Collaborative research in arts and science

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We are pleased to announce that Registration is now open for the Creative Futures and Radical Futures 2021 Symposium: Collaborative research in arts and science, 5 and 7 July 2021.


A two-day Symposium that connects creative practitioners, scientists and researchers working across the arts, science, society and technology.
What is the role of the arts and technology in times of complex social  problems?
What does art have to offer to science?
How can collaborations between very different disciplines work?
Where do I start if I wish to work collaboratively?


  • Boredomresearch – Vicky Isley and Paul Smith
  • Brighton Centre for Contemporary Arts – Ben Roberts
  • Anna Dumitriu – bioartist

Participants will have an opportunity to attend hands-on workshops, show-and-tell and paper presentations, and keynotes on the 5 and 7 of July 2021. Online.

Call for papers: Collaborative research in the arts and science

Creative Futures and Radical Futures Symposium

Where: Online
When: 5 – 7 July 2021
Deadline: 23 May


In Search of Chemozoa by boredomresearch, 2020

In 2021 the focus of Creative Futures is to enhance collaborative research in arts and science, by developing initial hubs of activity in various research areas, such as engineering, medicine, biology, maths, computing, chemistry, and environmental sciences. Aiming to nurture applied collaborations and new fields of practice and theory within the University of Brighton, Creative Futures encourages new interdisciplinary research that uses an arts/science interface. Working with the University’s principles for practical wisdom, Creative Futures focuses on collaborative projects that tackle social and environmental issues.This Symposium aims to establish a dynamic cluster of networks between creative practitioners, scientists and researchers working within institutional, regional, national and international contexts. Bringing together the agendas of Creative and Radical Futures, we invite work in the areas of arts, science and society.

We will host talks from staff and external speakers asking:
·      What is the role of the arts and technology in times of complex social  problems?
·      What does art have to offer to science?
·      How can collaborations between very different disciplines work?
·      Where do I start if I wish to work collaboratively?

We will showcase projects funded by Creative Futures Arts/Science fund and the Radical Futures Science in a Changing society fund. We hope to offer funding for further projects that advance this agenda.

Invited speakers
–       Boredomresearch – Vicky Isley and Paul Smith
–       Brighton Centre for Contemporary Arts – Ben Roberts

We invite you to show and tell about your ideas; work in progress; experiences, including but not limited to:
– Scientific innovations addressing social or environmental issues
– Creative methods of research in the sciences
– Understanding the natural world through computation
– Science communication and public understanding of science
– Making and design in times of social and climate change
– 3D design and cultural heritage
– VR/AR solutions for key social issues
– Medical humanities
– Arts and neuroscience

We invite short and longer presentations in diverse formats, including talk, video recording or practice work with an interactive element. Please send an abstract (max 250 words) and short bio to Brighton Futures by 23 May.

The Aldrich Collection

Initiated in 1995 by Michael and Sandy Aldrich, the Aldrich Collection  comprises about 300 works of contemporary visual art. The vast majority of these have been produced by students and tutors working in the Arts at the University of Brighton,  as well as its distinguished institutional precursors in art and  design education which go back over 140 years. Pictures and artefacts in numerous media are held within the collection with the aim that they should be accessed by the wider community.

Walter Bailey bn. 1960, ‘Sculpture’, green oak, 214cm x 61cm

Important areas of the collection include works by John Vernon Lord, George Hardie, Brendan Neiland, Alan Davie, Quentin Blake, Kenneth McKendry and Mark Power.

Please do browse the Aldrich Collection here.

During the national lockdown the The Michael Aldrich Foundation ran the “Image of the Week” school project with JONK, releasing one image a week from the Aldrich Collection.

Portrait of Michael Aldrich by Kenneth McKendry, Aldrich Collection, University of Brighton

Michael Aldrich and his family have had a strong supportive relationship with the University of Brighton since sponsoring student employees for electronics engineering and computing degrees in 1977. Michael became a member of the Governing Body in 1982 and is the Founding Chairman (1988-1998) of the University of Brighton.

