Monday, 29 April 2013

PGR Scholarships at MMU in Art and Design


Grad Prog talk: Mary Oliver - "Crossing the Virtual Divide" (1 May)

Wed 1 May, Rm 2.20 MediaCityUK, 3.10-4pm. All Welcome

Internal Session: Professor Mary Oliver (University of Salford; Performance Directorate)

Please take my hand and talk to me: crossing the virtual divide with acts of empathy and kindness

Touching as an act of empathy and kindness has become demonized, perverse in our physically disconnected technologically dependent lifestyles. Our hands are the tools with which we communicate remotely, altering hand eye co-ordination capability, which in turn impacts on our cognitive functions.  We have adapted ourselves to these machines and in doing so have become trapped in a communication system that is alien to us as a warm, tactile, intuitive species. This paper is part an exploration of why it is so difficult to change the HCI and part performance research as I strive to create a new work using both physical touch and sensing technologies.

Mary Oliver is Reader in Digital Performance and head of the Performance Research Centre in the School of Arts and Media. She has been a professional performer, writer and video maker for over twenty years, performing internationally across the fields of contemporary music, theatre, and dance. For the last decade she has focused on bringing impossible performers to the live stage,primarily using her own badly behaved Digital Double.  She is leader of the ‘As Yet Impossible: in human performance’ research project, which is examining the development of new performance paradigms.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013


Wednesday 1st May 6.30pm. FREE. First Floor Common Room Space. 

The next guest speaker to be part of our 'Intervention' talk series in collaboration with University of Salford is independent curator Anna Colin. The talk will converge around the two projects she is concurrently working on: an exhibition exploring Victorians' utilitarian and socialist approaches to art on the one hand and an art school that places emphasis on social practice. She will present her research in progress and reflect on a set of historical and contemporary considerations around art as an educational and socially meaningful tool. 

Anna Colin works in London as an independent curator. She is currently preparing a display at the Whitechapel Gallery, following a fellowship with the Contemporary Art Society and the Harris Museum in Preston. She is also involved in setting up Open School East, an art school and communal space in Hackney, which will launch in September 2013. Previously she was associate director of Betonsalon - Centre for Art and Research, Paris (2011-2012) and curator  at Gasworks, London (2007-2010). 

For more information please contact

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Postgraduate Research Programme (Art and Design), 17 April

17th April 2013, MediaCity Room 2.20.

2:00 – 2:20
Practice based research
Rosie Miller

2:20 – 2:40
‘Playing History: Fostering the Understanding of the Past through Meaningful Gameplay’
Juan Hiriart (PGR)

2:40 – 3:00
Education in Museums
Alex McDonagh


3:20 - 4:30
Research Impact Seminar
Professor Paul Haywood and Sam Ingleson

The next event will be held on the 1st May HT217 Centenary Building.
Professor Paul Sermon will run a seminar on ‘How to publish your research work?’
and Andrew Wootton will showcase the team’s most recent research project:
Engaging young people in design against crime. Detailed agenda will be circulated in due course.

Monday, 15 April 2013

WSWS at 15

David Walsh, of the WSWS, delivered a lecture on the Graduate Programme on contemporary film and the organisation have extended an invite to the below meeting:
The Working Class and Socialism in a new revolutionary epoch

The Socialist Equality Party is proud to announce that David North, chairman of the World Socialist Web Site international editorial board and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party in the United States, will speak on May 5 at a public meeting in London on the political significance of the site’s fifteenth anniversary.
North is the author of numerous articles, essays and books on contemporary politics, on the history of the Fourth International and on the political legacy of Leon Trotsky.
In the 15 years since the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) began publication on February 14, 1998, it has established itself as the most widely read and authoritative socialist publication in the world, accessible in 20 different languages.
In the run up to the London meeting there will be a series of regional meetings, including one in Manchester,on the subject of the WSWS fifteenth anniversary - see below for details.
Wednesday April 17
7 pm

Friends' Meeting House, Room 1
6 Mount St (rear of Manchester Central Library)
M2 5NS

Monday, 8 April 2013

Quietus review of Salford Sonic Fusion

"A slowly undulating bass groan slowly gives way to a transitional tattoo of pulsing electronics and acres of dubbed out echo. If the piece is site specific, then this reflects a Salford far removed from that of the shining, Logan's Run dock regeneration of Media City UK (but that's ok, as no one's forcing us to make a digital choice between one or the other). This majestic sound is of an older Salford, with the oppressive bass weight of Satanic millstones."

Congrats to colleagues from the Music Department for an incredible event!

Friday, 5 April 2013

"Power in Your Pocket" event (26/4/13)

"Power in Your Pocket: the creative use of mobile technologies to enhance learning and teaching in the performing and visual arts"

26th April, University of Salford, Old Fire Station
Full event details and booking here:

Attendance is free, and early booking is advised.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Salford academics see "The Music Documentary" published

Salford's Drs. Ben Halligan and Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs (along with York St John University's Dr Rob Edgar) co-edit this collection of essays on the music documentary --- the first of its kind --- which has been published today.

The collection arises in part on the Summer 2010 conference "Sights and Sounds: Investigating the Music Documentary" which was co-convened at Salford by Dr Halligan and the late Prof David Sanjek.

David's paper for that conference, on documentaries at the end of the countercultural period, is included here, along with considerations of everything from Woodstock to White Diamond, Pink Floyd - Live at Pompeii to The Song Remains the Same, via extended sections on punk and post-punk, the conceptualisation of music videos then and now, the British concert film, considerations of teaching in the area of music documentary making, satire and the "rockumentary", and the ways in which the music documentary form has been co-opted for promotion. The volume ends with a consideration of future directions for the genre.

For Table of Contents, see Routledge's page for the book, here:

UK orders via here:

US orders via here:

Dave, hosting a session with Tony Palmer at the University of Salford (photo included in the Introduction).