Practice-based research forum


The forum for practice-based postgraduate research aims to explore the nature of a practice-based PhD and to ask questions about expectations and innovations in the fast-growing area of postgraduate study.

The Practice Research Forum aims to explore the nature of a practice research in PhD and to ask questions about expectations and innovations in the fast-growing area of postgraduate study.  

The forum is co-convened by:

Professor John Drever (Deputy Dean of the Graduate School)  

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Forum archive

Autumn Term 2016

Wednesday, 9 November, PSH 302 Seminar room, 12.00-2.00pm

The first session will be on ethics, and you will hear from students who are critically and creatively exploring ethical issues in their practice research.  There will also be time to openly discuss issues arising from your own work. 

Wednesday, 7 December, PSH 302 Seminar room, 12.00-2.00pm


Summer Term 2016

Wed 11th May, 12-2pm, Hatcham House

Session 1: Nina Wakeford, on Voluptuous validity, and other challenges to 'rigour' in practice research.
In this session we will discuss Patti Lather's article 'Fertile Obsession: Validity After Poststructuralism' (available here - to be read in advance by participants) as a way in which to address how practice research might tackle the question of the legitimacy of its outputs. Instead of rejecting a discourse of validity, Lather provokes us to reformulate it using idea of excess, empowerment and reflexivity. 

June, 8th, 12-2pm, Hatcham House
Session 2: Britt Hatzius, on exhibition/ installation.
Britt Hatzius (independent visual artist / researcher, Studio INCITE) on possibilities of presenting, exhibiting, installing practice-based work produced within research projects.

Configurations of Practice-Based Research: an open forum for discussion and debate

Event time and date: Friday 30 January 2015 11-1pm

Location: Studio A (Barridale Building - Department of Art)

Are you still unsure how to configure your practice-based doctoral project?

Would you like to hear more about models from other disciplines?

This open forum provides a space for current practice-based and practice-led PhD students to discuss the value and challenges of research and practice in their doctoral work, and to raise other issues in relation to the models of practice-based study in/across their discipline/s.

The session follows on from the presentation in induction week, but students in any year of registration, and from any Department, are welcome.

In this forum Andrea Phillips (Art), Anna Hickey Moody (Art and Learning), Blake Morrison (English and Comparative Literature) - all staff from the Practice Based Forum - will begin the discussion by talking about practice-based PhDs in their departments and offer thoughts on useful models and methods.

There will also be an opportunity to hear from current practice-based PhD students and to continue the lively debate which started in September.


Centre for Creative Collaborations
16 Acton Street

29 May 2014 - Free Evemt

Collaboration between Bare Conductive, Fabio Antinori and Alicja Pytlewska.

Screenprint, capacitive sensing, interactive tapestries, generative soundscape, custom code

Watch Contours — MAK Interactive Sound Tapestry

The artwork was commissioned by the MAK Museum of Applied Arts and Contemporary Art in Vienna, as part of ‘Scientific Skin’, the program co-curated by Sabine Seymour and Thomas Geisler, that features commissioned experiments relating to human based interactive experiences combining human body and the latest scientific discoveries.

The MAK invited the London based creative laboratory Bare Conductive to team up with Fabio L. Antinori and Alicja Pytlewska in order to develop a large-scale metaphor for the idea of breathing life into a textile skin.

For this reason we designed ‘Contours’ as an immersive experience where a series of tapestries responds to the presence of an interacting audience, by triggering soundscapes when they are touched.

This constantly modulated data-driven soundscape is composed in real time and it is reminiscent of a medical research environment; it serves as an acoustic feedback loop that alludes to the relationship between science and the body.

They include sound modulation algorithms that are mainly creating realtime granulation and pitch shifting of samples prerecorded from tools usually employed to measure human body such as CT and PET scans, EKG plus various oscillators.

The sound composition is generated in real time through a custom code software and it changes in relation to a constant feed of data relating to the weather of Vienna.

The abstract geometric decoration that connects the tapestries’ individual sensors to form giant ones is inspired by Wiener Werkstätte designs from the MAK Collection.


