So I thought it’s probably about time I updated this page… In two days time it’ll have been three years since the accident, and I’m well on the way to returning to normal life. I’m back PhDing part time, so that I have time to continue getting physical fitness back, and also because the field of study has changed a lot over the past three years… I’m also back doing a bit of teaching at the University of Bristol Department of Drama:Film Theatre and Television, and I’ve been making and editing films for the Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE.
After nearly three years of operations, painkillers, crutches and general misery it’s great to be living a near normal life again.
I’m a PhD student and visiting lecturer at the University of Bristol, with my doctoral research examining ways that new media technologies can be understood to allow new methods of co-creative and democratic knowledge creation, exchange and diffusion. My research focuses on recent technologies such as open publishing, wikis and social networking softwares, looking at how these technologies are used by activist communities to try and effect social and ecological change.
I also work as a filmmaker around Bristol, am associated with Bristol Indymedia, an open media platform for local news which is part of the worldwide Indymedia network and the Cube Microplex, a local co-operative run cinema, theatre and artspace. In a slightly bizarre parallel existance i also work as a fire dancer with a group called Chimaera, which is a lot of fun… Currently however I’m recovering from being knocked off my bike by a car, which has dramatically altered the way my year was going, and as I can’t currently get about and enjoy many of the activities I normally partake in, I thought I’d start a blog.
This blog is a place for me to share some thoughts and ideas around ecology, media, democracy and activism with the world, and hopefully get some feedback from activists rather than academics on some of my thoughts.