Spotlight: Family Rituals 2.0

Family rituals (1)

Today’s spotlight is a report for a project titled Family Rituals 2.0. The project aimed to understand the everyday rituals that families undertook, particularly when one member regularly works away from home.

The project built five ‘ritual machines’ for five different families, all aimed at enhancing a ‘ritual’ of the family. Wine robots, magical telescopes, talking handbags – the machines all took different forms and worked in different ways.

Check the report for more information about the project.

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Spotlight: Warts and all

Warts and all

The spotlight today is a conference poster, Warts and all: Communicating the conservation needs of amphibians in a competitively marketed world. The poster was originally presented at the 2017 Conference on Communication and Environment in June 2017.

The poster summarises the project, which aims to look at ‘how difficult, uninteresting or overlooked science subjects can be better communicated to an audience in order to inspire empathy and interest’ – taking the form of a frog, as amphibians are vulnerable but receive far less media attention and funding than other more ‘marketable’ species.

Check the poster to take a look at their findings from mini-interviews at the Bristol Festival of Nature.

Spotlight: Bristol Vocabulary

Bristol Vocab

Today’s spotlight is Bristol vocabulary: A provisional list by Richard Coates and Matt Vicker.

The purpose of this collection is to offer some basic guidance to students wanting to work with local dialect. They are often quite unaware of what is truly local vocabulary, what is regional, what is style-bound (e.g. purely colloquial or slang), and what is general English. So far as I can tell, the items in this collection are not age-related (in the sense of being teens-and-twenties’ usage), but maybe somebody knows better.

The document is a provisional list, drafted in 2014, of vocabulary strongly connected with Bristol. The list contains meanings for words, examples of use, and possible origins or alternative use. It is published on the UWE Research Repository – an exclusive publication if you look at it that way!

Spotlight: The Right Trousers

The Right Trousers

The spotlight today is a conference presentation, part of ‘The Right Trousers’ project which aims to develop soft robotic trousers for aiding mobility.

The original presentation was part of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Conference in June 2017. The presentation outlines the aims of the study and the findings from a focus group who discussed requirements such as look, weight, autonomy and care.

View the presentation on the Research Repository for more information.

 

Spotlight: Dome I

Dome

The spotlight today is an image by Ian Chamberlain called Dome I. The artwork is an etching, and was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show 2016.

There are several more examples of Ian’s work on the Research Repository, including Mirror I and Mirror II which were selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show 2015, and TIMELINE an exhibition which Ian took part in.

You can find out more about Ian’s influences by visiting his website.

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.