Posts on April 2013

Enriching Scholarship

The Teaching and Technology Collaborative here at the University of Michigan is offering this year's annual "Enriching Scholarship" from May 6-11! Offered free to all UofM instructional faculty and staff, this annual event comprises over 120 workshops, discussions, seminars, a keynote speech and a poster session, all addressing the role of technology in effective teaching, learning, and research.

Another New Game Class at U-M

Word has come to us of another new game-related class being offered in Fall 2013 here at the University of Michigan:Technology and Play This course considers the social science of play and interactive media technology. The three central questions addressed in this course are: “What is play?”, “How does technology mediate play?”, and “What are the consequences of this mediation?” Over the semester, we’ll investigate the social scientific and humanities research on play, the structure of games,...

Motion Capture in Feature Films and Video Games

A little last minute, but here's an interesting event going on in the building today: Join us for an informal show-n-tell and open discussion around Motion Capture in feature films and video games with Marc Morisseau, an alumni of U-M and the UM3DLab. Marc is currently working for Just Cause Entertainment and played a large role in the Motion Capture for Avatar 1, Resident Evil 6, Star Trek 2, and several yet to be announced feature films. It should be an exciting discussion as Marc talks...

Different Games Conference in Brooklyn, NY

Here is an interesting conference coming up this month: Different Games is a two-day conference on diversity and inclusiveness in digital games, hosted April 26-27, 2013 at NYU’s Polytechnic Institute in downtown Brooklyn. Different Games is a space for radical discussions of representation in games and the relationship of the medium to designer and player identity.

New Video Game Classes at U-M

If you are a student here at the University of Michigan, there are a couple of new video game-related courses being offered:For Summer 2013:COMM 488-201, SAC 455-202 - Video Games, Culture, & Contexts This course takes as its focus the cultural impact of video games from a number of critical perspectives. Just as movies and television have a rich history, video games develop out of a number of social, economic, and technological structures. We will examine video games as cultural texts...

Albert Kahn's Autochromes

digitized autochrome of scene in Serbia

Autochrome was the earliest commercially successful color photography process. Presented in 1904 by the Lumière brothers, it dominated the market until around 1935. One of the largest collections of autochromes was created by the French banker Albert Kahn, who sent photographers out across the world to document life in the early 20th century. The collection is held in the Musée Albert-Kahn in Boulogne-Billancourt, a suburb west of Paris. Check out their website here; the images illustrating...

Go Blue!

Digital photograph of Michigan mens' basketball team

Michigan Men's Basketball is playing for the National Championship Monday evening! To find photos of their recent tournament games - and even from their last appearance in the Final in 1993 - check out AP Images, our source for news photos across the globe!

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