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Centre for Media, Art and Design Research

art and sound.bmpThe art + sound research group encompasses time based arts including moving image, sound and music. art + sound provides a focused platform for established and emerging research building upon and continuing to foster connections in the creative, academic, and scientific disciplines. There is a special emphasis on the interplay and relationships between sound, moving image and sound installation. Core members of the group include artists, scientists, sound artists and musicians. For more information about this group please contact Jane Grant.

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i-DAT is a lab for playful experimentation with creative technologies and has been delivering world-class research and cultural activities since 1998. i-DAT became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation in 2012 and continues to evolve its research, pushing the boundaries of digital arts and creative media practice. For more information about this group please contact Mike Phillips or visit thei-DAT website.

Moving Image Arts (MIA)Moving Image Arts (MIA) is a transdisciplinary research hub focused on practice-based enquiry into moving image arts. We provide a critical forum for presentation and discussion of moving image practice-as-research, and promote postgraduate opportunities offered to creative practitioners working with the moving image. The MIA community of artists, film-makers, curators, and other practitioners explores the processes and concerns at the heart of moving image today, including film and audiovisual cultures, dissemination of moving image in public and online spaces, and the relationship between artefact and audience. We embrace the materials and material processes of film-making in the context of the technologies and global environments of the 21st century, and create research projects that build partnerships and collaborations with others. For more information about this group please contact Kayla Parker.

land water.bmpThe core priority of the Land/Water research group is support for the development of individual creative and critical practices. As artists, curators and writers we generate original objects and messages that question, reconsider and renew the nature and use of visual language. These works contribute both to contemporary academic debates within artistic and curatorial practices, and to understanding within related areas of experience and knowledge. For more information about this group please contact Liz Wells or visit the website.

Message.bmpMessage is a research group. Messages are everywhere. It is evident, when we look and listen and touch and taste and smell, that many things contain messages. Messages exist because we must communicate to define our boundaries or be together. Messages are sent and received in an infinite number of ways, sometimes resulting in collaboration and sometimes in war. This group will explore the message… For more information about this group please contact Victoria Squire or visit the website.

Planetary Collegium.bmpWithin a transdisciplinary and syncretic perspective, the Planetary Collegium is concerned with the advancement of emergent forms of the arts and architecture, in the context of telematic, interactive and technoetic media, and their integration with science, technology, and consciousness research. The Collegium's hub (CAiiA-Hub) is located in the Faculty of Arts, with nodes in the Nuova Accademia Di Belle Arti, Milan, and the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zurich. For more information about this group please contact Roy Ascott or visit the website.



 Transtechnology Research.bmpTranstechnology Research is a transdisciplinary research group situated in the Faculty of Arts. Its constituency is drawn from historians, philosophers, anthropologists, artists and designers and is led from a historical and theoretical perspective with the objective of understanding science and technology as a manifestation of a range of human desires and cultural imperatives. Its key focus is to understand how a technology acquires meaning and how it is used after it enters into the public domain. For more information about this group please contact Michael Punt or visit the website.

Expanded Narrative 1.JPGExpanded Narrative explores the multidisciplinary field of interactive narrative that reconfigures the form and expands the experience of storytelling. The reader relocated, becomes a player, co-author or participant. How do we design, develop and experience participatory theatre, on-street and mobile games, flash fiction, locative virtual environments and works yet to be defined?

Contact Emma Whittaker for further information or visit the website.

arc image 100x100.jpgThe Arts Research Collective (ARC) actively promotes research developed around, from, and within, the processes of artistic production. A core aspect of ARC is an artist residency programme and regular group discussion of work in progress. The aim is to provide a supportive environment where PhD students, post-docs and researchers carry out art practice led projects that test experimental and innovative ideas as a platform for future development and collaborations. For more information about this group please contact Deborah Robinson.