From the page to the screen to augmented reality: new modes of language-driven technology-mediated research

Mencia, Maria (2011) From the page to the screen to augmented reality: new modes of language-driven technology-mediated research. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 4(1), pp. 3-7. ISSN (print) 1753-5190


On 12 July 2010 a group of artists, poets, writers, researchers and academics met up at Kingston University for a roundtable discussion convened by myself, María Mencía. Sitting around the tabl were Professor Jay David Bolter, director of the Wesley New Media Center and Wesley Chair of New Media at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Dr Serge Bouchardon (University of Technology of Compiegne, FR); Dr Scott Rettberg (Digital Cuture – UiB); Dr Maria Engberg (Blekinge Technical Institute, SWE); Talan Memmott (Blekinge Technical Institute, SWE); Dr Zuzana Husárová (Institute of World Literature, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia); Dr Laura Borrás Castanyer (University of Barcelona SP); Kate Pullinger (De Montfort University, UK); Jörg Piringer (Independent, Austria); Dr Alexandra Saemmer (Paris 8-FR); Dr Thiresia Spilioti (Kingston University, UK); Dr Korina Giaxoglou (Kingston University, UK); Jerome Fletcher (University College Falmouth, UK); Prof. Martin Rieser (Institute of Creative Technologies and The Faculty of Art and Design at De Montfort, UK); Fiona Curran (Kingston University, UK); Judith Watts (Kingston University, UK) and Dr María Mencía (Kingston University, UK). There are a number of reasons why I wanted to organize this event. First, I wanted to use this workshop as a preliminary meeting in order to develop a ‘language-driven technology-mediated’ collaborative research practice, inviting scholars, writers, theoreticians and creative practitioners from Kingston University and other European universities to discuss the relevance of new technologies in the creation of language-mediated practice, viewing language in a very broad way using different modes: image-sound-text. Second, although most of the work presented at the roundtable is part of the curriculum at various universities, the mainstream literary institutions and traditional social sciences departments at universities are still not aware of the work produced in electronic literary and artistic practices. Thus, I thought this could offer an opportunity to gather together and to initiate a dialogue between writers, theoreticians and creative practitioners coming from a more print-based background, but who might also be considering the use of new technologies in their research practice, as well as international researchers who have migrated from more traditional print-based research practices to multimedial and interdisciplinary research methods that make use of computers, networks and mobile technologies. This would help to identify areas of overlap between different research practices, such as traditional humanities, practice-led new media research projects, and multimedial and interdisciplinary research methods, which make use of computers, mobile technologies and networks platforms. (M.Mencía)

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