Creative Technologies Research and Practice

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In this 30 credit module we develop research questions and manage the life cycle of a creative technologies project that incorporates the design, implementation, deployment and evaluation of a system that addresses academic or industry stakeholder needs.

Syllabus outline

We will cover a number of differing ideas and approaches and you will be introduced to the range of topics including;

  • Epistemology and ontology and the philosophy of knowledge
  • Designing and conducting a creative technologies research project: reviewing, evaluating and managing literature; identifying aims, objectives and milestones; project management; formulating research questions; ethics
  • Stakeholder engagement including requirements analysis, contexts, proposals, intellectual property, milestones, progress meetings, deployment, documentation
  • History of digital art and the creative technologies.
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Generative systems and computer art and music.
  • Research methods including: quantitative data analyses and statistical techniques; surveys and questionnaires; qualitative methods, interviews, discourse analysis and focus groups.
  • Communication and dissemination: academic writing, peer review and public speaking.



The assignment will document the development of a single piece of creative technologies research and should be presented in the format and style of a research manuscript for a creative technologies conference or journal. This will involve demonstrating an ability to create and document an extended piece of work. The paper will also be presented along with a poster at a controlled poster presentation in the format found at academic conferences. Formative assessment and feedback will be provided as part of the practical sessions. Assessment criteria will be supplied with the assignment and presentation specification.

Research questions & Answers

  • What is the Freedom of Movement, what does it mean and why is it important? (Feel like? Look Like? Mean?) Alistair & Jules

A Human Rights concept - the right of individuals to travel from place to place within a country, to leave a country and return to it. Includes the right to freely leave and return to a place and the right to change the place that an individual resides or works. (Wikipedia)

Common restrictions include:

- limitations for minors
- modification of rights because of penal law (probation, parole, incarceration, tags etc...)
- religious and/or societal norms in some countries especially for women and members of disfavoured racial and social groups
- minimum wage tariff barriers to labour market entry
- identity cards, passports, citizenship licenses, that must be carried and produced on demand
- obligations to register change of address with state authorities
- protected areas e.g. greenfield sites that prevent housebuilding, military sites, national parks etc....
- rules regarding trespass onto private property (UK - Right to Roam)
- visas

Extradition and forced repatriation: both limit freedom of movement and remove the right to choose

Freedom of movement can also be constrained through physical and mental incapacity.

Some of the feelings associated with loss of freedom of movement include:

- social exclusion
- feelings of loss
- loss of confidence
- anxiety and fear about the future
- frustration and anger
- a desire (in some instances) to go back to the way things were - to retrieve a past life
- depression

Current headline case: the restrictions on freedom of movement that leaving the EU will impose.

  • Specific requirements of the festival? What do they want? Sémon
  • Who are the audience? (background, ethnicity, hopes and dreams etc.) Thomas
What the BBC have said?
- 178,000 tickets, 100,000 staff.
- 20.9 million people watched at least one song at Glastonbury 2017 through BBC Channels, up 12% on 2016.

What Glastonbury have said?
- All forms whether: pop, dance, jazz, folk, fringe, theatre, drama, mime, circus, cinema, poetry, creative art and design (painting, sculpting, textile art) fans.
- Environmentally-friendly and rich (not in the money sense) businesses. The "Green Area" is a complementary and alternative medicine and environmentally-friendly technologies area.
- Audience are generally people who "Want to be free and have a wild time in their own way".
- The audience want and expect "All aspects of being at a festival in an astonishing bundle".
- Glastonbury is a huge promoter of FoM and diversity and equality. "All ages, backgrounds, nationalities, lifestyles, faiths, concepts of fashion and musical taste" attend the Festival.
- Glastonbury want the audience to be "mellow" and "friendly".
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  • Can we get the artists involved?
  • What visual components have previously been used, and what technology is available?
  • How/what engages the audience? Gabe
What seemed to work
- Clear definition of rhythm (one such that the rhythm is not "drowned" in the melody, allowing people to dance/clap to)
- Crazy/extreme movements (e.g. intense drum beats/dance movements, playing with microphone and its stand, fire coming out of stage)
- Rap (allowing people to cheer at any reasonable point, mutual instant feedback; more flexible lyrics to talk about recent events)
- Exotic elements (e.g. African drums)
- Surprises (e.g. a new layer of harmony, a recent event put forward unexpectedly in lyrics, something familiar but in a new form)

Future work
- Unfortunately, there's no clear evidence from this observation that a decrease in diversity can cause drastic change in festival. Further observations and readings needed.
- Understanding electronic, rap and jazz music. What makes an engaging piece?
- Need help in reviewing the performance, especially if someone could discover more things that are familiar to the audience but expressed in a new way, or lyrics that refer to a specific event, or a conundrum in lyrics

West Holts Stage at Glastonbury 2014
  • Why the West Holts Stage?


References and links
Tubadji, A. and Nijkamp, P. (2015) Cultural gravity effects among migrants: A comparative analysis of the EU15. Economic Geography, 91 (3). pp. 343-380. ISSN 0013-0095 Available from: '
Tubadji, A. and Nijkamp, P. (2014) Altruism to strangers for our own sake: Domestic effects from immigration. International Journal of Manpower, 35 (1/2). pp. 11-32. ISSN 0143-7720 Available from: '