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14-11-2014: 'Sweaty IP' can help games industry

BLOG: The Scottish games industry needs to maximise its use and management of IP --to make it 'sweaty', as media company founder David Wightman suggested. He joined a panel of games company executives, business development officers and academics at  Upping Your Game, the third in a series of IP workshops with creative industries practitioners organised by ICC and Creative Scotland, with additional financial support from the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the UK (CREATe). The event was hosted in Dundee by Abertay University Business Development Team on September 25.  Read our blog here.

28-10-2014: Effective IP management aides theatre development

A recent IP workshop with the Federation of Scottish Theatres (FST) revealed the complexity of IP issues to be managed when digital technologies are incorporated into an established, multi-faceted industry such as theatre. Handled effectively however digital media offer enormous potential for theatre companies, regardless of size, to reach new audiences worldwide and to enhance demand for live performances. Read our blog about the event here.

Digital Dialogues was hosted 9 September 2014 by ICC in collaboration with FST, with additional funding from CREATe [RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy]. The event focussed on the implications for IP brought about by theatres’ increasing adoption of digital activities such as downloading, streaming and marketing, and their impact on specific industry participants including producers, writers, performers, composers, marketers, and audiences.

production shot of Stellar Quines Theatre Company filming of The List Stellar Quines Theatre Company filming of The List

01-10-2014: Workshop for academic journal management

CAPODICC PhD student Ben Fletcher-Watson will join a team of academics with experience of managing journals to provide a one-day training event on behalf of the University of St Andrews Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development.

Ben, who has worked with fellow ICC-RCS student Bethany Whiteside to produce the Scottish Journal of Performance, will help present "Managing journals: challenges and opportunities" on Thursday 23rd October. The event is open to students and staff of any UK HE institution. Places must be booked in advance, via this link: (if you do not have a St Andrews log-in, you can create a guest account in order to attend): https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/?CourseID=4881

02-09-2014: Residencies with Resonance

V&A residency workshop July 2014An ICC-sponsored event in July hosted by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London marked the first attempt to gather professionals from across the UK who have experience in producing artist residency programmes or are considering incorporating a residency programme into their organisations. ‌

Residencies with Resonance featured speakers sharing their experiences of managing a wide range of residency models, with participant discussions focussing on the key challenges and benefits of such programmes. The event will inform research being conducted by ICC PhD student Saskia Coulson, who benefitted from a placement during 2013-2014 with the V&A residency programme. Saskia worked with the department to deliver the event, with support from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (University of Dundee).

Photo by Saskia Coulson: A delegate displays his 'take away' thoughts from the event.


02-09-2014: Intellectual Property workshops focus on theatre and video games

Up Your IP event logoBooking is now open for two further workshops in ICC's Up Your IP series on Intellectual Property for creative industries practitioners: 

  • September 11, 1-4.30pm, Ladies Baths, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh: Digital Dialogues, a look at IP for theatre practitioners, organised by ICC in collaboration with the Federation for Scottish Theatre and Creative Scotland, with additional funding from  the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy. Beginning with a networking lunch, the event will include presentations from theatre companies involved with digital and live streaming productions, and insights from legal professionals on digital rights and digital marketing. The event is free to attend but places are limited and must be booked through coca@st-andrews.ac.uk
  • September 25, 1-5pm, Kydd Building, Abertay University Dundee: Upping Your Game, a workshop on IP and business models for the video games industry, organised by Abertay University, by ICC and Creative Scotland, with additional funding from CREATe. Speakers from industry, academia and legal and enterprise organisations will address IP and business sustainability, investment and funding opportunities, and avenues for engaging with other sectors in the UK and internationally. The event is free to attend but places are limited and must be booked online at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/upping-your-game-tickets-12821749197?aff=es2&rank=1

Further details about these events are available from the Institute for Capitalising on Creativity, coca@st-andrews.ac.uk

30-07-2014: Internship benefits student and Government

CASE PhD student Ciaran McDonald recently completed an ESRC Internship with the Scottish Government and reflected on his experience in a blog: 

Like many other sectors and industries, there has been a recent galvanising interest in design thinking at the Scottish Government. In part this has been brought on through a growing influence from senior officials as well as the development of close links with external partners, such as the Glasgow School of Art’s Institute of Design Innovation and the design agency, Snook.

Overall my research consisted of interviewing staff at different levels of the government to consider what place design thinking has within the organisation and map out where this method could be improved for future projects that may consider this innovative approach. In addition to this, I had the opportunity to observe and participate in a number of design-led workshops. Although this subject diverges from my PhD research, this project has helped honed my qualitative research skills and connects with work conducted by colleagues at the ICC.

