2015 – Coventry, Participants

Event Organisers

Virginia Crisp
Virginia is Senior Lecturer at Coventry University, UK. She is the author of Film Distribution in the Digital Age: Pirates and Professionals (forthcoming, Palgrave) and co-editor (with Gabriel Menotti Gonring) of Besides the Screen: Moving Images Through Distribution, Promotion and Curation (2015). Virginia is the principle investigator on the AHRC funded International Network Grant Besides the Screen. Virginia received her PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London and has published a range of papers on film distribution, filesharing and piracy.

Gabriel Menotti
Gabriel Menotti is a lecturer in Multimedia at the Federal University of Espírito Santo (Brazil). He works as an independent curator engaged with different forms of cinema. Menotti is the author of Através da Sala Escura (Intermeios, 2012), a history of movie theatres from the perspective of audiovisual performances, and co-editor of Besides the Screen: Moving Images Through Distribution, Promotion and Curation (Palgrave, 2015, with Virginia Crisp).

Workshop Participants – 9 April 2015

Alexandra Kapka
Alexandra Kapkais a second year PhD Candidate in Film Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research interests include ‘extreme’ horror cinema, digital distribution, piracy, UK film classification policy and the adult free choice principle. Her work has been published in Frames Cinema Journal and Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media.

Fábio Tozi
Postdoctoral researcher (CNPq – National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) participating in the Postgraduate Program in Geography, from the Department of Geography at Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP); PhD in Human Geography at Universidade de São Paulo (USP); doctoral internship at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), in Paris. Master’s degree in Geography (UNICAMP). Graduate and licensed in Geography (UNICAMP). He is a university professor whose professional experience involves urban planning. The main themes of his research are: socio-spatial inequalities, territorial planning, piracy, counterfeiting and forgery, urban economy, innovation, intellectual property.

Helen Kennedy
Helen Kennedy has been researching and writing about games since 1993. Her current research is focused on technology, aesthetics and embodied perception in relation to games and play. She is Co-Investigator on an AHRC funded network investigating the independent games industry and is part of the TRI-PACT project being led by Dr Sarah Atkinson looking at intellectual property across film, broadcast media and games.  Helen was co-organiser  of the first UK International conference on games Game Cultures in 2001, co-organiser of the first ever all female game jam in 2012, and is also the author (with Jon Dovey) of Game Cultures: Computer Games as New Media (2006).  She is currently Deputy Head of School at the University of Brighton.

Ishita Tiwary
Ishita Tiwary is PhD candidate at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. She is also a Research Associate on the Media Information and Infrastructures Project with The Sarai Programme at the Centre for the Studies of Developing Societies (CSDS). Her research interests include the role of informal media economies, the role of technology and media cultures and amateur film production.

José Carlos Messias
Brazilian PhD Candidate in Communication from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). My advisor is Professor Ivana Bentes. As of March 2014, I am the recipient of the Bolsa Nota 10 Scholarship from the Carlos Chagas Filho Foundation for the Support of Research in the State of Rio de Janeiro (Faperj). I am interested in the political and cognitive aspect of video game hacking/modding and distribution practices and how they would represent some kind of tendency in contemporary entertainment consumption. I am currently visiting the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for 21st Studies as part of the Fulbright Program for Doctoral Exchange and working under the supervision of Professor Richard Grusin. I gained my Master’s degree from the Graduate Program in Communication of the Rio de Janeiro State University (Uerj). The topic of my thesis was the representation of the hero in American and Japanese comic books.

Joshua Neves
Joshua Neves is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. His research centers on global emergent media, with a particular focus on Chinese/Asian screen cultures, media urbanism, cultural theory, and anthropology of media. His work has appeared in Social TextDiscourse, Film Quarterly, Sarai, Cinema Journal, and the Media Fields Journal, among others. He is currently editing a collection (with Bhaskar Sarkar) examining Asian Video Cultures for Duke University Press, and completing a book manuscript exploring the role of media technologies in shaping urbanism, development, and political society in Olympic era China. He previously taught in the Department of Modern Culture & Media at Brown University, and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto.

Marcus Bastos
Marcus Bastos is an artist, curator and researcher on the areas of convergence between audiovisual, design and new media. PhD in Communication and Semiotics at the Pontificial Catholic University of São Paulo, he is author of Networks Thresholds: writing on contemporary art and culture (Intermeios, 2014) and editor, with Lucas Bambozzi and Rodrigo Minelli, of Mediation, Technology, Public Space – A Critical Panorama of Art in Mobile Media (Conrad, 2010). He was curator of Noise on Video (Itaú Cultural Institute, 2005), Cellular Geographies (Telefonica Foundation, 2010), installation –> video (SESC Arts Show, 2010) and VIVO Arte.Mov – International Festival of Art in Mobile Media, (2007-2011). He is author of audiovisual pieces such as absences (2009) and fluxes (2010), with telemusik, and solo pieces such as abstractions (2014).

