Research Exploring Mixed Reality & Augmented Reality Storytelling and Digital Placemaking in the City
Nov 2016 30

I recently began my PhD research journey exploring mixed reality storytelling and digital placemaking in the smart city, as part of an AHRC Funded Collaborative Doctoral Award with McCann Manchester, the Virtual Engineering Centre and the Centre for Architecture and Visual Arts at Liverpool University.

My focus is looking at how immersive media technologies (such as mixed reality (AR/VR), internet of things, locative media, sensors and data) can be used to create imaginative interactions between people and place. My aim is to find ways to conceptualise and develop prototypes to make urban spaces more playful, imaginative & emotive through the use of mixed reality experiences — which will hopefully be useful knowledge for future spacemakers, media artists, placemakers, place hackers and urban designers.

The Practice-based PhD also involves a number of other collaborations within Arts, Culture organisations mainly in Manchester and Liverpool.

Immersive Storylab – Exploring Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Transmedia Filmmaking
May 2016 11

“As connected devices and services continue to develop, filmmakers will be able to place a story layer over the real world. Inanimate objects and physical locations will become an opportunity to extend stories and engage audiences in ways that propel 21st-century storytelling.” Lance Weiler

This project is exploring the possibilities for transmedia, augmented and virtual reality storytelling by creating a number of experimental films that fuse filmmaking, digital environments and creative technologies. I am particularly interested in the way that these immersive environments create new forms of embodiment and can help us to experience geographical space in new ways.

Many people argue that VR can lead to highly empathetic and emotional kinds of storytelling experiences, which could have a number of applications for the social sciences, humanities and the arts. They therefore have really strong potential for storytellers addressing issues related to personal, cultural, social and behavioural change.

Filmmakers and storytellers who are working in this area are also having to rethink the way that they design ‘story architecture’ around non-linear forms of transmedia engagement. It is therefore an inter-disciplinary project that explores a range of areas such as the behavioural and cognitive sciences, user-experience design, immersive performance and transmedia storytelling.

We are currently developing a number of projects, campaigns and teaching initiatives with partners and organisations under this banner, so stay tuned for updates as they develop…

In the meantime, follow the Immersive Storylab on twitter for updates and links to work that we think is really exciting. Or get in touch with me to discuss a project via:  mail (at) petewoodbridge.info

 

After.Video Assemblages – a video book distributed via a Raspberry Pi
Feb 2016 28

After.video : Assemblages is a hybrid video book (paperback book and video) stored on a Raspberry Pi computer and packaged in a VHS case that assembles theory into practice.  It will be available here soon.

The project was demonstrated at this years Transmediale Festival and includes a ‘re-assembled version’ of my video essay on Control Societies.

Also available as online video and book PDF download.
Video and PDF – http://after.video/assemblages

ISBN: 978-1-906496-23-4, 2016, published by Open Humanities Press

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Theorising a World of Video

after.video realizes the world through moving images and reassembles theory after video. Extending the formats of ‘theory’, it reflects a new situation in which world and video have grown together.

This is an edited collection of assembled and annotated video essays living in two instantiations: an online version – located on the web at http://after.video/assemblages, and an offline version – stored on a server inside a VHS (Video Home System) case. This is both a digital and analog object: manifested, in a scholarly gesture, as a ‘video book’.

We hope that different tribes — from DIY hackercamps and medialabs, to unsatisfied academic visionaries, avantgarde-mesh-videographers and independent media collectives, even iTV and home-cinema addicted sofasurfers — will cherish this contribution to an ever more fragmented, ever more colorful spectrum of video-culture, consumption and appropriation…

Table of Contents

Control Societies 
Peter Woodbridge + Gary Hall + Clare Birchall
Scannable images: materialities of Post-Cinema after Video 
Karin + Shane Denson
Isistanbul 
Serhat Köksal
The Crying Selfie
Rózsa Zita Farkas
Guided Meditation 
Deborah Ligotrio
Contingent Feminist Tacticks for Working with Machines 
Lucia Egaña Rojas
Capturing the Ephemeral and Contestational 
Eric Kiuitenberg
Surveillance Assemblies 
Adnan Hadzi
You Spin me Round – Full Circle 
Andreas Treske

