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Maureen Thomas

Maureen Thomas

Senior Research Associate

DIGIS (Digital Studio for Research in Design, Visualisation and Communication), Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge


Biography:

Dramatist, screenwriter, interactive story architect and director Maureen Thomas (former Head of Screen Studies, National Film & Television School, UK - where amongst other things she ran the international screening programme - and Professor of Cinematurgy, Narrativity & Interactivity, Norwegian Film School) has carried out her practice-oriented research into the spatial organisation of narrative, screen language and the cinematurgy of expressive space as a Senior Research Fellow (Screen Media and Cultures) Churchill College, Cambridge; Visiting Artist, Media Lab, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland and Senior Creative Research Fellow, Narrativity Studio, Interactive Institute, University of Malmø, Sweden. She has a special interest in bringing intangible cultural heritage to historical sites, museums and galleries using reconfigurable and interactive digital audiovisual media. With DIGIS, Maureen devised, directed and co-wrote, as part of the AHRC-funded ‘Cinematic Geographies of Battersea’ project, the GhostCinema app, using which visitors can discover as they walk the history of local buildings and cinemas, and download clips from films shot in the area which show their historical development and inhabitation (http://www.expressivespace.org/Ghost_Cinema.html).

For ‘CineMuseSpace’, Maureen is assisting with the selection and analysis of films, and with the deployment of software tools developed at the Digital Creativity Labs, University of York, from the Shapeshifting Media toolkit devised for the NM2 (New Millennium, New Media) EU Framework 6 Integrated Project for which Maureen was Co-Investigator for the University of Cambridge (http://cordis.europa.eu/docs/projects/cnect/4/004124/080/publishing/readmore/nm2-Brochure-2nd-edition.pdf).  The new toolkit will be used to categorise and compare clips, to exhibit them interactively and reconfigurably in real time, and to handle the material for access over the Internet.

Key Publications

  • Speed, Chris, Thomas, Maureen & Barber, Chris. 2017. ‘Ghost Cinema App: Temporal Ubiquity and the Condition of Being in Everything’ pp 313-336 in Penz & Koeck (eds.), Cinematic Urban Geographies, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Prager, Phillip, Thomas Maureen & Selsjord, Marianne. 2015. ‘Transposing, Transforming and Transcending Tradition in Creative Digital Media’ pp 141-199 in Harrison, Dew (ed.), Handbook of Research on Digital Media and Creative Technologies, Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global.
  • Thomas, Maureen. 2005. 'The power of Narrative: 2D, 3D, 4D' pp. 51-76 in Blackwell, Alan & MacKay, David (eds.) Power, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.