Creative Interdisciplinary Research in Co llaborative Environments

P{e/a}r{i/a}meter CIRCLE research symposium
May 6 2013, Inspace, University of Edinburgh


Mel Woods, Debbie Maxwell, Hadi Mehrpouya
The vision of the SerenA project is to transform research processes by proactively creating surprising connection opportunities. We will deliver novel technologies, methods and evaluation techniques for supporting serendipitous interactions in the research arena.

Pippa Goldschmidt
'Using fiction to interrogate science'
Fiction is made-up and science is real, so what happens when the two are mixed together? I will talk about my own experience of being a scientist and a fiction writer to show the commonalities between the two.

Beverley Hood
Mapping/Tracking is a participatory, collaborative project, exploring GPS tracking via mobile devices as a drawing material, blending technology and creativity. Using the Forth Valley Royal Hospital and the surrounding forest as a canvas, the project is a collaboration between artist, lecturer and researcher Beverley Hood, visual artist Sharon Quigley, audio-visual artist Emma Bowen, app development company Bluemungus and participants of the Abrupt Encounters program. “Abrupt Encounters is a participatory arts program which aims to present new work in public spaces, with participants and live arts practitioners collaborating to create inclusive and challenging work that is highly visible and unexpected.” (Abrupt Encounters, 2012,

photo credit: Emma Bowen

Robert Powell and Hadi Mehrpouya
Thinking Machine
The Thinking Machine, which blends traditional materials with new technologies and presents to the viewer a vision of the whole world in miniature, one that they can shape and mould in accordance with their own interests and actions. It is inspired by the Outlook and Inlook Towers of Patrick Geddes,and the Renaissance Memory Theater of Giullio Camillo. These were systems that allowed the viewer to see the entirety of creation, enriching their understanding of themselves and their relation to the world. For our Thinking Machine we wish to make a more user-defined world, one that responds to the actions of the viewer, though not always in a way that they expect. We want to look at the difference between the map, or the way we measure reality, and the terrain: the depiction of the world in the Thinking Machine will be a very one that is extremely subjective. We will give an introduction to the Thinking Machine and talk about the technology and imagery.

Karl Monsen and Diego Zamora
3D printing on the streets of Edinburgh
Design in Action PhD candidates Diego Zamora and Karl Monsen reflect on a 3D printing workshop they co-organised with Rocio Von Jugenfeld (also a circle member). They will discuss some challenges and opportunities related to outdoor public space, 3D printing technology and craft, and facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration.

Gerald Smith
Two Experimental Writings
To provide context, I will describe my PhD research: practice-based examination of endotics as an approach to quotidian studies; the potential use of participatory artforms within endotics; and the establishment of experimental sites-in-endotics, which produce artworks gathering information on, and drawing attention to, everyday environments. I will then outline my current projects, both being collaborative writing exercises: Northern Venetians, an attempt to construct a composite city from various places known as The Venice of the North; and The Recollective, a work exploring the personal memories of its audience via a regressed technology (computer / typewriter).