‘In the Code Kitchen’ is a public lecture on June 4 by Dr Marion Walton, University of Cape Town, on programming and game design with young people in Khayelitsha township. ‘Multimodality and the Moving Image’ is a day seminar on June 10, with keynote by Professor Theo van Leeuwen. The day will consider animation, machinima, and young people’s film-making.

Both events are part of the programme of MODE, the ESRC NCRM node in multimodal research methodologies at the Institute of Education






Dr Marion Walton, University of Cape Town. Jun 4, 5-6.30 pm, London Knowledge Lab.



Schools around the world are under pressure to replace or supplement computer literacy classes with computer programming or ‘coding’. At universities, even would-be journalists are admonished to “learn to code” if they want employment in a dismal job market. Given the importance of visual languages and media in coding curricula, there is surprisingly little research on what coding means for multimodal theory.

This may be because coding is like cooking. Most of the action happens in the gap between ingredients and cooked meal, and the process remains obscure to those who only see the end product. Understanding the role of multimodality in learning to code requires a look beyond the finished digital artefact. We need to make sense of the relationship between source code, software and the internal seams of digital media.

I present a low cost media literacy coding curriculum presented collaboratively with Bhavana Harrilal. We emphasised tangible programming, web-making, visual design, FOSS development processes, mobile compatibility and game design and development. This approach proved valuable not only for the design and production of a browser game but for the insights it provided into the representational and conceptual processes at work as young people took on apprentice roles as programmers and digital designers in our coding kitchen.

This event is free, but places must be booked. Please visit the MODE  events page, or contact Naomi Buneman on MODE@ioe.ac.uk.



June 10th, 2014, London Knowledge Lab



Of all cultural forms, the moving image is one of the most important in contemporary culture, and one of the most richly multimodal, combining visual design, language, music, dramatic action. The digital era has produced new forms and contexts, from Youtube to machinima. Multimodal analysis offers ways to account for all the modes in play in a given form or text, and the ways in which they work together, moving beyond conventional forms of film and television analysis which privilege filming and editing. This seminar will be of interest to students, educators, researchers and academics working with film, television and animation.

Contributors: Andrew Burn (IOE), Theo van Leeuwen (University of Southern Denmark), John Potter (IOE), Mark Reid (British Film Institute)


9.30        Registration and coffee

10.00     Keynote: Movement and Meaning: the Rise of Animation. Professor Theo van Leeuwen, University of Southern Denmark.

11.00     Coffee

11.30     Presentation: Machinima and the Kineikonic Mode. Professor Andrew Burn, Institute of Education

12.00     Group discussion task

1.00        Lunch

2.00        Presentation: Local or Universal Aesthetics? the Cinematheque Programme. Mark Reid, British Film Institute.

2.30        Presentation: Multimodal analysis and socio-cultural frames: case studies in learner video production. Dr John Potter, Institute of Education.

3.00        Group discussion task

4.00        End.

This event costs £10. Please book at the MODE events page  or contact Naomi Buneman on MODE@ioe.ac.uk.







Posted by:Andrew Burn

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