At the forthcoming Third Bremen Conference on Multimodality, Michael Gallagher and I will
will use an unrehearsed group excursion through the city as a way of:
This excursion represents the latest iteration of an activity that Michael, Jeremy Knox and I have delivered during conferences and seminars in London, Amsterdam and Edinburgh since 2015. In Bremen we will take a particular interest in the potentialities and affects of digital resources, including our use of the Telegram app to support opportunities for learning, whilst influencing our path through the city. For the duration of an hour we will explore central Bremen in a way that is guided by digital technology and by disposition. This will include prompts and activities mediated via Telegram.
Mobile learning and multimodality using Telegram
Before we head out to Bremen, Michael and I will be pavement-testing this exercise - what we are calling our 'digital multimodal dérive', with a nod to the work of Guy Debord - at midday on Tuesday 29 August. Our excursion will set off from the courtyard at the Moray House School of Education. We believe this activity is most effective as a group exercise therefore we are keen to recruit participants to join us as co-walker-researchers for our Edinburgh excursion. If this sounds like something you would be interested in please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You don't require any prior experience of the subject matter although will need to download the free Telegram app to your smartphone for the duration of the exercise.
You can read more about the rationale behind this exercise (as well instructions on how to download and use Telegram) on the project website we have created ahead of our visit to Bremen:
A final word: if you can join us at midday on 29 August and have a few moments to spare afterwards to tell us about your experience, Michael and I will gladly take you for a coffee in exchange for your thoughts (at a location to be determined by the path we follow through the city).
Dérive in Amsterdam
EC1: Sights & Sounds
Wondering about the city: meaning-making in Edinburgh's Old Town
I am an ESRC-funded Doctoral student in the Centre for Research in Digital Education at The University of Edinburgh.