Spotlight: Bright bricks, dark play

Lego chapter

To head off any questions in advance – no, the subject of today’s spotlight is not a LEGO model (no. 5978, Sphinx Secret Surprise in case you were interested, released in 1998.)

Bright bricks, dark play: On the impossibility of studying LEGO is a book chapter by Seth Giddings, looking at how LEGO is played with and asking ‘if LEGO play does not follow the instructions, how can it be studied?’ Seth asked for memories of playing with LEGO in childhood and these memories are discussed in the chapter.

If you find this interesting, Seth has uploaded another book chapter, this time about the video game LEGO Star Wars, and the success (or not!) of playing it.

Spotlight: SAM App

SAM app

Today’s spotlight is SAM, the Self-help Anxiety Management app created at UWE Bristol. The app was developed as a tool to help students (and anyone around the world who suffers with anxiety) to manage and better support their anxiety. The app features different tools and activities to help users monitor their anxiety levels and reduce anxiety during an attack.

The Research Repository includes a project report and links to a video summarising the project. There is also a further project report available, which goes into further detail.

The app is available for free for Android and Apple devices, and was declared one of Healthline’s Best Anxiety App winners for 2016.

Spotlight: La Voisin

New La Voisin

The spotlight today is an artist’s book, La Voisin by Sarah Bodman.

“But that doesn’t look like a book!” I hear you exclaim. Artist’s books come in all shapes and sizes. Some closely resemble traditional books, others are more abstract or even electronic. All are pieces of art usually produced in small print runs or as one-of-a-kind pieces.

La Voisin is “[t]he imaginary diary of Catherine Monvoisin; provider of potions, solutions and services to the court of Louis XIV.” It was produced in a limited edition of only three pieces, presented in a box including a bottle, a dried red rose, prints, and diary entries. The Research Repository record includes a photo of the book as well as further information about the exhibition it was presented at.

UWE Bristol holds several artist’s books in its library collection at Bower Ashton campus, including those produced by UWE Bristol researchers. More information about artist’s book can be found at the Book Arts website.

 

Spotlight: Mirage: A Spanish Summer

Mirage

Today’s spotlight is a composition, Mirage: A Spanish Summer by Liz Lane. In Liz’s own words:

Mirage is a reflection on a Spanish summer at various times of day. The music is an image of events which, whilst not perhaps significant in themselves, together shape a lifestyle which necessarily revolves around the supremely hot weather.

You can view the sheet music for the piece on the Research Repository, which also includes a link to a performance of the piece in 2015.

Liz Lane has over twenty compositions on the Research Repository, most of which include the full sheet music.

 

 

Spotlight: Hedgewitch

New Hedgewitch

The Research Repository has a huge variety of research outputs in all different forms. Journal articles and conference papers are obvious candidates for the repository, but it also holds videos, artefacts, compositions, patents, books and book chapters, and many other item types.

Spotlight is a series where we highlight some of the different research outputs that have been uploaded to the Research Repository to show that it isn’t just for journal articles and to comply with the REF.

The spotlight today is Hedgewitch a short film by Liz Banks. Hedgewitch was screened at several international film festivals and was uploaded to the Research Repository in 2011. It features friendship, magic and self-acceptance all in just over eight minutes. The record also includes a video of production stills. Watch the film on the Research Repository and then try searching yourself for other creative works.