Events

Convergence has organised or collaborated on a number of events or projects and continues to do so:

The End of Journalism?: Technology, Education and Ethics

In October 2008 we collaborated with the University of Bedfordshire on The End of Journalism? conference.

The End of Journalism? conference aimed to provide a timely opportunity to re-assess the status and purpose(s) of journalism. It also provided an opportunity to question the role played by formal institutions (governmental, media, economic and educational), informal institutions and technologies in (re)structuring the ‘journalistic’ function for the twenty-first century.

Programme details are here

The conference is organized by the Centre for International Media Analysis, Research and Consultancy for the Research Institute for Media, Art and Design at the University of Bedfordshire in collaboration with Convergence.

Under the Mask: Perspectives on the Gamer

In June 2008 Convergence collaborated on the Under the Mask conference held at the University of Bedfordshire

The conference focused upon the multi-faceted issue of the gamer; culturally, socially, psychologically, professionally, the list of masks worn by the player is endless. This conference aimed to penetrate that mask, investigating why it is worn, how it is used, and how it is constructed by gaming culture, game developers, and by the players.

Keynote speakers were Tanya Krzywinska (Brunel University) and David Hayward (Pixel-Lab).

Programme details are available here

'Under the Mask' was organised by Prof Luke Hockley, Dr Gavin Stewart and Steven Conway and hosted by the Research Institute for Media Art and Design at the University of Bedfordshire, in collaboration with Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies

For further information, please contact Dr Gavin Stewart.

Future Histories of the Moving Image

In November 2007 Convergence collaborated on Future Histories of the Moving Image, an international conference held at the University of Sunderland.

As is now widely acknowledged, with the advent of digital technology the nature of moving image production, distribution and exhibition has changed dramatically. In particular, a rapidly increasing number of people are now accessing an increasing volume and range of moving image material online. This technology is also changing the way in which we analyse and document current and historical moving image practices, as there has been a recent proliferation of digital archive and database projects relating to film, video and television practices. The Future Histories conference therefore aimed to examine the changing ways in which we are now circulating and interrogating all areas of our moving image culture.

Keynote Speakers: Professor Patricia Zimmermann (Ithaca College, New York), Holly Aylett (Vertigo Magazine, Independent Film Parliament, and London Metropolitan University, UK), and Rick Prelinger (Prelinger Library and Archives, USA)

The conference also hosted an open discussion forum – with participation by the Arts Council England, the British Film Institute, FACT Liverpool, the British Artists' Film and Video Study Collection, REWIND, the BUFVC, Marcel Schwierin (Cinovid Database, Germany), LuxOnline, the AHDS, the AHRC ICT Methods Network and many others – which explored the issues of securing the sustainability and maximising the use/visibility of the growing number of film and video database/online research resources. The workshop was funded by the AHRC Networks and Workshops Scheme as part of the Future Histories of the Moving Image Research Network and a summary of its outcomes is available via the network's site shortly (click on the 'conference' link in the menu bar).

Details about the conference proceedings are also available at the Future Histories site, while background information is available at the conference blog.

For further information, please contact Convergence co-editor Julia Knight, one of the conference's organisers.

Hosted by the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland, the Future Histories of the Moving Image conference was jointly organised by the University of Sunderland, the British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection (University of the Arts, London) and the Visual Research Centre REWIND project DJCAD at the University of Dundee, in collaboration with Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies.

Creativity and Consumption

In March 1999 Convergence ran Creativity and Consumption – an 18-day event exploring the creative use and consumption of new media technologies. The event comprised an international conference, a new media art exhibition, a series of public discussions and a programme of workshops.

A selection of the papers from the conference were published in Convergence, 6, no. 1 (Spring 2000).

The exhibitions, talks and workshops were supported by the National Lottery (A4E), Eastern Arts Board, JVC Professional, Luton Borough Council, artezium, and Film and Video Umbrella.

The conference was supported by the University of Luton, Eastern Arts Board, JVC Professional, the British Academy and the Library of Congress (Center for the Book).

The Art of Convergence

In 2000-01 Convergence hosted a Year of the Artist residency funded by YOTA, East England Arts, and the University of Luton. The aim of the project – entitled 'The Art of Convergence' – was to develop a web-based artwork around two issues repeatedly addressed in the pages of Convergence over the years: the nature and quality of ‘interactivity’ in online media, and the need to redefine our notions of ‘narrative’ within new media ‘texts’.

The artists who undertook the residency were Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy of desperate optimists.