Editorial Collective

Oliver Lerone Schultz
Adnan Hadzi
Pablo de Soto
Laila Shereen Sakr (VJ Um Amel)

Tech Team

Jacob Friedman – Open Hypervideo Programmer
Anton Galanopoulos – Micro-Computer Programmer

Producers

Adnan Hadzi – OHP Managing Producer
Jacob Friedman – OHV Format Development & Interface Design
Joscha Jäger – OHV Format Development & Interface Design
Oliver Lerone Schultz – Coordination CDC, Video Vortex #9, OHP

Cover artwork and booklet design: Jacob Friedman
Copyright: the authors
Licence: after.video is dual licensed under the terms of the MIT license and the GPL3
http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.html
Language: English
Assembly On-demand
OpenMute Press

Acknowledgements

Co-Initiated + Funded by

Art + Civic Media as part of Centre for Digital Cultures @ Leuphana University.
Art + Civic Media was funded through Innovation Incubator, a major EU project financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the federal state of Lower Saxony.

Latitude Beta – an experimental transmedia feature film
Dec 2015 09

Latitude is a satirical road trip film about two geeks who go on a geocaching treasure hunt to find the world’s ultimate technology. It’s a bit of a metaphor, with the two lead characters being based on two very well known technology companies, and explores narratives of technological progress and utopianism, augmented reality, machines and living through social media.

The film was made as a teaching project aimed at creating a low budget, and slightly critical, feature length web series/film with undergraduate media production students. The script, funding and production was all conjured up over 4 months. It was produced across England, Wales and USA with a very small production team and tiny budget just to see if we could do it.

Well we did, kind of, here’s the film divided up into 12 chapters

Latitude Beta – Web Series

Peace,
Team Latitude :)

#secrecymachine
Oct 2015 23

In contemporary liberal democracies there is a polarisation between ideals of transparency – borne out in open government legislation, freedom of information, and confessionary culture – and what we might call a secret sphere, an institutionalised commitment to covert security operations that exist beyond the public view.

In the wake of the Snowden revelations about the surveillance capabilities of intelligence agencies around the globe, an interdisciplinary symposium at King’s College London** in 2015 gathered experts to discuss the place and implications of secrecy for contemporary cultural politics. Speakers addressed what was politically, ethically, socially and ontologically at stake in cultures of secrecy at the individual, national and international level.

Recordings from the event have been hidden across some of the darkest corners of the world wide web and will be revealed through a series of leaks and revelations.

#secrecymachine was a project of slow secretion, devised by Pete Woodbridge and Clare Birchall, to reveal the event’s secrets beyond the academy. It started on the 8th October 2015. Participants were exposed to a number of secret emails, each revealing codes and details for accessing content from the event.

All of the talks are now available and open to the public here http://immersivestorylab.com/secret/ 

Please share this secret with anyone you trust …

**’The Politics and Practices of Secrecy’ was a symposium organised by Clare Birchall & Matt Potolsky and funded by the Institute of North American Studies, King’s College London.

Raising awareness of Fracking, UCG and CBM in the North West
Jul 2014 08

Large parts of the UK are currently being licensed for Hydraulic Fracturing, Underground Coal Gasification and Coal Bed Methane Extraction. A growing base of evidence is showing that these technologies could have a massive impact on the environment, as well as on the health of people and wildlife. Despite this, it seems that planning applications are being allowed to go ahead with very little debate, and consent, from the people who it will directly impact upon.

The Liverpool, Wirral and Merseyside campaign to raise awareness has received considerable community support so far. It even managed to get a mention by Yoko One, who is an eminent campaigner against the tide of fracking across the globe. A number of other merseyside bands are also supporting the campaign.

