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Media Innovation Studio Dispatch 21st April

April 21, 2017
Mark Lochrie

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The final week of the Easter break is nearly over and things are getting busy around the university campus and in the studio again. 

Much excitement amongst the creative technologists and geeks in the studio this week as the new 3d printer landed (pic below) . there’s been a lot of conversation around different types of plastic and how many colours it could print. But we’ve also got some printing work lined up for projects we’re working on. One of those is around housings for air quality sensors.  Mark Lochrie, Andy Dickinson and our intern Aaaron Declerk have a project up their sleeves looking at the practicalities of building and distributing air quality sensor kits to communities. As you can see from the picture below  it means lots of components and wires but stay tuned for more details.

Interns also featured this week as John Mills begins the process of recruiting an intern to help us with a project working in partnership with the Global Alliance for Media Innovation and WAN-IFRA. Exciting stuff
John has also been busy following up on the Newsthings work he’s been doing with two blog posts about the Manchester and Bristol design workshops and the International Journalism Festival Panel we mentioned in previous newsletters. That last post is worth a read to get a bit more background on the team and learn a little more about the work they do including a reminder of their Infrequency project.

Occasionally we offer up a desk in the studio for people working on projects or simply passing through on to bigger things. In the case of Prof Erik Knudsen it was to a bigger and better office as he took up his role as Professor of Media Practice in the Faculty. Erik’s work in filming theory and practice is extensive and his latest essay film explore how doubt has played a  big part of his creative and spiritual development. You can see a trailer for the film on the One Day films website. 

In the space

The Bank Holiday made for a shorter week this week but still plenty going on in our community space this week. 

UCLan is a partner in the North West Advanced Manufacturing Centre. So it was great to welcome John Baragwanath, Director of the AMRC, and his colleague Emma Hutton into the space in Tuesday to talk about innovative projects in the faculty including our work with the Civic Drone Centre.

On Thursday, it was nice to welcome back colleagues from the The Institute for Black Atlantic Research for a workshop that looks at Slavery, Emancipation and Art. The mix of presentation and panel discussion included artists, curators and academics.

Things that caught our eye….

Till next week, may all your ideas be as big and bright as John Law’s (below)…The Media Innovation Studio team. 

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