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The Emperor and the Pianiola: A children's book for adults. (2019)
Book
Sobers, S. (in press). The Emperor and the Pianiola: A children's book for adults. Bath: Imperial Voice

This illustrated photo-book explores the story of Emperor Haile Selassie and the Ethiopian royal family coming to live in the city of Bath following Mussolini's invasion, and how they used pianola music to create a sense of sanctity for the family at... Read More about The Emperor and the Pianiola: A children's book for adults..

From DotA to MOBA: The emergence and crisis of playful co-creativity in multiplayer online battle arena games (2019)
Thesis
Jarrett, J. From DotA to MOBA: The emergence and crisis of playful co-creativity in multiplayer online battle arena games. (Thesis). University of the West of England. Retrieved from https://uwe-repository....ribe.com/output/1491316

The Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) genre represents one of the most popular, dynamic and influential spaces of digital play. Since the genres first commercial release in 2009 with the title League of Legends (2009 – present, Riot Games), MOBA... Read More about From DotA to MOBA: The emergence and crisis of playful co-creativity in multiplayer online battle arena games.

A Call For A Black Bristol Filmmakers Archive (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Sobers, S. (2019, November). A Call For A Black Bristol Filmmakers Archive. Presented at Afrika Eye Festival 2019, Watershed, Bristol

In this introduction to the Sudanese documentary film 'Talking About Trees', Sobers brings the storyline to a Bristol context. He charts Bristol's own history of professional Black filmmakers, and argues that making films alone is no longer enough.... Read More about A Call For A Black Bristol Filmmakers Archive.

TEDx - Ethiopian Echoes in the Bath landscape, and three lessons those echoes can teach us. (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Sobers, S. (2019, September). TEDx - Ethiopian Echoes in the Bath landscape, and three lessons those echoes can teach us. Presented at TEDx Bath 2019 - Echoes of the City, Holborne Museum, Bath

This TEDx talk discussed how the history of the Ethiopian connection with the city of Bath can shed light on how we live today. The talk addressed three key lessons; 1) You can find sanctity in unexpected places 2) The need for calmness in times... Read More about TEDx - Ethiopian Echoes in the Bath landscape, and three lessons those echoes can teach us..

Organising counter-cultures: Challenges of structure, organisation and sustainability in the Independent Filmmakers Association and the Radical Film Network (2019)
Journal Article
Presence, S. (2019). Organising counter-cultures: Challenges of structure, organisation and sustainability in the Independent Filmmakers Association and the Radical Film Network. Screen, 60(3), 428-448. https://doi.org/10.1093/screen/hjz022

The Independent Filmmakers Association (IFA) was formed in London in 1974 to represent the various strands of predominantly leftist and experimental independent filmmaking in post-war Britain. For the next fifteen years, the IFA played a key role in... Read More about Organising counter-cultures: Challenges of structure, organisation and sustainability in the Independent Filmmakers Association and the Radical Film Network.

Connection People and Places - Fairfield House case study (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Sobers, S. (2019, September). Connection People and Places - Fairfield House case study. Presented at Stephen Lawrence 19th Annual Memorial Lecture

Fairfield House was one of the case studies for the Connection People and Places research project, led by the Stephen Lawrence Trust in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In my opening talk I explained the history... Read More about Connection People and Places - Fairfield House case study.

Using virtual reality head-mounted displays with autistic children: views, experiences and future directions. (2019)
Journal Article
Newbutt, N., Bradley, R., & Conley, I. (in press). Using virtual reality head-mounted displays with autistic children: views, experiences and future directions. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, https://doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2019.0206

This article seeks to place children on the autism spectrum at the centre of a study examining the potential of virtual reality head-mounted displays used in classrooms. In doing so we provide data that addresses three important and often overlooked... Read More about Using virtual reality head-mounted displays with autistic children: views, experiences and future directions..

When the Prophet was angry with the Emperor: On Marcus Garvey's critique of Haile Selassie I, and the aligned legacy of both their logic (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Sobers, S. (2019, August). When the Prophet was angry with the Emperor: On Marcus Garvey's critique of Haile Selassie I, and the aligned legacy of both their logic. Presented at Do you Remember? Commemoration for Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Discussing the challenging moment in 1937 when Marcus Mosiah Garvey strongly criticised Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie for moving to Bath in the UK, to rally for support for Ethiopia's liberation from Mussolini's fascist invasion. Garvey attacked t... Read More about When the Prophet was angry with the Emperor: On Marcus Garvey's critique of Haile Selassie I, and the aligned legacy of both their logic.

A regional company? RED Production and the cultural politics of place (2019)
Journal Article
Spicer, A. (2019). A regional company? RED Production and the cultural politics of place. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 16(3), 273-304. https://doi.org/10.3366/jbctv.2019.0478

This article explores the significance of RED Production’s location in the north-west of England, analysing the complexities of its positioning as a ‘regional’ company contextualised within the broader issues surrounding regional television productio... Read More about A regional company? RED Production and the cultural politics of place.

Many ways of directing a film: Teaching the ‘Modes of creative practice' (2019)
Book Chapter
Lees, D. (in press). Many ways of directing a film: Teaching the ‘Modes of creative practice'. In S. Semerdijev (Ed.), 21st Century Film, TV and Media School Book – Volume 2: DirectingCILECT

This chapter examines the creative practice of fiction film directors and seeks to identify patterns of difference that can be sorted into coherent schemes of practice. I then apply these findings in order to propose pedagogic innovations in film edu... Read More about Many ways of directing a film: Teaching the ‘Modes of creative practice'.

