Centre for Advanced Studies

Towards Pervasive Media Outputs

Four feasibility studies were awarded by the Towards Pervasive Media project:

1: Urban Mediator - 'Anywhere 2'

Dr Jonathan Hale, Department of Architecture and Built Environment
Dr Gary Priestnall, School of Geography
Dr Nick Baron, School of History
Theresa Caruana, artist and Visiting Fellow, School of Computer Science
Lawrence Bradby, artist and writer 

This project involved the development and testing of the mobile application 'Anywhere 2' by creating a number of thematic urban experiences or ‘artists walk’. Taking the city of Nottingham as a base the experience invites the participants to consider ‘urban unconscious’ - creating a dialogue on the nature and significance of place, ideas of history, memory and experience as embodied in the built fabric of the city, along with the underlying processes at work in shaping and reshaping the urban scene. One of the most developed of the tours was Neglected Domains, by Richard Woods, featured in the Urban Mediator video clip.

2: Moving Experience: experiential narrative and locative media 

Rik Lander, Artist
Dr Liz Evans, Culture, Film and Media
Dr Sarah Hibberd, Department of Music
Dr Nanette Nielsen, Department of Music
Robert Jones, Horizon DTC
Patrick Brundell, Horizon DTC
Dr Jo Robinson, School of English
Dr Jim Moran, School of English
Dr Cathy Johnson, Culture, Film and Media

This project explores how audiences engage with narrative forms across a range of spaces and technologies. It brings together filmmaker Rik Lander (http://www.you-are-here.co.uk/) with academics from a variety of disciplines including film and television studies, music, performance studies, social science and computer science in order to create a pervasive drama experience that incorporates film, theatre, audioplays, music and opera in a public space. In doing so it raises the potential of ‘experiential drama’ in which the audience is placed directly into a narrative in ways unseen in more traditional entertainment and art forms.  

3: Hidden Histories

Dr Michael Craven, MATCH
Dr Liz FitzGerald, LSRI
Dr Claire Taylor, School of History
A feasibility study towards a longer-term three-way collaboration between scientists with an interest in mobile media and informal learning opportunities and both professional and community-based historians interested in enhancing public understanding of selected aspects of the history of the city. 'Hidden Histories' is concerned with enhancing historical literacy, historical ‘empathy’, and the user’s ability to draw informed conclusions about contested historical subject matter. Specifically, the project links mobile devices providing an audio track with  historical subject matter, the famous 1830 ‘Reform Riots’ in Nottingham, around which a community history group, ‘People’s Histreh’ is designing a guided ‘history walk’.

4: Soultracking; how might artistic visualisation be used to understand physical & emotional displacement?

Dr Jeremy Morley, Centre for Geospatial Science
Professor Svenja Adolphs, School of English Studies
Dr Gordon Ramsay, School of English Studies
Dan Belasco Rogers  
A collaboration between artistic motivation and research into text analysis to derive information about mood, and its association with personal position and displacement. The artistic motivation is built on the phrase that "the soul travels at walking pace" and hence that, in our fastpaced life, a sense of displacement is generated because our soul is forever catching up.

Towards Pervasive Media dedicated website:


Urban Mediator:
'Anywhere 2' 



Moving Experience: experiential narrative and locative media 



Hidden Histories






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