Dr Brigitta Zics
Programme Director of Creative Arts Practice (Digital Media)

  • Email: brigitta.zics@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4644
  • Address: Culture Lab
    Grand Assembly Rooms
    King's Walk
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU

Programme Director of MA Creative Arts Practice, Lecturer in Digital Media at Culture Lab 

  • Managing the Creative Arts Practice MA course, module leading and delivering core and Digital Media modules.
  • Delivering Digital Art module and Digital Media workshops in Fine Art.
  • Contributing to research activities and PhD supervision of Digital Media at Culture Lab. Managing research seminars and research project. Supervising Digital Media PhD students and developing practice-based research frameworks and applications.  
  • Chair of Board of Studies, CAP MA 

Brigitta Zics is a practitioner and award-winning artists who is interested in exploring the potential of thinking through digital making and how such a process leads to innovation and new knowledge. She engages with the emerging models of creative entrepreneurship, open innovation, and lab culture. Her recent interests embrace wearable technology, the philosophy of beauty, and data aesthetics.

In her artistic practice she applies creative and innovative technologies in order to access and extract the hidden dimensions of human experience. With the aspiration to better understand ‘what makes us human?’ she creates aesthetic ecologies (aesthetic interactions between human and machine) that are aware of human emotion and imagination.

Subject Areas:

Innovation in Practice & Open Innovation, Interdisciplinary Practices and Emerging Technology, Interaction Design, Wearable Technology, Embodiment & Technology, Interaction Design, Human- Computer Interaction and Affective Computing; Collaborative Making Environments/Labs, Visual Communication, Contemporary Art and Creative Practice, Art History, Art & Science, Digital Arts and Interactive Arts, Philosophy of Technology and Media Art, Aesthetics, Practice-based Research Methodology, Partnership Research between Academia & Industry.

Current Research Projects: 

  • Living Laboratory 
  • Eye-Resonator, Interactive Art Ecosystem, More info and updates  
  • Eye Resonator: Fiction as Engagement 
  • Data Aesthetics and Data Visualisation 
  • Director of 'Data is Beautiful' International Symposium and Exhibition, Budapest http://dataisbeautiful.c3.hu
  • Thinking through Making: New Knowledge Practices
  • Affective Multimodal Systems & Wearable Technologies
  • Intimacy, Somaaesthetics through Mobile Wearable Technologies 

Qualification 

  • Sept 04 - Nov 08 PhD with UWN Scholarship, Digital Media, University of Wales
  • Sept 09 - Nov 10 PGCert Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education, University of Wales
  • Sept 01 - June 04 MFA in Media Design funded by DAAD and Hungarian State Eötvös Fellowship, Academy of Media Arts Cologne 
  • Sept 96 - June 01 BA/MA in Media Art Hungarian University of Fine Art Budapest 

PhD Supervision 

  • Freeth, Ben 2013 - Academic Supervision, Embodied Interaction and Emerging Wearable Technologies
  • Sixian Chen 2013 - Academic Supervision, Biofeedback Technologies for Affective Computing 
  • Schofield, Tom 2011 - Academic Supervisor, Data Visualisation and Data Reinterpretation as Political Art, AHRC funded PhD, Newcastle University.
  • McCarthy, Léon 2011 - Second Supervisor, Investigating the means for control of meaning inmultimedia performance, Northumbria University
  • Lin, Jiun Shian 2012 - Academic Supervisor, Culture Lab, Newcastle University
  • Li, Ping Yeh 2012 - Academic Supervisor, Culture Lab, Newcastle University
  • Arrigoni, Gabriella 2012, AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, Academic Supervisor, Living Laboratories, Culture Lab, Newcastle University
  • Dryson, Hannah Completed 2011.Gestalt Biometrics and their Applications; Instrumentation, objectivity and poetics, EPSRC funded PhD, University of Plymouth.

External/Internal Examiner

  • 2014 Postgraduate Course Validation UAL (Msc Computational Design, MA/MSc Wearable Futures, MA/MSc Games Design), Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication  
  • 2011 PhD, School of Arts, Brunel University, London, UK.
  • 2010 MRes in Digital Media, Culture Lab, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK.