As part of the efforts, I’ve helped to make a film to raise awareness of the impacts of extreme energy extraction in the area.You can watch it here:

A number of organisations have helped to get this out there, many thanks for helping to share this issue and for helping the campaign to raise signatures for the petition to put this on the agenda.

 

Find out more about Wirral Against Fracking, part of the Frack Free Dee Coalition of groups across Cheshire and Merseyside.
Liquid Cinema- hacking the visual arts
Feb 2014 19

  • What Happens when Film, Data and the Internet of Things collide?

Liquid-Cinema is a visual art/technology project that is exploring the potential of inserting fluid and manipulable layers into the visual imagery of film in the cinema. This technology will effectively enable film audiences to become part of the narrative imagery and story of the ‘mass-distributed’ film itself. Enabling filmmakers and distributors to develop new kinds of narrative experiences and database driven hyper-localisation for their stories and back-catalogues.

It is an attempt at creating a participatory cinema, one that is open to audience and contextual engagement in a number of fluid and dynamic ways. It builds on the practical and theoretical work in the broad area of the study, and practice, of transmedia storytelling and the digital arts.

It’s aim is to apply it to the creation of new narrative experiences, as well as enabling cinematic archives and back-catalogues to be reconceived and remediated and potentially resold as new versions. On top of this there will also be potential to integrate the hyper-localisation of advertising and product placement content in the background of film itself. A film that becomes aware

Here are some of the illustrations from the thinking behind the project so far (created by Illustrator Catherine Askew)….

whatiscinema weatherandlocation together tvis2ndscreenbeforeandafter space scale realworld perspectives multilevel neuromarketing meaningful inputaudandsensors hyperlocal contextawareness exclusivityabundantscarcity 4screens 2ndscreen

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Latitude- an ‘experimental’ feature film & teaching project
Nov 2013 23

This is a research-led teaching project to develop a micro-budget feature film experience working with students and a number of collaborators:

‘Latitude’ is a satire about two technology fanatics whose lives are about to change, a tiny little bit, as they descend into a bizarre reality in their geeky hunt to find the world’s ultimate technology, which they believe is hidden in a game called Geocaching.

It is currently in production in the UK and USA and deals with issues around technology, reality and sanity. It hopes to go beyond-the screen, so expect some innovations and experiments as the film progresses.

Stay tuned for updates as the film progresses. We will also do a proper trailer once we get closer to releasing the movie, alongside a ‘Making of…’.

Starring – Jonathan Leinmuller, Andy McGillan, Christopher Dunne, Rachel Adams and Josh Ubaldi.

Production – Mick Le Mare, Rebecca Pittam, Richard Neal, Jake Humbles, Ross Varney, Adam Davies, Sam Soane, Alex Hacking, James Colley, Suzi Globe and many many more marvellous people who have helped us along the way.

Music used – ‘Reversed Reality – Igor Dvorkin, ‘City Streets’ – David Michael, ‘Wilderness’ – Philip Guyler available at audionetwork.com/

The Cine Collective – An Open Class Exploring the Art of Digital Cinematography
Dec 2012 18

Following on from our Open Class in Creative Activism, we’ve decided to think about how we can use some of the working practices we developed to explore other areas on our curriculum.

So this October we are launching the ‘Cine Collective‘- which is an Open Undergraduate Class exploring and experimenting with Digital Cinematography.

Over the course of 10 weeks we will be looking at a variety of approaches to studying, practicing and interrogating cinematography. Alongside this, the participants on the course will work on a series of cinematic responses to weekly creative briefs- that will contribute to form a showreel of work by the end of the class. Students are asked to openly post their response to each task to our community.

It’s an exciting time for ‘Open Teaching’ in Film, with a number of organisations and universities opening up their doors and helping to change the way that education is structured in the 21st Century. Surely it won’t be long until there is a very real prospect of undertaking a truly ‘distributed’ degree- choosing the best and most appropriate courses from around the world, to create some kind of educational playlist. There’s a lot of potential here for something truly digital, and radical, to emerge.  It’s really exciting to see projects such as the Peer 2 Peer UniversityCoursera, OERU and Mozilla’s Open Badges gaining momentum in this area- each taking a different approach and model to rethinking education.

