7 Jul 2011


Posted by Carole Kirk

Photo: Horia Varlan

In the Plenary session at the end of the event, we revisited the question that had been asked by our video-interviewer: ‘What is it about digital media that enables reflection in a way that other things don’t?’  And following Peter Matthew’s provocation we added ‘and what can’t it do?’  These were some of the responses:-

  • Digital technologies can capture the visual
  • Do we lose something by taking reflection outside of the body?  Or do we gain something by taking reflection outside of the body, looking at it anew, and then bringing it back into the body?
  • See with a different eye (important for designers who have to think about how it is for other people)
  • One thing can’t do everything – need to switch between tangible and digital.  How to do this?
  • Digital recordings can be more 3D than the mirror
  • How to combine kinaesthetic and digital?
  • Sometimes need to go back to the raw physicality of the studio
  • What about new technologies, such as Haptic technology or Olfactory Technology? We talk about technology as a ‘tool’ – but it could also be an evolutionary split – new forms of technology are more radical than just a tool.
  • These new forms of technology could help us to reach a wider audience e.g. people with different forms of disability.
  • Can there be a mingling of forms?  Is this possible?
  • We talk about creating a level playing field for students, but what about staff?  Need to consider staff digital literacy.
  • Technology is fragile – we experienced that today.  It crashes, logs out, and disconnects.
  • Deepening students’ intelligence around technology as well as skill.
  • Important to use technology to facilitate deep learning, rather than creating surface artefacts.  Encourage students to ask questions.
  • Some of these projects have had funding which gives staff the resources to focus on developing them.  We need this kind of extra cash to enable us to devote time to the development of these types of resources.
  • Immersion happens in the moment.  Capture is always revisiting the past.
  • Risk that very tech savvy students may miss the opportunities for reflection by focusing their attention on producing artefacts rather than using technology for a reflection process.
  • Important to find the right tool for the job e.g. using the blog for debate after a lecture.

These are the notes I took from the discussion.   Please feel free to add to these using the ‘comments’ function (click where it says ‘comments’ underneath the title or where it says ‘Leave a reply’ below).