Digital humanities and network media

Still from "The Golden Window" by Shreepali Patel Untitled Page

Educating Colorectal Cancer Patients

CoDE was awarded a grant of £25,000 by one of the world's largest medical research centres, the Mayo Clinic Rochester in the US, to extend our collaborative work with filmmaker Dr Shreepali Patel of Cambridge School of Art, using 'creative communication' techniques in non-arts fields.

The project will use this technique to assist with educating patients who are undertaking colorectal cancer screenings. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the US. Yet death from CRC is mostly preventable if patients participate in a screening and surveillance program based on colonoscopy. The research project is being carried out in collaboration with cancer specialist Dr Piet de Groen at Mayo Clinic, and will quantitatively analyse the success and value of using artistic film in educating patients.

In April 2015 Shreepali and Rob travelled to Mayo Clinic Rochester to film the documentary footage. They are now in the process of post-production editing and preparing for clinical testing.

Shreepali's previous documentary film, The Golden Window (pictured), was used to help educate nurses and patients in aspects of emotion and compassion, through digital art in a healthcare context.




Mariana Lopez - Audio Films test

Audio films for visually impaired audiences

CoDE's Dr Mariana Lopez is conducting research on the design of an alternative to audio description for visually impaired film and television audiences, called audio film.

An audio film is a format of sonic art that eliminates the need for visual elements and a describer, by providing information through sound, sound processing and spatialisation. Sound effects are used both to represent actions and as soundmarks to help the listeners identify the different spaces in the narrative. Artificial reverberation is employed to provide each space with a characteristic sound and surround sound is used to suggest the layout of the spaces as well as indicate the movement of the characters.




'Sequence' Issue 1

Sequence: Artists' Film and Video Publication

Sequence is a publication that aims to promote and disseminate ideas and debates concerning contemporary artists' film and video - primarily from the perspective of its practitioners - in the form of artists' statements, project proposals, interviews, manifestoes and contextual essays. In the field of experimental film and video, practitioners often work across technology, from 16mm film to expanded digital projections, sometimes exploring the unique characteristics of their technology, and at other times exploiting the nature of cinema as a mixed medium. 

Sequence is published by no.w.here and is on sale at a range of bookshops and galleries, including Tate Modern and the BFI. An online version of the publication will also be available soon.



John Tenniel woodcut illustration for Lewis Carroll's 'Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There' (London: Macmillan, 1871 [post-dated 1872]), photographed by Eugene Giddens from a copy of the first edition

Nineteenth-Century Children's Book Illustrations online

This project aims to digitise more than 10,000 children's book illustrations from the nineteenth century. It will be the first archive of its kind, and will include illustrations from Anglophone books, primarily from the US, Canada and UK. The resulting online database will have detailed metadata to allow full searchability, and will be made available to children, parents, teachers, and researchers interested in the 'classics' of children's books and visual culture for young audiences.




Opening the Gate

Judy Forshaw produced this filmed record of the work carried out by the Digital Innovation in Distribution Fund, which grew out of the Film Council's decision to investigate the use of the internet as means of reaching new audiences.

The recently abolished Film Council was established in 2000 under the Labour government specifically to support independent film, foreign language film and documentaries that are difficult to market. Since its creation the Film Council has invested over £160m of Lottery funding into more than 900 films, which has helped generate over £700 million at the box office worldwide.

The Digital Innovation in Distribution Find was specifically set up to cover the cost of on-line media and website promotion only. Twelve awards were made to distributors of £30,000 each. This type of online promotion has been successfully used by Hollywood block busters and grass roots filmmakers in the past, but seldom in the independent sector as a whole, so this signals a departure.




European Storytelling Archive

The aim of this project is to create an archive of subtitled digital films of oral storytelling drawn from a wide range of European languages and cultural traditions. We have chosen to create a video archive in order to preserve not only the texts of the stories, but also the non-verbal narrative and performance techniques of a wide range of storytellers.

This will be of use to both the study of scholars and to teachers who wish to encourage their pupils or students to tell and record their own stories, giving them the opportunity to contribute to the archive themselves. To encourage these additional contributions, we plan to develop a suite of open source software tools, through which school pupils and further/higher education students will be able to create their own digital stories using computer technology and social media as a contemporary analogue of oral transmission. We also plan to create a virtual environment for communication and self-initiated, peer-supported creative learning - an online European Story Map - through which these contributions can be shared to stimulate and encourage further storytelling.

Supported by the British Academy (Small Research Grant).



Worshipful Company of Stationers crest

Worshipful Company of Stationers - Digitisation of Register 1551-1640

This project explores the possible digitisation of the Worshipful Company of Stationers' Registers, 1551-1640. These Registers are some of the earliest documents related to copyright in the world, and they include important evidence towards the history of printing and publishing in England. This proposed digital edition will include transcriptions in TEI XML, with appropriate metadata, and high-resolution scans or photographs.