Supervisory Staff at the DCRC

Professor Jon Dovey


Jon Dovey is Professor of Screen Media in UWE’s Department of Creative Industries, and founding Director of the Digital Cultures Research Centre. Jon spent the first 15 years of his working life in video production, as a researcher, editor and producer in documentary and experimental video, co founding original scratch artists Gorilla Tapes in 1984. His current research practices are in Pervasive Media, Documentary Studies, Cultural Value, Creative Citizenship and Knowledge Exchange for Innovation. In 2008 he launched UWE’s Digital Cultures Research Centre, where he was Director until 2012. He was an AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellow at Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studio from 2010 – 12 co- authoring the Pervasive Media Cookbook. In 2012 He became the Director of REACT (Research and Enterprise for Arts and Creative Technologies) one of four Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the AHRC. Led by UWE and Watershed REACT is an Arts, Technology, and Business Collaboration aiming to produce 60 innovative media prototypes in four years. He is also Co Investigator on the AHRC Connected Communities Creative Citizens Project where he leads a strand on the impact of informal creative economies on communities. Jon has three PhD completions and has been a PhD examiner for 12 candidates. He recently supervised Dr. Sy Taffel’s PhD on Media Ecologies, Dr. Tomas Rawlings on Software and Evolution and Tine Bech’s recently submitted practice based investigation of Play and Interactive Technology. He is currently supervising Jo Morrison’s research into Physical Digital Objects in the Public Realm, Dan Dixon’s design ethnography of Pervasive Gaming and is Director of Studies for Josh Jarrett’s PhD in Participatory Cultures in Computer Gaming. He has recently published (with Mandy Rose) ‘This great mapping of ourselves’ – New Documentary Forms Online in The Documentary Cinema Book `(Palgrave/BFI 2013) which surveys current work in interactive documentary. His work on Cultural Value began with a report into Cultural Value Networks, co-authored with Goetz Bachman, Jeanette Monaco and Bill Sharpe, summary available at He is interested in pursuing more research into evaluation of cultural processes in the cultural policy arena. His work in technology and cultural form has most recently been represented by the The Pervasive Media Cookbook with Constance Fleuriot. His previous books include, Game Cultures with Helen W Kennedy (Open University Press 2006), the all UWE Routledge best seller New Media – A Critical Introduction with Lister M, Giddings S, Grant I and Kelly K. (2003 and 2009) and the first book on Reality TV Freakshows – First Person Media And Factual TV (Pluto Press 2000).

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DCRC Visiting Professor Dr. Martin Rieser

Martin Rieser is currently Visiting Professor Mobile & Pervasive Art at the Digital Cultures Research Centre. A hybrid Media Artist, Researcher and Designer, Martin’s track record as a researcher and practitioner in Digital Arts and Design is a long one stretching back to the early 1980s. His education includes a degree in English Literature from Bristol University, a year in Paris with SW Hayter at Atelier 17, and post-graduate study at Goldsmiths, UWIC and Middlesex Universities. He has lectured full-time in Printmaking and Digital Arts at City of London Polytechnic (1980-86), UWE Bristol (1986-97), Principal Lecturer, Napier University, Edinburgh (1997-2000), Professor Bath Spa University 2000-2007 and Professor De Montfort University (2007-2013). His art practice in digital print, Internet art and interactive narrative installation has been seen around the world including Milia in Cannes; Paris; The ICA London and in Germany, Montreal, Nagoya in Japan and Melbourne, Australia, Xian China, New York and Vienna. He as delivered papers on interactive narrative and exhibited at many major conferences in the field including ISEA95 Montreal ISEA96 Rotterdam, ISEA97 Chicago, ISEA02 Nagoya, ISEA09 Belfast, University of Oslo (2004), Siggraph  (2005), Refresh: Banff Arts Centre 2005, Digital Matchmakers Trondheim 2005, Plan ICA 2005, NAI Rotterdam 2008, Locunet University of Athens (2008), Intelligent Environments Seattle (2008), Barcelona (2009), ICIDS (2009/10/11), ISEA09, i-docs 2011/12, ISEA11, MIX12, ISEA12, Hybrid City 1 (2011) and 2(2013) Athens and at many other conference venues across the UK and Europe. Interactive installations include: Understanding Echo shown in Japan 2002, Hosts Bath Abbey 2006, Secret Door Invideo Milan 2006, The Street RMIT Gallery Melbourne 2008/ISEA Belfast 2009, Secret Garden, Phoenix Square 2012/Taipei 2013. He has developed mobile artworks for Leicester, London and Athens and exhibited the Third Woman Interactive mobile film around the world in Europe, China and America and public installations for the new DMC in Leicester. He has published numerous essays and books on digital art including New Screen Media: Cinema/Art/Narrative (BFI/ZKM, 2002), which combines a DVD of current research and practice in this area together with critical essays. He has recently edited The Mobile Audience, a book on locative technology and art (Rodopi 2011) also logged in a blog: He has also acted as consultant to bodies such as Cardiff Bay Arts Trust, the Photographer’s Gallery London, Arkive in Bristol, The Soros Media Institute in Prague and UIAH in Helsinki.

