CONVIVIUM | Pathways to Impact

14/06/2011 09:00
15/06/2011 17:00

a Major 2-day Residential Event and Special Interest Network (SIN, June 14th-15th 2011)

Historically, understanding of impact in relation to Art and Design research has presented difficulties for both academic researchers and policy makers alike. It is widely acknowledged that art and design research has significant benefits, but what do these mean, not only to UK society and business, but also in a global context? Can we challenge perceived notions of benefit in the domain, by engaging with new cultures in business practice and industry, to identify the most promising impact opportunities both nationally and internationally?

DJCAD has demonstrated it can act as a point of convergence for digital technology, visual thinking, design strategy, visualisation and societal issues. The Pathways to Impact Convivium is targeted to explore discuss and develop impact related activities and hear examples of best practice in International Development, Products and Procedures. Workshops will develop emerging, existing and future strategy for impact strategies in our RCUK, EU and related funded project portfolio. The Convivium will use as its base studies the 7 EPSRC projects involving our staff; with their potential impact on Knowledge, People, Economy and Society. The Convivium will be staged over two days as a retreat for around 45 people (25 from the University).

Researchers in art and design have sought to articulate the context of impact through traditional means such as exhibition, publication and conference. We seek to reframe and enable researchers at DJCAD to further see their work has a wider impact in areas that have yet to be exploited and enhance our effectiveness in areas that have been difficult to accomplish; and to ensure that our research culture embeds impact related development within the cycle of the research itself (and not as an afterthought).

This event will present opportunities to …
* Re-articulate and frame research by forming collaborative partnerships, reaching out globally.

* Demonstrate proven research strengths for visual thinking and learn from world leading speakers in business, policy, providing a focus for excellence.

* Capture ideas that are generated and build upon these to energise a new international network. The leading researchers in DJCAD have current and future imperatives within funded interdisciplinary research projects that require new domains of knowledge for delivering the highest quality developments in impact.

Keynote Speakers:

· Patrick Trowell, service designer and media executive at Golant Media Venture
· Praveen Nahar, Associate Senior Faculty member in Industrial Design at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, India
· Colin Burns, designer, consultant, entrepreneur and educator, ʻDirector of Stuffʼ at Elmwood, the world’s most effective brand design consultancy.

Outcomes and Legacy that will resonate beyond the event:
· TED Style Videocast record and disseminate to be included on the new DJCAD Research Website
· Establish a special interest network (sin). Participants and non attendees
· Impact strategies for research in the creative industries, art and design with focus on building DJCAD activities
· Scrapbook for each participant (PDF) containing case studies, workshop outcomes, notes, literature and links

Day 1///Tuesday 14th June, 2011
9:00 - 10:00 Registration, Refreshments and Poster Display
10:00 ///Keynote 1///
10:45 //Session 1//Projects and Discussion
12:30 Lunch
14:00 ///Keynote 2///
14:45 //Session 2//Projects and Discussion
17:30 - 19:00 Reception and Networking
19:30 Conference Dinner. Playwright Restaurant.
This is not included in the delegate fee

Day 2///Wednesday 15th June, 2011
9:00 - 10:00 Registration, Refreshments and Poster Display
10:00 ///Keynote 3///
10:45 //Session 3//Projects and Discussion
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch and Poster Display
14:00 - 15:15 WORKSHOP

The practices, processes and perspectives of Art & Design have a key role to play in interdisciplinary discovery. To mobilise this knowledge we need to be able to articulate these approaches, build effective collaborations and understand their impact. The workshop session aims to map this landscape, harvesting invaluable insights into how and why the Art & Design contribution is critical as we journey through the 21st Century.
16:00 - 17:00 Plenary Session


What do we mean by these terms?
Why are they important?
What do artists and designers bring to these domains
What is impact specifically within art/design domain?
Visualisation and visual thinking is not the exclusive preserve of artists and designers. We need to articulate our role in these methods much more coherently.

//Session 2 SOCIETY//
If the world had a strategy, what would it be?
What would a digital economy strategy for the world look like?
What are the means of connecting the world?
What is the relevance of art and design to global business, education and research?
How can we respond to world issues?
How can we be a part of a global strategy for art, design (and technology)?
The world is getting bigger and smaller at the same time. There more people than ever before, but people are connected in more ways than ever.

//Session 3 ECONOMY//
In 2007 a report by the Work Foundation, which looked at 13 sectors within the entertainment and design industries, found that cultural exports from Britain, such as music and television programmes, were greater than from any other country.

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