Centre for Media Research




Mr Alan Hook

Lecturer in Interactive Media Arts

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About Mr Hook

Alan Hook joined the University of Ulster in 2009. He has formally taught on the BSc in Computer Video Games, MA in Creative Technology and MSc in Creative Games at within the School of Media, Music and Performance at The University of Salford. Alan has degrees in Fine Art (Sculpture) from the University of Leeds and a MA with distinction in Creative Technologies from The University of Salford. Although Alan’s current practice focuses on emerging forms of play and media he has previously engaged in a number of physical computing projects such as The Theremin Suit: A Prototype for Augmented Proprioception (2009), and Futile Automata: Co-Ordinate Plotter (mk1) (2007). Alan is Course Director of the Interactive Media Arts program and his teaching focuses on new modes of consumption, playful mediated experiences, spreadable media and social networks.

Research Fields

Alan Hook’s research is primarily practice lead and focuses on new and emerging digital media, specifically Pervasive and Alternate Reality Gaming. His research gravitates towards a praxis driven investigation into games and play, with an interest in Alternate Reality Games and Learning. His main research interests revolve around Play as a form of media interaction and mode of audience engagement. He blogs about things he sees with his eyes which affect his heart and head and tweets @alan_hook.

Research Fields

Alan Hook’s research is primarily practice lead and focuses on new and emerging digital media, specifically Virtual Environment and Computer Video Games and their dialogue with the Fine Arts. His research gravitates towards a praxis driven investigation into games and play, with an interest in Augmented and Alternate Reality Gaming and Virtual Environments.

The majority of Alan’s production is gallery based installation both in physical and virtual spaces. Investigating the dialogues that immersion and play have in these shared spaces and how we engage with and through these new technologies. His work focuses on an Aesthetic of Immersion, Play and Interactivity.

Contact Details

Office I141
+44 (0)28 7012 4267
a.hook@ulster.ac.uk

Articles

Number of items: 4.

Barrios-O’Neill, Danielle and Hook, Alan (2016) Future Energy Networks and the Role of Interactive Gaming as Simulation. Futures, ** (**).

Hook, Alan, Barrios-O’Neill, Danielle and Mairs Dyer, Jolene (2016) A Transmedia Topology of ‘Making a Murderer. VIEW The European Journal for Television History and Culture, 5 (10). pp. 124-139.

Hook, Alan (2016) Fun and Software Edited by Olga Goriunova. Information, Communication & Society, 20 (12).

Hook, Alan (2007) Re-Thinking the Limitations of Diagrams/Diagramming the Limits of Thought. A/V (Actual Virtual) Journal of Practical and Creative Philosophy, 5.

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Book Sections

Number of items: 2.

Hook, Alan (2017) The Game Did Not Take Place—This Is Not A Game and blurring the Lines of Fiction. In: Alternate Reality Games and the Cusp of Digital Gameplay. (Eds: Garcia, Antero and Niemeyer, Greg), Bloomsbury, pp. 00-00. ISBN 000

Barrios-O’Neil, Danielle and Hook, Alan (2012) Alternate Reality Games and Literature. In: Using Games to Enhance Learning and Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide. (Eds: Whitton, Nicola and Moseley, Alex), Routledge, pp. 178-192. ISBN 978-0-415-89772-3

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Digital Media

Number of items: 3.

Hook, Alan (2015) Archie’s Cave.

Hook, Alan (2013) MYNI2013.

Hook, Alan (2011) IMAKILLER.

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Exhibition

Number of items: 3.

Hook, Alan and Barrios, Danielle (2011) Constellations of Belfast. Cresent Arts Centre.

Hook, Alan and Wardle, Pete (2008) Connecting Point (AKA Human Avatar). The Tech Museum of Innovation.

Hook, Alan (2007) Futile Automata: Co-Ordinate Plotter (mk1). MAK-Gegenwartskunstdepot Gefechtsturm Arenbergpark.

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Installations

Number of items: 1.

Hook, Alan and Murphy, Oonagh (2012) The Foursquare Mayor Chair. Originally Installed at Crescent Arts Center, Belfast.

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Internet Publication

Number of items: 2.

Hook, Alan (2015) /v/IRAL /v/IDEO /d/ISCO Interview – Mark Duffet. 1 pp

Hook, Alan and Murphy, Oonagh (2012) This Is Our Playground. 1 pp

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Performance

Number of items: 1.

Hook, Alan and Barrios, Danielle (2011) The Water Clock. The Brian Friel Theatre

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Body of Work

Number of items: 3.

Murphy, Oonagh and Hook, Alan (2012) This Is Our Playground: Museums and Digital Research and Development.

Hook, Alan and Barrios, Danielle (2011) [in]visible belfast.

Hook, Alan and Barrios-O’Neil, Daniel (2011) [in]visible belfast: Alternate Reality Games, Remediation and Literature.

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Conference Items

Number of items: 2.

Hook, Alan and Murphy, Oonagh (2013) This Is Our Playground: Recognizing the Value of Students as Innovators. In: Managing Employability in a Changing Landscape, Jordanstown Campus, University of Ulster. University of Ulster.

Hook, Alan and Murphy, Oonagh (2013) This is Our Playground: Recognising the value of students as innovators. In: MW2013: Museums and the Web 2013, Portland, Oregon. Museums and the Web.

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