He has extensive experience of curation of international exhibitions in electronic art, including The Electronic Eye at Watershed 1986, the first International survey exhibition of Digital Printmaking: The Electronic Print, Arnolfini in Bristol 1989. Arcade 2 1997, Arcade 3 2000, He helped to make a successful lottery bid to fund a national digital arts initiative Imag@nation subsequently transformed into DA2: a major arts initiative promoting digital art practice nationally, and internationally. More recently he co-curated the Inside Out exhibit of rapid prototyped printed miniature sculptures made as an artists’ exchange between Australia and the UK, in Sydney Australia and across the UK.


Associate Professor Mandy Rose

Mandy Rose is Associate Professor – Digital Cultures, AHRC Senior Research Fellow in Creative & Performing Arts and Director of UWE’s Digital Cultures Research Centre. Her practice-led research looks at the intersection between documentary and networked culture. She is interested in the social, political and cultural potential of participatory and collaborative forms and in their pre-digital histories. During twenty years at the BBC Mandy led innovative participatory projects including the “mass observation” camcorder project – Video Nation (1994-2000), a pioneering digital storytelling project in the UK – Capture Wales (2001-2007), and a major pan-platform collaborative exploration of language, accent and dialect across the UK – Voices (2004). Mandy’s involvement with DIY and alternative media goes back to the 1970s. She was one of the founders of the feminist film distribution group COW Films, worked at Four Corners Film Workshop in London’s Bethnal Green, and was one of the editors of Emergency Magazine. Her current practice-based research,The Are you happy? Project revisits Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin’s seminal 1960 documentary Chronique d’un Ete in the context of global collaboration and the web, and explores the potential of HTML5 for the “creative treatment of actuality” (Grierson’s early definition of documentary). Mandy is a Contributing Editor to i-Docs and co-convenor of the 2014 i-Docs Symposium, an advisor on the REACT Future Documentary Sandbox and one of the curators of the MIT Open Documentary Lab docubase. Mandy’s recent writing appears in Studies in Documentary Film 6.2 (Intellect Books 2012), The Documentary Film Book (Palgrave/BFI 2013) and DIY Citizens: Critical Making and Social Media (MIT Press 2014). Mandy is currently supervising a practice-based PhD on the impact of participatory documentary on the refugee experience.

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Dr. Tom Abba

Tom Abba is a specialist in narrative theory and practice at the Digital Cultures Research Centre, and a Senior Lecturer teaching into Filmmaking & Creative Media and Drawing & Print. Established as a practitioner and theorist in new media writing, Tom’s work has also included narrative illustration, graphic design and critical journalism, the latter addressing the convergence of psychogeography, genre fiction and new media form. Tom leads UWE’s Beyond the Book research group, is a Trustee of the UK Science Fiction Foundation, and maintains an independent irregular research blog. Tom’s practice is predominantly concerned with the development of new methods by which to write and produce narrative for digital platforms. This work embodies a set of new principles, including the synthesis of hypertextual and pervasive storytelling, convergent media and an emerging practice within ambient, location-led writing. Building on a networked, distributed digital narrative published as anovelexperiment in 2011, he has worked within the artists’ collective Circumstance, writing and designing these pages fall like ash (2013) and short films for you (2012), each of which explore how digital and physical platforms can combine to create unique narrative experiences. He is writing a manifesto for writers working on digital platforms – This is Not a Book – aimed at writers and practitioners within the field of digital books and publishing. His ongoing collaborative practice with Circumstance seeks to define a methodology for digital/physical interaction within book forms, publishing a collected anthology edition at the close of 2014.

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Dr. Judith Aston

Judith Aston is a Senior Lecturer in Film-making and Creative Media at UWE Bristol, and a co-director of i-Docs – the Digital Cultures Research Centre’s web-hub and international symposium for discussion and debate on interactive documentary. As a creative producer with an academic background in visual anthropology and interaction design, she first began working in this field with the BBC Interactive Television and Apple Computing over twenty years ago and has worked across academia and the creative industries ever since. Her primary areas of research are in cross-cultural communication, interactive documentary and expanded filmmaking. She is a firm believer in the value of working across analogue and digital media, and in fusing screen-based media with direct live experience. Her work has been presented at a wide range of international conferences, and she has also published several peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Media Practice and has acted as guest editor for the Journal of Studies in Documentary Film. She has a handful of successful PhD completions, including two for which she was Director of Studies, and has served as an examiner for several PhD candidates. Most recently she has been PI on Orion: Behind the Mask an AHRC REACT Hub Future Documentary Sandbox project, and the creative producer for a live multimedia experience – The Russian Winter.

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Dr. Charlotte Crofts

Charlotte Crofts is a Senior Lecturer in Film studies and Video Production and a member of the Digital Cultures Research Centre.  She edits Screenworks – a peer-reviewed online publication of screen media practice research and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Media Practice (Routledge). Her research interests coalesce around two key areas: the impact of digital technologies on filmmaking and exhibition, and how pervasive media can be used to enhance screen heritage and interpretation. She would be interested in both practice-based and theoretical doctoral research projects in these areas. She has published on ‘Digital Decay’ and ‘Cinema Distribution in the Age of Digital Projection’ and is creative producer of The Curzon Memories App (Android and iOS 2011) and The Lost Cinemas of Castle Park App (iOS 2013), as well as interactive miniature cinema installations, Projection Hero and The Fleapit which have exhibited at the Çurzon Cinema Clevedon, Electric December Watershed, Encounters, Parlour Showrooms and Flatpack Film Festival. Charlotte is also researching multi-screen, synchronised video capture and playback, involving two platforms – Nth Screen and Nth Camera – developed by Tim Kindberg. She has collaborated with creative technology partners and Pervasive Media Studio residents Calvium, Matter2Media and Media Playgrounds.

Twitter @charlottecrofts


Dr. Patrick Crogan

Patrick Crogan is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Media, teaching into the Media Culture and Practice programme, and a member of the Digital Cultures Research Centre. Patrick researches and publishes on a range of topics across the digital media and technoculture field, from film, video games, animation to critical theories of technology and culture. He wrote Gameplay Mode: War, Simulation and Technoculture (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2011) and is guest editor of work in Games and Culture, Culture Machine and Cultural Politics. He is also an internationally reputed expert in the work of influential philosopher and media theorist, Bernard Stiegler with whom he maintains an active relationship on behalf of the DCRC. Patrick is currently PI on 2 AHRC funded research projects: the JtR125 Future Documentary Sandbox project to make an innovative documentary-video game hybrid, and ‘Creative Territories’, an AHRC Video Games Networking project about fostering indie game development. He is also working on robotics and AI (especially drones and military robotics) and recently convened an event for the DCRC around this theme




Dr. Shawn Sobers

Shawn Sobers is a Senior Lecturer in Photography in the Department of Creative Industries and a member of the Digital Cultures Research Centre. His research is primarily concerned with the use of media and arts in participatory education, advocacy, heritage, marginalised voices and untold stories. He has chapters and articles published in numerous peer reviewed journals and books, and has spoken at a wide range of conferences.  He is currently a Co-Investigator on the Communities of Creative Practitioners strand of the AHRC Connected Communities Creative Citizens

Project, considering the impact of informal creative economies on communities. His research has spanned a wide range of topics, as diverse as the use of youth media in informal education, through to using media as an ethnographic research tool exploring subjects such as the legacy of the slave trade through to disability issues and walking.  A filmmaker, photographer, writer, Shawn co-founded Firstborn Creatives production company in 1999, and has made programmes for BBC 1, ITV West and Channel 4.  Much of his work is positioned within the discourses of participatory methodologies, community media, autoethnography and visual anthropology.  A selection of projects can be found at

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