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Emerge is the Experimental Media Research Group.

As creative, practice-led researchers, the group 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 Research activity.

The Experimental Media Research Group is led by Neal White, Professor of Media Art Practice 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.


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

  • 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 Outputs

  • Seddon, A., 2015. Higher-level relationships in Dhomont’s Novars. Musimédiane, 8.
  • Sudbury, S., 2015. Village Tales: an exploration of the potential of participatory documentary filmmaking in rural India. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, Faculty of Media and Communication.
  • White, N. 2014. ‘Papers from the Henry Moore Institute’. Whitechapel Gallery, London.
  • Troisi, A. and Chiaramonte, A., 2014. Sounding sculptures for the augmentation of musical experience in live electroacoustic music. In: Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology – CIM14 4-6 December 2014 National Institute for Music Research, Berlin, Germany.
  • Canning, R., 2014. Interactive Parallax Scrolling Score Interface for Composed Networked Improvisation.Proceedings of the Internation Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, 144-146.
  • Lynch, G., 2014. Remote Encounters: a report about networking practitioners. Digicult.it.
  • Smith, P., Isley, V. and boredomresearch, 2012. In Homage of Change. In: Anderson, D., Delve, J., Dobreva, M., Konstantelos, L., Billenness, C. and Baker, D., eds. The Preservation of Complex Objects (Volume 2): Software Art. London: JISC, 53-60.
  • Davis, T., 2012. Complexity as Practice: A Reflection on the Creative Outcomes of a Sustained Engagement with Complexity. Leonardo, 45 (2), 106-112.


Research Areas


  • Neal White
    Professor of Media Art Practice
    Director of Emerge (Media School)
  • Dr. Tom Davis
    Lecturer in Music & Audio Technology
    Director of Emerge (Faculty of Science and Technology)
  • David Garcia
    Professor of Digital Arts & Media Activism (MS)
  • Dr. Stephen Bell
    Senior Lecturer (Affiliate – Visual Research Group – MS)
  • Dr. Anna Troisi
    Lecturer in Digital Media Design (MS)
  • Dr. Ambrose Seddon
    lecturer in Music and Audio Technology (SciTech)
  • Dr. Alain Renaud
    Visiting Research Fellow (Centre for Digital Entertainment – MS)
  • Susan Sloan
    Senior Lecturer (Affiliate – Visual Research Group – MS)
  • Dr. Sue Sudbury
    Senior Lecturer in Television Production & Directing Digital Film & Television (MS)
  • Dr. Trevor Hearing
    Principal academic (MS)
  • Mik Parsons
    Senior Lecturer in Digital Media Design (MS)
  • Jo Tyler
    Lecturer & Programme Co-ordinator in Radio Production (MS)
  • Liam Birtles
    Senior Lecturer in Digital Media Design (MS)
  • Simon Perkins
    Programme Leader in Digital Media Design (MS)
  • Rob Canning
    Associate Lecturer in Creative Networked Media (MS)
  • Garrett Lynch
    Senior lecturer in digital media design (MS)
  • Dr.Orestis Karamanlis
    Lecturer in Music and Audio Technologies (DEC)
  • Nina Perry
    Lecturer in Audio Production (MS)


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