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Dare, Eleanor and Heaney, Libby, 2018, Conference or Workshop, MA Digital Direction, MA Information Experience Design at Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, London, UK, 9-13 July 2018.

Abstract or Description:

This paper addresses some of the key research imperatives two courses, MA Digital Direction and MA Information Experience Design, embody, including the status of virtual and augmented realities, two technologies that are ontologically unstable, raising urgent research questions for staff and students alike.
For IED Information can be quantitative or qualitative, numerical data, personal narratives, or socio-political issues. These are examined through investigative and experiential research, through a range of methods, to create transformative, immersive and multisensory experiences, with emphasis on content, context, materiality and atmosphere. For MA Digital Direction, the catalysing impact of digital technologies associated with time based media are addressed, in particular the course is concerned with both experimental and established approaches to production, direction, content creation and communication, in order to create innovative forms of storytelling and narrative experience that engage audiences in new ways.
Both courses deploy augmented and virtual realities, with MA Digital Direction devoting a term to Immersive Adventures. And yet, the status of VR is still uncertain and has been a challenge for some years (Hillis, 1996: 70). Like the photograph, it is not clear exactly what VR is, whether it is a medium, a tool, an event or an extension of cinema. The ontological status of what it feels like to encounter VR, is also an enigma, in line with Dennett’s (1991) assertions about ineffable, subjective experience, or qualia.
These and other questions about VR/AR technologies, as well as teaching strategies, are at the core of a new research hub established by academics within the School of Communication. The hub aims to address the question of how we can best teach a subject which no one truly understands, identifying some of the possibilities inherent in our own uncertainty and disorientation.

Official URL: https://ewic.bcs.org/upload/pdf/ewic_eva18_re_pape...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design > W990 Creative Arts and Design not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Communication
Funders: RCA
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.14236/ewic/EVA2018.77
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2018 11:46
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2018 15:03
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3371

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