Culture Lab Newcastle

Staff Profile

Tim Shaw

Lecturer in Digital Media


I am an artist working predominately with sound. My practice is concerned with the many ways people listen, specifically how listening environments can be constructed or explored using a diverse range of techniques and technologies. I have a background in recording sound and my practice is anchored in the creative use of field recordings. I use a variety of self-constructed technologies to playback and manipulate recordings to create complex sonic environments. I am interested in appropriating communication technologies to explore how these devices change the way we experience the world.

I am particularly interested in the relationships between site, sound and technologies. Presenting work through musical performances, installations, walks and site-responsive interventions my practice attempts to expose the mechanics of systems through sound to reveal the hidden aspects of environments and technologies. 

I present work at galleries, festivals, museums, through residencies and cultural events nationally and internationally. Collaboration plays a central role in my approach, I have been lucky enough to make artistic work with Chris Watson, John Bowers, Jacek Smolicki and Sébastien Piquemal. Recently my work has been presented at New Ear Festival, New York (2018), History of Bosnia Museum, Sarajevo (2018), ARC, Switzerland (2018), bb14, Linz (2017), Stereolux, Nantes (2016), Baltic, Gateshead (2017), FACT Liverpool (2016), Eastern Bloc, Montreal (2016) and The Wired Lab, New South Wales, Australia (2016).

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My practice-based and theoretical research interests include 

  • How digital media practices are in dialogues around thinking through making and research through design
  • How contemporary sound technologies affect listening practices
  • How we can use various technologies to engage with archive content and digital technology as heterogeneous materials for the creation new art works
  • How a creative approach to digital technology can value process over production 


My approach to teaching involves a practical engagement with sound and technology and is informed by my own practice-lead research concerns and my artistic practice. 

I have taught programmes and run workshops in sound, listening and technology at Goldsmiths University (UK), Stereolux (France), Piksel (Norway), Music Hackspace (UK), Sussex University (UK), Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (UK) and FACT Liverpool (UK). 

I teach through a practical approach, allowing students to creatively explore sound within their own practice, and through doing so acquire an understanding of relevant historical work.