Archive for March 2009

TIMECODE Seminar- Steinski

March 31, 2009
(L to R: Mark Goodliff, Steve Stein and Mark Goodall at the National Media Museum, Bradford

(L to R: Mark Goodliff, Steve Stein and Mark Goodall at the National Media Museum, Bradford

On 28 January Steve Stein AKA Steinski gave a talk called ‘A History of Hip Hop’

Steve Stein- AKA ‘Steinski’- is an acknowledged master of the art of collaged sound design. Originally a computer programmer, Steve was one of the founders of New York Hip Hop. Many of the recordings he produced with Douglas DiFranco (AKA ‘Double D’) are classics of old school cut-up DJ work. His work influenced many subsequent sound designers such as DJ Shadow, Coldcut and the Avalanches. Steinski still produces mesmerising and complex collages of sound, often as live mixes. He discussed his life and work, providing anecdotes, working methods and examples from his key role in the invention of modern dance music and totally unique personal oeuvre.

The following day Steinski gave a masterclass at the School of Computing Informatics and Media:

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Mondo film at the BFI

March 31, 2009

CCM member Mark Goodall writes about shock documentary films.

The BFI have recently screened a classic example of this- Jacopetti and Prosperi’s 1972 film Addio Zio Tom (Goodbye Uncle Tom). There is a video of the event here:

The BFI are screening another Jacopetti and Prosperi film Africa Addio (1966) on 25th April 2009:

http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/africa_addio

There is also a study session on mondo film with Mark Goodall and David Kerekes of Headpress:

http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/sweet_and_savage_the_world_of_the_mondo_film_0

Wild Eye- experimental film studies

March 31, 2009

eyeThe inaugural symposium for a new movement in experimental film studies took place on March 4th at De Montfort University in Leicester (UK).

The project seeks to develop a new approach to writing and thinking about film. The project is run by Mark Goodall from the CCM Research Group and Ian Hunter from De Montfort.

CCM member Ben Roberts delivered a paper as a contributionto the symposium. The keynote presentation was given by Ben Noys from Chicester University.

A network is being formed for those interested in working towards an experimental form of film studies. Contact Mark Goodall  m.goodall@bradford.ac.uk or Ian Hunter iqhunter@dmu.ac.uk if interested.

Upcoming Timecode Seminar: James Riley, ‘The Fall Dossier’

March 11, 2009

Title: ‘The Fall Dossier’
Date: 25-March-2009
Time: 18:00
Location: On Location, National Media Museum, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1NQ
Speaker: James Riley (Cambridge University)

James Riley is the archivist and literary executor for Peter Whitehead, one of Britain’s most unique filmmakers. James looks after Whitehead’s cinematic and literary collection. James’s task is to interpret Peter Whitehead’s ongoing research into the ‘word and the image’. In particular, this revolves around what is called ‘The Fall Dossier’ a journal/novel/notebook produced during the production of one of Whitehead’s most celebrated films. This seminar accompanies the 2009 Bradford Film Festival retrospective of Peter Whitehead’s work which will include a screening of The Fall.

Welcome

March 10, 2009

Welcome to the new blog of the University of Bradford‘s Communication, Culture and Media (CCM)  Research Group.  A particular strength of our work is that it takes place within the School of Computing, Informatics and Media. The fact that researchers at Bradford in the field of culture, communication and media studies work so closely with colleagues in mobile telecommunications and computing is relatively unusual in UK institutions but is more common at institutions in the US and Europe. This arrangement enables and encourages innovative research in the field of new and mobile media, already showcased in research funding awarded by the European Community, UK Research Councils and the Arts Council. We believe that this close relationship between theory and technology is strategically vital to future research in the rapidly changing field of digital media. The School of Computing, Informatics and Media has unique facilities to support practice-based research, such as our 14-camera motion capture suite, which is usually used commercially to translate the movements of human actors into the actions of animated characters, but has also proved to be a useful research tool.

Research in the group is also engaged with questions of media, community and cultural identity. Recent research includes work on the contribution of Islam to British life and the role that city-centre big screens can play in supporting community media and local arts. We have current and recent research students working on subjects as diverse as the impact of media use on the lives of Kurdish women; the history of Polish national cinema; and the effect of digital distribution on cinema.