Leading academic specialists with interests in computing, art, music and culture staff the Studios.
They work closely with artists and digital media professionals - from the culture industries, film production, design consultancies, museums and galleries, interactive media content providers, software development houses, and hardware design laboratories - to explore and extend the use of today’s digital technology, and to define and implement the art & design technologies of tomorrow.
Goldsmiths Digital Studios is also a facility and fieldsite for research in the Department of Computing. It is jointly directed by Janis Jefferies (Professor of Visual Arts), Atau Tanaka and Robert Zimmer (Professor of Computing).
The Thursday Club
The Thursday Club is an open forum discussion group for anyone interested in the theories and practices of cross-disciplinarity, interactivity, technologies and philosophies of the state-of-the-art in today’s (and tomorrow’s) cultural landscape(s). Originally set up as an informal setting for research discussions, it has grown to include over 80 worldwide members connected via an online forum and discussion group.
There are also regular meetings in ‘real time’ at the Ben Pimlott site of Goldsmiths, University of London. Anyone can attend these events. They are free, and in keeping them informal they allow for a more diverse and open ended discourse for people who perhaps would not have the opportunity to discuss ideas outside of their chosen discipline. The Thursday Club Website.
Social Technology & Cultural Interfaces (STCI) Research Group
The aim of this research group is to seek interdisciplinary approaches to art by combining cultural discourses with new technologies. Our research interest is focused on new technologies and how they have been changing the human perception of spaces and its cultural boundaries.
BT Research, with whom we are working on an EU-funded project and with whom we have a memorandum of understanding about joint research and post-graduate teaching in BT’s research laboratories in Martlesham Heath.
Yahoo!, Research Alliance, who is sponsoring research into content-based searching for very large music collections.
MIT Touch Lab, with whom we have had a joint funded project about touch and materiality and with whom we have an ongoing relationship, in which we are exploring further research and commercial possibilities.
Hexagram, with whom we have a strategic research alliance and with whom we have two funded projects.
Cambridge University’s Digital Studio, with whom we have a currently funded project and several other projects under consideration.
Tate, with whom we have a current AHRC-funded project.
Queen Mary, Centre for Digital Music, with whom we have several joint research projects, including a recently announced EPSRC grant for 2.5 million pounds.