Tuesday. 10 March 2021
Prof Richard Koeck presents ground-breaking innovations and spectacular failures in the history of immersive experiences and a peep into the future.
Date And Time: Wed, 10 March 2021; 17:30 – 19:00 GMT
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ABOUT THE LECTURE
We often think of immersive or location-based experiences as relatively new forms of public entertainment driven by technological innovation such as Augmented (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR). In fact, there is a rich history of purpose-designed, audio-visually immersive architectural settings, such as the Panorama, Mareorama and Cineorama, that were concurrently developed alongside the cinema and which were shown to the public in London and Paris in the 18th and 19th centuries. These entertainment venues tell us an extraordinary yet little-explored story about risk, failure and reward that comes with such ground-breaking innovation. Coming to this topic from a practice-based, architectural as well as media archaeological angle, Professor Richard Koeck, Full Professor and Chair in Architecture and the Visual Arts, will also provide a glimpse into what kind of ground-breaking location-based experiences we might expect to see in the near future.
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The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A session with three fantastic panalists from world-leading creative practices: Ngaio Harding-Hill (Head of Attractions & Live Experiences, Aardman); Gavin Strange (Director & Designer, Aardman Animations); and Rosalind Coleman, Producer (Punchdrunk).
IMAGE: Title: Salle des fêtes of the 1900 Paris World Fair.
SOURCE: Public Domain. Published in Neurdein frères and Maurice Baschet. Le panorama, Exposition universelle. Paris: Librairie d'Art Ludovic Baschet, 1900.
Tuesday. 17 November 2020
Winner of 2020 TVE Global Sustainability Film Awards
We are pleased to announce that the CAVA team Monika Koeck (Producer/Director, CineTecture) and Richard Koeck (Executive Producer, Director of CAVA) have won the tve 2020 Global Sustainability Film Award in the digital innovation category "Artificial Intelligence (AI)". Their documentary film Coronavirus Pandemic: Making Safer Emergency Hospitals received several accolades this year, and also won the 2020 The Impact DOCS Awards Competition (see below).
The film was produced in collaboration with Prof Andrew Woods (Cambridge University, BPI) and Prof Alan Short (Cambridge University, Architecture), whose research aims to intervene in the current Covid-19 pandemic with the development of a series of practical architectural design solutions. Monika and Richard have produced a creative research output – using sophisticated digital film and animation techniques – that show how the concentration of airborne virus, experienced by patients and healthcare workers in buildings and makeshift hospitals in the wake of the Corona Virus crisis all over the world, can be significantly reduced.
The film was jointly funded by the University of Liverpool (Covid19 ODA Response Grant/GCRF) and BP Institute, Cambridge University and forms part of a major initiative to Impact architectural design and public policy in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.
THE tve AWARD
The tve awards recognise films that are sitting at the forefront of environmental and social change and which inspire audiences with real world solutions for a more sustainable future. Launched nine years ago, recipients of this prestigious award have included major international film/TV/broadcast companies, such as the BBC with David Attenborough's documentary "Blue Planet" in 2018. Monika Koeck’s work and CineTecture have an unprecedented record with tve. After 2013 and 2019, this is the third time that Monika Koeck and CineTecture have been recognised with a first prize of the tve film awards. The award ceremony typically takes place at the BAFTA (home of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts); the 2020 ceremonies took place as on online event.
CAVA & CineTecture
CAVA and CineTecture has a long track record of successful co-productions at the intersection of research and creative filmmaking. Founded in 2007 by Monika and Richard Koeck, CineTecture specialises in film and media productions focusing on research, impact, and public engagement in relation to art, architecture and cities. Previous broadcasts, films and installations produced by CineTecture have featured in festivals, galleries and national museums worldwide.
Saturday. 28 November 2020
New Media Performance Innovation: International Expert Workshop, Shanghai Theatre Academy
Prof Liu Zhizin, Chair of Creative Technology (Shanghai Theatre Academy) kindly invited Nagaio-Harding Hill (Aardman), Marina Guo (CAVA) and Richard Koeck to give a presentation at the Shanghai Theatre Academy to talk about their collaboration on the AHRC-funded project, Shaun the Sheep: Immersive Experience.