In the meantime here are a few other open classes that you might want to explore next academic year….

Open Source Culture” taught by Mark Tribe (@marktribe on Twitter) Brown University

“Digital Storytelling -DS106” taught by Alan Levine et al (@cogdog on Twitter) University of Mary Washington

Guerilla Film Marketing” taught by Randy Finch (@randyfinch on Twitter) Florida State Uni

Building StoryWorlds: the art, craft and biz of storytelling in 21c” taught by Lance Weiler (@lanceweiler on Twitter) Columbia University

Digital Media and Participatory Culture” taught by Melanie E.S. Kohnen, Ph.D (@_mesk on Twitter) Georgia Tech

“The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound and Color” taught by Scott Higgins at Wesleyan University

The Camera Never Lies ” taught by Emmett Sullivan at Royal Holloway, London University

(List originally published by Sheri Candler on The Film Collaborative)

The Post-Secret State: Openness and Transparency in the Era of Gov 2.0
Sep 2012 18

The Post-Secret State: Openness and Transparency in the Era of Gov 2.0 from Peter Woodbridge on Vimeo.

The Post-Secret State: Openness and Transparency in the Era of Gov 2.0’ (co-authored with Clare Birchall and Gary Hall)  is published in a new journal called Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy, alongside an essay, ‘How to Do Justice to Media Specificity: or, Should This Video Be Left to Speak for Itself?’.

Find out more about Liquid Theory TV 

Creative Activism- A Free and Open Undergraduate Class exploring Media Activism #creativeactivism
Jan 2012 13

In January 2012 we launched our Free and Open Undergraduate class exploring Creative Activism– opening up the class, as much as we can, so others can participate, join the discussions and follow our lectures and podcasts.

The class explores the potentials of creative media activism through encouraging the creation of ‘live’ creative interventions that make a positive change.

Looking at how media activists and campaigners have used their media knowledge, creativity and community building skills to ask difficult questionsprovoke debate and raise awareness of important issues and problems in their local, national and international communities.

The class is supported by a range of collaborators and guest speakers who are changing the world. So far our participants include:

Emily James: Director of ‘Just Do It’- A Feature Documentary about Climate Change Activism  

John Jackson, Activist and Co-author of ‘Small Acts of Resistance: How Courage, Tenacity and Ingenuity Can Change the World

Joey Skaggs, A Prolific New York Based Artist, Culture Jammer and Prankster who uses the Media as his Canvas

James Cook, A Stand-up Comedian who explores what we can learn from Comedy and Satire as a means of Political and Cultural Activism

Sam Gregory, Programme Director and Human Rights Advocate at WITNESS, whose work addresses the importance of video and change

Professor Tessa Houghton, Assistant Professor in Media and Communications, University of Nottingham Malaysia who analyses Hacktivism and the Public Domain

Matt Mason, Author of Best-seller ‘The Pirate’s Dilemma’ and Executive Director of Marketing at Bittorent

Chris Jury, Activist, Broadcaster and Lecturer at Bath Spa University who presents a radio show called ‘Agitpop’- exploring the role of music and protest

Charles Tsai, Campaigner at the Creative Visions Foundation and Social Creatives- Organisations that encourage creative thinking to affect positive change

Ken Fero, Award Winning Radical Documentary Filmmaker – Whose work explores Power, Inequality and Injustice

John Mair, Broadcaster and Media Magnate- with expertise in News Media and Journalism

and many more.

By being run as an open community it will enable participants to constructively critique, learn from, build on and collaborate with each other to produce a body of work that will, hopefully, make a practical and positive mark on the world.

If you’d like to get involved, or just stay up to date with the work of this class, please contact me via twitter/facebook. You can also download the Creative Activism Podcasts in iTunes U – all are free to share, rip and remix

Other links

Creative Activism Facebook Community

Creative Activism- notes, tasks and podcasts in iTunes U

Creative Activism Twitterings