Project title: An Investigation into Alternatives to Pixel Based Colour Rendering using a Digitally Driven Physical Mark Making Process
Director of Studies: Professor Carinna Parraman
Other members of the proposed supervisory team: Professor Stephen Hoskins, Dr Paul O’Dowd
Project partner: ColArt

Project details:
The Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of West of England Bristol invites applications for a three-year full-time Doctoral studentship, fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to investigate methods of driving a 6 axis robot, Cartesian XYZ platforms and Delta robots to create an interface which transcribes a coloured image created through pixel and non-pixel based software through firmware drivers to create a reproducible coherent image.  This project will be empirically based using iterative methodological approaches.
We are inviting researchers with backgrounds in colour imaging, rendering, software writing, robotics, electronics, material science, inks and paints, printing technology.
Although artists and designers have adopted digital photographic rendering techniques, there has been no fundamental questioning of the underpinning theory behind the process. Four colour separation (halftoning) techniques invented in the early 20th Century have been completely adopted from both the commercial and computational expediency. The timing is now right for a radical re-appraisal of physical rendering techniques for printing.
The Centre for Fine Print Research has a strong track record of successful PhD completions and our doctoral programme provides a thriving intellectual community, with students from around the world researching into aspects of multi-disciplinary print. We expect research students to take a full and active role in the Research Centre including taking part in regular workshops, conferences and seminars. The studentship commences October 2017. The Centre for Fine Print Research has extensive digital fabrication equipment including a 6 axis robotic arm. Knowledge and experience of relevant technologies and software will be an advantage. The PhD candidate will be given freedom to develop his/her own dissertation topic within the wider remit of this project.
Applicants will be expected to attend an interview and demonstrate:
• imaginative and viable preliminary ideas for research into this subject area
• an appreciation of the nature of PhD study and of both independent and collaborative research
• clear motivation for undertaking PhD study in Bristol in this subject area
• evidence that you have, or can develop, the skills required to start the proposed research
For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email