Previous seminars


Mariana Lopez: 'Enhancing Audio Description: creative and integrated access for visually impaired film and television audiences', Wednesday 18th May 2022

Accessibility to film and television for visually impaired audiences has been traditionally provided through a method called ‘Audio Description’ (AD).  AD is a third person commentary which is added to a film and television production to describe the visual layer.  But what if we could integrate accessibility to a creative production by harnessing the power of sound design? This talk will introduce participants to the Enhanced Audio Description (EAD) methods, a combination of sound design strategies to provide accessible film and television experiences for visually impaired audiences, while moving towards greater choice and personalisation in the accessibility sector. I will be introducing the work produced as part of the first stage of the project as well as the work being conducted as part of our new £1m+ AHRC project running from November 2021 for 4 years.  In addition to introducing our research questions and findings, I will also be sharing how we are engaging the student community and industry partners with the project.


Peter Merrington: ‘Copulating giants or concrete cathedrals? a short history of the Four-level Stack’, Wednesday 27th April 2022

In this research seminar I will present a paper based on a forthcoming essay published by Society & Space titled, ‘Copulating giants or concrete cathedrals? a short history of the Four-level Stack’.

The paper will introduce some of my collaborative work on the cultural history of the Four-level Stack interchange - a rare type of road junction that allows traffic travelling from any direction to change to any other direction without stopping or significantly slowing down. This little-known icon of modernist design was first built in Los Angeles in 1953 and has since been replicated over a hundred times around the world.

Following the paper, I will set out and discuss some ideas for the next phase of this research. Here I will introduce the Centre for Omnidirectional Phenomenon Research (COPR). COPR will be an interdisciplinary initiative that will creatively investigate the social, cultural and environmental world of Four-level Stack interchanges outside of the US, initially working in Spain, Ghana, South Africa, Japan, Australia, Venezuela, Canada and India.

Understanding Impact, Wednesday 9th March

This online session explored what impact is and means, and how you can consider and understand impact opportunities in terms of your own research. 


PlayOn! immersive technology in stortelling and performance, Wednesday 26 January, Ben Kirman

PlayOn! is a major European cooperative project exploring the opportunities of immersive technology in storytelling and performance. It involves 9 theatre partners from across Europe, the University of York and the Academy for Theatre and Digitality in Dortmund. The project runs from 2019 to 2023, and is organised into annual cycles of theatre productions on particular themes related to interactive and immersive technology.

In this research seminar, I will introduce the project and share some recent work with partners on using game design in theatre productions. In particular, collaborations with Teatro O Bando (Portugal) and their interactive production FUTEBOL, and a collaboration with Pilot Theatre (York), and XR Stories, on the immersive non-linear project THE ARCHIVE. As the PlayOn! project reaches the midpoint, I will also discuss the upcoming production cycle ("Concrete Utopias") with a particular focus on opportunities for colleagues in TFTI to engage with the project.


Aesthetics, materiality and meaning-making in scenographic light, Wednesday 17 November, Katherine Graham  

The Post-Screen Through Virtual Reality, Holograms and Light Projections: Where Screen Boundaries Lie - Pre-launch of Jenna Ng's new book, Wednesday 24 November, Jenna Ng