• Capturing attention in the epoch of the media savvy

      Benedetto, Stephen Di; Oddey, Alison; White, Christine; University of Derby (Intellect, 2013-07-01)
      There has been a revolution in the critical scholarship concerning the altered ways in which we describe and theorize the designed visual elements of production, artworks and events. No longer are we satisfied with the boundaries between installation, live performance, television and cinema. Like our media-savvy contemporary audiences, artists are experimenting with novel combinations of media to create new collaborative relationships between artists and audiences.
    • Conversations towards change [Editorial]

      Oddey, Alison; Christine, White; University of Derby (Intellect, 2015-10-01)
      This issue looks at a range of arts practice supported, and in some cases not supported, by the Canadian Council for the Arts. It expounds the virtues of seeing and hearing works and understanding the inter-relationship of spaces, places and artworks that help us all to form our own sense of identity but also informs how we view others.
    • Dimensions of European wellness: contemporary design and the visions of life and the self: ‘The New Apothecary’s Cabinet II’, mind-body-spirit

      White, Christine; Oddey, Alison; University of Derby; Nottingham Trent University (2016-05-21)
      ‘The New Apothecary’s Cabinet II’, of Mind-Body-Spirit which is a devised, interactive Art Installation, is the second in the series, and investigates what a new apothecary’s cabinet would be as a piece of contemporary furniture, in collaboration with designer Chris White and maker Steve Smith, using machine-made systems, different types of material and wood, reflecting both old and new. Alison Oddey’s research for this creation interrogates how to live well and be happy, and is based on the Foresight Project’s ‘Five Ways to Well-being’, which concluded that five steps incorporated into daily life can fortify mental health and can contribute to a more productive, fulfilling life, as well as a UK survey published by BUPA in 2015 that it is the simple things in life which make us smile. The Cabinet is a provocation to the viewer to interact with the 24 drawers, to connect, be active, be curious, learn and give. There are health gains within the sensory experiences of all drawers to enrich life, bring support, feel good, maintain mobility, appreciate what matters in life, feel satisfied with confidence boosted and rewards of helping others to be happy within the community. The viewer is invited to be creative, to smile and laugh, to experience some feel-good moments in their day, in order to improve and maintain their health, to revive and restore their mind-body-spirit in smells, tastes, listening, touching and new ways of seeing. This project forms part of a sustained programme of research titled ‘The Cultural Value of the Arts for Health & Well-Being’, which employs methods and processes across Art and Science, designed to test and transform perceptions of what it is to live well and be happy, raising public awareness and engagement, to stimulate sustainable, social and cultural debate and significant public dialogue
    • Entrepreneurship for the creative and media arts

      White, Christine; Oddey, Alison; Xia, Fan; Ping, Lu; McNicoll, Sarah; Nottingham Trent University; Shanghai Institute of Visual Art; University of Derby (China Agricultural University Press, 2012)
    • A gift for Eleonora

      White, Christine; Oddey, Alison; University of Derby; Nottingham Trent University (2015-05-12)
      The performance, ‘A gift for Eleonora’ is a research output, which investigates the cultural value of the arts for health, happiness and well-being as a cultural health intervention for public engagement in an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This was performed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Basilica di Santa Croce, in the Cappella dei Pazzi, Florence, Italy on May 13-15, 2015.
    • Linking languages: Realigning design vocabularies [Editorial]

      Oddey, Alison; Benedetto, Stephen Di; White, Christine; University of Derby (Intellect, 2013-12-01)
      A crowded gallery, a theatre in the round or the backroom of a local pub can become more than a destination. These spaces are transformed when a group of people come together to share an experience, whether it is to view a display of Enlightenment curiosities, a representation of the pit of history or the history of the Canadian nation. Each space contains an event, which is designed, planned for, shaped and presented, to impart some mediated experience. Much of the vocabulary we use to describe the elements and principles for shaping the scene are a result of inherited assumptions made popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The challenges that have evolved with technologies have exerted tensions and pressures on some of the vocabularies we use, in order to describe the organization of scenes. Our relationship to the world is framed by our exposure to ubiquitous experiences and technological interactions. Our vocabularies and languages to describe technologies and discoveries maintain a static language even when a visual organization influenced by an ‘Ap’ icon is drastically different from those of the early industrial age. While our aspirations for creating artwork that challenges the world as it is, remains constant, our conception of what constitutes effective expression has changed.
    • Modes of spectating

      White, Christine; Oddey, Alison; University of Derby; Nottingham Trent University (University of Chicago Press, 2009)
      Modes of Spectating investigates the questions posed by new artistic and technological mediums on the viewer experience. These new visual tools influence not only how spectators view, but also how what they view determines what artists create. Alison Oddey and Christine White analyze how gaming and televisual media and entertainment are used by young people, and the resulting psychological challenges of understanding how viewers navigate these virtual worlds and surroundings. This multidisciplinary approach brings together ideas and examples from gaming art, photography, sculpture, and performance; it will be a valuable text for scholars of both media and art.
    • The new apothecary's cabinet II

      White, Christine; Oddey, Alison; University of Derby; Nottingham Trent University (2015-09-11)
      The new apothecary's cabinet II. Nature Connections Festival and Exhibition, Markeaton Gallery, University of Derby, Derby, 11 September 2015 - 29 January 2016
    • A poetics of imagineering: scene to screen, designing for edutainment and entertainment

      Oddey, Alison; White, Christine; University of Derby (Intellect, 2012-12-15)
      2012 is already heralded as an incredibly exciting year in the United Kingdom with the success of the Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies and Games broadcast globally, and as the co-editors of the journal Scene, we are both thrilled and delighted to be launching a new interdisciplinary and international, investigative journal, which focuses on and examines design for the entertainment industries. The journal investigates the development of new technologies and modes of operating, distribution of content and profiles of design for film, television, theatre and events, as well as platforms such as gaming and virtual environment design. Scene covers a wide remit, including the visual arts, cinema, museums, visual special effects, performance and modes of spectating, and is dedicated to a critical examination of space and scenic production. As the editors, we want to explore new critical frameworks for the scholarship of creating a scene.
    • Sounds and spaces leading to heterotopia [Editorial]

      Oddey, Alison; White, Christine; University of Derby (Intellect, 2016-06-01)
      This issue of Scene explores a range of sounds and spaces that provide gaps for thought and thoughtfulness about what it means to be a part of an audience, a community, a country, a performance, a shared history and potentially a shared politics.