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Emerge is the Experimental Media Research Centre.

As creative, practice-led researchers, the centre share critical concerns in relation to experimental media practices. We have grown significantly since 2010, and our experience draws on REF outputs at National and International level in contemporary and critical art practice, media and digital arts, spatial interaction, documentary video and networked audio.

These research outputs have been exhibited Internationally, including; Apexart (USA), Natural History Museum (UK), Laboral (ES), Casino Foundation (LUX), Centre for Land Use Interpretation (USA), Barbican Gallery (UK), V&A (UK), ZKM (DE), Watershed (UK), FACT (UK), John Hansard Gallery (UK),  and The Henry Moore Institute (UK). Research has been included in publications from MIT, Royal Academy, Centre Pompidou and research papers produced for SIGGRAPH, Tate and other leading International institutions

Our aim is to develop research that will impact on creativity and culture, engaging the public, developing social initiatives and pushing boundaries in critical & cultural fields of media production. We are particularly interested in developing interdisciplinary research projects, bring expertise in communications and cultural practices to the production of knowledge. As a cross-School multidisciplinary research group, we are also helped to initiate the Colab, a new resource for Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research activity.

The Experimental Media Research Group is led by Anna Troisi, Senior Lecturer, Digital Media Design for the Media School and Dr. Tom Davis for the School of Design, Engineering, and Technology. Staff from these research groups are working as supervisors with AHRC and ESPRC funded studentships, including the Industrial Doctorate Centre (Centre for Digital Entertainment) and The Arts Catalyst, London. We welcome PhD applications in related areas, and can advise on funding opportunities.

Events organised by EMERGE:

Workshops open to staff, BA and MA students:


  • 24th of November 2016 COLAB : Analema Group Workshop

How do the worlds of sound and vision collide? – Sound and Vision – KIMA

Presenters: Oliver Gingrich and Sean Soraghan

  • 2nd of December 2016, W216 (all day 9am to 5pm) Enrico Bertelli’s Workshop

Tangible computing,  open source, object based coding…and music

  • 8th of December 2016 COLAB : Alain Renaud’s Workshop – Sound and Vision – Mintlab

Previous recent:

  • 9th November 2016, 18.00, Allsebrook Lecture Theatre, Talbot Campus: EMERGE has a new orchestra called “BU’s loudspeaker orchestra”. Its first concert was supported by the Faculty of Science & Technology and the EMERGE Research Group.
  • April 2016 :Two cross-departmental workshops organised in the on self-presentation online (visiting speaker: Dr. Gauti Sigthorsson, University of Greenwich).

EMERGE recently funded two residencies in the Colab:

  • Enrico Bertelli, Conductive Music CIC, The Culture Capital Exchange. (July 2016)
  • Oliver Gingrich, Alain Renoir, Analema Group. (July 2016)

Events open to the MS staff in the Colab:

  • Richard Wright’s “How to Judge a Book by its Cover: Art and Data Visualisation at the British Library”
  • Rob La Frenais (Research Fellow EMERGE) Becoming Aerosolar – Space Without Rockets and other transformative practices by artists


Established in 2011 by Emerge – Centre for Experimental Media Research and the Visual Research Group, Colab aimed to provide a working and meeting space for media artists, digital designers, computer animators and creative technology researchers engaged in research leading to new knowledge and enhanced understanding.

Moving to a new location IMG_2232in 2015, the Colab is changing its role and function in order to embrace a broader public engagement with this growing body of important experimental and visual research practices. In this respect, our aim is to highlight the value of creative research culture now engaging in a range of academic disciplines beyond its own, including science, technology, politics and the humanities.

The Colab as a physical space does not exist anymore but it represents a virtual cross-faculty hub for interdisciplinarity at Bournemouth University.

To this end, we are working towards building;

  1. A space for celebrating scholarly practice within the creative research process.
  2. A place for engagement with critical ideas as explored through creative practice as research.
  3. A lively node within an International network of art and cultural research labs.

Recent activities promoted by EMERGE

Luca Casini, an Erasmus student from University of Bologna is working on is MA thesis project in collaboration with Natural England, and with Prof. Adrian Newton (Professor and Director Conservation Ecology, Department of Life & Environmental Science at Bournemouth University) and Dr Stephen Watson (Centre for Ecology, Environment and Sustainability, Faculty of Science and Technology, member of the Poole Harbour Study Group) to an artistic project on public engagement on the topic of “human impacts on the environment, with a particular focus on biodiversity loss and its consequences”.This work will be part of the final exhibition of Test Sites, which is a platform EMERGE created last year with a few partners.


Our researchers work with world-leading media production facilities in specialist professional digital production environments and advanced technical environments developed for research and teaching purposes in the Media School (MS) and School of Design, Engineering and Computing (DEC).

