We Have A Situation!

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the half-way mark

admin : 20/05/2013 9:03 am : COM, helen

We are half-way into the workshop for the Graz situation, and I’m happy to report that all is going well. Nearly all of the technical issues are sorted – today we will test sound and make decisions about the number of laptops the network can handle – and we have a pretty good outline and a lot of media already created. All is looking good for a run-through tomorrow! more »

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Three down, one to go …

admin : 08/05/2013 3:07 pm : COM, helen

It’s amazing how fast this project is going; we have completed the first 3 situations and in just over a week will begin the fourth, which is also the final situation for this funding period. Since we began preparing for the situations, we have learned a lot – about the topics we’ve been working with as well as the technologies and processes – and this learning will feed into the fourth situation. more »

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Eindhoven Reflections

admin : 25/04/2013 6:01 pm : COM, helen

This was my first visit to Eindhoven; I discovered a compact, walkable, friendly city, much influenced by the 100+ years of Philips, the electronics giant which began here as a small lightbulb factory in 1891. Half of the city seems to have been built by Philips – even the library where our “situation” took place is located in a former Philips factory, affectionately known by the locals as “the white lady”. more »

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Preparing for Nantes

admin : 04/04/2013 5:50 pm : COM, helen

The other day I watched a 25-minute video about taking apart & recycling a Boeing 747 airplane; the movie is Hollywood style, with plenty of dramatic music & quoting lots of numbers – how heavy things are, how much money the recycled parts will sell for, what wind-speeds the nose of the plane can withstand and so on. The men doing the work (yes, all men) are interviewed about how dangerous their work is (no-one is wearing a hard-hat – but perhaps that would be a bit ineffective if a jet engine fell on you). I had never previously given much thought to what happens to retired planes, and it seems not many other people have either, since apparently most of them simply get left to rust and rot on old runways in places like Arizona. Only recently has the airline industry begun to recognise the value in recycling the planes, and this video documents the first Boeing to be recycled. more »

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Digesting the London Situation

admin : 28/03/2013 12:52 pm : COM, helen

I am back in Munich, fighting off a cold and slowly digesting the first situation after a very intense week in London. I am tired but satisfied, energised by the people and the process, and inspired to improve on things with the next situation – in Nantes, 9-12 April. more »

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2nd day in London!

admin : 20/03/2013 1:32 pm : COM, helen

we are about to start day 2 of the workshop here in london so i thought i would send you all a quick update about how it's going, for those of you who aren't here with us. things are going well! more »

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Preparing for the London Situation!

admin : 13/03/2013 1:56 pm : COM, helen

I am preparing for London, and the first “situation”; I'll arrive a few days before the workshop begins, in order to meet participants and be sure that we have everything ready. At Furtherfield, Ale is busy getting everything ready for the workshop (19-22nd) and the performance on the 23rd, and in Augsburg Martin is slaving over a smoking keyboard, putting the finishing touches on audio-video streaming in UpStage. more »

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The starting situation …

admin : 23/11/2012 12:04 pm : COM, helen

We have a situation! formally began over the weekend of 10-11 November 2011, when the four partner organisations and collaborators met for a planning meeting in Linz, Austria. more »

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