In 1996 the University of Brighton dedicated the new Moulscomb Library to Michael Aldrich. In June 2002 the final stage of the Aldrich Gardens at Moulscomb was opened. In July 2002 Michael Aldrich received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University and in 2008 agreed to donate the Michael Aldrich Archive to the Aldrich Library.

Loss & Transience – Online Events 19-27 March 2021

Loss & Transience

An exhibition of moving image artworks and documentary films presented by VisionMix and co curated by Dr. Lucía Imaz King (Lecturer in Moving Image, University of Brighton)

Image credit: Gigi Scaria, Face to Face (2010) Digital print, courtesy of the artist

Curators’ Note

The Exhibition brings a selection of works in documentary film and artists’ video by ten contemporary artists/filmmakers living and working in India today, including artists of Indian heritage based internationally.

The films are linked by their protagonists’ state of transience at key moments within the films providing numerous insights into how day-to-day realities are being catalysed to affect change, but also to reflect on present political and environmental concerns.

Collectively the films are examples of rendering new worlds through improvisation which cannot exist ‘in the real world’; an approach that is re-constructive and playful; allowing for adaptation to the challenges of the environment whilst critically questioning our role within it.


Online Events

Webinar hosted by Hong-gah Museum  – 27 March  7-9 pm Taiwan time, 4.30-6.30pm IST, 11am-1pm GMT

Aired on Hong-gah Museum’s FB page. Log on via this link at the above time.

Introduction to the exhibition, Loss & Transience, with Curators, Zoe Yeh, Lucía Imaz King & Rashmi Sawhney, followed by a talk between filmmaker Avijit Mukul Kishore and visual artist, Nilima Sheikh on their collaboration for the film, Garden of Forgotten Snow, about the practice of Nilima Sheikh. Guest artist: Kuei-Pi Lee.


Video Screenings hosted by videoclub, UK – 19-27 March 2021 (24 hours per day)

Selected films/video artworks from the exhibition, accessible on a rolling programme:

Ranbir Singh Kaleka: Man with Cockerel, 2004 (6 mins) & Forest, 2007 (16 mins)

Avijit Mukul Kishore: The Garden of Forgotten Snow, 2017 (30 mins)

Mochu: Wake, 2008 (15 mins)

Ranu Mukherjee: Home and the World, 2015 (5 mins)

Gigi Scaria: No Parallels, 2010 (6 mins) & Political Realism, 2009 (3 mins) 

Join link for online screening programme:


Webinar hosted by videoclub – 20 March 11am-1pm GMT, 7-9 pm Taiwan time, 4.30-6.30pm IST

Introduction to the exhibition, Loss & Transience by Curators, Lucía Imaz King, Rashmi Sawhney and Jamie Wyld (videoclub) followed by an artist’s talk by Gigi Scaria with public interaction.

Join link for Webinar:


Hong-gah Museum 

Taipei, Taiwan – 12 March – 2 May 2021 – Visiting hours: 10:30-17:30 Taiwan time, Tues to Sun

Exhibition in the Video Hall, Installations and screenings of works by artists/filmmakers:

Ranbir Singh Kaleka, Gigi Scaria, Mochu, Avijit Mukul Kishore, Ranu Mukherjee, Ayisha Abraham, Abhinava Bhattacharyya, Ambarien Alqadar, Madhusree Dutta & Devshree Nath

Curators: Lucía Imaz King, Rashmi Sawhney

Film screening at Hong-gah Museum Video Hall: 10,17 and 24 April, 2.30-4.30pm

Madhusree DuttaSeven Islands and a Metro (180:00)

Catalogue for the physical and online exhibition events:


Contact for enquiries:

Online throughout March and April – ART/DATA/HEALTH Seminars: Communicating public health data creatively during the pandemic

ART/DATA/HEALTH Seminars: Communicating public health data creatively during the pandemic

Organised by the ART/DATA/HEALTH project (University of Brighton, funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council), this seminar series explores how health data have been communicated during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on creative and artistic representations of data.