Sonic Pattern and the Textility of Code

Tuesday 13 May 2014

An event that brings together diverse viewpoints on weaving, knitting, live coding, dyadic mathematics, generative music and digital making, in order to see how patterned sound and threads allow us to both sense the abstract and conceptualise the tactile. We will look for a rich view of technology as a meeting point of craft, culture and live experience.

The invited speakers will explore aspects of making, process, language, material and output in the relation to their own practice and related contexts.

The discussion will be lead by Bronac Ferran, Janis Jefferies, and David Toop, and practitioners include Alessandro Altavilla, Felicity Ford, Berit Greinke, Ellen Harlizius-Klück, Alex McLean and Becky Stewart.

There will be audio-visual interludes through the day, including a screening of Ismini Samanidou and Scanner’s film Weave Waves, commissioned for the Sound Matters exhibition in 2013 by Crafts Council, and a short performance by Felicity Ford.

The event will close with a live music performance from Leafcutter John, Matthew Yee-King and Alex McLean, exploring code, pattern and sound.

Curated by Karen Gaskill, Crafts Council

A collaboration between the Craft Council, ICSRiM (School of Music, University of Leeds), the Thursday Club (Goldsmiths), V&A Digital Futures and the Live Coding Research Network.

Made possible through funding and support by the Craft Council, Sound and Music, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Centre for Creative Collaboration.

Practice-based Research Forum

Thursday 8 May 2014

Venue: Studio 7, Education Arts Building, 288 New Cross Road (just back from the Pelican Crossing, next door to Deptford Town Hall)The Practice Based Forum is a Goldsmiths’ wide forum to discuss issues, challenges and opportunities in doing practice-based PhDs. The forum is intended as an opportunity for sharing experience and expertise across supervisors and students.

Professor Janis Jefferies, Goldsmiths, Department of Computing

Professor David Oswell, Goldsmiths, Department of Sociology

At the Centre for Creative Collaboration

Thursday 28 March 2013, 6:00pm for 6:15pm start

Centre for Creative Collaboration, 6 Acton Street London Greater London WC1X 9NG just down the road from King's Cross Station. Nearest tube is King's Cross.

Buses 17, 45 & 46 drop off on Gray's Inn Road near the end of Acton St.

A walk through the wikileaks Afghan War Diaries by NGRAM analyses.

The talk will be contextualised by showing segments of the Artwork,Endless War by YoHa and Matthew Fuller which was begun 2012 for VoidGallery Derry.

Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji (YoHa English translation'aftermath') have lived and worked together since 1994.

YoHa's graphic vision, technical tinkering, has powered several celebrated collaborations establishing an international reputation for pioneering arts projects, including the first on-line commission from the Tate Gallery London and work in the permanent collections of the Pompidou Centre Paris and the Centre for Media Arts in Karlsruhe (ZKM), Manifesta07 (Balzarno,Italy).

 Harwood and Yokokoji's co founded the artists group Mongrel (1996-2007)

 An artists group working in a fusion of art, electronic media and street culture, they tried to reach beyond the hierarchies of power and knowledge involving those normally excluded from the main stream. In 2005 they went on to establish the Mediashed a free-media lab in Southend-on-sea which reached international fame through it's filmDuallists shown at over 30 film festivals around the world.

In 2008 they joined, Richard Wright to produce Telephone Trottoire’, a Congolese telephony project in collaboration with the London radio programme Nostalgie Ya Mboka. The project collected and told stories about the Coltan wars in Central africa that has led to 4.5 million peoples deaths. This was twined with Tantalum Memorial, a telephony installation built out of old strowger switches animated by the live telephone activity of ‘Telephone Trottoire’. Tantalum Memorial went on to win the Transmediale first prize for 2009. Tantalum Memorial also featured at (ZeroOne Biennial San Jose - USA, Manifesta07 Bolzano, Italy, Science Museum London, Ars Electronica, Plugin Switzerland, Laboral Spain, Eyebeam New York, Arnolfini and many other UK venues).

Continuing to articulate the relations between Power, Art and Media,YoHa produced Coal Fired Computers in 2010 with Jean Demars for AV Festival and the Discovery Museum in which a one-hundred year old, 35-ton showman's steam engine powerd a computer with 1.5 tons of coal. Black lungs inflated every time a database record of miners' lung disease was shown on computer monitors. The workresponded to thedisplacement of coal production to distant lands like India and China after the UK miners' strike in 1984/85 and the complexities of our reliance on fossil fuel and especially on how coal transforms our health as we have transformed it.