The "New Media Performance Innovation International Expert Workshop" is an annual academic workshop and exchange organized by the Shanghai Theatre Academy, the National Digital Performing Arts Lab (DPA), the Shanghai Virtual Performing Arts Lab (VPA), and the College of Creative Studies (affiliated with the Shanghai Theatre Academy). It has been running since 2012 and is now in its ninth year. In previous years, there have been seminars on: "The Protection and Inheritance of Cultural Heritage (Media Preservation and Cultural Heritage)", "The Turning Point of Theatre", "Technology and the Transformation of Performance", "360VR Panoramic Sound Art and Technology" and "Interactive Performances and Motion Pictures".
There have also been other activities, events and academic discussions on creative practices from leading academics, and all of these international activities are a frontier for the digital media arts. This year's "New Media Performance Innovation International Expert Workshop" will be held on 28 November, 2020 at the Shanghai Theatre Academy’s School of Creativity (on the Changlin Road Campus). The workshop/seminar's theme is "Drama and Extended Reality"; it will focus on discussions over how to use XR technology to innovate content on the dramatic narrative.
Tuesday. 21 October 2020
"A new generation of artists breathe new (digital) life into lost and at-risk heritage sites"
CAVA congratulates Nemeh Alrihani to feature in the New Arab News. The London-based journalist reached out to Nemeh and asked him to talk about his research and work on the crowd-sourced photogrammetric reconstructions for Al-Kazneh in Petra, Jordon in particular. The story in the New Arab highlights an upward trend of artists and architects from different design backgrounds, such as Nemeh, who are using digital virtual technologies to document and preserve architectural and archaeological at-risk heritage sites in Jordan and Syria. Nemeh speaks about the of capturing raw data of historical buildings through advanced technologies, but also to perseveres their cultural context that can be communicated by audio-visual storytelling. The article highlights Nemeh's groundbreaking approach:
"Rihani's method relies solely on crowd-sourced images, that he joked allows artists to create 3D digital replicas of archaeological environments from the comfort of your own home. The methodology is particularly advantageous in times of Covid-19 and complies with the world's new social distancing etiquette."
The full article can be read in the link below.
Tuesday. 21 October 2020
CAVA commissioned to produce "RIBA Architectural Tour of Liverpool" as part of ROCK Heritage project
"Annie’s brother was one of the lucky ones. When the new Bluecoat School opened in 1718, they took in just 50 poor children to be given an education, board and lodging, and he was one of them. He looked so smart in his blue uniform."
This is just one example of over 150 stories, based on real events, that a team of researchers have created for a new and bespoke Liverpool City Heritage experience, that aims to highlight not only Liverpool's rich architectural heritage, but also the story of many events and people that shaped the city over time. The Liverpool City Council, has commissioned CAVA is to work on the EU-funded ROCK Cultural Heritage Leading Urban Futures project. CAVA is leading a collaboration with RIBA and RIBA North, FeedAR and Constructive Thinking to produce a groundbreaking new heritage tool and user experience. The "RIBA Liverpool Architecture Tour" combines a progressive web app walking tour and augmented reality exhibition of Liverpool that invites users and visitors to "walk my city". The project led by Prof Richard Koeck and Alastair Eilbeck and will be presented as a beta version on 28 October at the ROCK Open Knowledge Week 27-30 October 2020.
