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Dr Richard Berger

Richard Berger is Reader in the Pedagogy of Media at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University. He leads pedagogic research in the Centre, and supervises projects in the areas of learning, teaching and media ethics.

He also designs online learning tools, and his other research interests include adaptation, and cross platform media practices. He has published on the subject of adaptation, and is currently writing a book on the subject, as well as editing a collection of essays on time travel in film and television.

Areas of interest in relation to the forum:

There is no doubt that recent developments in technology have shaped contemporary media practice. The drive towards more cross-platform media - termed '360 degree content' by the 2004 Graf report*, and 'Tri-media' by the BBC - poses particular challenges to today's media producer. Richard Berger’s research endeavours to understand these new practices, and new relationships between different media, with a view to this research informing new teaching methods and practices for media and screen-based education.

* Graf, P. (2004), Report of the Independent Review of BBC Online, DCMS, London.

For discussion: Tools and techniques

The pace of technological change has increased virtually exponentially over the last few years. This history of cinema, radio, computing, television, video spans just over 100 years, but the history of the web is barely into its second decade. In the last ten years we have not only seen a proliferation of new media technologies and techniques, but also an evolution as 'old media' embraces new digital acquisition and exhibition formats. Has there been a blurring of the distinctions between art, commerce, technology and media?

From a deterministic position, new technologies have created new possibilities for user generated content, and social networking. Fan activity has become more important to today's media producer, as the means of production are now cheaper and far more widely available. But, has this created a democracy of creativity?

This session seeks to map emergent new trends in art and culture, and will examine the challenges that face artists, media producers, creatives and educators in contemporary media practice. The session will also serve to frame debates that currently circulate around new practices and techniques, and will ask if the user can truly be called 'producer'. Ultimately, does new technology mean that we are all artists now?

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