Reviewer

  • 2013 CHI, Interactivity ACM
  • From 2012 Reviewer for Leonardo Journal, MIT
  • 2012 Reviewer for NordCHI
  • 2012 TEI, Sixth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, ACM SIGHI, Canada (Jury Member)
  • 2011 Book Proposal Review - SAGE, London
  • 2011 ADS-VIS2011: Making visible the invisible: Art, Design and Science in Data Visualisation, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • From 2008 Leonardo Reviews, Leonardo Online/MIT

Professional Membership 

  • 2011 — College Arts Association
  • 2010 — FHEA – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2010 — Funding Member of Internal Network for Trans-disciplinary Post-doctoral Research (INTR)
  • 2008 — Review Panelist for Leonardo Reviews
  • 2004 — National Union of Hungarian Creators

Selected Awards, Scholarships

  • 2009 One of the Winners of Leonardo Almanac LABS 2009, Best Thesis Abstract: ZICS, B., 2008. Transparency, Cognition and Interactivity: Toward a New Aesthetic for Media Art. PhD Thesis. Newport, Wales: University of Wales.
  • 2006  Nomination of the Digital Sparks Award 2006, Netspannung.org, Fraunhofer Institute for Media Communication Germany
  • Nov. 2005 Selected for European Best Multimedia Artist, Award Winning Project (Cross Media) EUROPRIX Top Talent 2005, ICNM, Salzburg, Austria
  • Sept. 2004 Project Scholarship of Arts Foundation NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • May 2004 Nomination of the International\Media\Art\Award, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2002-04 DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service, Germany
  • 2001-04 Hungarian State Eötvös Fellowship, Hungarian Scholarship Board Research Fellowship, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2001 Degree Show Award, Award of National Union of Hungarian Creators Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest-H
  • 2000 Ludwig Award and Scholarship, Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts

Research Interest

Brigitta Zics is an artist and researcher based in Culture Lab, Newcastle University, UK. Her main interest is the artistic and philosophical investigation of human experience in technologically enhanced environments and interfaces. Her recent research subjects include experimental data visualisation,  bio-signal interaction & affective environments, application of swarm theory, and aesthetic ecologies that facilitate immersive experiences. Her artistic work and research have been broadly exhibited and published in journals such as Leonardo (MIT), Journal of Visual Art Practice (Intellect),  in books such as New Realities: Being Syncretic book (Springer) and festivals such as Siggraph, IMAGINA and ISEA. Other affiliations include Visiting Fellow at Transtechnology Research, panel member of the Leonardo Reviews, founding member of the International Network for Trans-disciplinary Research (INTR) and Research Advisor in the Doctoral School at the Hungarian University of Fine Art.

Subject Areas  

Innovation in Practice & Open Innovation, Interdisciplinary Practices and Emerging Technology, Interaction Design, Wearable Technology, Embodiment & Technology, Interaction Design, Human- Computer Interaction and Affective Computing; Collaborative Making Environments/Labs, Visual Communication, Contemporary Art and Creative Practice, Art History, Art & Science, Digital Arts and Interactive Arts, Philosophy of Technology and Media Art, Aesthetics, Practice-based Research Methodology, Partnership Research between Academia & Industry.

Current Research Projects:

  • Living Laboratory 
  • Eye Resonator, Interactive Installation
  • Eye Resonator: Fiction as Engagement 
  • Data Aesthetics and Data Visualisation 
  • Thinking through Making: New Knowledge Practices
  • Affective Multimodal Systems & Wearable Technologies
  • Intimacy, Somaaesthetics through Mobile Wearable Technologies 
  • Programme Director of Creative Arts Practice MA
  • Module Leader of Digital Media Advanced Theory & Practice (with Prof. John Bowers),  MA
  • Module Leader of  Creative Digital Practice & Transdisciplinary Theory, MA
  • Module Leader of Major Project, Creative Arts Practice, MA
  • Module Leader of Research Methods and Creative Entrepreneurship, MA 
  • Module Leader of  Creative Web and Interactive Narrative, MA
  • Module Leader of Digital Art ( (with Prof. John Bowers), Fine Art BA
  • Teaching History and Theory of Digital Art, Fine Art BA
  • Delivering Skill-based Digital Media Workshops, Fine Art BA
  • Chair of Board of Studies, MA