In 2011 YoHa produced Invisible Airs, Database Expenditure, Power with Bristol Council and the Pervasive Media center exploring the emerging field of open data.

"Power, Governance and Data has been conducting a naked love dance on this island since before the Doomsday book, it's rhythms have quickened of late, multiplied and become amplified through database machines. New abstractions that order and compare the world are spawning new technologies of power out of the orgiastic revelry of a bookkeeping gone mad" YoHa YoHa's investigation of Open Data took place in and around the city producing a number of pneumatic contraptions that experimenting with the Bristol Councils expenditure data over 500 pounds. Invisible Airs culminated in May with a pneumatic soirée held in the council chamber room with the Lord Mayor taking up the reigns of or expenditure riding machine.

YoHa current activity involves, Goldsmiths, University of London research initiative into potential uses of National Health Service datasets for collaborative art project that reflect on wellbeing.

Graham Harwood is the convener of the MA Interactive Media at theCentre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
All welcome, refreshments provided

The Order of Display from lithography to raster

Sean Cubitt 

The progressive scanning that dominates screen displays (and its close relatives among digital printing technologies) has a genealogy taking us back through the Trinitron mask and the Dzworykin tube, to the first commercial wire photography. This talk looks at the political economy framing the technical aesthetics of this genealogy, arguing that it gives us privileged access to the emergence, over the last century, of a very particular and ubiquitous diagram of power.

Sean Cubitt is Professor of Film and Television at Goldsmiths, University of London; Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne and Honorary Professor of the University of Dundee. His publications include Timeshift: On Video Culture, Videography: Video Media as Art and Culture, Digital Aesthetics, Simulation and Social Theory, The Cinema Effect and EcoMedia. He is series editor for Leonardo Books at MIT Press. Current research is on the history and philosophy of visual technologies, on media art history and on ecocriticism and mediation.

Sean Cubitt - Media and Communications

Just Published:
Ecocinema Theory and Practice
Edited by Stephen Rust, Salma Monani, Sean Cubitt

REWIND| British Artists' Video in the 1970s & 1980s
Edited by Sean Cubitt, Stephen Partridge

Please note that the next event will take place on Thursday March 7 with Julian Henriques and Lisa Blackman at

Centre for Creative Collaboration, 6 Acton Street London Greater London WC1X 9NG just down the road from King's Cross Station. Nearest tube is King's Cross.

Artificial Beings for Art Exploration and Creation

Tuesday December 17

Alain Lioret

Abstract: Time Beings are a population of creator artificial beings. They take various forms of elementary corpuscles, according to various types of artwork (pixel, frame, vertex, note, word). They operate on the basis of quantum properties and can travel in space-time works of art. Their purpose is artistic exploration and/or creation. Relying specifically on computation of superposition states with Qubits and rules of Quantum Cellular Automata, Time Beings open new ways for artistic creation. They offer an innovative method for Artistic Time Travel, with scaling in the image space, film space, object space, score space and paper space.

Alain Lioret is a Generative Artist and an Associate Professor at “Arts et Technologies de l’Image” (University Paris 8, France) within laboratory INREV (Digital images and Virtual Reality). He has working for several years on research on the applications of the artificial life and the artificial intelligence (connexionism, evolutionism, cellular automata) in the artistic field.

Author of the books "Emergence de Nouvelles Esthétiques du Mouvement", and “L'Art Génératif”. Specialist with research & development (innovative techniques in 3D animation, use of dynamics, etc), he takes part in many projects (virtual actors, Attitude Studio R&D, etc.). Alain Lioret works on arts of being’s movement and the artificial life, using techniques with biological inspiration: neural networks, genetic algorithms and programming, fractals, simulations of crowd, etc.

Sounding the Archive

Thursday 6 December 2012

Archiving, Documenting and Curating sound.