Ongoing projects

  • Test Sites (With Arts Catalyst (London), SPUD group (Sway) and Prof. Neal White (University of Westminster)
  • The HyperSensor (Office of Experiments; Neal White, Rob Smith and Anna Troisi)
  • BLAST (fusion funded project by Vicky Isley, Paul Smith, Colab, supported by Neal White)
  • Operation Integratus (Rob Canning, Tom Davis, Antonino Chiaramonte, Anna Troisi)
  • Keen-skin (Anna Troisi, Colab)
  • Contingencies Programme (by Tom Davis, Ambrose Seddon and Bill Thompson, funded by EMERGE research group)

Recent Research Outputs


On 18th of November Prof David Garcia gave a paper and co-moderated a conference he initiated for the Brighton Phoenix Art Centre. It was called “Curating: a Concept in Transition” https://www.phoenixbrighton.org/events/forum-curating-a-concept-in-transition-2/

Publications (papers, book chapters)/Performances

Paper accepted at MIT’s Leonardo “KIMA: The Wheel – Voice turned into Vision” Dr Oliver Gingrich, Dr. Alain Renaud, Evgenia Emets, Dr. Sean Soraghan, Dario Villanueva, Katherina Loschinina

Amelidis, P. 2016. Acousmatic Storytelling. Organised Sound, 21(3), pp. 213-221.

Amelidis, P., Hugill, A. 2016. Audio only computer games – Papa Sangre. In: S. Emmerson and L. Landy, eds. Expanding the horizons for electroacoustic music. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. pp. 355-375.

17 June 2017. The Pain(t) [electroacoustic composition]. Project(ion) Room, Brussels.

05 March 2016. Improvisation [live-coding performance with SuperCollider].  Lewisham Arthouse, London.

Davis, T. (2017). The Feral Cello: A Philosophically Informed Approach to an Actuated Instrument. In New Interfaces for Musical Expression. http://www.nime.org/archives/. Retrieved from http://www.tdavis.co.uk/

Davis, T. (2016). Resitive Intentionality: Examining the instrumental interface. In Sonorities Symposium 2016. Queen’s University Belfast. 20th Nov 2016

Davis, T., & Reid, L. (2017, July 5). Gemmeleg. [Performance for the Feral Cello]. Sound Music Computing Conference, Helsinki..

Davis, T., & Reid, L. (2017, May 18). Gemmeleg [Performance for the Feral Cello]. NIME 2017, Black Diamond, Copenhagen.

Davis, T., & Reid, L. (2017, May 4). Gemmeleg [Performance for the Feral cello]. Noisefloor 2017, Staffordshire University, Stoke On Trent. Retrieved from http://www.noisefloor.org.uk/

Feral Cello – developed a performance system with composer/ cellist Laura Reid.

Presented paper at NIME

Seddon, A. Fleeting Strands. Stereo acousmatic sound, fixed media. Sound + Environment 2017, University of Hull. 29 June-2 July 2017.

Seddon, A. Traces of Play. 4-channel acousmatic sound, fixed media. Salle Molière, Opéra Comédie de Montpellier, Montpellier, France. 2 June 2017.

Seddon, A. Fleeting Strands. Stereo acousmatic sound, fixed media. BEAST FEAST 2017, University of Birmingham, UK. 29 April 2017.

Seddon, A. Pellere. 8-channel acousmatic sound, fixed media. Sound Image 2016, Greenwich University, London. 12-13 November 2016.

Seddon, A. Pellere. 8-channel acousmatic sound, fixed media. Bournemouth University. 9 November 2016.


Seddon, A. Traces of Play (2017). 4-channel acousmatic sound, fixed media.

Audio Drama

Hayton, G., Maggs, D. X-Files: Cold Cases and X-Files: Stolen Lives (broadcasted on Amazon, Audible and iTunes).

Digital Installations (SQUIDSOUP, KIMA, ANALEMA GROUP)

Liam Birtles’s work with Squidsoup continues, the collective has a new variation of the work titled “Submergence” appearing in Blenhiem, the work titled “Bloom” is appearing in Edinburg, and the collective worked also to a variation of a new work titled “Flow” appearing at Sudely. Squidsoup has just finished a residency in Istanbul working with Turkish artist, the resulted in the exhibition “Across the Line”.

Squidsoup has created a new work for the river Irvine for Nov/Dec 2017 that build on the LED works, envisaged as a digital kelp. Recent installations were presented as follow:

2017 Across The Line, Digi.Logue, British Council (Istanbul 14 Nov – 25th Dec)

2017 Submergence at Signal Festival (Prague CZ 12-15 Oct)
2017 Flow at Enchanted Forest (Pitlochry Scotland 28 Sept – 29 Oct)
2017 Bloom at Lumina Festival (Cascais POR 22-24 Sept)
2017 Monolithic premiered at Motion (Bristol UK 26 Aug)
2017 Submergence at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Phoenix AZ USA 6 May – 24 Sept)
2017 Submergence at Mall of Egypt (Cairo Egypt 2 Mar – 28 Apr)
2017 Submergence at Southampton Festival of Light (UK 10-19 Feb)
2017 Bloom shown at Canary Wharf Winter Lights (London UK 16-27 Jan)


