Digital media cultures conference to be held in Sweden

•April 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment
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Digital Media from http://www.stonesc.com

I thought you may find it interesting that students and researchers in a variety of media fields can attend a conference on “Paying Attention: Digital Media Cultures and Generational Responsibility,” to be held September 6 to 10 in Scandic Linköping Vast, Linköping , Sweden, not so far from BTH . Deadline: May 1.

The conference is aimed at researchers in the fields of Cultural and New Media Studies, Philosophy, Internet Studies, Education and more.

The conference is also seeking poster entries. Posters should be from digital media artists and developers, and should be related to the conference theme of attention and experiential design in creative ways.

Students and researchers are eligible to apply for grants to attend the conference, so do not miss it if you are interested but before that make sure you have visited here for more information.

good luck ;-)

THINK

•April 20, 2010 • 1 Comment

My room mate is in electrical engineering ( second year ) , they are working with Ericson and doing some project in the class, Ericson has a collaboration with  BTH ,

i was thinking whether we will be working with such companies ,,,,  THINK

Culture in Culture

•March 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment
Haftsin, March 20 2010, BTH pub, Kalskrona

Persian New Year's Haftsin, March 20 2010, BTH pub, Kalskrona

LCDM as its name suggests has got a lot with different cultures, I am sure many in LCDM program are interested in Persian culture and since it is Persian New Year I am writing this post.

The Beginning of Spring

Unlike many other calendars including Gregorian new year, Persian year starts on the first day of spring, the first day is called Nowruz , which literary means new day. The Iranian New Year is the day containing the exact moment of the vernal equinox, although it needs special form of calculation, it usually occurs on 20 or 21 March.

History

There are records suggesting that the celebration is an ancient festival and was celebrated by the people and royalty during the Achaemenid times (555-330 BC). It was, therefore, a highly auspicious occasion for the ancient Iranian peoples. It is believed that the famous Persepolis complex, or at least the palace of Apadana and the Hundred Columns Hall, were built for the specific purpose of celebrating Nowruz.

Origin

Originally it is a Zoroastrian festival and many believe it was invented by Zoroaster himself, the trace of Nowruz is present in all famous religions. According to Britannica, the Jewish festival of Purim, is probably adopted from the Persian New Year.

Nowruz Worldwide

Nowruz is celebrated in Greater Iran, Caucasus, and Central Asia and by Iranians worldwide. It is a public holiday in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan,Iraqi Kurdistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan , Uzbekistan, Kashmir , and Kyrgyzstan . Also the Canadian parliament and the US congress have passed a bill to add Nowruz to these countries national calendars. Watch President Obama’s Nowruz massage , here.

Other Icons

Nowruz associates with some other cultural iconic concepts such as Haft Sin and Hajji Firuz. Iranians celebrate new year for some days and after 13 days from the beginning of spring they go to forests and parks to rejoice the nature’s beauty on that day.

Wish you the best in up coming  Persian New year ;-)

Bolter/Joyce Seminar (23rd of March, 1pm, room C4123A) Updates

•March 22, 2010 • Leave a Comment

We’ll be shooting video of both presentations. Some of the material might eventually be available online, even though I don’t know exactly what are the agreements for that. You may want to ask the teachers if you are interested.

Some more information about Michael Joyce and Jay Bolter:

Michael Joyce has been writing fiction for the computer, and writing about online communities, since well before the web. His novel Afternoon, a story, written in 1987, and published by Eastgate Systems in 1990, is known as the first hypertext fiction and was called by the New York Times the “the granddaddy of hypertext fictions.” He since has published numerous hypertext fictions on the web and on disk, including “On the Birthday of the Stranger”; Twilight, A Symphony, and Twelve Blue. He is also a print novelists and his novel “The War Outside Ireland” won the Great Lakes New Writers Award. Joyce has been collaborating in multimedia work (with LA visual artist Alexandra Grant) and is an active poetry author as well, his poems appeared in various literary journals.
He is Professor of English, and Co-Chair of English at Vassar College.

