Wandercast: Playful Interactive Podcast

Wandercast Ep.2: Headphone Adventure Playground

Wandercast is a podcast and you take it on a wander.

I’m producing a series of podcasts that invite you to adopt a particular playful focus, which is different for each episode, and to use these various ludic-tinted specs to explore the world around you. What will you discover about places you find familiar? What might you discover about unfamiliar places? I once found a huge potato in the gutter, so I put it on a postbox. True story.

You can enjoy Wandercast on your lunch break, on your way home from work or school, or whenever you want really!

Each Wandercast has a bit of info for you to read before venturing out into the world, which will give you some idea of what that episode is about. However, I’m not going to give it all away beforehand because that would spoil the fun, wouldn’t it?

Wandercast Ep.2: Headphone Adventure Playground

Afterwards, please, please, please do fill in the feedback, or my project is scuppered!

Thanks

 

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Do I please myself..?

The English Channel by Liz Aggiss launched the WOW Festival at The Quarterhouse, Folkestone on International Women’s Day, March 8th 2016.

Her one woman show takes us on a cross channel journey through influences in her childhood and we encounter her choreography and dance mentors, Hilda Holger and Hanya Holm live and kicking in Aggiss’ high energy, volatile episodes.

 

 

The English Channel – Shadow Dance from wevie.tv on Vimeo.

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Interdisciplinary entanglements

I’m  embroiled in disputes about the interplay and intersections between arts and science in collaborative project design.

we need a design that accommodates diversity and allows for productive convergencies to continue. We are not trying to convert scientists, but to elicit change across the research team is a worthy aim (and can be evaluated).  ‘Interdisciplinary ideas emerge not in specific disciplinary territories  but in the exchanges between them (see https://www.lfhe.ac.uk/en/research-resources/publications/index.cfm/ST-28).’  In this paper on Interdisciplinary research from the HE Leadership foundation, ‘one observation, noted consistently by scholars experienced in IDR , is that ‘successful collaborations require equality between participants and a determined effort to maintain openness and inclusivity throughout the research process, most particularly at the design stage when projects are all too easily pulled into dominant disciplinary spheres.’ I have been conscious of the power relations between the disciplines and the relative values of  or example, ‘experimental versus interpretative  research paradigms’ and the utility and reliability of quantitative and qualitative  outputs. We need both. Also we need to recognise disciplinary differences within the research team so that high quality single disciplinary publications are possible as well as more innovative joint outputs. Above all, ‘fruitful IDR requires significant time[…]and space for open-ended research conversations.’ Need for adequate complexity & scope of expression for each without coming up with a winner.

 

How do interdisciplinary collaboration between arts and science communities of practice bring about change for those involved and how can this be evidenced?

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Interdisciplinary research at Kent

Here’s a video featuring Nicki Shaughnessy.

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