Wednesday 5 December 2012

Symposium 5th October 2012

Cinematic Battersea: The City as Interface

This 1-day workshop was conceived as a forum for researchers and practitioners working on similar themes – with whom we would like to share our on-going thoughts and activities – as well as explore directions for future research/practice and joint funding applications.
The symposium addressed the following key themes:

Theme 1: Cinematic mapping and film archives
What are the mechanisms through which films relate to the city’s topography, the fabric of the city and its social making? What issues arise regarding the use of film archives and what are the potentials and limitations in making this material (archive and/or amateur footage) accessible to the public/accessible to the public?

Theme 2: Geo-referencing
Several digital humanities research projects have, in the past, tried geo-referencing archive material. One of the issues to emerge is the discrepancy between analytical tools (e.g. GIS) that lack a user-friendly or project-specific interface, and freely available tools (e.g. Google Maps) that have limitations for the deployment and accessing of narrative and time-based material (such as film). Are there ways to overcome such gaps?

Theme 3: Public engagement & networking in space and place
There is little doubt that locative mobile technologies and social networks offer new opportunities that are of interest to researchers working with film and other archive materials. But how can a meaningful dialogue between the academic community and the public be explored? 

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