Miguel Afonso Caetano
Miguel Afonso Caetano is presently a PhD student in Communication Sciences at ISCTE-IUL (Lisbon, Portugal) working on a comparative analysis of P2P culture in Portugal and Brazil. Before starting his doctoral studies, he was as a research assistant in a two-years project called “Users and distributors. Networked Communication and European Cinema in P2P networks,” at the Center for the Study and Research of Sociology (CIES), also at ISCTE-IUL. The project, funded by the Portuguese government (FCT – Science and Technology Foundation), had for goal empirically assessing the prospects for the sustainability of the European Cinema in face of increasing digitization and the emergence of alternative, Internet-based distribution channels.

Miguel is a former technology journalist with an undergraduate degree in Media Studies at the Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon and a masters degree in Communication, Culture and Information Technology at ISCTE-IUL. His research interests include the political economy of media industries, copyright and other intellectual property rights, critical theory, alternative media and digital culture.

Richard Misek
Richard Misek is a film-maker, media re-user, and lecturer in digital arts at the University of Kent. His remix documentary Rohmer in Paris (2013) has been screened at over twenty festivals on five continents, and at cinematheques and museums including the Museum of Moving Image (New York), the Barbican Centre and the BFI; it is also in the permanent collection of the Forum des Images (Paris). His current research focuses on the relation of intellectual property and space in artists’ film and video, documentary film, and online media. His latest article, ‘Trespassing Hollywood: property, space, and the “appropriation film”’, will be published in October later this year. He is also the author of Chromatic Cinema (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).

Rodrigo Saturnino
My name is Rodrigo Saturnino. I am PhD Student in Sociology at Institute of Social Sciences of University of Lisbon, Portugal (ICS-UL). I have a masters degree in Communication and Culture (University of Lisbon) and a graduation in Social Communication (Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte – UNI-BH, Brazil). My Phd thesis was funding by a scholarship from Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal (FCT). I am working as researcher collaborator at the Centre for the Study of Migration and Intercultural Relations (CEMRI-UAB) and the Center for Digital Communication and Shared Research (CEDIP -ECA/USP). I have published some articles and chapters about the social practices that emerges in context of digital with focus in creation of new subjectivities and new meanings of consumption, sharing and collaborative work, what is my main interests for now. In my postdoctoral research I will extend my Phd research to analyze what I am named as politics of sharing that involve new models of existence in crisis situation.

Roger Evans
Dr Roger Evans is a Reader in Computer Science in the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, a research team leader in the Natural Language Technology Group, associate member of the Cultural Informatics Research Group and Research Strategy lead for Computing. His research explores applications of computer technology (knowledge representation, advanced algorithms, machine learning), particularly to problems which involve the use of natural (human) languages. Recent projects have focused on semantic metadata (design, acquisition, storage and application) in Digital Humanities and Cultural Informatics.

Sarah Atkinson
Sarah Atkinson is Principal Lecturer in Film and Media at the University of Brighton and the Principal Investigator of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded DEEP FILM Access project (DFAP), which aims to unlock latent opportunities that exist within big and complex data sets generated by industrial digital film production. DFAP partners include the BFI, the National Media Museum, BBC Archive Development, Screen Archive South East, the Large Scale Video Analytics project at the University of Southern California and Adventure Pictures. The project builds on Atkinson’s continued collaboration with Adventure Pictures and Sally Potter’s online archive SP-ARK. Atkinson’s research examines narrative, text, process, apparatus and audience to map the new spaces and modes of spectatorship. Her recent monograph Beyond the Screen: Emerging Cinema and Engaging Audiences (2014) presents an expanded conceptualization of cinema, one which encompasses the ways film can be experienced beyond the auditorium by a networked society.

Vebhuti Duggal
Vebhuti Duggal is a doctoral candidate at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is currently writing a dissertation on Hindi film songs, the technologies of their circulation and affective communities. She has taught English literature for some years at various prestigious colleges in Delhi University. Her research interests include critical and cultural theory, cinematic and musical cultures, children’s fantasy fiction and digital/media technologies.


Invited Speakers – 10 April 2015

Jonas Andersson Schwarz

Jonas Andersson Schwarz is the author of Online File Sharing: Innovations in Media Consumption (Routledge, 2013) and co-edited the Efter the Pirate Bay anthology (with Pelle Snickars, Mediehistoriskt arkiv, 2010). He currently works as a Post-Doc Researcher in collaboration with world-renowned advertising agency Forsman & Bodenfors and is affiliated to the Department of Media and Communication Studies (MKV) at Södertörn University (Stockholm, Sweden). He has a Ph.D. from Goldsmiths, University of London, and in his research he critically investigates behavioral and structural conditions for online media consumption, usage, and sharing—with a particular eye towards the technological conditions at hand.

Adnan Hadzi

Adnan Hadzi undertook his practice-based PhD on ‘FLOSSTV – Free, Libre, Open Source Software (FLOSS) within participatory “TV hacking” Media and Arts Practices’ at Goldsmiths, University of London. Adnan’s research focuses on the influence of digitalisation and the new forms of (documentary-) film production, as well as the author’s rights in relation to collective authorship.

