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Project Update and Impact

Ongoing Impact

Following the LITE project some significant changes have been made to student education in the School of Performance & Cultural Industries. Some of the findings from the project were employed during the pandemic lockdown period as learning pivoted to online and remote experiences. Scott (as Director of Student Education) and Maria (as Digital Education Lead) independently and collaboratively played major roles in advising staff and re-imagining pedagogical approaches delivered via the screen.

The know-how that we developed in working with the mobile phone proved crucial for practical teaching during lockdown. Maria used the exercises that were developed as part of this project with the group of undergraduates in the Collaborative Performance Project Module. Students could engage in practical work through their mobile phone following exercises such as Feel Hear See Do, described in the Pedagogy section of this site. Reflections on the exercises were shared online in a Teams call. The group met in person when restrictions were lifted in May 2020 for the first time in Meanwood Park and in collaboration with Extinction Rebellion Leeds they created the geo-located audio walk 'Flowing Towards our Future'. More information on the project can be found on the Performance section of this site.

Site-specific, locative performance and theoretical and practical exploration of the potential of mobile phone technologies now forms a part of both undergraduate Theatre & Performance students studies and also postgraduate programmes. The work has informed the revision of the programme now entitled 'MA in Writing for Performance & Digital Media' and the new module 'Digital and Intermedial Storytelling' which in part focuses on locative media and the mobile phone and attracts a large range of postgraduate students from courses across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures.

Work from this project continues to have impact within the academy and in industry. As a direct result of this website - in July 2022 Scott and Maria were invited to contribute to K3 - Center for Choreography, Tanzplan in Hamburg (Germany). The interactive workshop for international choreographers used exercises delivered via the mobile phone as the opening event of   'LAB Physical Distancing as a collaborative method of Dance Mediation' event.

Work from the LITE project contributed directly to the successful AHRC Bridging the Gaps Research project with a future location-based performance envisaged for Shanghai.  Scott (Co-Investigator on the project) has been part of the team creating Augmented Reality experiences for visitors at Leeds Industrial Museum. Song- The Future (October 2022) was a technological experiment delivered via mobile phone to visitors to the museum and created as part of the AHRC funded  UK/China Research Project.