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3rd to 6th July 2017 University of Sunderland

Beryl Graham

Keynote: Human Computer Interactions – Fused Futures

Tuesday 4th July


beryatBelsaycropped Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre


In this Keynote, Beryl Graham proposes that the future lies in a creative fusion between human skills and computing skills, between art and technology.  The Keynote considers these themes, illustrating potential with inspirational projects where artists, programmers and researchers are working together to illuminate the real practicalities behind the rhetorics.

Amongst the projects considered are:

  • Why is the Lord Major of Bristol riding a pneumatic bicycle seat that responds to City Council Open Data?
  • How did the invention of a Sunderland schoolgirl come to be made by FabLab and collected by the Victoria and Albert Museum?
  • What happens when the public are allowed to interact with giant digital projections in a public square in Mexico City?

Beryl Graham is Professor of New Media Art at the School of Arts, Design and Media, University of Sunderland, and co-editor of CRUMB. She is a writer, curator and educator with many years of professional experience as a media arts organiser, and was head of the photography department at Projects UK, Newcastle, for six years. She curated the international exhibition Serious Games for the Laing and Barbican art galleries, and has also worked with The Exploratorium, San Francisco, and San Francisco Camerawork.

Her Ph.D. and continued research concerns audience relationships with interactive art in gallery settings, and she has written widely on the subject for periodicals including Leonardo, Journal of Curatorial Studies, and Art Monthly. Her book Digital Media Art was published by Heinemann in 2003, and she co-authored with Sarah Cook the book Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media for MIT Press in 2010. In 2014 she edited the book New Collecting: Exhibiting and Audiences (Ashgate). She has chapters in many books including New Media in the White Cube and Beyond (University of California Press), Theorizing digital cultural heritage (MIT Press) and Museum Media (Wiley-Blackwell). Dr. Graham has been an invited speaker at conferences including Navigating Intelligence (Banff), Creativity and Cognition (Sydney), Decoding the Digital (Victoria and Albert Museum), and Cultural Value and the Digital (Tate Modern).

She supervises several PhD researchers including AHRC-funded studentships, and is Programme Leader of MA Curating. She leads the yearly Curating Art After New Media: Professional Development Short Course in London.Her work in the Creative FUSE NE project centres on establishing equal partnerships between commercial and non-commercial art, design and media sectors, to produce world-leading public activities including exhibitions. This is based around leading the MA Curating course, the Professional Development Course in London and supervising PhD students in this area, including alumna Suzy O’Hara.For further information on Beryl: