UWE's Digital Cultures Research Centre launches cookbook of recipes for creating new tech platforms

Issue date: 10 December 2014


How can a hop, skip and a jump unlock a story?

How could the spirits of a place send you a text?

What would it be like to have a social media pet?

Anyone who has ever asked a question like this needs The Pervasive Media Cookbook – a collection of tech recipes where designers, engineers, artists and performers create new platforms to deliver art, entertainment and education to new audiences in new ways.

The Cookbook features 14 recipes based on actual prototypes and offers a 'how to' guide for a world where ubiquitous computing meets media delivery. Crafted in the kitchens of Bristol's Pervasive Media Studio, the Cookbook has the inside story on how to use sound, image, and code to produce unique experiences in the real world. The recipes take designers, artists and students through a whole new way of getting a message out to their audiences - the kind of know-how that is usually kept secret, or appears in obscure journals.

Home to UWE Bristol's Digital Cultures Research Centre and based in Bristol's Watershed, the Pervasive Media Studio is a collaboration between Watershed, UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol. It hosts a brilliant community of artists, creative companies, technologists and academics exploring experience design and creative technology.

Co-author Professor Jon Dovey says, “We're thrilled to be launching the print version of the Cookbook - the recipes have new ways of delivering content that are going to become commonplace in the next few years, as our environments get smarter. This is the kind of hands-on info that is often really hard to come by so it's great to get the word out so that more people can get involved in designing our future worlds.”

“The cookbook gives a great intro into how these different and enjoyable experiences have been created, and I really hope that it inspires people to have a go at making something themselves,” adds co-author Dr Constance Fleuriot.

The Pervasive Media Cookbook is available as a free PDF download or as a Print on Demand option that will deliver a handsome paperback copy perfect for studio, office or library. (And just in time for Christmas, for the techie in your life). As a special bonus, the print copy includes two brand new recipes - Rik Lander's Memory Dealer and Splash & Ripple's Ghosts in the Garden.

Visit the Pervasive Media Cookbook website to place your order or go direct to Magcloud here.

The Pervasive Media Cookbook is one of the outputs from an AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellowship and is a Digital Cultures Research Centre Press publication. It is designed by Bristol based design and branding studio Design & Co, led by the founders and UWE graduates Sam Barber and Fran Hope.

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