Join Dr Aristea Fotopoulou (Creative Futures Academic lead and project lead for ART/DATA/HEALTH) in this exciting free online seminar series, where International  speakers explore how health data have been communicated during the COVID-19 Pandemic, focusing On Creative And Artistic Representations Of Quantitative Data.

The series includes perspectives and approaches to data from bioart, community art, participatory dance, media art, film and more traditional data vi, such as infographics, which were explored during the two years of the ART/DATA/HEALTH Project.


30/03 Anna Dumitriu. “Creating Meaning From Healthcare Data Through Art”.  BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE

01/04 Prof Rahul Bhargava Northeastern University “”Get Off The Screen!!! Creative Approaches To Embodying Data In The Real World”BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE

09/04 Dr Younghui Kim, Queensland University Of Technology. “Data Art: Exploring Data As Artistic Material And Medium”. BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE.

12/04 Prof Sally Wyatt, Maastricht University. “Touching Data: Touch Me With Your Naked Hand Or Touch Me With Your Glove”.

DATE TBC Patel, Shreepali (StoryLab Project, Anglia Ruskin University). “Covid Through The Creative Lens”.

20/04 Launch Of ART/DATA/HEALTH Short Film “Human, Planet, Weaker, Other”, Directed By Dr Aristea Fotopoulou, Animation By Caroline Beavon, Filming By Hydrocracker.

Update – More Culture Less Medicine Conference 2020

Creative Futures are delighted to announce that the video is now available online from the Brighton & Hove City Council Arts, Health and Wellbeing Group More Culture Less Medicine Conference 2020 Conference.

The excellent event brought together a wide spectrum of representatives from Arts, Health and Social Care to look at some of the key developments within the sector and to explore how we establish Brighton and Hove as a Centre of Excellence for Arts, Health & Wellbeing. Duncan Bullen (Director of the Centre for Arts and Wellbeing at the University of Brighton) and Dr Aristea Fotopoulou (Creative Futures Academic lead and project lead for ART/DATA/HEALTH) both presented.

@ the Crossroads ::: where do we go from here? Saturday, Jan. 16th

Telematic LASER – presented by Third Space Network, – University of Brighton School of Art, & Leonardo/ISAST


Saturday, Jan. 16th, 9am ET / 2pm UK / 3pm CET / 10pm Singapore
/// ONLINE REGISTRATION – Save Your Spot on Crowdcast


Randall Packer (US) (moderator), Ghislaine Boddington (UK), Steve Dixon (SG) & Paul Sermon (Professor of Visual Communication at the University of Brighton, UK)


In the wake of Covid-19, we have witnessed a mass migration to the third space, that telematic region of shared networked space that lies between the local and the remote. We ask: what are the personal, social, and artistic implications of this migration in which our dependency on global communications to conduct the most essential human interactions has accelerated at an unprecedented rate? This acceleration into the third space has impacted, most notably, the performing arts, where alternative virtual platforms have challenged the ability to emotionally and intellectually engage with a live audience. As performance ensembles and theatre companies attempt to shift, en masse and yet apprehensively, to the virtual stage – a place of impermanence and flux – they often find themselves confined to miniature boxes and a fixed frontal gaze where movement, speaking, play, and all the other critical elements of performance are compromised. For the inaugural Telematic LASER, in the face of this dilemma, our panel will discuss concepts, techniques and approaches garnered from the new media arts, those intrepid experimentalists who have been at the vanguard of telecommunication arts for decades. We will address and explore critical questions that now lie before us as we find ourselves at the crossroads between the physical and the virtual, contemplating our next steps.


Telematic LASER is co-hosted quarterly by Randall Packer of the Third Space Network & Paul Sermon of the University of Brighton: program of the Leonard/International Society of the Arts, Sciences, and Technology. The series is comprised of online public dialogues and performances that feature discussion, presentation and experimentation among leading artists, researchers, scientists and performers in the area of telematics.

Leonardo / ISAST

The LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of the LASERs is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building.


