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Screening of 'The Uprising' with Director Q&A

Date: Tuesday 24 March 2015

All welcome.

'The Uprising' is a film by Peter Snowdon, written and edited by Bruno Tracq and Peter Snowdon
produced by Rien à Voir in association with Third Films.

'The Uprising' shows us the Arab revolutions from the inside. It is a multi-camera, first-person account of that fragile, irreplaceable moment when life ceases to be a prison, and everything becomes possible again.

This feature-length documentary is composed entirely of videos made by citizens and long-term residents of Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Syria and Yemen. The film uses this footage, not to recount the actual chronology of events or analyse their causes, but to create an imaginary pan-Arab uprising that exists (for the moment) only on the screen.

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Bitcoin: Disruptive Innovation

Date: Wednesday 7 May 2014
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Ruskin 203 (off Ruskin Gallery Balcony - directions), Anglia Ruskin University, East Rd, Cambridge, CB1 1PT

Free event - all welcome.

Interested in learning more about Bitcoin? Join us for presentations and a panel discussion with a number of leading experts on the subject, including Brett Scott (Guardian journalist and author of The Heretics Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money from Pluto Press).

Bitcoin is one of the most potentially far reaching inventions of the digital age, but despite the media buzz, crypto currencies like Bitcoin are far from being viewed as real alternatives to fiat money. The recent collapse of the major Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox revealed just how much work was still needed to sure up the currency and its apparatuses before mainstream adoption would ever be achieved. So why are so many people excited about Bitcoin? This event will ask questions such as:

  • How do crypto-currencies challenge mainstream financial systems?
  • Is Bitcoin a safe alternative to fiat money?
  • Is Bitcoin a currency or a commodity and which outlook is more favourable to its long-term survival?
  • What conditions do we need to create to encourage the mass adoption of Bitcoin?
  • Will the emergence of crypto-currencies force government-backed fiat currencies to innovate?
  • Is 2014 the breakout year for Bitcoin?

In association with ARCMedia, Bitcoin UK Media and Cambridge Bitcoin Gp.

Preempting Dissent Screening

Date: Monday 17 March 2014
Time: 5.15 - 7.00pm
Venue: Ruskin 203 (off Ruskin Gallery Balcony), Anglia Ruskin University, East Rd, Cambridge, CB1 1PT

Free screening. All welcome.

Includes an introduction by Greg Elemer and a Q&A.

Preempting Dissent: Policing the Crisis is a collaborative open source documentary film based on the book by Greg Elmer and Andy Opel. It is best described as a culmination of a collaborative process of soliciting, collecting and editing together video, still images, and creative commons music files from people around the world.

Preempting Dissent interrogates the expansion of the so-called 'Miami-Model' of protest policing, a set of strategies developed in the wake of 9/11 to preempt forms of mass protest at major events in the US and worldwide.

A trailer for the film can be watched on Vimeo.

ARCMedia Co-Director publishes new article on Irish music

Dr Sean Campbell (ARCMedia Co-Director and Reader in Media and Culture at Anglia Ruskin University) has published a new article through Popular Musicology Online, examining the links between masculinity and Irish rock music.

The article will be available shortly in Issue 2 of the journal, 'Identity & Performativity', but in the meantime can be read below:

Giving What You Don't Have

Public Screening and Discussion

Saturday 26 October 2013
Furtherfield Gallery, McKenzie Pavillion, Finsbury Park, London

This event has limited availability. Please contact to reserve your place.

Cornelia Sollfrank will present her latest film Giving What You Don't Have. It features interviews with individuals Kenneth Goldsmith, Marcell Mars, Sean Dockray, Dmitry Kleiner, discussing with Sollfrank their projects and ideas on peer-to-peer production and distribution as art practice. It includes the projects or, which combine social, technical and aesthetic innovation; they promote open access to information and knowledge and make creative contributions to the advancement and the reinvention of the idea of the commons.

The post-screening discussion will be led by Cornelia Sollfrank, Joss Hands & Rachel Baker.

On the basis of the interviews of Giving What You Don't Have, we would like to discuss some of the issues they represent such as new forms of collaborative production, the shift of production from artefacts to the provision of open tools and infrastructures, the development of formats for self-organisation in education and knowledge transfer, (the potential and the limits of) open content licensing as well as the creation of independent ways of distributing cultural goods. An implicit part of Giving What You Don't Have is a suggested reconceptualization of art under networked conditions.

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Postgraduate conference explores 'Participation'

Research students Agnes Ziolkowski-Trzak and James Harvey-Davitt report back from the recent Postgraduate Conference 'Participation' at Anglia Ruskin University.

On 13 April, Anglia Ruskin University hosted a postgraduate conference under the theme of 'Participation', supported by the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network. The Department of English, Communication, Film and Media, in association with the Anglia Ruskin Centre in Media & Culture (ARCMedia), were happy to welcome participants from around the UK.