  • James Bulley (Composer, Curator)
  • Kathrine Sandys (Sound Artist, Curator)
  • Fiorenzo Settimio Palermo (Hugh Davies Archivist, Edison Fellow at British Library)

A talk exploring the contemporary landscape of archiving, documentation and the curation of sound works. The presentation will feature materials from the Hugh Davies archive at the British Library, the Daphne Oram archive at Goldsmiths, and documentation from the recent week-long SHO-ZYG Sound Showcase at St. James, London September 20-27 2012, an event that featured over 50 artists working with sound.

The Girls Hacking Club present a 'women in technology' panel

Thursday 22 November 2012 6pm-8pm

'The information technology revolution is transforming almost every aspect of society, but girls and women are largely out of the loop. Although women surf the Web in equal numbers to men and make a majority of online purchases, few are involved in the design and creation of new technology. It is mostly men whose perspectives and priorities inform the development of computing innovations and who reap the lion's share of the financial rewards. As only a small fraction of high school and college computer science students are female, the field is likely to remain a "male clubhouse," absent major changes.

(quoted from Jane Margolis co author of the award-winning Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women and Computing (MIT Press). She is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access at UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies'.

Convened by
Nela Brown
Interaction, Media and Communication Research Group
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Queen Mary University of London
West Square
London E1 4NS

Venue: Centre For Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, Kings Cross, WC1X 9NG

From the main exit, walk down Gray's Inn Road and turn left into Acton Street. From the Pentonville Road exit, turn right out of the station, keep bearing right, crossing over Swinton Street and turning right into Acton Street. Buses 17, 45 & 46 drop off on Gray's Inn Road near the end of Acton St. All welcome.

Wireless Sniffing

Thursday 25 October 2012

Gabriel Menotti is an independent curator engaged with different forms of cinema. He has organised pirate screenings, remix film festivals,
videogame championships, porn screenplay workshops, installations with film projectors, generative art exhibitions and academic seminars, among other things. His works and research results have been presented in events such as ISEA, the São Paulo Biennial and Transmediale. Menotti holds a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London, and another from the Catholic University of São Paulo. At the present time he is a visiting tutor at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Aether Addresses is a survey of wifi topographies. Harvesting the city’s open networks, the artist looks for industrial standards, spontaneous forms of poetry, hidden messages and electronic graffiti. All this information is then brought to light with local interventions and animated video charts. A project realized during a LabMIS residency at Impakt (Utrecht, NL).

Thursday 4 October 2012

The Thursday Club will start the Autumn season on Thursday 4th October with a special panel convened by Sara Heitlinger, Media and Arts Technology PhD programme in the Electronic Engineering and Computer Science department at Queen Mary University of London and Laura Price, PhD student in the Geography Department, Royal Holloway, University of London:

'Geographies of craft and crafting; spaces of creativity; and connected communities’ with particular focus on textile crafting and interaction

All welcome.

Training Workshop - Practice and Theory: Trajectories of Research

Date: Saturday 7 January 2012 10am to 5pm
Venue: Goldsmiths Digital Studios, Ben Pimlott Building

The workshop is primarily intended for practice-based, digital art, research students and intended students.

The workshop will look at a range of issues around the relationships between practice and theory in research in the digital arts. It will draw upon recent publications and a range of recently completed PhDs from the research programme at the Creativity and Cognition Studios, the University of Technology, Sydney.

Following presentation of this material, the participants will identify and discuss their own individual needs and approaches. They will develop personal trajectories that they have are or plan to follow. By the end of the day, the workshop will have developed a map of the various approches being used to relate theory and practice in participants' research.

Professor Ernest Edmonds, Creativity and Cognition Studios, UTS, Sydney, Australia; Visiting Research Fellow Goldsmiths College Dr. Linda Candy, Creativity and Cognition Studios, UTS, Sydney, Australia

Edmonds, E. A. & Candy, L. (2010) Relating Theory, Practice and Evaluation in Practitioner Research. Leonardo 43:5, pp 470-476.

Edmonds, E., A. Bilda, Z. & Muller, L. (2009) Artist, evaluator and curator: three viewpoints on interactive art, evaluation and audience
experience. Digital Creativity, 20, 141 - 151

Candy, L, Amitani, S and Bilda, Z. (2006). Practice-Led Strategiesfor Interactive Art Research, International Journal of Co Creation in Design and the Arts, Interactive Art Collaboration (Special Edition), Vol.2 No. 4 December, 209-223.

