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Centre for Media & Electronic Arts

The Creative Media team are initiating a new Research Centre in the Institute in Media and Electronic Arts, in collaboration with the School of Engineering in IT Tallaght. The research outcomes envisaged include possible modes of quantifying the value of collaborative work, and schema for future strategies in collaborative research and practice.  A key focus will be on developing alternative models of politically and socially engaged creative practice in a newly formed TU, through partnerships locally (in Tallaght), regionally, nationally and internationally. 

It will investigate the impact of emerging technologies and trends in the areas of games and gamification, Internet of Things, natural user interfaces, makerspaces, wearable technology, 3D printing, AI, augmented and virtual reality, robotics, combined with a culture of sharing, and models of collaborative creative practice across the humanities that break down disciplinary barriers. A Future Makers Collective has been established in tandem with this research centre, to develop and enhance current collaboration with colleagues in the Department of Electronic Engineering, DLIADT, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Lancaster, University of the Arts, London, RUA RED Arts Centre, Riverbank Arts Centre and many others.   

The centre is also partaking in the working Group for the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland/Media Literacy Ireland Network  and is involved in the planning of a national campaign in Digital Citizenship to be launched later in 2018.

Personnel: 
PI Names:

  • Sinead McDonald, Lecturer Creative Media
  • Jean O’Halloran, Lecturer Creative Media 
  • Deirdre Kennedy, Lecturer Creative Media
  • James Wright, Head of Dept, Electronic Engineering

Postgraduate Students - MA (Research)

  • Sean Campbell, A modular approach to the creative process and content generation from digital interactive art within fine art practice.
  • Siobhan Conway, The impact of immersive technologies on the educational outcomes of young adults with dyslexia.
  • Louise Nolan, Investigation of integration of electronic data in digital media for the purpose of personalising creative experiences.
  • Roisin NicCana, Virtual Realities in the Museum Space

Funding:
Major Funded Projects (Current/Past)
The Centre is still in the very early stage of development but was successful in receiving HEA funding to run a Summer programme in Media practice and creative coding for young people from the West Dublin region (Summer 2017)

Collaborations: (National and international)
Digital Makers Collective (UK); RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre; South Dublin County Council; EUCIDA; Tate Exchange, London; Hack Circus (UK); Broadcasting Authority of Ireland; Andre Molodkin/Apolitical (France/UK); Archive, National Gallery of Ireland; Achenbach Foundation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (USA)

Selected Publications: 

  • Digital Transformations, Ballina, Ireland (conference presentation) 2018
  • Data is the New Oil, Rua Red Arts Centre (2018)
  • Archetype/Uchronia, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Ireland (solo show) 2017
  • Ballymun Toast, Axis Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland (solo show) 2017
  • Nefele Arts Festival, Athens, Greece, 2016
  • Glitch Digital Arts festival, RuaRed Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland 2016
  • Mediate Realities, Allbright College, Reading Philadelphia, USA 2014
  • Taianomainen Kirtue/Turas Draíocht, Meitoinen, Finland    2014

Research Visits/Visitors:
Dr. Owen Kelly, Arcada University, Finland 
Pierre Jolivet, Pacific 231, VR Technologies, Dublin
Dr. Donna Lanclos, UNC Charlotte, USA
Gill Ryan, Open University, UK
Paul O’Neill, Dublin City University
Leah Hilliard, National College of Art and Design
Leila Johnston, Site Gallery Sheffield, UK 
Dr David McKeown, University College Dublin
Dr Sean Enda Power, Trinity College Dublin


Other Information: 
STEAM workshops at RUA RED and Newbridge Arts Centre.
Glitch Maker education series
EUCIDA network
Fallout Pattern socially engaged 
Arts Work of the Future, Tate Exchange at Tate Modern, UK
Digital Transformations conference, Ballina
HackCircus Uk public events series
Hackathon – ITT (September 2018)
Site Gallery Sheffield public talks (October 2018)

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