Culture Lab is the focal point for creative practice at Newcastle University, supporting the work of researchers and students involved in high level, experimental and multi-disciplinary creative arts and interactive technology projects in a world class, cutting edge environment. Our facilities include professional audio and video production studios, high definition cinema projection, motion capture systems, and digital prototyping machinery. We encourage forms of self-sufficiency amongst researchers and students alike through direct engagement with acts of making and creating.
Culture Lab is a partner in Newcastle upon Tyne's vibrant cultural sector. Situated at the gateway to the city, we host a range of public events that include concerts in partnership with local organisers, poetry readings in partnership with the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, and film screenings. We co-sponsor an artist in residency programme in partnership with ISIS Arts, and host a regular series of informal seminars open to the public, the Lunch Bites series. We hold open days for professionals from industry, international visitors, and local school children.
Culture Lab Radio is an attempt to find out how academic institutions could further extend their outreach into communities via broadcasting. It is an internet radio station representing both casual and official activities that are anchored in Culture Lab.
We are currently asking academic researchers to help us find ways to share knowledge through conversations. By inviting scholars to present radio show we hope to better understand the boundaries between audio and text as medium of information.
DJs are actively encouraged to experiment with unconventional styles of broadcasting. Those experiments have strongly influenced how the station is run. Some DJs actively engage with their listeners via social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter. These novel interactions create discussions and curiosity in groups who would never have heard of Culture Lab otherwise.
Posted on 3 December 2012 | 12:16 pmAdham Fisher, right, and Ian Wilson visit Culture Lab RadioOn the 24th of November, self-confessed train fanatic Adham Fisher broke the record for visiting every station on the Tyne and Wear Metro, visiting all sixty stations in two hours, fifty-six minutes and thirty-two seconds.
Posted on 6 July 2012 | 10:56 am
We're proud to say we've just launched our brand new website at http://culturelabradio.ncl.ac.uk/ - check it out!
This is the first in a series of improvements to the station over the next few months, so keep an eye on this space.
This space here --> <--- Keep looking...
If you've got any feedback on the site then drop us a line via Facebook or Twitter or write us a postcard!
Posted on 19 June 2012 | 12:07 pm
Aaaaand, we're back. Normal service is now resumed.
Look out for a new website and other exciting developments over the next few months (**rolls eyes mysteriously**)
Evening all. I'm afraid to say that we've had a power failure here at Culture Lab Radio Towers, which means we'll be off-air for a wee while. I can't say how long it'll last, but I'll be sure to update you all here, on Facebook and on Twitter when I can.
In the meantime, why not listen to Ellie and Oliver at http://www.ellieandoliver.co.uk/ ? They really are rather good :)
Posted on 21 October 2011 | 11:09 pm
After a few weeks break from groundcutting and edgebreaking netcasting (without any fish being hurt) I have been prompted to return to your Sunday morning ears by the saddest event.
On Thursday evening John Kings died - you don't know him but I do. He spent the last 30 years working to improve the lives of rural Africans, latterly through the organisation run by himself and Mary his wife in South Africa, www.tsogang.org - I was privileged to help that work for a few weeks in 2009 after leaving Culture Lab.
John was an amazing bloke and we shared a love of music some of which I would like to share with you on Sunday.