another fine mess

another fine mess

We’ve treated ourselves to a huge box set of Laurel and Hardy DVDs. One of our favourites is Me and My Pal (1933), which is set an hour or so before Olly’s marriage into a rich family. Stan’s wedding present, a jigsaw puzzle, attracts first the attention of the taxi driver hired to take them [...] more…
future of toys bid

future of toys bid

extracts from case for support for an AHRC Network bid: The central theme of the proposed activity is the future of toys in a digital media culture. Taking recent developments in ‘hybrid’ toy and game design and the ‘Internet of Toys’ – systems that integrate physical toys with digital game technologies and networks- the following [...] more…
game tokens

game tokens

  Drawing after a photograph in a New Scientist article about the archaeological discovery in Turkey of game tokens from the early Bronze Age, 5,000 years ago. I wonder about whether this marks a significant shift in the production of artefacts away from the utilitarian or ritual manufacture of individual objects towards the production of [...] more…
Pokémon Go as distributed imagination

Pokémon Go as distributed imagination

Here’s a draft of a short article accepted for a special section of Mobile Media & Communication on Pokémon Go:   The appeal of Pokémon Go is in large part due to the game’s introduction of locative augmented reality (AR) to popular media culture, as players’ mobile phones summon virtual creatures and overlay them on [...] more…
prosthetic imagination, augmented memory

prosthetic imagination, augmented memory

What did I say at the ‘Amusing and Disturbing’ symposium on gaming and children at the Tekniska Museet in Stockholm in April? Ah, I remember now:   more…
distributed imagination

distributed imagination

Distributed imagination: small steps to an ethology of mind and media This project will theorise the imagination in postdigital mediated environments. Imagination has at best been regarded with suspicion in critical studies of media communication and communion. Its Romantic and humanist legacy, and its associations with art and children, seem to push it aside as [...] more…
the hybrid realities of Pokémon (before Pokémon Go)

the hybrid realities of Pokémon (before Pokémon Go)

Excerpt from Gameworlds: virtual media and children’s everyday play, 79-85. Transmedia systems: Drawing Pokémon As a transmedia system, Pokémon is designed to open up numerous and varied platforms for play with its characters and world. Our house was for years a monument to its success in this regard. Bedroom walls were covered with posters detailing and categorizing [...] more…
Pokémon as new mass media

Pokémon as new mass media

Something I started writing at the end of the last century! From Lister et al 2009, New Media: a critical introduction 2nd ed.), 292-294     CASE STUDY 4.10: Pokémon: videogames as new (mass) media To explore the issues arising from popular new media’s implication within commercial entertainment culture we will return to the multiplatform worlds [...] more…
the pervasive medium is the pervasive message

the pervasive medium is the pervasive message

Some notes on ‘content’ after some years hanging out at the Pervasive Media Studio, and re-visiting research by Jon Dovey and Constance Fleuriot on their knowledge exchange work with makers and producers at Studio. I have been struck by the investment many pervasive media practitioners have in ‘content’ or ‘story’ as the motive for the objects [...] more…
robot phenomenology

robot phenomenology

From a fascinating and wide-ranging talk (2011, copied here from an old blog) at the Pervasive Media Studio by Prof. Chris Melhuish of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory… The focus was the challenge of making robots that can operate socially, i.e. in everyday settings with humans – e.g. in the domestic environment or in healthcare. I [...] more…
you could vibrato it

you could vibrato it

A quick cut and annotation of a microethological study of the testing of Alphasphere at the Pervasive Media Studio some years ago. I’ve put it here as reference for a workshop on haptic play at RMIT this week. I’ll explain more here later. more…
sensory ethnography

sensory ethnography

This is from an old blog ages ago, but is useful for a WSA PhD ethnography event in a few weeks, and my forthcoming trip to Australia. Some rough notes from a very interesting day run by Sarah Pink based on her book Doing Sensory Ethnography: The proposal for the day (and for sensory ethnography) [...] more…
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