UWE Bristol invites applications to undertake practice-led research that focuses on any area of digital design, digital media or digital arts.
Applicants may nominate any appropriate Directors of Study based in the Departments of Arts and Cultural Industries, Art and Design or Film and Journalism. However, we particularly encourage applications which relate to the research of one of the following two research centres: Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) and the Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC). Each research centre has a track record of supervising interdisciplinary practice-led research projects in creative design, creative media and creative arts and has a particular focus on digital practices, digital culture and engagement with digital technologies.
Centre for Fine Print Research
Established in 1998, the CFPR conducts internationally acclaimed practical research into the artistic, historical and industrial significance of creative print practices, processes and technologies, involving collaborations with a variety of practitioners, institutions and commercial users. Our research is based on the production of the physical artefact, primarily predicated in print. All aspects of technology that relate to the core philosophy of making are central to this ethos. Our focus is on the close relationship that exists between technology, ideas and craft skills as understood in a visual environment.
Although our research is primarily initiated from a visual perspective, it is inexorably linked to industrial development and new technologies. By adapting to changing demand in the marketplace and the requirements of the user, we are able to conduct research that has direct application to industry, creative design, science and art.
Our long term vision is to capitalise on our strengths to work in new and innovative ways towards novel surface print, design and fabrication in 2 and 3 dimensions combining a multi-technology approach – using novel materials and processes to push forward new ideas and innovation.
Our key research areas are 3D and 2.5D print and fabrication, colour, wide-format print and artists’ publishing. For further information, please contact Professor Carinna Parraman, CFPR Director, Carinna.Parraman@uwe.ac.uk.
The Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC)
DCRC research addresses the practices and socio-cultural meanings of emerging media. In a context of transforming media cultures, in which established methods of producing and understanding media are undergoing rapid change, we map and contextualise emerging practices and critically reflect on their aesthetics, ethics and impacts. The unique character of the DCRC is our mix of criticality, creativity and application. DCRC research seeks to make an impact by creating new knowledge about creative media applications in real world contexts, and about everyday life in today’s digital media ecology.
Research interests within the DCRC network include: immersive media, emerging documentary forms, ambient literature, repair cultures, techno-civic interfaces, the automation of cultural production and AI, augmenting the city, critical making, speculative design, cultural value.
DCRC researchers are also engaged in research in association with the Bristol VR Lab, a new space for research, development, product design, teaching, company incubation and investment within Virtual and Augmented Reality, in which UWE Bristol collaborates with the BBC, Bristol’s We Are the Curious Science Lab, Opposable VR – organisers of VR World Congress.
We welcome proposals relating to the above themes, or which may involve working with our partners. For further information about research in these areas, please contact Mandy Rose DCRC Director Mandy.Rose@uwe.ac.uk.
In addition to ongoing research themes, we also welcome proposals for research in the following highlight areas:
The Practice of Producing in the Creative Economy
The DCRC is home to the Creative Economy research group – a new team working across the Business and Arts Faculties to investigate questions of cultural value. We have co-authored a number of significant research reports on the region’s creative economies including the design and film and television sectors looking at how best to support equitable outcomes for their impact on the region. The Creative Economy research group also runs the MA/MFA in Creative Producing in partnership with the Watershed. We are interested in recruiting students who would make Creative Producing their practice with a view to conducting original research into the kinds of value constellation mobilised by creative work. We welcome inquiries from students interested in making their role as Producer in curating different forms of value the focus of their doctoral research. For further information, please contact Professor Jon Dovey Jonathan.Dovey@uwe.ac.uk.
Repair, Reuse and Maintenance Cultures
DCRC is developing new work on issues of repair in digital culture though the establishment of then AHRC-funded Repair, Reuse and Maintenance Network, which Professor of City Futures, Teresa Dillon will be leading in 2018-2019. This theme may interest in those wishing to create and develop work which investigates their own and other artistic practices dealing with repair and how this links to wider ecological and environmental questions, including national and international policies of repair, different repair communities and everyday repair practices. We encourage submissions from artists, curators and producers who are interested in working in this field. For further information, please contact Professor Teresa Dillon Teresa.Dillon@uwe.ac.uk.