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Introducing Hybrid Relics

From 14.11.23 We are excited to announce the start of Hybrid Relics, a Horizon Agile Round 3 project which is focussing on musical instruments, secular and religious relics as a way to start to explore new and innovative ways to think about social computing and designing hybrid products. Things that exist as both physical and digital. We’re starting to work out how we might deal with what we’re calling hybridity using a range of different design approaches.

For lots of people the term ‘relic’ perhaps had negative connotations, we’ve all talked about relics as things that are a bit dusty and perhaps reminiscent of a bygone age, but there are also other meanings, such as religious relics, which still play a part in contemporary worship for many people around the world. There are even relic guitars; new instruments that are made to look and feel as though they’re ‘road worn’ or have been played for years. As with many physical items today, they also have a digital presence too, and it’s this that we’d like to explore and experiment with....

For more info check out our full blog post here

Reliquary Shrine – Attributed to Jean de Touyl French ca. 1325–50

Developing the Network Another key activity has been to start developing a network with academics from the School of Law. As the network develops, we envisage interesting and perhaps unforeseen connections between people and projects. Dr De Wilde (Principal Investigator of the AHRC funded Anglo Norman Dictionary one of our partners at Aberystwyth University) and I have started to write about the nature of text and history. This will act as a catalyst to provoke other members to think about the nature of Hybrid Relics. Interestingly the project has started to provoke discussions with School of Law (Notts) about their interest too, linking to history, language, privacy and faith; with Dr Sarah White and Dr Will Eves (Directors of the History of Law and Governance Centre) both joining the project and affiliating the centre to the project. Dr Oliver Butler who leads the Nottingham Law and Technology Group at Nottingham also joining the project. Oliver and I have had some great discussions about digital privacy, personal beliefs and VR/3D Relics. It’s also been fascinating to discuss some of the historical literature relating to relics with Dr Claire Taylor in the Department of History at Nottingham, in interdisciplinary projects such as this. It’s really refreshing to get a genuinely different perspective on the research area that you’re working in. I always look forward to hearing Claire talk about her area of scholarship, it makes you reflect and having medieval resources as a catalyst for digital design is something that we fully intend to explore.

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