The Game Lab seeks to provide a forum for digital games researchers and games-related studies being conducted within the School of Communication. The aim of this group to facilitate discussion, collaborations, and the sharing of resources and ideas among students and faculty interested in digital games studies and related theories.
The overarching goal of the Learning Spaces project is to contribute to understandings of “real” versus “virtual” interactions, and to explore their pedagogical implications. This is being achieved through comparative, phenomenological study of students’ lived experience of engagement in both mediated and simulated e-learning environments. Dr. Norm Friesen and Dr. Andrew Feenberg are co-investigators in this project.
Mai68 Digital Archive
In May, 1968, Paris became the site of a political and social upheaval, and a lengthily and extremely violent confrontation between the police and a popular movement made up of students, professors, workers and artisans unfolded. This was the last popular revolutionary movement in the West, supported by a month long general strike. Prof. Feenberg participated in the 1968 French May Events as a student in Paris. Over the years, he has maintained a fair-sized collection of documents, including student publications, leaflets, notices, newspapers, manifestos, etc. The objective of this project is to digitize the contents of this collection to expand access to a wider public, and to ensure the long-term preservation of unique texts and materials that would otherwise fall into decay. The “Mai68” Digital Archive enables online access to the largest collection of French May Event materials currently available.
The Media Project
A sound blog inspired by “LOVER’S DISCOURSE: FRAGMENTS” by Roland Barthes. This is the second version of the sound blog project. The initial motivation was to build a blog site with sound. We are surrounded by constant flow of ambient sound. They stay behind as a backdrop of our daily lives. From time to time, some of those backdrop sounds come forward and thrust their existence into our consciousness. With these sound clips, this project aims to share a segment of daily life with unknown people on the net. The second version carries the same method, but with a stronger thematic holder: a love letter. While the first version doesn’t aim at any imaginary listener, the second one is dedicated to an imaginary lover. It could be boyfriend, mother, sister, brother, friend or just someone.
The Minitel Project
Details to follow…
The Photography Project
Before modern photography images of daily life were rare. With the invention of the small 35 mm camera in the early 20th century work, leisure and the city were imaged to an unprecedented extent. Today the digital camera has become ubiquitous and images are routinely produced and displayed by millions of people. The Photography Project goes back to the origins of “street photography” both theoretically and practically in order to study the impact of photography as the visual self-reflection of society.
This project involves creating electronic interpretations of a series of one minute acoustic pieces.
The Textweaver Project
Improving the web forum experience for students and teachers: current work includes installing the principle features of TextWeaver in the web forum of the Moodle learning management system. Improving the web forum experience for students and teachers: current work includes installing the principle features of TextWeaver in the web forum of the Moodle learning management system.