Spotlight: AMHARC


Today’s spotlight, AMHARC, is a creative work by Teresa Dillon. The piece is made from recycled cardboard, recycled tetra pak, and ultraviolet paint, and calls on images of CCTV cameras, anti-bird spikes, and anti-bird gels.

AMHARC (pronounced arc) is a call to recognise the non-human affects surveillance architectures have on other creature’s habits and ecologies.

You can view the sculpture on the Research Repository, along with a description from Teresa about the influences and intentions of the creative work.


Spotlight: Using 3D imaging to map bullet impacts in sandstone

Bullet impacts

The spotlight today is a conference poster, Using 3D imaging to map bullet impacts in sandstone, which was originally presented at the SEAHA 2nd Annual Conference in June 2016.

The poster gives an overview of the team’s project, x-raying bullet damage to sandstone blocks in order to aid conservation efforts for heritage sights. This involved shooting several sandstone blocks in order to get the required samples!

Check out the poster for more information about the study.

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.

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.