5 Apr 2003 All day Department of Architecture, Cambridge


Department of Architecture, 1 Scroope Terrace, Trumpington Street, Cambridge

Conference co-sponsored by CUMIS (University of Cambridge), Rescen (University of Middlesex), and CRASSH (University of Cambridge)

From Architecture/Design/Fine Arts through Media/Cultural Studies and Science/Technology to Performance Arts there is tension between content-led and technology-driven research in the field of creative digital media. Is the object to develop new knowledge relevant to creative practice, art, design, performance and exhibition? Or is it to develop viable hardware and software tools to enable effective practice? Both are clearly crucial to fostering excellence and innovation. The tension between them, however, affects everything from the definition of projects through their funding to the publication, dissemination and evaluation of outcomes. Practice-based-research and practice-as-research occupy a borderland between Academy, Commercial R&D and the Cultural Industries. Can practice-based research in a university environment create work of real aesthetic merit and true research value? Can artistic and performance practice developed within the framework of industrial R&D or the academic world be truly groundbreaking? Art, design, performance and digital media in new spatial configurations, many of which have been developed as part of a research process, are on exhibition and under debate at RESPOND Cambridge, 2-5 April 2003. The 1-day Symposium on 5 April brings together leading researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to formulate and debate and the crucial issues at the heart of RESEARCH/PRACTICE/PRACTICE/RESEARCH.

Maureen Thomas, CUMIS, Cambridge


Tel: +44 1223 766886
Email enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk