The Digital Cultures Studio in Culture Lab is a centre for creative digital practice. We are a research group of artists, designers, musicians and performers who make work which is relevant, experimental and engaged with contemporary technology. In particular we contribute in the areas of:
Our practice-based approach to research, teaching and knowledge exchange emphasizes cultural experimentation, public presentation and participation, and the transformation of the academic disciplines – in particular through creating interactive artefacts and exploratory design practices, which interrogate the role of the digital in relation to traditional materialities and practices. We collaborate within and outside the university from this standpoint and welcome conversations about future collaborative research. We have particular expertise in creative computing, building networked, technological devices, live electronic performance, curating creative technological artefacts and visualisation.
Film @ Culture Lab is a new state of the art centre for Film Practice at Newcastle University. It provides a space for the convergence of creative vision, aesthetic innovation and critical thinking to produce distinctive forms of cinematic art.
It offers a conducive environment for interdisciplinary practice-based experimentation in filmmaking that problematises formatted approaches to non-fiction filmmaking dominating the broadcast industry. It also allows for explorations into hybrid possibilities and new ways of visualising narratives that reside in the meshes of reality and fiction.
The aim is to arrive at distinctive forms of film practices that draw on the realist imperative of observational documentary and the expressivist slant of fiction to herald a cinematic docu-expressivism.