To read the full blog, follow this link to Ciaran's studentship page.

15-07-2014: Act early and strategically with Intellectual Property

Marisa Giannasi speaking at Up Your IP seminar 16 June 2014Know the value of your Intellectual Property (IP), and the best way to protect it for your advantage.

These were among the pearls of wisdom shared at Up Your IP, a seminar for Design industry practitioners held recently in Edinburgh. Read our blog on the event here.

Organised by ICC and Creative Scotland  and co-sponsored by CREATe, the day was the first of a series that aims to improve awareness and action on IP for Creative Industry enterprises. The second event, on September 11, will focus on IP for Theatre organisations, and a third event, on September 25, will address IP for Digital Creatives. In November, the partners will release guidebooks addressing IP in Scotland’s Creative Industries. For details of the upcoming events and guidebooks, please contact coca@st-andrews.ac.uk

Photo of Marisa Giannasi of Method Studio, by Colin Tennant Photography

SJOP Issue 2 reveals the making of White

The second issue of the Scottish Journal of Performance has just been released, and includes a photo essay by ICC CASE student Ben Fletcher-Watson which explores the adaptation of the theatre production White into a transmedia digital toy. In 2013, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company commissioned Scottish app developer Hippotrix to create an app for mobile tablet computers and smartphones inspired by the world of  White. Ben completed a 6-month placement with Hippotrix and played an integral role in the app production.

Ben's paper outlines the process of creating White The App, including wire-framing, asset capture, sound recording, coding and prototyping. It also explores the impact of design decisions on dramaturgy and performativity, noting that digital media offer new possibilities for embracing non-linear storytelling while retaining key aspects of the live aesthetic.

Issue 2 os SJOP also includes an article and book review by fellow ICC CASE student Bethany Whiteside. Both Bethany and Ben are conducting their student research at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Comedians' careers are no laughing matter

microphoneA research project to explore conditions of work in the creative industries and in particular, for freelance comedians, has concluded with findings that illustrate the precariousness of the professional comic's career.

Dr. Dimitrinka Stoyanova Russell (an affiliated researcher of ICC and Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick) and Dr. Nick Butler (Lund University) received funding from the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences to interview over 80 professional comedians and other industry actors. They found the world of comedy is characterized by high levels of individualization, job insecurity, unpaid labour, reliance on personal networks and extreme variability in career paths. The study improves understanding of how we work today in an era of freelance labour, temporary employment and precarious conditions of work. The full results of the study are currently being written, while key findings are provided under Dr. Stoyanova's profile here.

30-05-2014: Business Voucher Leads to "Jaw Box" Performance for Audience Development

Glasgow Womens Library logoAn ICC Business Voucher has launched a new partnership and opened the door to Lottery funding for a community performance project for Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL). “Jaw Box" will be produced during 2014-15 by the Library and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), which joined forces during a Business Voucher project conducted in 2013 by Dr. Anna Birch.

GWL applied for a Business Voucher to acquire help with engaging local audiences through the performing arts, and with reaching women who had had no previous experience of the Library.  Dr. Birch worked with the Library to develop a community performance project, and to form a partnership to raise funds and deliver the live and filmed performances of “Jaw Box”.  The partnership was given a significant boost in February with the award of £45,000 from Creative Scotland’s Public Art Lottery Fund.

GWL is a registered company and Scottish charity, and won the 2013-14 Arts & Business Scotland Enterprising Museum of the Year Award. The ICC Business Voucher provided an academic researcher from the RCS, Dr. Birch, who helped the organisation discover how drama can support its social engagement aims with diverse audiences, and suggested ways in which GWL might capitalise on the outputs of such activity. Through the Voucher project, the team initiated plans for a community production, eventually proposing "Jaw Box" as an adaptation of A Pageant of Great Women, a women's suffrage play by Cicely Hamilton which was performed across the UK from 1909 until the outbreak of war in 1914.

