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Spatio-Temporal Tales Conference: Call for Papers

Spatio-temporal Tales: Design Pedagogies of Digital Narrative Practices

Online Symposium: 28-29 October 2022
CAVA | Centre for Architecture and the Visual Arts
Deadline for Abstracts: 29 July 2022

The final pragramme will follow soon. We are fortunate to have two highly acclaimed keynote speakers; both pioneers in the field of architecture and the moving image.

Keynote Speaker: Maureen Thomas
Screenwriter and story-architect Maureen Thomas, Professor Emeritus, Norwegian Film School and former Head of Screen Arts, National Film & Television School UK, researched spatially-organised narrativity and screen dramaturgy as a Senior Research Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge. She co-founded the Cambridge University Moving-Image Studio (later Digital Studio, Department of Architecture), where she co-designed, -directed and -supervised the Cambridge MPhil and PhD in Architecture and the Moving Image, which included the submission of practical moving-image work for examination. She has published widely on screen language/storytelling and narrative expressive space. Recent publications include: Penz, F. & Thomas, M. (2020). Cinematics in architectural practice. In I. Troiani & H. Campbell (Eds.), Architecture & filmmaking (pp 335 -356).

Keynote Speaker: Prof François Penz
Prof Penz is the former Head of the Department of Architecture [2017-2019] at the University of Cambridge, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Architecture and a Fellow of Darwin College, University of Cambridge. His AHRC project ‘A Cinematic Musée Imaginaire of Spatial Cultural Differences’ (2017-2020) expanded to China and Japan in particular, many of the ideas developed in his monograph ‘Cinematic Aided Design:  An Everyday Life Approach to Architecture’ (Routledge 2018).  He recently co-edited ‘The Everyday in Visual Culture: Slices of Lives’ (Routledge 2022).  As part of his practice based research, he runs film workshops in Venice, in 2021 at the Architecture Biennale, and in 2022 at the European Cultural Academy.

The moving image has always been the subject of sustained interest by architects, architectural educators and theorists since the invention of cinema. In the Twenty-first century, terms such as ‘virtual’ and ‘digital’ are common denominators in the discourse across various disciplines, including architecture. The 2000s gave rise to a significant amount of scholarship on the relationship between architecture and digital narrative practices such as film, animation, video games, and, more recently, narrative pieces of virtual and augmented reality. Simultaneous with these developments, leading architecture schools established courses concentrated on film and digitalnarrative media. Post-graduate degrees focused on time-based media were devised; film and animation were taught in parallel with other ‘narrative’ digital practices such as virtual reality. These explorations into novel means of thinking, design and representation via the moving image gained a foothold in the curriculum of several architecture schools around the globe and architects and students became actively involved in this significant trend.

This trend demonstrates that radical changes are under way and have already reformed curricula in the realm of architectural education; prominent scholars in the field such as Francois Penz consider the introduction of cinema studies an “an essential and necessary antidote” for a discipline that is dominated by digital images, virtual spaces and walk-through, fly-throughs animations.

Digital narrative practices are an integral part of current architectural education, however, systematic studies into the design pedagogy of the digital narrative practices are rare and this fertile ground is relatively unexplored.

The symposium, Spatio-temporal tales: Design Pedagogies of Digital Narrative Practices at the Centre of Architecture and Visual Arts (CAVA) at the University ofLiverpool is a platform guided by a shared passion for the pedagogy of digital media that can function as means of spatial storytelling about the past, future and realities of the fictive and real architectural and urban spaces; this includes digital practices such as film, animation, video game, VR and AR. 

This symposium seeks to concentrate exclusively on the notion of ‘pedagogy’ which is rarely addressed as the primary concept within the field. It is hoped that the tight focus on pedagogy and charting the education of digital narrative practices will suggest new directions for research in this area, considering both historical and recent advancements. This forum asks: What are the pedagogies, teaching methods, theories and approaches in the context of digital narrative practices? How cant he discipline of architecture inform its own pedagogies, languages and systems for digital narrative practices? How can the emergence of digital narrative practices change architectural education and its structure? What are the pedagogies of digital narrative practices, both now and historically? How can the discipline of architecture and its educational structure assimilate into the screen/virtual oriented culture of the Twenty-first century?  

Spatio-temporal Tales: Design Pedagogies of Digital Narrative Practices aims to demonstrate that these questions and themes are not only relevant from a research perspective, but are posed to address an urgent need within the domain of architectural education and its priorities.

The symposium will be organised as a series of online presentations in plenary sessions, screenings and keynotes. Following the symposium, the convenors will invite selected contributors to develop and submit written extensions of their papers for peer-reviewed publication in the form of either an edited book collection or a special journal issue. Contributors are encouraged to propose abstracts for the presentations starting from different departure points of entry and backgrounds. The organisers of the Spatio-temporal Tales: Design Pedagogies ofDigital Narrative Practices would like to invite scholars from around the world to send proposals for papers related to the below topics, or suggest others:

* The role of digital narrative artefacts within the context of architectural education.
* Tools and techniques of digital storytelling media and its impact on architectural education.
* Social media, online content sharing platforms and architectural education.
* History and theory of the pedagogy of the digital narrative practices within architectural education.
* The translation of the pedagogical methods from other disciplines such as film and animation to architecture.
* Digital narrative practices as an observational tool for the scrutiny of the reality and everyday life in architectural, interior and urban spaces.
* Digital narrative practices as a means of representation, thinking and design for speculative and fictive design.
* Pedagogy of digital narrative practices and its relation to genre, style and visual language.

Submissions Guidelines
Submissions will be in the form of two categories: ‘research presentations (paper)’ and ‘creative projects’.

Submissions for the paper presentation category are to be prepared as 15-20 minute presentations addressing pedagogical projects, virtual/real place-making practises, manifestos, discursive analyses of syllabi, narratives, teaching methods and exercises, analyses into the outcomes and processes of short courses, workshops and studios in relation to digital narrative practices.

Submissions for the category of ‘creative projects’ are short pieces (max 15 mins accompanied with a 1000-word project) of a film clip or animation. Authors of projects from both categories selected by the Symposium academic committee will be notified by the end of August 2022.

We invite all interested contributors to submit a 300-word summary of the presentation and the biography of the presenter by the deadline of 29 July 2022, 12 pm UK Time Zone. Please email the submissions to hamidkh@liverpool.ac.uk and name your file as PDNP_title_Surname.

Organiser & Host
CAVA | Centre for Architecture and the Visual Arts

University of Liverpool: Dr Hamid Khalili (hamidkh@liverpool.ac.uk)
Prof. Richard Koeck (rkoeck@liverpool.ac.uk) 

University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Design:Dr AnnMarie Brennan (brea@unimelb.edu.au)

ArchDaily: Rumollo Baratto (rumollo@archidaily.com) 

Academic Committee
Dr AnnMarie Brennan
Dr Marc Boumeester
Dr Marco Iuliano
Dr Hamid Khalili
Prof Richard Koeck
Dr Janina Schupp
Dr Zhuouzhang Li

This symposium is supported by the AHRC, Arts & Humanities Research Council.


Tue 12 Apr 2022

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