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SHOW & TELL SEMINAR, September '09 - Video making as a learning tool: towards simplification and accessibility with Dr Deveril

SMARTlab Research Institute

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (BST)

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'Video making as a learning tool: towards simplification and accessibility'

Dr Deveril


 A SMARTlab Show & Tell Seminar

 with Dr Deveril

  Tuesday 29th September '09

 6 - 7.30pm


Dr Deveril, Research Fellow in Interactive Screens and Narratives at SMARTlab, will talk about some of the simple ideas he has for opening up video making as a social and artistic practice, particularly among those who are less supported by current technologies and networks.

As a filmmaker who frequently works with children and teachers under the banner of 'Cineclub - the young filmmakers network', Dr Deveril combines his expertise in teaching filmmaking with a belief that everyone should be given the opportunity to be creatively expressive. He is investigating accessible and assistive video tools and will share some of his findings and ideas with us this evening.


Dr Deveril has a PhD in Dance from the University of Surrey and is a facilitator, filmmaker and writer. In 2003 he co-directed with Litza Bixler the short dance film Heart Thief for Channel 4, while researching Decentering the Dancing Text at University of Surrey.


His SMARTlab research embodies the area of Multimedia Storytelling and Performance, and as PhD supervisor he manages the Emergent Architectures and Storytelling cluster. The breadth of research interests within this field can make for an exciting debate across the fields of emergent narratives, biographical storytelling, digital and interactive writing, alternative approaches to videography, cinematic plot devising, and public space design or participatory planning and architecture. There are clear crossovers into the other groups and clusters – particularly Gaming and Virtual Worlds and Future Technologies.


Special guest Kris Smith presents...



Representations of diversity:Ritual + Monument

Multi-screen time-lapse animations

Kris Smith MFA is a lecturer in digital photomedia, and is co-ordinator of this discipline within the School of Drama, Fine Art and Music at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has recently been based at SMARTlab researching art and health synergies with a focus on digital methods for self-expression. Read More>>

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The SMARTlab Show & Tell Seminar Series  is a programme of social events hosted by the SMARTlab Digital Media Institute at UEL. In a relaxed environment, each event aims to share the breadth of knowledge and expertise of SMARTlab’s world-class researchers, artists, scholars, technologists and policy makers.SMARTlab comprises live artists, performers, dance and movement specialists, visual artists, filmmakers, photographers, sculptors, textile experts, fashion designers, poets/writers, composers/musicians, sound artists, VR engineers, programmers, game designers and coders, and interface designers.

The international team shares a commitment to creative technology innovation for positive social change with a 'universal design' ethos, and works in collaboration with specialists in e-business and designing for sustainable development, social changes and community well being.

Forthcoming Show & Tell seminars 2009-10: Visit SMARTlab Show &Tell page>>

Have questions about SHOW & TELL SEMINAR, September '09 - Video making as a learning tool: towards simplification and accessibility with Dr Deveril? Contact SMARTlab Research Institute

When & Where

MAGIC PLAYroom (1st Floor, Knowledge Dock Building)
University of East London
4-6 University Way
E162RD London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (BST)

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SMARTlab Research Institute

In existence for some fifteen years, SMARTlab has gained a reputation over the past six years as one of the world’s leading Practice-Based PhD Programmes, and is viewed as an incubator for the next generation of talent and high-level scholarship in the ‘ArtSci’ domain.

Operating from it's 'home' base at UEL, SMARTlab purpose-built studios include the MAGIC (Multimedia & Games Innovation Centre) PLAYroom, incubation and training spaces with linked fabrication, simulation, and product design facilities and a partner high def multistream film/video facility all on site, in the heart of the London Docklands.

The Ethos

SMARTlab begins it's research on each and every project by ‘landing’ in a community, culture or research environment, and then spending time getting to know the local people, issues, concerns and needs, before forming teams of artists, computer scientists, medical and social care experts, educators, and scholars. Each team then tackles a given issue and attempts to invent new technology tools with real social impact, whether for individuals, for groups, or for wider international aims. We aim to effect knowledge transfer in everything we do, not only within our team and between our teams and local communities, but also in broader academic and industry relations.

We tend to begin projects by considering the needs of those communities or social groups least represented or supported by ‘off the shelf’ technology tools for education, communication, skills training and/or artistic and social empowerment.

The Communities (or 'User Groups')

Our three primary user groups are women, children and young people, and people with disabilities. We work off-site in women’s shelters, schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, and also in universities and industry think-tank settings and retreats. We also operate out of our PLAYroom at UEL, with sister sites in operation (and accessible via telematic stream) in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Montreal, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Aarhus, Fes, Marrakech, Alibag, Mumbai, et al.

The Symbol

The symbol of the SMARTlab is the butterfly: a creature of beauty (artistic aesthetic) and scientific wonder, and a metaphor for social change motivated by personal growth and empowerment. The ‘body’ of the hybrid creature known as SMARTlab is our academic core, and each of the two wings intersects with that body of key scholarship and applied research. One wing covers not-for-profit and community engagement projects (such as our TRUST project for children with disabilities, and our Safetynet global anti-domestic violence project), while the second wing covers the terrain of Creative Industries, and features our new MAGIC centre, where (in our new PLAYroom facility) we will host workshops, playshops, skillshops, networking events and research think-tanks for local and global partners in knowledge transfer.

Choose a wing, and fly. . .

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