It is anticipated that the project, which will involve up to 500 local women in various aspects of the production, will deliver a variety of social and artistic impacts, including:

  • increased confidence and self-esteem for participants
  • Increased exercising of the right to vote
  • Improved support networks for isolated and vulnerable women
  • Increased engagement with creative activities in Glasgow
  • Increased opportunities for employment through skills development
  • increased awareness of historical landmarks such as women’s suffrage and the anniversary of World War I
  • enhanced awareness of social problems in Glasgow, and barriers to arts participation
  • development of a performance DVD which can be marketed via creative enterprise activity 

For further information about the “Jaw Box" project, contact a.birch@rcs.ac.uk or info@womenslibrary.org.uk

29-05-2014: Overseas Visit Enriches Dance Research

Bethany Whiteside on placement in PhiladelphiaRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland PhD student Bethany Whiteside travelled to Temple University, Philadelphia, as a Visiting Research Scholar for the month of April thanks to an Overseas Institutional Visit (OIV) award from the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC). While at Temple, Bethany had the opportunity to present her research to Dance faculty, attend and give subject-specific lectures and to host a workshop on the creation of the peer-reviewed student-led journal the Scottish Journal of Performance (based on her experiences as Co-Editor).

The key purpose of OIV awards is to support postgraduate students to participate in international academic activities and networks.  Bethany was kindly hosted by the dance department of the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, one of the oldest university dance departments in the world. Chaired by Professor Sherril Dodds, the current department is a hub of activity hosting an undergraduate degree programme, two masters programmes and a PhD programme.

Whilst undertaking her month long visit, Bethany crucially had the chance to situate her sociology of dance research in the greater context of Dance Studies scholarship. Her research is investigating the  micro-sociological, rather than historical and aesthetic links, between contrasting participatory dance activities and practices. More details of her CASE studentship sponsored by Creative Scotland and ESRC can be found here.‌

29-05-14: Intellectual Property Event for Designers

Up Your IP event logoDesigners and others concerned with the intellectual property (IP) behind creative design are encouraged to book places on ‘Up your IP: Design meets Intellectual Property’, a free event on Monday 16 June at Creative Scotland in Edinburgh.

This 1-day event will provide legal advice and knowledge on Intellectual Property Rights, and industry experts will discuss the Intellectual Property issues that designers face in today’s marketplace.  Speakers will also address the current legal system and investigate how IP might sit alongside 3D printing and future innovations.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Ken Peter, K.W. Peter & Co.  
  • Euan Duncan, MacRoberts
  • Philip Hannay, Cloch Solicitors
  • Dids MacDonald, ACID
  • Scott Jarvie, Jarvie-Design
  • Marisa Giannasi, Method Studio
  • Richard Clifford, MAKLab
  • Dr. Nicola Searle, Intellectual Property Office

Registration starts at 10am and lunch will be provided. The programme will conclude around 3pm. Places are limited so please book your place by Monday 9th June via Eventbrite.

This event is organised by Creative Scotland, in partnership with the Institute for Capitalising on Creativity and with additional funding from CREATe and the Economic & Social Research Council.

06-05-2014: Design Summit Meets 22 May in Dundee

Design in Action graphics from websiteDesign in Action are pleased to announce the inaugural Scottish Design Summit 2014 - 'Design in Business' which will take place at Dundee's newly opened luxury Malmaison Hotel on the 22nd May 2014.

With design workshops and speakers from Rolls Royce, Spotify, Purple Beach, Diageo and Harris Tweed Hebrides all speaking about how design has played a large role in their success, this is a business event not to be missed!

The event is aimed at students, entrepreneurs, innovators, policy makers, academics and design professionals.

Optional Workshop Programme:

Workshop 1 – Designing the Development of your business – David Smith Programmes Manager, and Fiona Pilgrim, Professional Development Manager, Cultural Enterprise Office

Workshop 2 – Co-designing the future of your business – Jon Rogers, Professor of Creative Technology, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design

Workshop 3 – Design KIT – How to innovate your business – Suzy Prior and Jen Ballie, Post-Doctoral Research Assistants, Design in Action

Tickets are only £25 for the day delegate fee or £75 for the day and evening dinner. Reserve your place at http://www.designinaction.com/designsummit

23-04-2014: Reducing risk in theatre for children

Imaginate Festival logo
ICC and Royal Conservatoire PhD Student Ben Fletcher-Watson will deliver a talk at next month's Imaginate Festival in which he will explore new digital methods for building family audiences, including video trailers, apps, books and social stories for autism-friendly performances. Augmented arts offer mutual benefit to audiences and artists alike: these products are now becoming affordable and can reduce risk for new audiences, as well as potentially providing a new way of monetising existing cultural products. The talk will use the creation of new children's theatre app "White: The App" (Catherine Wheels / Hippotrix) as a case study, and includes an opportunity to play the app afterwards.

