Unmasking the Classics: A new perspective on Greek theatre

Imagine watching an ancient Greek play that hasn’t been seen for over 2,000 years. For the first time, a project in the College of Arts has recreated Greek theatre masks directly from ancient objects allowing us to understand the crucial role they played in ancient drama. After playing to an audience in Syracuse, the ancient […]

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Exchanging Affective Knowledge: Burning the Circle

Our walk begins at Brodick beach just as the sun sets and ends on a field at the foot of Goat Fell. We transition from the sea to the sky. The first thing we ask the spectators to do is to listen to the wind and the waves, to become aware of the sight of […]

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Walking Interconnections: Researching the Lived Experience of Disabled People for a Sustainable Society

Walking Interconnections is a collaborative research project that I have been engaged in over the past year, working with a team of researchers from the Universities of Bristol and the West of England – Dr. Sue Porter, Dr. Shawn Sobers and Dr. Suze Adams. Importantly, the project also involved 19 co-researchers drawn from across the […]

Performing Arts: Ruins to Opera

Performing Arts in the College of Arts is about music and movement, the old and the new. We write fresh, up-to-date translations of ancient plays for new audiences, and produce innovative works of art to be performed in public. We are inspired by ruins to question the passing of time through text and image, and […]

Engaging the Public with Performing Arts

Claire Booth as Ellida in Craig Armstrong’s The Lady from the Sea. Credit Richard Campbell. The performing arts are inescapably social and public. The performing arts presume the presence of an audience – an exchange between performer and witness. Further, theatre-making is, generally, a collaborative process involving actors, directors, writers, technicians, designers, managers and many […]

Addressing the Employability Agenda in Digital

The globalisation of economic activity heralded on an unprecedented scale by the IT revolution of the latter decades of the 20th Century has been rapidly followed by a globalisation of cultural, artistic, social and political activity. In particular digital technology is seen as the embodiment of a global, interconnected, participatory platform that has the capacity […]

50 Years of Digital in the College of Arts

There are some truly first class research projects within the College of Arts that have a sizable digital component and Arts researchers have been engaging with digital technologies for a long time – a quite surprisingly long time, in fact. The earliest digital research project in the College that we know of took place way […]

The Cultural Significance of Digital Developments and Gaming

It’s difficult to think of a popular, contemporary cultural form that hasn’t been affected, often in some fundamental way, by digital technology. The means by which cultural content is delivered has certainly been transformed by digital technology: whether you’re reading a novel on your Kindle, listening to music via Spotify or streaming a movie from […]

The Arts and the Digital: A Powerful Combination

When working in a digital environment we often focus on the technology; whether its digital images, databases, social media or audit tools, outcomes are dependent on the successful completion of these projects. However, one of the main advantages of bringing digital expertise to problems is not the technology itself, but the process. When we approach […]

Working with the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on NationLive

Scottish universities have a tradition of being responsive to the needs of industry and civil society: this means that engagement ‘beyond the cloisters’ with commercial, artistic and welfare communities is simply part of our day to day work. Often this means that serendipitous connections built up over time lead to unanticipated consequences. So it was […]