Researching the contemporary
Monday 09/03/2015 12:00 – 14:00
Researchers working with living authors and artists, exploring works in progress and examining ongoing material face a specific set of issues and challenges. Using case-studies taken from fields such as literary, film, visual and performance studies, this workshop proposes to look at research practices in the arts and humanities that deal with material belonging to our present, our close past and our near future. What characterises an author, an artwork, a theory, a genre, a field or a cultural trend as contemporary? What are the various definitions attached to the term? What does its use in the academic context imply? How does it affect and influence our research approaches?
This session will also identify and discuss some of the practical, theoretical and ethical questions that the study of living artists or authors and their ongoing work often raises. Finally, we will reflect on the relationship between academic research and the current events that can shape the perception and reception of cultural and artistic productions, as well as the role of researchers in building and/or resisting the contemporary canon
Register – https://app.manchester.ac.uk/SALCS86655
We are pleased to announce two new workshops on short film creation which have been developed in association with the Postgraduate Summer Research Showcase (www.psrs.manchester.ac.uk/shortfilms) and EPS Graduate Training Team. Places are limited to 15 per session and will be allocated on a first come basis.
Accessing the collection and using new research facilities – The Whitworth Art Gallery
Monday 16/03/2015 12:00 – 14:00
The Whitworth re-opened on 14 February 2015 with new galleries and innovative approaches to making the collection of art and design visible to researchers and the general visitor. Shaped by the new architecture of the building, conversations between art and viewer are encouraged, and external perspectives on collections made possible. Taking place in the gallery, this workshop will introduce researchers to the new Study Centre, the kind of material that is available for research and teaching, and how to access it.
Register – https://app.manchester.ac.uk/SALCS8907
Stories of Research
4th March, 13:30 – 15:30, University Place 4.211 or
1st April, 13:30 – 15:30, University Place 6.205
In this workshop we explore how you can find and share engaging stories of research, with the purpose of creating a short video.
We will look at:
- how stories work
- finding your voice
- the value of opening up and engaging
- visual storytelling
- how to script and storyboard your idea
Stories of Research: Video Production
Thursday 19th March, 13:30 – 15:30, Sackville Street Building G11 or
Thursday 2nd April, 13:30 – 15:30, Sackville Street Building G11
In this workshop we look at how you can use your recording device (smart phone, dslr or video camera) to record and edit video and audio for a short film.
We will look at:
- shooting sequences
- framing for interviews
- recording sound
- compositing in Windows Movie Maker
- export settings for youtube
To get the full benefit of this course you need to bring:
A charged device that is capable of recording video and audio
A USB cable or other to transfer the footage from your device to a PC in the training room