Tuesday. 03 August 2020
Monika Koeck and Richard Koeck Win the 2020 Impact DOCS Award
Monika Koeck (Producer and Director, CineTecture) and Richard Koeck (Executive Producer, Director, CAVA) have won with their latest documentary film the prestigious Award of Merit from 2020 The Impact DOCS Awards Competition. The film was jointly funded by the University of Liverpool (Covid19 ODA Response Grant/GCRF) and BP Institute, Cambridge University and forms part of a major initiative to Impact architectural design and public policy in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The award was given to the documentary film Coronavirus Pandemic: Making Safer Emergency Hospitals that was produced in collaboration with Prof Andrew Woods (Cambridge University, BPI) and Prof Alan Short (Cambridge University, Architecture), whose research aims to intervene in the current Covid-19 pandemic with the development of a series of practical architectural design solutions. Monika and Richard have produced a creative research output – using sophisticated digital film and animation techniques – that show how the concentration of airborne virus, experienced by patients and healthcare workers in buildings and makeshift hospitals in the wake of the Corona Virus crisis all over the world, can be significantly reduced.Watch the film hereTHE AWARD
Impact DOCS recognises film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Documentaries were received from 30 countries, including veteran award-winning filmmakers and fresh new talent. Entries were judged by highly qualified and award-winning professionals in the film and television industry.
In winning an Impact DOCS award, Monika Koeck joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including the Oscar winning director Louie Psihoyos for his 2016 Best of Show – Racing Extinction, Oscar winner Yael Melamede for (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies, and Emmy Award winner Gerald Rafshoon for Endless Corridors narrated by Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, and many more.
Rick Prickett, who chairs Impact DOCS, had this to say about the latest winners, “The judges and I were simply blown away by the variety and immensely important documentaries we screened. Impact DOCS is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. Impact DOCS helps set the standard for craft and creativity as well as power catalysts for global change. The goal of Impact DOCS is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve for their dedication and work.”
Impact DOCS Awards is in its second year and is the newest member of the Global Film Awards (GFA) family of competitions who have been hosting competitions for 14 years. Often the first stop on the festival circuit, GFA award winners have gone on to win Oscars like the short doc “The Lady in Number Six” and “Mr Hublot” as well as countless Emmys, Tellys and more.
The documentary is used to inform health authorities and governments world-wide. This film was presented to The World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva with whom the Cambridge and CAVA & CineTecture team were in direct conversation. After the release of the film and an open letter, signed by 239 scientists in 32 countries that outlined evidence that reinforced the findings in the film, the WHO recognised the danger from airborne virus particles.
As reported by the BBC the WHO has acknowledged on 9 July there is emerging evidence that the coronavirus can be spread by tiny particles suspended in the air. The WHO provided on that date an update to the scientific brief published on 29 March 2020 that focussed on the “Modes of transmission of virus causing COVID-19: implications for infection prevention and control (IPC) precaution recommendations”, which now includes new scientific evidence available on the airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2; the virus that causes COVID-19.
Prof Richard Koeck (Executive Producer and Director, CAVA) says: “We are pleased that the WHO has changed its position with regard to the airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and thereby recognise the finding of Cambridge University’s research team we have been collaborating with.”
Monika Koeck (Producer and Director, CineTecture) says: "I am pleased that CAVA’s and CineTecture’s expertise in moving image production, digital visualisations and immersive technologies meant that we were quickly ready to translate fluid mechanics and design research into creative digital research outputs that have helped policymakers to make informed decisions.”
Wednesday. 15 July 2020
Monika Koeck wins first prize at Vegas Movie Awards: AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Many congratulations for another first prize at an international film festival. We are pleased to announce that Monika Koeck (CineTecture), director and producer of the film "A Low Carbon Future for China's Furnace Cities", has won first prize at the Vegas Movie Awards. Her prize, the so-called AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, was awarded in one of the main categories "BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT", entitling her to take part at the annual award ceremony in June 2021.
The film received the award for offering unprecedented insight into this world-leading (UK/China funded) research, exploring ways to develop a low-carbon retrofit adaptation scheme for an enormous existing building stock (>9 billion m²), without the need for new buildings (>CO2 emissions). The research sought to address the issue of occupants’ changing thermal comfort expectations (problem/self-installed air-conditions) in some of the most extreme climate regions of China.
