Digital R&D podcast 1: UCG, social media & audience curation

The Arts Council has now launched the first two episodes in the series of six Arts digital R&D podcast audio podcast programmes.   The series, hosted by arts and culture broadcaster and journalist John Wilson (who I didnt get to meet), the aim is to explore the innovative use of digital technology in the arts and cultural sectors.  Each programme in the series will focus on one of the themes at the core of the Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture (I’m holding my tongue about the New Digital Fund… thats for another post): User generated content and social media; Digital distribution and exhibition; Mobile, location and games; Data and archives; Resources; and Education and learning.

Carolyn and myself are featured in episode 1. It was really fun to make and the guys at MontyFunk were brilliant.  We had our extensive 45min interview about the Social Interpretation project at IWM whittled down to 5minutes, so understandably some key elements were overlooked.  But the programme does raise some interesting points about social media and UCG in cultural spaces.

behind the scenes at The Global Lab. Lisps and all

So here it is my first guest presenter episode of the Global Lab Podcast! I’ve been interviewed for the Global Lab before but presenting the show is a completely different ball game!  I’m also veering off the usual route of the Global Lab and bringing some humanities gossip to the science party.

The whole experience of doing the Global Lab has been brilliant and traumatic. I hate the sound of my own voice; I think everyone dislikes hearing themselves really. Normally because in our heads we actually sound composed, sensible, not at all high pitched, yet for some reason as soon as the voice is trapped in a recorder, the realisation hits; “That is what other people hear when I say stuff!? Ugh.” Particuarly as I have a lisp, I try to avoid having my voice captured as much as possible. So apologies now for the ths, fs, sshhs that appear throughout.

So once I got over the “oh no my voice sounds like that!” sensation, it was really good fun. I’m really grateful to Steve, not only is he great to present with, but he is also an editing genius.  It took over two hours to record the entire thing! You wouldn’t believe the amount of takes, and editing poor Steve had to do; as quite a lot of my segments involved nervous laughter (and multiple Freudian slips), hitting the microphone with my gammy arm, coughing, urms, erms, lacking the ability to clap, and panicked silences. But the edited version actually sounds really good!

So if you want to have a listen to me, Steve and my lisp talking about how addictive Twitter actually is the new application of the Xbox Kinect and my interview with Pete Williams about his research in Information Studies for people with learning difficulties then tune in below!

RSS, iTunes or download the .mp3


I’m hoping the next episode I won’t be as nervous, and perhaps we might be able to get it done without me breaking something.

Podcastic: The Global Lab (featuring me!)

I’ve been gibbering on about digital humanities, museums and digital technology on the brilliant Global Lab podcast.  You can donwload it via RSS, iTunes or download the .mp3.  You can almost hear my over enthusiastic hand gestures!  I even managed to nearly knock over the microphone, but thankfully that has been edited out.  So if you want to hear what I sound like, rather than read me, there you go. I mostly spoke about the QRator project which is a collaboration between CASA and UCLDH.

The Global Lab podcast is about cities, spatial analysis, global connectivity and the impact of technology on society produced by two brilliant chaps from CASA; Steve and Martin.  Its very good listening for train journy’s and to whip out anecdotes in dinner party conversations. Check it out