Jay David Bolter is the author of Turing’s Man: Western Culture in the Computer Age (1984); Writing Space: The Computer, Hypertext, and the History of Writing (1991; second edition 2001); Remediation (1999), with Richard Grusin; and Windows and Mirrors (2003), with Diane Gromala. He also co-created Storyspace with Michael Joyce, an authoring system for supporting hypertext fiction.
He teaches at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Wesley Chair of New Media and a professor in the School of Literature, Communication and Culture) and is regularly visiting BTH as a Guest Professor in LCDM.

Bios and information are taken from the BTH webpage dedicated to the event, please visit that page if you want to read more.

One among Many: The Status of Literature in the Age of Digital Culture – Seminar on the 23rd of March

•March 12, 2010 • 1 Comment

We all received Maria’s email about the upcoming seminar on the 23rd (at 1pm in room C413A), so you all know that Michael Joyce and Jay Bolter will be the two guests participating in the seminar. I think it is extremely interesting that we have the opportunity to meet one of the authors that we’ve been studying and especially a seminal one in the field of electronic literature such as Michael Joyce.

Past events of this kind have always been very positive experiences. Bolter’s lecture (for the 2nd year students) about Ludology and Narratology made me so interested in the subject that I ended up writing my essay on it, that was very fruitful since I didn’t know what to write about until the day before (OK, is this too personal?). I did really enjoy when J.R. Carpenter visited BTH as well. She presented her book “Words the Dog Knows”, and various works from her website. I’ll recommend the first year students to check it out, if they have never heard of J.R., because there is a lot of good stuff to read and navigate for all you new LCDM-ers.

Above all I do believe that guest lectures are enhancing learning experiences and I would propose this blog to be also a tool for us to promote, discuss and (why not?) come out with ideas on who we would like to invite as a guest lecturer in LCDM. I’m sure teachers would love to hear our opinion on that, whether it will or will not be possible to realize.

More information about Jay Bolter and Michael Joyce: here and here.

Space- Place- Trace (Seminar @ the Swedish School of Planning)

•March 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

There is an upcoming event that will take place at BTH. It is not strictly part of LCDM (as stated in the title it is part of a series of seminars within the Swedish School of Planning), but because of the topics and the person presenting the seminar I thought that it was appropriate to give visibility to the event on this blog.

Well, first of all, the lecturer is our teacher Talan Memmott. As most of you (should!) know he is also a digital/multimedia artist. During the seminar he will be showing some new media works that deal with space and place; such as Jeffrey Shaw’s ‘Legible City’ and J.R. Carpenter’s ‘in absentia’ and one of his own pieces: (s)Pacing. The focus will be on how space and place become trace in this work, in terms of remnants of location as well as in relationship to scansion and meter in the work.

The seminar will proceed with the display of more video works and exploring the roles of space and place in the works, how they operate as trace, as residue of location.

Time and place: Wednesday 17th March, at 17.30. Studio on the 5th floor, Building C, Campus Gräsvik.

This is not a first post

•March 10, 2010 • 1 Comment

Before we get things up and running, we’d just like to welcome all of you to this student-run LCDM blog. Here you’ll find posts from students describing what’s up in the program. Some of the posts will be centered on specific projects or topics and others will give a more general picture of what LCDM is all about.

If you’re thinking about applying to LCDM, or if you’re just a curious person in general, this is one good place to get some info directly from the students. Of course, we also have links to the official LCDM pages that are already active, so be sure to check them out as well.

Finally, we’d like to extend an especially warm welcome to our sister programs at Georgia Institute of Technology. If you guys want to know what’s happening over here, be sure to check in from time to time (or, since we’re all soooo very tech-savvy, you’ll just add us to your RSS reader, right?). Also, if you’re considering taking part in the exchange between LCDM and LCC and you have any questions, you’re more than welcome to post them here.

 
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