Knowledge Exchange and the Creative Industries

The Knowledge Exchange and the Creative Industries seminar series ran across 2019-2020 at the University of Bristol, as part of the Punchdrunk on the Classics research project. These seminars featured academics and creatives in conversation, discussing their recent partnerships and their thoughts on best practice, possible styles, and potential challenges in knowledge exchange projects. Practice-as-research, knowledge transfer, and co-produced research methods were also showcased. Each seminar was followed by tea and coffee to allow for further informal discussion.

The seminars were tied together around the theme of future directions for immersivity in the creative industries, with each event exploring collaborations across different creative forms, including cinema, theatre, virtual and augmented reality, music, and audio storytelling. The overall series led to the creation of a network of academics and creatives interested in knowledge exchange. Revised contributions from speakers at the series are currently under review for a special feature in Research for All.

The original programme can be found below.

6 November: Dr Lesel Dawson, Dr Jimmy Hay (Bristol) and Natasha Rosling (Artist) The Lived Experience of Grief in Fiction Film [Senate House 5.10]

Chair: Dr Emma Cole

11 December: Dr Jenny Kid (Cardiff University) and Alison John (Yello Brick): Digital Cultural Heritage and Participatory Media Practices: Traces/Olion, a site-specific audio storytelling app [Senate House 5.10]

Chair: Dr Emma Bridges (ICS Public Engagement Fellow)

15 January: Professor Kirsten Cater/Dr Stuart Gray/Dr Chris Bevan (Bristol) and Kilter theatre company: An arts-science collaboration exploring the worlds of quantum and virtual reality.

Dr Hannah Wood (Falmouth) and Storyjuice: The glass ceiling games: Feminist Punk Augmented Reality. [Wills Memorial Building G25 REYNOLDS – NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE]

Chair: Dr Will Pooley (Lecturer in Modern European History, AHRC Leadership Fellow ‘Creative Histories’)

19 Feb: Dr Paul Clarke (Bristol University/Bristol & Bath Creative R&D Digital lacemaking Fellow) / Duncan Speakman (SWCTN immersion fellow/Pervasive Media Studio resident) on Uninvited Guests and Speakman’s augmented reality (AR) performance Billennium

Sharon Clark (Bath Spa/Raucous Theatre)

Chair: Dr Naomi Paxton (Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)

25 March: Dr Emma Cole (University of Bristol) and Felix Barrett (Punchdrunk): Punchdrunk’s Kabeiroi [Senate House 5.10]

Dr Nicole Foster (UWE): Knowledge Exchange and Creative Networks in the South West

Chair: Dr Mai Musié (Public Engagement Manager, Bodleian Libraries)

22 April: Dr Simon Moreton (UWE): The Political/Cultural/Social Context of Knowledge Exchange

Ivan Phelan (Sheffield Hallam): Virtual Reality and Health Technology Rehabilitation: How engaging content can aid rehabilitation and reduce pain

Chair: Dr Andrew Wray (Head of Knowledge Exchange, University of Bristol)