News/August 2011

Dan Dixon is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England currently working on a PhD titled Playing with Reality: An Aesthetic Framework for Understanding Pervasive Games.

Dan says, The PhD I am working towards investigates the space between games, the physical world and the transformative nature of technology.

My main aims are to make an appropriately critical exploration and discussion on the subject of mixed reality games, and to construct a framework, using empirical evidence, for understanding these (bringing in the context, environment, culture and technological interaction).

This is an academic residency, intended to engage with Blast Theory’s practice over an extended period. The most important thing for me is to gain access and insight into developmental processes, of both work in progress and finished pieces.