Gary Hall

Gary Hall is Professor of Media in the School of Art and Design, and Director of the Centre for Disruptive Media, at Coventry University, as well as visiting professor at the Hybrid Publishing Lab – Leuphana Inkubator, Leuphana University, Germany. He is author of Culture in Bits (Continuum, 2002) and Digitize This Book! (Minnesota UP, 2008), co-author of Open Education: A Study in Disruption (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2014), and co-editor of New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory (Edinburgh UP, 2006) and Experimenting (Fordham UP, 2007). He is also author/editor/curator of two more experimental books: Digitize Me, Visualize Me, Search Me (Open Humanities Press, 2011); and (with Clare Birchall) New Cultural Studies: The Liquid Theory Reader (Open Humanities Press, 2009). He has recently completed a new monograph, Pirate Philosophy, for MIT Press.

Ramon Lobato

Ramon Lobato is Senior Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. His research explores how screen media circulates — legally and illegally. Key publications include the books Shadow Economies of Cinema: Mapping Informal Film Distribution (BFI, 2012) and The Informal Media Economy (Polity, 2015, with Julian Thomas).

Oliver Lerone Schultz

Oliver Lerone Schultz has completed studies in philosophy, history of science, and ethnology, followed by research in media theory (FU Berlin 1999-2003). He has co-initiated several independent media projects like globale-Filmfestival (2003-2010) and Visions of Labor (2007/08). Then active as film-/video-curator and in the conception of trans-academic events: Utopian Bodies (2003); Travesties of Cybernetics (2005); Mapping Anthropotechnical Spaces (2007) – assembled under eXpolar.de (2005-2007). He has conducted research on Imagecultures at Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (2010-2011), resulting in the publication IMAGE MATCH, dealing with new transcultural imagescapes fostered by global encounters and circulations.

In 2011 Oliver joined the Center for Digital Cultures, becoming co-curator and -ordinator of Post-Media Lab, also being co-editor (and -author) of the ‘PML-Books‘-series . In a curating role he was most recently responsible for Video Vortex #9, Re:assemblies of Video (2013) and involved in its hybrid publication format (http://interlace.videovortex9.net/). Now he is one of the Principal Investigators of the ‘Making Change’ project within the Common Media Lab at the CDC – scrutinizing collective visions in contexts of social change.

lerone.net / postmedialab.org

H.D. Mabuse

H.D.Mabuse is an Artist and UI & UX Consultant at CESAR, where he develops services and products with a focus on people. He been working with collaboration, emergent behaviors, and remix of various languages in the areas of visual arts, design and music, since 1990. One of the founders of Re: combo, from 2001 to 2008, during which the projects had selected for exhibition at Itau Cultural Institute, MAMAM, Walker Art Center and the Bank of Brazil Cultural Center Collective. He is a member of the collective Autom.ato, which conducts research on public – artist interaction mediated by new technologies.

Nicolas Maigret

Nicolas Maigret exposes the internal workings of media, through an exploration of their dysfunctions, limitations or failure thresholds which he develops sensory and immersive audio visual experiences. As a curator, he initiated the disnovation.net research, a critique of the innovation propaganda. He teaches at Parsons Paris and cofounded the Art of Failure collective in 2006. His work has been presented in international exhibitions and festivals: Transmediale (Berlin) – File (Sao Paulo) – Museum of Art and Design (New York) – 30th Chaos Communication Congress (Hamburg) – NWFF (Seattle) – SAIC (Chicago) – China Museum of Digital Arts (Beijing) – The Pirate Bay 10th Anniversary (Stockholm) – Palais de Tokyo (Paris) – Eastern Bloc (Montreal) – Gli.tc/h (Birmingham). http://peripheriques.free.fr

Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald is Professor of Cinema and Media Industries at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Hollywood Stardom (2013), Video and DVD Industries (2007) and The Star System: Hollywood’s Production of Popular Identities (2000), and co-editor of The Contemporary Hollywood Film History (2008). Currently he is co-editing the collection Hollywood and the Law for the BFI. He is founder and co-chair of the SCMS Media Industries Scholarly Interest Group.

Pedro Mizukami

Researcher at the Center for Technology and Society, FGV Law School, Rio de Janeiro. Master of Laws in Constitutional Law, Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. PhD candidate at the program for Public Policy, Strategy and Development, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Co-coordinator of the Brazilian components of the “Media Piracy in Emerging Economies” (2011) and “Ecology of Access to Educational Materials in Developing World Universities” (2015) projects.

Maria Roszkowska

Maria Roszkowska is a Polish graphic designer based in Paris. She has been associate researcher at EnsadLab Paris. Between 2010 and 2014 she joined Intégral Ruedi Baur, one of the leading cultural graphic design studio in France. In 2013, she designed and coordinated ‘Don’t Brand my public space’ for Lars Müller Publishers, a 3 years research on the issue of cities applying branding strategies. She’s presently working on a second book about the Copy Culture.