DUETS brings together UCC research strengths with creative ideas and expertise from organisations or individuals who have a presence in Cork city and/or county. Funded by UCC’s Strategic Research Fund, the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, and the Information Services Strategic Fund, the inaugural DUETS workshop was held in November 2013 in the Glucksman Gallery and resulted in the funding of two collaborative projects.

The theme of this year’s DUETS workshop is ‘Creativity and Context’. What are the contexts from which creative ideas emerge? What are the relationships between creative work and its contexts of production and consumption? The computing capabilities now made possible by George Boole’s work on symbolic logic enable cultural work to be situated in new ways and the workshop will explore these possibilities. Content and context can be related as creative works become part of the fabric of everyday life through increasingly pervasive media and computing technologies and newly emergent immersive arts techniques.

The workshop will be facilitated by Professor Jon Dovey, from the REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub / University of the West of England.

Two DUETS awards of €6000 each are available in 2015: one for an open award and one for a project connected with the work and legacy of George Boole (1815-1864).

Last year, DUETS funded two collaborative projects:

DUETS Open award
Project: ‘Joseph Higgins, 1885-1925’
Dr Simon Knowles (Department of History of Art, UCC)
Dr Liam Lenihan (School of English, UCC)
Padraig Trehy (Crawford College of Art and Design / Pooleen Productions / Medaza Films)

DUETS Great Book of Ireland award
Project: ‘New Eyes on the Great Book’
Prof. Graham Allen (School of English, UCC)
Patrick Cotter (The Munster Literature Centre)

If you have any queries and/or are interested in attending this one-day workshop please RSVP to Michael Waldron at duets@ucc.ie by Monday 24 November.

On behalf of Prof. Claire Connolly (School of English, UCC), Prof. John Cryan (Dept. of Anatomy & Neuroscience, UCC), Fiona Kearney (Lewis Glucksman Gallery), Dr Rachel MagShamhráin (Dept. of German, UCC), and Dr Mel Mercier (School of Music & Theatre, UCC)