High-tech business location, transportation accessibility, and implications for sustainability: Evaluating the differences between high-tech specializations using empirical evidence from U.S. booming regions (2019)
Journal Article
Zandiatashbar, A., Foster, N., & Hamidi, S. (2019). High-tech business location, transportation accessibility, and implications for sustainability: Evaluating the differences between high-tech specializations using empirical evidence from U.S. booming regions. Sustainable Cities and Society, 50, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2019.101648

Studies on the accessibility needs of high-tech firms often draw on agglomeration economies and creative class assumptions that emphasizes how transit and walkability encourage clustering, knowledge exchange and innovation. As a result, some argue th... Read More about High-tech business location, transportation accessibility, and implications for sustainability: Evaluating the differences between high-tech specializations using empirical evidence from U.S. booming regions.

‘Britain’s first media centre’: A history of Bristol’s Watershed cinema (2019)
Journal Article
Presence, S. (in press). ‘Britain’s first media centre’: A history of Bristol’s Watershed cinema. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 1-29. https://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2019.1600905

This article examines the genesis and development of the UK’s Watershed Cinema and Digital Creativity Centre. Established in 1982, Watershed was both the first full-time multi-screen independent cinema outside London and the first to integrate exhibi... Read More about ‘Britain’s first media centre’: A history of Bristol’s Watershed cinema.

Improvisation as a research methodology: Exploring links between filmmakers’ practice and traditions of enquiry across the academy (2019)
Journal Article
Lees, D. (2019). Improvisation as a research methodology: Exploring links between filmmakers’ practice and traditions of enquiry across the academy. Media Practice and Education, 20(2), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/25741136.2019.1605675

This article concentrates on one form of creative practice, improvisation, considering how it has been used as an experimental method within filmmaking as well as in research enquiry. Drawing on my professional experience in the field of narrative fi... Read More about Improvisation as a research methodology: Exploring links between filmmakers’ practice and traditions of enquiry across the academy.

An invisible army: The role of freelance labour in Bristol’s film and television industries (2019)
Report
Genders, A. (2019). An invisible army: The role of freelance labour in Bristol’s film and television industries

The purpose of this report is to complement current statistical data on freelance labour by providing a detailed, qualitative portrait of how freelancers negotiate precarious careers within specific regional contexts. It is based on a one-year resear... Read More about An invisible army: The role of freelance labour in Bristol’s film and television industries.

The missing link between place and productivity? The impact of transit-oriented development on the knowledge and creative economy (2019)
Journal Article
Zandiatashbar, A., Hamidi, S., Foster, N., & Park, K. (in press). The missing link between place and productivity? The impact of transit-oriented development on the knowledge and creative economy. Journal of Planning Education and Research, https://doi.org/10.1177/0739456X19826271

Emerging research suggests that planners and policymakers should explore the expanded role Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plays in promoting innovation and economic growth. TOD station characteristics including accessibility, walkability, density... Read More about The missing link between place and productivity? The impact of transit-oriented development on the knowledge and creative economy.

Publishing screen media practice research: Evolving processes of contextualisation, peer review and future proofing in Screenworks (2019)
Journal Article
Crofts, C., & Nevill, A. (in press). Publishing screen media practice research: Evolving processes of contextualisation, peer review and future proofing in Screenworks. Media Practice and Education, 19(3), 283-297. https://doi.org/10.1080/25741136.2018.1529478

This article outlines current publishing practices in the field of academic filmmaking through a detailed discussion of the development of Screenworks, a peer reviewed online publication of practice research in screen media. The imperative for academ... Read More about Publishing screen media practice research: Evolving processes of contextualisation, peer review and future proofing in Screenworks.

Function / Fiction (2019)
Exhibition / Performance
Dickinson, R. (2008). Function / Fiction. [Group exhibition]. 10 January 2019 - 23 February 2008. (Unpublished)

Exhibition of international artists. Function/Fiction probes artistic practices that draw literally on the utilitarian images saturating our environment.

The readerly and the cinematic: Hybrid reconfigurations through digital media practice (2019)
Book Chapter
Aston, J. (in press). The readerly and the cinematic: Hybrid reconfigurations through digital media practice. In R. Coover (Ed.), The Digital ImaginaryBloomsbury Press Electronic Literature Series

This is a critical response to two interviews that will be in this new collection from interactive narrative pioneers David Clark and Sharon Daniel. I was commissioned to write this by the book's editor, Roderick Coover, based on my work as a pioneer... Read More about The readerly and the cinematic: Hybrid reconfigurations through digital media practice.

Understanding, capturing and assessing value in collaborative design research (2019)
Journal Article
Whitham, R., Moreton, S., Bowen, S., Speed, C., & Durrant, A. (2019). Understanding, capturing and assessing value in collaborative design research. CoDesign, https://doi.org/10.1080/15710882.2018.1563194

The collection of papers in this special issue respond to a tension between the broadening scope, scale and heterogeneity of collaborative design research, and an ever-growing demand from funders and regulatory organisations for the measurement and b... Read More about Understanding, capturing and assessing value in collaborative design research.

Freelance networks, trade unions and below-the-line solidarity in regional film and television clusters: An interview with the Bristol editors network (2019)
Journal Article
Presence, S. (in press). Freelance networks, trade unions and below-the-line solidarity in regional film and television clusters: An interview with the Bristol editors network. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 16(2), 233-249. https://doi.org/10.3366/jbctv.2019.0470

This article consists of an introduction and extended interview transcript conducted with several members of the Bristol Editors’ Network (BEN), an organization established in May 2015 to support the large community of editors that work in and around... Read More about Freelance networks, trade unions and below-the-line solidarity in regional film and television clusters: An interview with the Bristol editors network.