Dave Miller
Since 2006

Dave Miller
Curently Research Fellow at University of Bedfordshire
UNESCO Chair in New Media Forms of the Book
AR book project - Sherwood Rise: http://itsthetruth.org
Project research: http://augmentedwonder.blogspot.co.uk/
Art practice: http://davemiller.org
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Looking for new Robin Hood stories

Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:50

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

What's this about?
I am doing University research and experimenting into the future of the book (more here: http://augmentedwonder.blogspot.co.uk). This is a media arts project, where my aim is to make a book that exists in two forms - as a printed book and also online. The printed book will be "extended" using Augmented Reality software on a smartphone. You will be able to launch the online book by pointing your phone at drawings in the printed book.

What am I looking for?
• Contributors and collaborators. I need your Robin Hood short stories, from all over the world, every country, every culture.
• I am looking for short stories, cultural retellings, translations, adaptations, or reversionings of the Robin Hood story.
• Stories could also be about bandits, outlaws who fight the rich/ establishment powers and give to the poor, stories of resistance.

You can base your story on the traditional Robin Hood legend/ folk tale, or the films, TV series, even the Disney cartoon version if you like. You could consider modern day stories, software pirates or terrorists might be good examples. You might like to think of Robin Hood as a vehicle for regional political expression. You could consider Robin Hood from many angles, the ambivalence of the story, the charismatic leader, the moral ambiguity, the sense of impossibility.

I am particularly interested in Robin Hood type stories from different cultures, and by writers from non-western countries.

What's my interest?
I want to build a collection of cultural retellings of the Robin Hood story, to exist in a printed book and also online. I want to assemble and structure these retellings in an interesting way across different media forms.

What do you get out of it?
Your story will go straight away into the online book, which exists in Reddit. Here it will live with the other Robin Hood and bandit stories. When the printed book is finished - which I expect in a month or so, then you will be able to position your book within the printed book (I will explain later how to do this).

Your story will be acknowledged throughout the project; your name will appear in the Augmented Reality, online and in all literature. You will be taking part in an experiment in the future of the book, and your story will be very gratefully received!

All online stories will be posted in Reddit, where I will encourage the community to respond to your story. I'll make sure your name gets seen!

1. Word limits: 1000 - 2000 words
2. English language
3. Stories and poetry
4. Fact or fiction
5. Be creative and imaginative
6. Feel free to be controversial, opinionated, political
7. Please post links to one or more images or videos with your story. For photos, drawings, sketches etc - please use Flickr, Imgur. For video please use YouTube.
8. Multiple authors per story is fine
9. Authors can write continuing stories (e.g. as in Sherlock Holmes or Dickens)
10. Please incorporate one of these subjects somewhere/ somehow in your story: bird, elephant, flowers, hand, moon, sun, comet, gallows, guns, gold, software.

Please sign up to Reddit and post your story here: http://redd.it/1j0mn8
I will be regularly posting writing prompts into Reddit.

Some background information on Robin Hood (might be of use):


Richard Stallman: talk for RIMAD at University of Bedfordshire

Wed Mar 20, 2013 18:00 - Wed Mar 20, 2013

Luton, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

A Free Digital Society
Activities directed at "including" more people in the use of digital
technology are predicated on the assumption that such inclusion is
invariably a good thing. It appears so, when judged solely by
immediate practical convenience. However, if we also judge in terms
of human rights, whether digital inclusion is good or bad depends on
what kind of digital world we are to be included in. If we wish to
work towards digital inclusion as a goal, it behooves us to make sure
it is the good kind.

Brief biography:
Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and
started the development of the GNU operating system (see www.gnu.org)
in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it
and redistribute it, with or without changes. The GNU/Linux system,
basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens
of millions of computers today. sStallman has received the ACM Grace
Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic
Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award, and the the Takeda Award for
Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several honorary doctorates.

For more info please contact Dave Miller (david.miller@beds.ac.uk)
RIMAD on Twitter: @rimadresearch
RIMAD weekly seminars: http://rimad.wikidot.com/seminars-2012-13


Aleph Null: new online generative interactive visual art

Hi JIm

This is really beautiful, great work, and must have been really tough programming to write this in javascript. One improvement I personally think would be to make the controls easier - I pressed the keys but wasnt sure what I had selected, even though I saw the colours changing.

My wish list - could you add sound? Or make it respond to sound? eg - if I could play an mp3 music file which triggers the generative process? Just an idea, maybe this has been done already?

 all the best, Dave


Connecting Conversations with Grayson Perry

I'd love to go as find his work interesting, but the tickets are £10 - too much. I'll pay £2 - what do you say?


monochrom: Der Streichelnazi

Not sure if I get it really - the Austrians learn to show their love in public for Nazis again, as they have been denying themselves this since the war? I know it's only a joke but sorry I don't think it works. Is this really letting the real feelings out? I doubt it, I would think that people have moved on by now. Would it be more fun if the Nazis petted the Austrians, maybe this is more what what people want, and maybe closer to what happened?