Candy, L. and Edmonds, E.A. (to appear, 2010) The Role of the Artefact and Frameworks for Practice-based Research. The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts, M. Biggs and H. Larsson (eds), Routledge.

Practice-based PhD Forum Seminar

Date: 22 June 2011 4pm - 6pm

Venue: Small Hall (cinema)

Please join us for a presentation and get-together. We will chat about issues arising for practice-based PhD students, make plans for next year’s presentations and hear two students present their work:

1. Seraphima Kennedy is a poet and fiction writer. She was born in London and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she is also completing a PhD with an interest in experimental fiction and life writing. She has a particular interest in narratives of origin. 

Seraphima will be reading extracts from her work-in-progress, Well-Adjusted, followed by a discussion about what it means to write from life. 

2. Hee Seung Sung (b. 1977) is an artist originally from South Korea, currently living and working in South East London. She is a painter, photographer and video artist exploring her place in a city and an art world that are increasingly entrepreneurial. In her work, Sung is creating self-portraits that can be seen to represent her generation and gender in a sensorial experience rather than as a statement of modernism.

Hee will discuss the ethical responsibilities of an artist and the artist as the entrepreneur and the cultural producer.

Practice-based collaboration - Inaugural meeting

An inaugural meeting of the forum for practice-based postgraduate research students was held on 12 February 2011 from 10.30 – 2.30 in the Ben Pimlott seminar rooms 3 &4. 

The session was designed to explore the nature of a practice-based PhD and to ask questions about expectations and innovations in this fast-growing area of post-graduate study.

Presentations included:

  • Introduction by Les Back, Dean of the Graduate School
  • Presentation by Alexandra Antonopoulou, professional designer and PhD researcher in Design and Story-making
  • Reading by Jocelyn Page, poet and PhD candidate in Creative Writing
  • Headline presentation by Lawrence Upton, composer and AHRC Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts (Music) at Goldsmiths College and Benedict Taylor, violist and composer

There will be further opportunities to meet other practice-based PhD students and to participate in this new forum and shape the future of this group.

PhD By Design

We are very excited to invite you to register for the PhD By Design conference being held in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths on the 6 and 7 November 2014.

The event is an opportunity to present work and discuss the diverse aspects of what it means to do a practice-based PhD in Design.

Aim: The aim of this event is to vocalise, discuss and work through many of the topical issues of conducting a practice-based PhD in design. It will enable early career design researchers to explore the many aspects of knowledge production within an academic institution.

Who for? The conference especially invites designers undergoing a practice-based PhD, as well as supervisors, MRes students, MPhil students within and outwith design departments.

What will happen? The two day event will include twelve discussion sessions, presentations from leading design researchers Dr. Jennifer Gabrys (Goldsmiths, University of London), Professor Jon Rogers (University of Dundee), Professor Teal Triggs (Royal College of Art) and a public lecture by Professor Bill Gaver (Goldsmiths, University of London). The conference is an opportunity to come together to share practices, experiences and provide a forum to build a practice based design research community.

If you are interested in taking part, we ask you to submit three questions that relate to the issues you are discovering within your practice-based research. One questions relating to doing/making/planning the second to do with output/dissemination/ use and the third we are leaving open for you to decide.

We also ask you to bring with you a 5 minute presentation describing your practice-based research.

Registration deadline is the 26 September 2014.

Induction Week meeting of the Thursday Club - Thursday 25 September 2014

Goldsmiths, University of London

Richard Hoggart Building

Room RHB142

Inaugural Meeting

An inaugural meeting of the forum for practice-based postgraduate research students was held on 12 February 2011 from 10:30-2:30pm in the Ben Pimlott seminar rooms 3 &4.

Presentations included:

Introduction by Les Back, Dean of the Graduate School

Presentation by Alexandra Antonopoulou, professional designer and PhD researcher in Design and Story-making

Reading by Jocelyn Page, poet and PhD candidate in Creative Writing

Headline presentation by Lawrence Upton, composer and AHRC Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts (Music) at Goldsmiths College and Benedict Taylor, violist and composer

There will be further opportunities to meet other practice-based PhD students and to participate in this new forum and shape the future of this group.