Monika Koeck wrote the script and subsequently shot the film with two Chinese crews on location in the cities of Chongqing and Hangzhou, before using CGI 3D (Piotr Olszewski) and 2D animations to translate and interpret complex research data into an accessible format. In doing so, her work not only created a creative practice research output, but also a pathway for worldwide distribution of the research and its impact.
Wednesday. 15 July 2020
Translating Cities: urban spaces in contemporary art mapping practices
Congratulations to Gloria Lanci on being awarded her PhD in June 2020 with the thesis Translating Cities: urban spaces in contemporary art mapping practices, supervised by Dr Marco Iuliano (Architecture) and Dr Les Roberts (Communication and Media) at the Centre of Architecture and the Visual Arts.
Gloria focuses on the works of contemporary artists to investigate how urban spaces are perceived, represented and enacted in practices that incorporate cartographic methods. The bulk of her research is centred on two sets of semi-structured interviews: four British artists based in Britain and the US, and a small group of artists who produced three maps for Liverpool between 2005 and 2011.
Image credit: The Liverpool Map, by Inge Panneels and Jeffrey Sarmiento, 2011, Museum of Liverpool; photo Gloria Lanci
More information: Please see RED links below.
Tuesday. 28 April 2020
Digital COVID-19 Visualisations and Impact: Design Implications and Applications that Reduce the Concentration of Airborne Droplets and Aerosols
The School of the Architecture and School of the Arts are pleased to announce that the CAVA team Monika Koeck (Director/Editor) and Richard Koeck (Executive Producer) have been selected to provide an urgent response to intervene in the current COVID-19 pandemic. Funding has been provided by University of Liverpool’s Global Challenges Strategy Group and is part of the University’s Research England QR GCRF allocation.
The project is a practice-based research and impact partnership between CAVA, Prof Andrew Woods (FRS and Director, BP Institute, University of Cambridge), Prof Alan Short (Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge), and Prof L.S. Shashidhara (Dean of Research, Ashoka University, India). Using funding from the recently announced COVID-19 ODA Rapid Response Fund, CAVA is producing in collaboration with CineTecture a 12-minute documentary and a series of imbedded animations, explaining Prof Woods’ and Prof Short’s research findings. The Cambridge University researcher have developed a series of practical solutions to reduce the concentration of airborne virus experienced by patients and healthcare workers in buildings converted into makeshift hospitals.
The Cambridge University’s research is relevant for ODA countries such as India, Africa and South America, but also could find application more globally. The CAVA team will translate the Cambridge team’s fluid mechanics and design research into digital research outputs (film, animations and potentially VR) and, as such, focus on the design implications and applications. The documentary research film will be released in several languages; including Hindu, Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Polish, German and French (African countries).
The CAVA team is now intensely working on the production of the animations and films, since time is of great essence. Early versions of the research outputs are expected to be released in the very near future – via social media as well as through direct communication with governments, policymakers, and health organisations around the world.
More information: Please see RED links below
Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)
Monday. 02 February 2020
Shaun the Sheep: Developing a Responsive, Spatial, Immersive Experience for Aardman
We are pleased to announce that CAVA is leading an important AHRC UK-China Research-Industry Creative Partnerships grant, which is the second stage of a new international programme seeking to develop research-industry partnerships between the UK and China in the creative industries. The project is funded through the UKRI (UK Research and Innovation) Fund for International Collaboration (FIC).
The programme intends to enable a rapid scaling-up of engagements between the UK and China, with a specific focus on Shanghai as China’s cultural and creative industries powerhouse, in order to facilitate new collaborations that deliver sustained economic, cultural and intellectual benefits in both countries. It will receive £500K FEC from the UKRI/AHRC as well is seeking a cash and in-kind contribution of circa £580K from partners in the UK and China, making it a combined total project value £1.08 million.
The winning project, entitled "Shaun the Sheep: Immersive Experience" is led by Prof Richard Koeck (PI, University of Liverpool) alongside Dr. Shan Luo (CI, University of Liverpool) and Stephanie Owen (Senior Producer, Aardman).
