The REFRAME Digital Platform for Research in Media, Film and Music (including media practice, cultural studies and journalism) is proud to announce the launch today of its latest website MEDIAMORPHOSIS, an experimental space for the documentation, publication and dissemination of objects and experiences.

MEDIAMORPHOSIS is produced and edited by Cécile Chevalier together with other members of the Creative Critical Practice Research Group (CCPRG), based at the University of Sussex (staff and doctoral students from the University of Sussex, Royal College of Art, University of Brighton and University of West London, along with unaffiliated working practitioners and members of other professional creative organisations).

The first task of the MEDIAMORPHOSIS website is to announce that registration is now open for the first of two upcoming symposia connected to our research: the Mediamorphosis Symposium and Exhibition that will take place on May 10, 2013 at the Attenborough Creativity Zone, University of Sussex. We invite researchers, practitioners, artists, designers, scientists to submit, discuss, exchange and engage with analogue and digital practices as mediamorphosis.

Henry Jenkins (2004) describes how digital media potentially incorporates all previous media so that it no longer makes sense to think in medium-specific terms, problematising the concept of authenticity and authentic experience. In this one-day symposium, we are thus interested in questioning what is authentic experience within digital media? And what drives the pervasive cultural desire for an authentic experience? Because digitalisation inevitably alters theoriginal in a mediamorphosis-like transformation, we are interested in exploring the authentic nature of this new object and experience. Mediamorphosis is a collective initiative by the Creative & Critical Practice Research Group.

Keynote speaker: Professor Sally Jane Norman (Director of the Attenborough Arts Centre)

Speakers and participants include (in alphabetical order):
Dr Camille Baker (Brunel University), Dr Caroline Bassett (University of Sussex), Cécile Chevalier (University of Sussex), Evren Eken (University of Sussex),  Kate Genevieve (Artist), Ian Grant (University of West London), Marlene Haring (Artist), Daniel Alexander Hignell (University of Sussex), Dr Birgitta Hosea (University of the Arts London), Aysenur Karabulut (University of Sussex), Simon Morse (Artist), Micheál O’Connell  (aka Mocksim, Artist), Dr Gascia Ouzounian (Queen’s University, Belfast), Joe Stephenson (Artist), James Stevenson (Victoria & Albert Museum).

Mediamorphosis symposium is co-funded and supported by the Doctoral School’s Researcher-Led Initiative (RLI) Fund, University of Sussex It is also supported by the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.

Place are free but limited. To register please email Cécile Chevalier (
ccprgsussex[at]gmail[dot]com) the registration form that can be downloaded from the following webpage:

For further information about the symposium please click on the below links:

Catherine Grant (REFRAME Editor) and Cécile Chevalier (for the Creative Critical Practice Research Group and MEDIAMORPHOSIS)

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