104 Days Later – a lockdown data story from ART/DATA/HEALTH and Caroline Beavon

March 23rd 2020: lockdown begins. For 103 days we counted as people got sick, were tested, lost businesses, were laid-off, furloughed, signed-on, suffered depression, anxiety, fear, asked for help, received support. But the data is only half the story. This online, multimedia scrollable story brings the numbers to life with first person testimonies in video, audio and writing.

Based on local and national data about the COVID-19 pandemic and commissioned by the University of Brighton research project ART/DATA/HEALTH: data as creative material for health and wellbeing, with the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

From 04 October 2020 view the full interactive project here:

The academic research project ART/DATA/HEALTH: data as creative material for health and wellbeing builds a bridge between the data, creativity and experiential stories. In workshops, online and offline meetings, a community of artists, service workers, academics and people living in Brighton and Hove have used a combination of creative media, storytelling and data analytics to explore evidence around health and wellbeing.

ART/ DATA/HEALTH: data as creative material for health and wellbeing is led by Dr Aristea Fotopoulou, based at the University of Brighton, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AH/S004564/1 2019-2021). For inquiries about the project please email at See and follow us on Twitter @artdatahealth1


SHIELDING: A Sculptural Installation from ART/DATA/HEALTH

SHIELDING: A Sculptural Installation from ART/DATA/HEALTH and Anna Dumitriu in Collaboration with RISE

WHEN: 09 October 2020 13:00 – 14:00

HOW TO BOOK: Book your FREE ticket via the Brighton Fringe Festival portal. You will receive the ZOOM meeting link when you have booked

Dr Aristea Fotopoulou from the University of Brighton School of Media is pleased to invite you to the online launch of the virtual exhibition of SHIELDING: A sculptural installation by internationally renowned artist Anna Dumitriu, in collaboration with the domestic abuse charity RISE, and commissioned by the University of Brighton research project ART/DATA/HEALTH: data as creative material for health and well being.

Join Aristea and the ART/DATA/HEALTH team for the screening of the virtual exhibition film, followed by a live Q&A with the artist to find out more about the production of the artwork, how art can help create meaning from complex health data and uncover hidden narratives, and about the impact of the COVID-19 quarantine on women facing domestic abuse.

Send your questions in advance to or via Twitter @artdatahealth1 using hashtag #shielding

After the launch you can watch the film here:

See also

ART/ DATA/HEALTH: data as creative material for health and wellbeing is led by Dr Aristea Fotopoulou, based at the University of Brighton, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AH/S004564/1 2019-2021). For inquiries about the project please use the contact form or email at

Studio Lab is launched!

Creative Futures is delighted to announce that the joint School of Art, School of Media and Creative Futures funded Studio Lab project is now launched and ready to experience.

Louise Colbourne (course leader for MA Graphic Design at the University of Brighton) initiated and led the project with an objective to create an accessible ‘maker space’ within Virtual Reality environments.

This VR facility is run on a web-based platform, hosted on the Studio Lab website, where it can be easily accessed by viewers. The spaces created can be experienced on all types of devices via any browser on desktop/mobile or tablet. Navigating within the space is via the WASD keys on keyboards or by zooming-in on smart phones/tablets. For a fully immersive 3d VR experience use any VR headset [oculus quest/rift/htc vive/valve index] in your Headsets Browser of choice.

The first Virtual installation is The Grid, with Larry Achiampong & David Blandy showcasing selections from their video works- ‘A Terrible Fiction’ (2019) and ‘Finding Fanon 2’ (2015).

studio-LAB offers further-research students and staff at the University of Brighton the opportunity to use of the platform to develop their own projects including; exhibition design, 3D installations, images and text, moving image installation, 360 photography, photogrammetry, sound and live performance.

‘airTime by Judith Ricketts

‘airTime by Judith Ricketts

Due to the low barrier, accessible nature of the space, the project maker can bring invited visitors into their spaces for demonstrations, lectures, seminars and collaborative making and curating sessions on a variety of platforms from mobile phones to full VR rigs.

Our Machines by Elfyn Round

Our Machines by Elfyn Round


Please explore and enjoy the spaces, the website is undergoing some minor amends, but the spaces are free to visit.