Mr Jack Lowe

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About me

I'm a cultural geographer and digital media artist whose research and creative practice explores how people engage with place through playful, site-specific, experimental and/or immersive media forms.

I am currently working as a Research Associate at the Creative Economies Lab, part of the Digital Cultures Research Centre based in the Pervasive Media Studio at Watershed, a digital creativity centre in central Bristol.

I recently completed a practice-based PhD project at Royal Holloway, supervised between Geography and Media Arts, which involved independently making and testing location-based games in my home district of Canterbury and more widely in East Kent. This method sought to understand the potential of location-based game development and play for discovering, sharing and engaging purposefully with the wide-ranging narratives through which this area is imagined, lived, performed and contested today.

Creative works developed during my PhD have included The Timekeeper's Return, a mixed-reality treasure hunt in Canterbury's Cathedral Quarter played using QR codes; Canterbury in 3 Words, a participatory storytelling platform and location-based treasure hunt played using the what3words app; and The Gates to Dreamland, a locative audiowalk game based around Margate's Dreamland amusement park, made as part of A Different LENS (a collaborative story-mapping project funded by Arts Council England, Kent County Council and Margate NOW).

During my time at Royal Holloway, I was also an active member of the StoryFutures Creative Cluster network, acting as an expert consultant for SMEs by sharing insights on game design, location and environment in digital narrative experiences. This notably led to my involvement as a writer, narrative designer and consultant for Interrobang?!, a theatre-meets-online gaming experience developed by immersive theatre company Gideon Reeling.

I am an active member of the Digital Geographies Research Group (DGRG) of the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers), where I sit on the committee.

Area of expertise

Cultural geography, digital geographies, media arts, pervasive media, place, digital games, practice-based research, qualitative research


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