The aim of the project is to deliver a world-first in research innovation (i.e. technical, methodological, creative application) that will enable the development of a prototype Shaun the Sheep visitor experience as a non-linear, real-time, responsive, spatially immersive family visitor experience in Shanghai. This experience will be unique in that it will be able to be enjoyed by families of all ages, who will be able to interact directly with a Shaun the Sheep story in real time without the need for headsets, gloves or personal devices. The story will be a true Shaun the Sheep adventure whilst recognising China's cultural context and values.
Prof Koeck says: "We are pleased to be working with Aardman - the UK's leading, BAFTA® and Oscar®-winning animation studio - and the prestigious Shanghai Theatre Academy to develop a genuinely new way of cinematic, AI-driven, spatially immersive storytelling that will have the potential to transform family entertainment experiences in China and globally".
Stephanie Owen comments: “At Aardman, finding new and innovative ways to tell stories is at the forefront, so we’re delighted to enable family audiences in Shanghai to experience Shaun the Sheep through AI. We’re keen to see how these developments might lead to new opportunities in family entertainment centres, theme parks and visitor attractions throughout China.”
In addition to the research outputs, the project will enable a new collaboration between three academic partners; the University of Liverpool (UoL), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and the Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA) and the Industry partners (Aardman, Media Industry Association and Digital Fun). It is generously supported by the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC, University of Liverpool); in doing so, the project will link up six research centres/institutes, utilising their complementary expertise for an applied research project with high level industry partners.
Aardman, based in Bristol (UK) and co-founded in 1976 by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is an independent and multi-award-winning studio. It produces feature films, series, advertising, games and interactive entertainment - such as the ‘visually astonishing’ (The Guardian), BAFTA® nominated console game, 11-11: Memories Retold, and the four-times Gold Cannes Lions-winning StorySign app - and innovative attractions for both the domestic and international market, including a new 4D theatre attraction at Efteling in the Netherlands. Its productions are global in appeal, novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm reflecting the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the Aardman team. The studio’s work – which includes the creation of much-loved characters including Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Morph – is often imitated, and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning content for cinema, broadcasters, digital platforms and live experiences around the world. In November 2018 it became an Employee Owned Organisation, to ensure Aardman remains independent and to secure the creative legacy and culture of the company for many decades to come. www.aardman.com
Monday. 13 January 2020
Knowledge is Power: The Production of the City
Zhuouzhang Li, CAVA PhD candidate, is leading one of this year's TATE EXCHANGE programmes entitled "Knowledge is Power: The Production of the City".
His one-week long residency aims at communicating with the public about the production of the city, sharing knowledge of city/place making and discussing the relation between individuals and the city. Visitors are welcomed to join this conversation of what makes a lively city and participate in the making of the collective installation ‘An Everyday Life Guide to Liverpool’.
From self-built settlements on the rooftop in Hong Kong to the feminist graffiti, flags under bridges, individuals negotiate with the city and produce a safe, small territory that belongs to a specific group. It is this process of negotiation between the mainstream power and everyday individuals that shapes the real everyday urban space, and it is this reaction/resistance of ordinary people that gives power to individuals and communities. In this way, power is shifted from the ‘ruler’ to the people. To echo Theaster Gates’ exhibition Amalgam, this programme emphasise the identities of individuals, the practice of empowerment and erosion of the grassroots’ power. It will focus on a few areas in a global scope, including Liverpool and Hong Kong. The programme also includes:
ARTWORK -- A recurring collage and mapping workshop running by Zhuozhang, exploring different layers of Liverpool.
Public Talk -- The reclaiming space, reclaiming gaze’ by activist and PhD researcher Athanasia Francis, along with a performance by artist Mili Carnevale.
Exhibition -- Thematising the transformations the happened (happening) in Hong Kong: the making and vanishing of Hong Kong Kowloon Walled City and the everyday street activities in contemporary Hong Kong.
Public Discussion -- Involving theLiverpool community culture space, joined by local cinema and gallery curators.
Workshop, Exhibition and Public Talk