Guest Speakers: Dr Nigel Morris and Ms Kate Marrison
Abstract Title: Are there video games after death? The rise of algorithmic gaming.
In recent years the medium of the video game has redefined the role and agency of players. Games for mobile phones and social network often marginalise the players by asking them to wait for long periods of time before performing the next move (Clash of Clans, 2012; Farmville, 2009). There are games that play by themselves (Cookie Clicker, 2014; San Andreas Streaming Deer Cam, 2016), and games that are played by automated bots developed by the players themselves to avoid playing their games. 3D environments for games are now also generated by algorithmic processes (No Man’s Sky, 2016). What definition of play and fun is at stake in this trend? Why is it that players seem to progressively disappear from their own games? In this presentation I will discuss about my current research around these phenomena, and explore the possibility of a post-human form of digital gaming, one where life itself comes to be redefined.
The Great Minds series gives an insight into the achievements of leading influential figures and recognisable faces from backgrounds such as the arts, business and economics, politics, health and science as well as bringing more local leading Lecturers and Visiting Professors to the fore.
Designed for prospective students, our own staff and students and members of the public alike, the aim is to inspire and encourage thoughtful conversation about careers, industries and disciplines alongside showcasing some of the diverse research and activities that take place within the University.
We have the pleasure of inviting you to our next Great Minds lecture, to be given by Lord Paul Boateng on Friday 24th March.
Wednesday 1st March
Guest speaker: Dr Conohar Scott
Abstract: Framing Dissensus: the Projects of Environmental Resistance
Using Jacques Rancière’s description of art as a profoundly dissensual medium, which exhibits a ‘singular power of presence […] that tears experience from ordinariness’, I argue for the potential for art to alter the social imaginary in the struggle for environmental remediation. By way of comparison to the work of Richard Misrach and Andreas Müller-Pohle, I would like to focus primarily on the projects of the artist-led group Environmental Resistance (I am a founding member of this group), which is a UK collective currently comprised of a photographer, an environmental scientist and a graphic designer.
Environmental Resistance aims to provide a “service” for environmental advocates by combining an indexical description of the polluted topography with quantitative data affirming the existence of a substantive environmental threat. This is done by creating multimodal artworks, which merge photography with graphical content in the form of infographs, QR codes linking to scientific publications, or activist video footage. In other examples, the photograph is combined with mineral sampling data taken from within the frame of the image. In collaboration with activists or the environmental science community, the resulting artworks can then be disseminated to politicians, scientists, health professionals, civil servants and local citizens, in a bid to constitute a newly emergent public, cognizant of the threat offered by industrial polluters.
Dr Conohar Scott (b. Belfast, 1975) is a lecturer in photographic theory and a practicing artist at the School of Media & Film, University of Lincoln. Conohar’s research interests include exploring the representation of environmental despoliation in photography and the application of art as a tool for environmental advocacy. As part of his artistic practice, Conohar founded the collective Environmental Resistance, which is currently comprised of an environmental scientist, a photographer and a graphic designer. The purpose of the collective is to raise awareness of industrial pollution and campaign for environmental remediation. Conohar also organises symposia under the banner ‘Network Ecologies: Exploring Relations Between Environmental Art, Science & Activism’.
For further information please contact Diane Charlesworth, Senior Lecturer in Film, Television and Cultural Studies, University of Lincoln.
We are pleased to invite you to the first History & Heritage Research Seminar for this term, taking place on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 4.30pm to 6.00pm.
Dr Jonathan Saha (University of Leeds) will talk about ‘Imperial elephantology: Undead capital and situated knowledge in colonial Burma’.
The rise of colonial Burma as the world’s foremost supplier of teak necessitated the employment of thousands of working elephants. Throughout the colony’s vast forests, camps were established where the animals worked to remove and transport the valuable timber. These were sites of industry and environmental transformation, but they were also sites for the generation and deployment of scientific knowledge. The semi-domesticated state of elephants employed in the teak industry made them ideal subjects for veterinary and natural historical inquiry.
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