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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

 

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.

What is Mogees? Gesture recognition with contact-microphones (Bruno Zamborlin)

In this video PhD student Bruno Zamborlin shows how it is possible to perform gesture recognition just with contact microphones and transform every surface into an interactive board.


Bruno explains:

Through gesture recognition techniques we detect different kind of fingers-touch and associate them with different sounds.

In the video we used two different audio synthesis techniques:
1- physic modelling, which consists in generating the sound by simulating physical laws;
2- concatenative synthesis (audio mosaicing), in which the sound of the contact microphone is associated with its closest frame present in a sound database.

The system can recognise both fingers-touches and objects that emit a sound, such as the coin shown in the video.
More details: www.brunozamborlin.com/mogees

Congratulations to our Postgraduate Students – graduation 2012

What a wonderful way to end 2012  – with a celebration of the achievements of our wonderful postgraduate students. We are so proud of them and wish them all the very best of luck for the future. Please stay in touch!

Above: Patricia Afari – MSc Computing.Well done to Patricia and all our new graduates.

What programme of study are you graduating from?
MSc in Computing, Departing of Computing

Tell us a bit about yourself: where are you from, what led you to university, why did you pick Goldsmiths?
I was born in south London and have spent most of my life there, working self-employed for more than 10 years as a driving instructor. I felt the need for a change in career, to pursue the things that I am really passionate about, which are sound and computing. In 2011, I received my BA Hons in Digital Music and Sound Arts from the University of Brighton. It was on this course that I learned audio programming which I found fascinating. I wanted to continue studying this area in more depth and it was one my lecturers there who spoke highly of Goldsmiths and encouraged me to apply to do my Masters here.

How did you find your course?
The course was great and I think one of the most flexible of the computing programmes available in terms of subject choices. It was highly interdisciplinary – which is another reason why I chose to study here.

What is the best thing about studying at Goldsmiths?
The first thing I noticed when walking around was the relaxed atmosphere and great mix of people of different ages. I really enjoyed speaking with the lecturers and professors; they are all extremely knowledgeable in their fields of practice, always willing to give advice, and to introduce you to their contacts and people within the industry.

What advice would you give to a student considering a postgraduate degree a Goldsmiths?
Be prepared to be challenged, at times it can feel very intensive, but remembering why you are there will get you through it. Don’t be surprised if your initial ideas and research plans flow into completely new and unexpected areas – come here with an open mind.

What are your plans now you’ve graduated?
My plan is to find a role where I can develop gestural interactive educational software for children with physical and learning difficulties [read more about Patricia’s work with gestural interfaces in The Daily Telegraph].

What words would you use to describe Goldsmiths?
Flexible, open, interdisciplinary, challenging, creativity, self-discovery.

This interview with Patricia is courtesy of the Goldsmiths Comms team and originally posted here

 

 

CAST launch party: sushi, pecha kucha and Paul the Robot

On Thursday 26 April 2012, the Department of Computing hosted the launch of CAST (Centre for Creative and Social Media).

The event was a huge success and a highly enjoyable evening. Our compere for the evening was Mark Grist, former MA Creative and Life Writing student, and Edinburgh Fringe Slam champion 2010, Mark Grist (markgrist.com), who has just completed two national tours with his performance poetry. His double act, Dead Poets, seeks to challenge preconceptions of poetry and hip hop, and was recently featured on BBC 6 Music with Steve Merchant. Recently, a video of Mark’s rap battle with Blizzard went viral which has earned him a huge amount of media attention with the Independent on Sunday calling him a ‘Face to Watch’.

Our brilliant Pecha Kucha speakers included:

Our speakers were challenged to brevity and impact: 6 minutes and 40 seconds to explore innovation in their field. They did an absolutely fantastic job and we are really grateful to them for their involvement.

Other stars of the evening were Patrick Tresset and Paul the Robot, Annette Walker and her tap-dancing, and Bruno Zamborlin’s incredible Mogees installation which turned the railings on the venue’s staircase into musical instruments.

About CAST

This year, students in CAST have enjoyed Innovation Internships at the Wall Street Journal, Telegraph Media Group, Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Livestation, Runnymede Trust, and Headshift.

CAST programmes offer interdisciplinary teaching across computing and professional disciplines with students learning applied computing and research methods to complement the fundamentals of journalism, sociology and cultural studies.

CAST is currently accepting applications for the 2012/13 academic year on the following programmes:

MA/MSc Digital Journalism
MA/MSc Digital Sociology
MA/MSc Creating Social Media