Blogging as reflective practice

You are reading a blog that started off about art practice-based research charting
the journey of doing a phd. It explores alternative ways of using hand held devices
to create print-based interactive artworks using graphical tagging such as QR-codes.
Art, design, technology and craft were the main themes in writing. But life gets in the
way, and over this journey the story takes unexpected happy twists along the paths
of having a baby, going on a UK Digital Economy Sandpit, meeting fanstastic people,
and subsequent group success in funding for a large multidisciplinary research
project called TOTeM.

Entries in exhibitions (3)

Impact 8 Conference

I’ve had an academic paper accepted for the IMPACT8 printmaking conference happening here in Dundee in August this year, so another thing to keep me busy! If you head over to the abstracts section of my website, you can see what I’ll be presenting about this time round in my paper A Medium in the Liminal Zone: Exploring New Territories for Printmaking. Last time the conference was in Melbourne and I mostly enjoyed it – save the war rationing approach to catering. I’m looking forward to seeing what this conference brings and especially seeing the artworks that will be exhibited about the town.

Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 03:05PM by Registered CommenterSimone O'Callaghan in , , , , | Comments1 Comment

The 11th hour

The 2nd draft of my PhD is in, all 75,000 odd words of it! Its been in for a few weeks now, and I’m just waiting on feedback to do the final touches then submit. But there are more delays – one of my supervisors had to be changed at the 11th hour just before things were quite complete. Had I not been sick, the timing would have maybe worked and there wouldn't have been so much time with one supervisor… but we agreed it would be better to take a bit longer and get things right than try to rush things and then have to do a resit. But, oh how frustrating it is!

 I was given the choice of having my new supervisor do speed read of my 2nd draft and then hope for the best to fit in with my original timeline, but we talked about it, and I didn’t really want to put that kind of pressure on him, when he needs time to get up to speed with where things are at.  So that’s all taking a bit of time and things have been pushed back another month. Its like the sword of Damoccles hanging over my head – I’m ready to move on, and I can’t until this is all done, and done well!

 Not to mention, things are getting busy with TOTeM again, so my head space in that area as well. I’m trying to carve out time to write papers, while being involved with organising 2 exhibitions that are taking place at the end of October, supervising some Product Design MSc students on reinventing the plinth, and co-ordinating the collection of stories from some really interesting First Nation people in Canada.

Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 06:33AM by Registered CommenterSimone O'Callaghan in , , , | CommentsPost a Comment

TOTeM wins £10,000

In early November the TOTeM Research Project Team submitted an application to the "Telling Tales of Engagement" Competition 2011. The competition was aimed at capturing the impact that our digital economy research is having. Three prizes of £10,000 were available to support researchers to write about the stories of impact and how we had engaged in interesting ways to a wide audience. And we won one of the three prizes! We’re going to use the money to fund an exhibition of TOTeM’s work, which will take place next summer, possibly in Glasgow or Manchester.

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 04:21PM by Registered CommenterSimone O'Callaghan in , , | CommentsPost a Comment