, which means that any student with a non-academic issue such as illness, personal problems, welfare, etc., can come and see me so that we can plan a solution. That solution may be as straightforward as arranging extra time for courseworks, through to more complex strategies like taking a break from studies for a while, or helping people get access to the right services. For my students, I hope that I can offer not just advice and adjustments but empathy and understanding. I know what it’s like to hang on to normality by the fingertips. It’s not always easy and sometimes it can be downright awful but I also know that it’s possible, and that a life often turned upside down by mental health problems needn’t be a barrier to a successful journey through university. Help is there. We want to see people succeed. From my own experience, the best advice I can offer anyone facing mental health problems is “talk to someone”.

Kate Devlin, Senior Tutor
For more info about the film screening and Q+A on Thursday please see the SU website here.

Meet the staff: Prof Robert Zimmer

In the run up to the new academic year in September, we’re conducting a series of quick-fire interviews with some of the lecturers so you can meet them before you arrive. It would be only right to kick off with the Head of Department, so here you go…

Professor Robert Zimmer in 60 seconds!

What five words would you choose to describe the department? Welcoming, innovative, relaxed, creative, unique.

What do most enjoy about being Head of the Computing department? Being a head of department at Goldsmiths has enabled me to work with world class researchers in arts, humanities and social sciences to build a unique and exciting intellectual environment in the Computing Department

If you weren’t an academic, what would your dream job be? Presenter of a daytime TV.

What do you most like doing when you’re not at work? I would say…drinking wine and cooking!

What piece of advice would you give to applicants hoping to take up a university place in September? Be yourself. Be somebody better.