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Fast / Slow Symposium

Date: 4-5 April 2013
Venue: Anglia Ruskin University

Keynote Speakers: Professor Sean Cubitt, Professor Karen Beckman

Bookings: Standard £40.00; Student / Unaffiliated £20.00

In recent years, questions of speed have become the focus of keen and often polarised debate across a range of aesthetic, political, and critical contexts. It has become something of a truism to say that we live in a 'go-faster' world defined by the ever-increasing rapidity of the rhythms and cycles of media, technology, and capital. In response, a set of 'slow' cultural practices have emerged - the Slow Food Movement, the Slow Media Manifesto, The Idler Academy, or the recent 'A/V Festival: As Slow as Possible' - which figure slowness as perhaps the emblematic mode of resistance for our time.

For more information visit the Fast/Slow Symposium page.

Dr Joss Hands' recent public appearances

ARCMedia Director Dr Joss Hands was recently interviewed by Nina Power on Resonance FM's 'Hour of Power' radio programme, discussing the common and commoning.

On 6 March, he also gave a talk at the University of Coventry as part of their Open Media seminar series. The talk asked whether there might be such a thing as a 'platform communism', what this might look like and what confronts its realisation.

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Guest Filmmaker: George Barber

Date: Thursday 21 March 2012
Time: 16.00-18.00
Venue: Coslett 117

George Barber rose to prominence in the 1980s as a pioneer of the Scratch Video movement, with works like Yes Frank No Smoke (1985) which sampled clips from Hollywood films, using untried technology of the day, creating an unprecedented orchestration of sound, vision, repeat edits and rhythm. These videos have become celebrated as classic examples of Postmodernism.

Since the 1980s Barber has developed a large and varied body of work, incorporating found footage, performative monologues, narrative essay films and conceptual works. His original contribution to video art has resulted in many short, precise works that are both thoughtful and entertaining, a quality that sets him apart and has earned him loyal support. His works have been shown in festivals, galleries and broadcast on television throughout the world and awarded major prizes at many international festivals. He is Professor of Art & Media at the University for the Creative Arts.

Presented in collaboration with the Film and Media Campus Cinema and ARCMedia.

Dr Sean Campbell

Dr Sean Campbell at Headingley LitFest

ARCMedia Co-Director and Reader in Media and Culture Dr Sean Campbell gave a free talk titled 'Dwellers on the Threshold: Second-Generation Irish Musicians in England' at this year's Headingley LitFest.

Sean's talk was advertised in the Yorkshire Evening Post on 6 March, and drew a sell-out crowd at the Headingley Enterprise & Arts Centre on Friday 8 March.

The lecture explored the role of Irish ethnicity in the lives and work of these musicians, focusing on three high-profile artists: Kevin Rowland (Dexys Midnight Runners), Shane MacGowan (The Pogues), and Morrissey/Johnny Marr (The Smiths). It examined the different ways in which they engaged with Irish issues and how they negotiated questions of Irish-English identity, drawing on extensive archival research of audio-visual material as well as original interviews with the key figures. The lecture was followed by a traditional Irish music showcase session in the café.

Sean has also been invited to speak at this year's Trinity Week event at Trinity College Dublin in April. This year's theme is 'Diaspora', and Sean will give a public talk on diaspora and cultural expression.

Boredom in extremis: Attention Economy and the New Extremism in Cinema

Date: 7 March 2013
Venue: Society for Cinema & Media Studies Annual Conference 2013, the Drake Hotel, Chicago, USA

Dr Tina Kendall of Anglia Ruskin and ARCMedia will present a talk at this prestitigious international conference.

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Guest Filmmaker - Margaret Salmon

Date: Thursday 7 March
Time: 16.00-18.00
Room: Coslett 117

All Welcome.

Born in 1975 in Suffurn, New York, Margaret Salmon lives and works between Kent, and New York. She creates filmic portraits that weave together poetry and ethnography. Focusing on individuals in their everyday habitats, her films capture the minutiae of daily life and infuse them with gentle grandeur, touching upon universal human themes.

Adapting techniques drawn from various cinematic movements, such as Cinema Vérité, the European Avant Garde and Italian Neo-Realism, Salmon's orchestrations of sound and image introduce a formal lyricism into the tradition of realist film.

Margaret Salmon won the first Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2006. Her work was shown at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and the Berlin Biennale in 2010 and was featured in individual exhibitions at Witte de With in Rotterdam and Whitechapel Gallery in London among others.

Presented in Collaboration with ARC Media for the Communication, Film and Media Studies programme.

Working professionally in global TV news

The other 24 hour rolling news channel: How Al Jazeera English works

Wednesday 27 February 2013
Time: 15.00
Venue: LAB 037

Guest speaker: Charlie Courtauld

Includes a Q&A session with Charlie.

Anglia Research Centre in Media & Culture (ARCMedia) is delighted to invite you to the second in its series of professional guest lectures in Communication, Film and Media.

Charlie Courtauld has been editor of Question Time (BBC 1) and Newsnight (BBC 2). Most recently he has worked as an editor at Al Jazeera English. He has also written for The Independent and The New Statesman.

Please make every effort to attend this session, which is aimed at students interested in working in the media.

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