KIMA talk at St. Anne’s College Oxford 22.11.2016

Holographic Presence – Design Roast Talk at Greenwich University by Oliver Gingrich, 9.3. 2017

KIMA by Analema Group at Maxilla Studio / Oliver Gingrich Refraction – Showcase 18.5.2017

KIMA performance by Analema Group at Chelsea College of Arts 19th of June 2017

‘Memoria’, Oliver Gingrich 2017 exhibition at Seasons Groupshow 1st of July 2017

‘Sophiel’s Message” Oliver Gingrich 2017, Group Exhibition at By Other Means Gallery London

Memoria, Oliver Gingrich 2017, EEG based installation at FLUX, Dalston Boys Club, 5th of October 2017


Funded Activities and public engagement

Tom Davis, Funded member of Humanising Algorithmic listening Workshops. AHRC network funding.


Attended Workshop 1 – Sussex University 27th- 28th April

Presented at Workshop 2 – SARC, QUB Belfast 31st June 1Aug.

Presented at Workshop 3 -Sussex 14th -15th Sept.

Received seed funding for future collaborations with Dr Nicholas Ward, University of Limmerick. Leading to research visits July 17-19th 2017 &  9th- 10th Nov 2017.

SEN music technology Project. HEIF funded. 

Ran a HEIF funded project 16-17 linked to current PGR supervision through CDE.

Linked Publication.

Ward, A., Woodbury, L., & Davis, T. (2017). Design Considerations for Instruments for Users with Complex Needs in SEN Settings. In New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Copenhagen.

Presented outcomes from the project at the Festival of Learning. 8th July 2017

As part of this ran a public engagement co-design workshop at BU. attended by Industry, schools, music services, music technolgists. 11th JUly 2017.


Future plans

In 2018 Liam Birtles with Squidsoup will be showing Bloom in Southampton and a small version of Submergence at the inaugural Light Up Poole Festival, Liam has been supporting Libby Battaglia in the process of bidding for Arts Council funding for the event.

In 2018 Squidsoup has further shows with Fourtet in Hollywood, New York and an 4 night residency in a nightclub London, the works will be live performances against the new Fourtet album.

Naciketa is a collaborative work developing VR animation and sound with Emeritus Prof. Nigel Osborne (University of Edinburgh) Ambrose Seddon (EMERGE) and Susan Sloane (VRG).

Ambrose Seddon is working on a new multichannel acousmatic works exploring ambisonic sound techniques – how to integrate the use of ambisonic audio within acousmatic music compositional practice based around transformation of sound material.

Nonrecursive gig at Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe, 1st May 2018 (Nonrecursive is the EMERGE music collective funded in 2015, it served as platform for a PhD research and it is now continuing developing new paradigm for electroacoustic music within the centre).

Electroacoustic music concert featuring Annie Mahtani (University of Birmingham/BEAST) – 28th February 2018.

Research Areas


Dr Anna Troisi, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media Design (MS)
Director of Emerge (Faculty of Media and Communication)

Dr Tom Davis, Lecturer in Music & Audio Technology
Director of Emerge (Faculty of Science and Technology)

Prof David Garcia, Professor of Digital Arts & Media Activism (MS) Deputy Director of Emerge (Faculty of Media and Communication)

Dr Ambrose SeddonLecturer in Music and Audio Technology (SciTech) Deputy Director of Emerge (Faculty of Science and Technology)


Panos AmelidisLecturer (Academic) in Music & Audio Technology

Liam Birtles, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media Design

Stephen Deutsch, professor of post-production

Oliver Gingrich, Visiting Research Fellow

Gary Hayton, demonstrator

Orestis Karamanlis, Visiting Research Fellow

Rob La Frenais, Visiting Research Fellow

Mik ParsonsSenior Lecturer in Digital Media Design 

Simon PerkinsSenior Lecturer in Digital Media Design

Nina Perry, Lecturer in Audio Production (MS)

Dr Alain Renaud, Visiting Research Fellow

Jo TylerLecturer & Programme Co-ordinator in Radio Production (MS)

Liam BirtlesSenior Lecturer in Digital Media Design (MS)

Simon Perkins, Programme Leader in Digital Media Design (MS)

Ambrose Seddon, Lecturer in Music and Audio Technology

Neal WhiteVisiting Research Fellow and co-funder of EMERGE



Vicky Isley Research Lecturer in Computer Animation (MS)

Paul Smith Research Lecturer in Computer Animation/Com (MS)

Dr. Stephen BellSenior Lecturer (Affiliate – Visual Research Group – MS)

Susan Sloan, Senior Lecturer (Affiliate – Visual Research Group – MS)


PGR students:

Ifigeneia Mavridou (PhD student CDE)

Dennis Braunsdorff

Antonino Chiaramonte

Arnold Marinissen

Micah Hrehovcsik


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