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REACT projects propelled beyond prototype

Date: 22/05/2015

Three collaborations between University of Bristol researchers and creative businesses have been awarded acceleration funding from REACT (Research & Enterprise in Arts & Creative Technology), an AHRC-funded knowledge exchange hub, to take their ground-breaking ideas to market.

For the Quipu project, media production company Chaka Studio, in collaboration with Dr Matthew Brown, is pioneering a unique method for online participation and civic engagement: an interactive phone line directly linked to a live website.

Quipu is an interactive documentary about the men and women who were sterilised in Peru in the mid-1990s without consent and who are still seeking justice. This partnership will allow the team to explore the potential of this method and learn how to abstract the key principles into the fields of civic engagement, academia, social activism and third sector activity.

Stand + Stare, creators of immersive theatre and interactive design, in collaboration with Professor Tim Cole of the University of Bristol's Department of History have created the Mayfly Sound Journal, a place to store precious memories of travel with an accompanying iPhone app to make sound recordings and tag them to the pages.

Each page has a pocket designed to hold small souvenirs collected from a trip, along with space to sketch and make notes. The journal also includes an accompanying iPhone app to make sound recordings and tag them to the pages. This partnership brings research expertise in materiality, landscapes, memory, travel and tourism – ideas, which continue to inform the evolution and development of Mayfly. Professor Tim Cole will also collect evidence on the impact of the project that will support the business plan.

Clare Reddington, REACT Executive Producer said: As REACT enters its final year we are delighted to be able to award some of our flagship projects additional support to help them move towards sustainability and growth as well as help them understand how collaborations between arts and humanities research and the creative economy can scale and achieve commercial success. This is a unique and bespoke programme designed to help our projects fly. It will support our teams to go beyond prototype and get their products into the hands of users.

Find out more about these projects on the REACT website.

For further information contact Alex Pryce (AHRC) on 01793 41 6025 or a.pryce@ahrc.ac.uk

Notes to Editors

  • REACT (Research & Enterprise in Arts & Creative Technology) is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange. REACT is a collaboration between UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England), Watershed (and iShed), and the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. It is a unique collaboration supporting innovative products and transformational services by bringing together companies and academics across the South West and Wales. It reaches across two dynamic UK regions, and uniquely across three cultural areas and two languages and creative economies. Together it aims to generate a transformation in arts-driven economic and social impact, by combining demand from the creative economy with arts and humanities research excellence.
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class research in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and many more. Each year the AHRC spends approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training often in collaboration with partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds provide considerable economic, social and cultural benefits to the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to: www.ahrc.ac.uk


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