The Research Group Images, Words, and Ideas

The aim of this website is mainly to show some of the activities of research group “Images, Words and Ideas”. It also introduces some resources that are somehow relevant. Of course, they are likely to change over time as our interests move forward.


The research group Images, Words, and Ideas explores young people’s and children’s everyday activities when interacting with digital media, especially videogames. Communication contexts and entertainment settings are intertwined in our work, based on three axes:

  1. Everyday life and new media, understood from the concept of participatory culture.
  2. The performances, productions, and messages built by children and young people, contemplated both as active participants and producers. From this approach, we focus on the processes new literacies acquisition. 
  3. Interactive and digital technologies that support and enable convergent media, enabling people to participate in shared endeavors as critical and responsible citizens.

We look for research results colliding with social affairs.During the past ten years, we have been collaborating with children, young people, families and schools,exploring new ways of entertainment that enable children and adults to develop as global citizens in their communities, in particular as producers as well as active receivers of media content.

We have collaborated closely with IT-related private foundations and companies.Especially relevant are the agreements between the research group and Electronic Arts in Spain (2006-2012) and those signed with Microsoft Spain, Cedro, Universal Pictures, and Telefónica (2007-2008).

RESOURCES

Official Minecraft TrailerVideo

Minecraft is moving gaming from Nintendo DS to tablets. You can also play on Play Station 3 and Xbox 360. New versions for more advanced consoles are to be announced. The game allows for online interaction from any device. Here, entertainment is intertwined with creative activity. Geometric building blocks generate new forms in digital worlds, and you can also experience some adventures even if that’s not too clear yet.

Scratch

Scratch is a tool for children to learn how to create by using a programming language. The community, organized around this instrument, allows for sharing creations and even for reusing those from others. It can be learned and taught as a game. Mitchel Resnick is the developer at MIT. We recommend this article by Mitchel, which gives an idea of the philosophy to organize activities that he proposes.

London Philharmonic Orchestra

London Philharmonic To Release Album Of Greatest Video Game Music – View More by This Artist

ART & CULTURE

Music in videogamesVideo

Is Game Music All It Can Be?

Game music is often overlooked, but it has recently grown to become a key element in game design. This article, published on Gamasutra a few years ago, is just a perfect introduction to reflect on this topic. Not everyone will agree with comparing the soundtracks of movies and video games, but it can certainly be done.

Super Mario Bros.’s 25th Anniversary

(History 1985 – 2010)

Mario has forever been the king of videogames, and his life has been long and propsper.However, it remains to be seen whether he’ll survive to tablets. Sometimes Nintendo’s commercial politics, quite focused on their own products, have prevented Mario from traveling across platforms. In this video, made on the occasion of his 25th anniversary, part of his story is told.

Peabody awards

The Peabody Awards 2013 wererecently announced recently in the US. Theycould be compared to the Pulitzers,awards for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature, and musical composition. The Peabodys, however, recognizeexcellence in radio, TV, and new digital media. Some interesting comments can be found on The Guardian and The New York Times about the winners. What are the criteria for choosing the winners? The awards express the jury’s perspective, but at the same time they influence people’s choices.

Man With A Movie Camera:The Global Remake

Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake is a participatory project involving videos from all around the world. People are invited to participate by recording images re-interpreting Vertov’s original script. Videos are uploaded to the project website. An interesting and creative remake showing how new and old media collide.

A Word From Henry Jenkins on ConvergenceVideo

This video was prepared byone of Henry’s students. Academics can present ideas in very different formats. Please have a look at these images and sounds to understand better what Convergence Culture actually means.

Man With a Movie Camera | TrailerVideo

Publicado el 10/03/2014

We love silent movies. They haveserved as a source of inspiration for movies both old and new and even video games and other new media. The Man With a Movie Camera is consideredto be one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era.Now, DzigaVertov’s 1929 masterpiece returns to the big screen with a live soundtrack provided by DJ James Whetzel. Check out the note introducing this video on Youtube. More information about this new release can be found on his website.