Ben's talk is for registered delegates of The Imaginate Festival, Scotland’s international festival of performing arts for children and young people. The festival runs from Monday 5 to Monday 12 May 2014 at venues across Edinburgh. More details are available from http://www.imaginate.org.uk/festival/

17-03-2014: World-first Children's Theatre App Launches

screenshot from White app
The world's first children's app inspired by theatre, the product of a year's work by Ben Fletcher-Watson, an ICC and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland student, and digital app designer Hippotrix, can now be found online. White, an app based on the internationally popular children's theatre show of the same name by Catherine Wheels Childrens Theatre, has just been launched as a free programme in the iTunes store for iPad and iPhone users. The download is available at https://itunes.apple.com/app/white-inspired-by-theatre/id831470213?mt=8

Ben worked on the app production while on placement with Hippotrix in 2013. Further details about the placement are available in our 2013 news archive

07-03-2014: Food Design Challenge Seeks Academics

photo and title for Food chiasma May 2014
Design in Action: Food Chiasma – The Canny Consumer

Design in Action invites academics interested in engaging with industry to take part in a Chiasma workshop to share and apply expertise and knowledge by collaborating on the development of potentially economically viable ideas, taking research beyond the academy into new interdisciplinary contexts for maximum impact.

This knowledge exchange workshop will focus upon the food sector, a key sector in the Scottish economy which is undergoing significant change. Consumers are increasingly aware of the impacts their food choices are having on their health, social life and budget. Recent rises in the cost of food are leading to behavioural change. Families want their incomes to stretch further, so they are looking at how they can achieve this whilst still providing their families and friends with a diet rich in choice and taste. The impact on this change in food consumption provides a real business opportunity, giving considerable value to secure food chains, reduction in food waste and ensuring that every element in the food process is considered by this pressing need. 

This residential event of two and a half days will focus on the changing environment of food production, retail and consumption, exploring how best to reconcile consumer needs with a viable business option.  This Chiasma will provide an opportunity for academics and designers to converge with food producers, businesses and retailers to identify and create potential solutions in this new food era.  Following the Chiasma, funding of up to £20k will be available to develop ideas further. Academics from a wide range of backgrounds are invited to apply to attend including those with expertise in art and design, information technology, food science, health science and business and management.

The Canny Consumer – Food Chiasma: 5pm, Wed 30th April 2014 – 4pm, Fri 2nd May 2014
DoubleTree by Hilton, Kingsway West, Dundee, DD2 5JT
Free to attend but requires 2.5 days committed engagement (all food / accommodation provided)

Closing date for applications: 16.00, Monday 17th March 2014
Apply online at http://www.designinaction.com/chiasmas/food-chiasma-2  

If you require further information please contact: Louise Jack enquiries@designinaction.com (01382 385361), or Gemma Kearney g.kearney@rgu.ac.uk (01224 263703)

02-04-2014: Call for Disruptive Thinkers in Wellbeing

Wellbeing Chiasma image
Participants are sought for The Wellbeing Chiasma, an initiative of ICC's partnership in the RCUK Knowledge Exchange Hub Design in Action, based at the University of Dundee. Academics, businesses, professionals, users, organisations and designers will be invited to address challenges in Wellbeing through the Chiasma, a free, 2.5-day workshop in disruptive design thinking. Business ideas that stem from the event can apply for start-up grants of up to £20,000. 

The Wellbeing Chiasma will explore ideas around challenges to our healthcare and wellbeing presented by an ageing population and those living with long term health conditions.  Self-management techniques are required to help individuals live their lives in the best possible way. The impact of improving personal health and wellbeing provides a business opportunity. Through the Chiasma, participants will consider how design-led enterprise could be applied in healthcare and wellbeing contexts such as ageing, obesity and diabetes.

For more information, visit the Chiasma page at http://www.designinaction.com/chiasmas/wellbeing-chiasma-2014/

17-12-2013: ICC Students Launch Journal of Performance

Scottish Journal of Performance logo

A new academic journal for research on performance has been launched by ICC-Royal Conservatoire of Scotland PhD students Ben Fletcher-Watson and Beth Whiteside. The co-editors announced the digital release of the Scottish Journal of Performance at http://www.scottishjournalofperformance.org, to be followed by a print version in January 2014.

SJOP is an open-access peer reviewed journal focussing on performance in Scotland (contemporary and historical) and wider aspects of performance presented by scholars and practitioners based in Scotland. Performance  encompasses a wide range of arts and entertainment and takes as central themes dance, drama, film, music and television.

Commenting on the contents of the first issue, Ben noted "There is an incredible range of high-quality scholarship which gives us a strong foundation from which to build in the future." The editors have issued a call for submissions for the second issue, to be published in June 2014. The deadline for submitting is 5pm, 24th January 2014. Full details are available on the site or via email from the editors, at editors@scottishjournalofperformance.org


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