Digital humanities

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 filmmaker Dr Shreepali Patel's work using 'creative communication' techniques in non-arts fields.

The project uses this technique to assist in educating patients 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 Toulson travelled to Mayo Clinic Rochester to film the documentary footage. 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.

'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 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.

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).