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Dr Mark Wright

Biography

Dr Mark Wright holds a joint appointment between FACT (The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) one of Europe's leading centres for new media, where he is Director of FACTLab and the Liverpool School of Art and Design at Liverpool John Moore's University, where he is co-director of the Contemporary Art Lab. Previously he has been a senior research fellow between Edinburgh College of Art and the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He holds a Phd from the University of Cambridge. His research interests centre around the relationship between arts practice, culture and technology and how new meaning unfolds from their interplay. Such an approach requires a focus on the development of new cross disciplinary methodologies encompassing the engagement of real communities through arts practice and co-design.

Degrees

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, PhD
Cranfield Institute of technology, UK, MSc Industrial Robotics
University of Liverpool, UK, BEng Engineering Science and Industrial Management

Publications

Highlighted publications

Pop S, Toft T, Calvillo N, Wright M. 2016. What Urban Media Art Can Do Why When Where and How? Avedition Gmbh,Csi 9783899862553

Journal Articles

Wright M, Stubbs M. 2016. Recalibrating the white cube as a hub for social action Digital Creativity, 27 :304-313 >DOI

Wright MW, Stubbs M. CloudMaker: A utility to support social creativity Frey J, Brewer S. Palgrave Communications,

Books

Pop S, Toft T, Calvillo N, Wright M. 2016. What Urban Media Art Can Do Why When Where and How? Avedition Gmbh,Csi 9783899862553

Chapters

Wright MW, Stubbs M. 2016. Community Engaged Practice: From Superflex to Assemble In 'Tactical Media', Eric Kluitenber and David Garcia, MIT Press, In Press July 2016 Kluitenber E, Garcia D. MIT Press

Wright MW, Coyne R, Stewart J, Ekeus H, Williams R, Travlou P. 2010. Branded Meeting Places: Ubiquitous Technologies and the Design of Places for Meaningful Human Encounter Inns T. Designing for the 21st Century, Volume 2, Interdisciplinary Methods and Findings 2 Ashgate 978-1-4094-0240-4

Wright MW, Coyne R. 2009. Virtual Flagships and Sociable Media Kent T, Brown R. Flagship Marketing: Concepts and Places Routledge 978-0-415-43602-1

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

Wright MW, Dima M, Arvind DK, Lee J. 2008. Haptically Extended Augmented Prototyping IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, 2008. ISMAR 2008. :169-170 >DOI

Wright MW, Stewart J, Ekeus H, Coyne R, Travlou P. The Memory Space–Exploring Future Uses Of Web2. 0 And Mobile Internet Though Design Interventions COST

Wright MW, Ekeus H, Coyne R, Stuart J, Travlou P, Williams R. Augmented Duality: Overlapping a Metaverse with the Real World ACE '08 Proceedings of the 2008 International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology

Wright MW, Dima M, Lee J. Exploration of direct bi-manual interaction in digitally mediated stop-motion animation ACM Nordichi 2010 :635-638

Exhibitions

wright M. Cloudmaker: Making Minecraft Real

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Award:

Award title: Lever Prize 2016, Awarding body: NWBLT North West Business Leaders Team, URL: http://www.nwblt.com/news-and-events/winner-of-2016-lever-prize-announced/

Research Grants Awarded:

RCUK, Digital Economy, ITAAU (Information Technology as a Utility), CloudMaker: A utility to support social creativity between children, Mike Stubbs, Director FACT, Grant value (£): £50000, Duration of research project: 18 months

Professional activities

Award:

Award title: HCI International 2014 Best Paper Golden Award, Awarding body: HCI International, URL: http://2014.hci.international/pagesmith/108

Award title: Lever Prize 2016, Awarding body: NWBLT North West Business Leaders Team, URL: http://www.nwblt.com/news-and-events/winner-of-2016-lever-prize-announced/

External collaboration:

URL: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/liverpool-fact-links-cern-coup-10796544, Institution: CERN The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, Collaborator: Mónica Bello, Head of Arts@CERN

External PGR Supervision - completed students:

Name of University: University of Edinburgh, Award gained by the student: Sue Hawksley, Thesis title: Dancing to an understanding of embodiment

Name of University: University of Edinburgh, Award gained by the student: Mariza Dima, Thesis title: Design-led approach for transferring the embodied skills of puppet stop-motion animators into haptic workspaces

Media Coverage:

Links #2: http://www.itv.com/news/granada/update/2014-03-13/making-minecraft-real-new-liverpool-exhibition/, Links #1: http://www.wired.co.uk/events/2014/03/14/cloudmaker-making-minecraft-real, Media coverage: Cloudmaker: Making Minecraft Real FACT Liverpool 12th - 18th March 2014 WIred UK and ITV

Other invited event:

Title of event: Invited onto Panel on Data in Culture at the Open Data Institute Summit 2015, Location: Keynote Theatre (NFT) British Film Institute, Description: What distinct opportunities and questions does open data raises in relation to the production, practice and dissemination of art? ODI artists in residence 2015, Thomson & Craighead and Natasha Caruana join Hannah Redler to open up some of the key questions facing artists in Generation Open. Also joining the discussion is FACT lecturer at Liverpool School of Art and Design, Dr Mark Wright and electronic musician and researcher, Alex McLean. Link: http://summit.theodi.org/events/data-as-culture-panel/

Other Professional Activity:

Describe the Professional Activities: FACTLab is a collaboration between FACT and LSAD at LJMU. FACTLab is prototyping space situated in FACT Liverpool for artists, the public and digital industries specialists in Liverpool. The project enables innovative ideas to be tested, iterated and delivered in a structured incubator environment that nurtures local creative and digital talent. The FACTLab space is managed by a core team of two full time staff who oversee a programme of training, facilitated workshops and “Show and Tells”. The Director is the FACT/LJMU Inspire post holder Dr. Mark Wright who has co-design the FACTLab. FACTLab supports the development of action research in line with FACT’s Public Programme Building on FACT’s existing collaborations with a cluster of creative/digital practitioners, including Draw & Code, Uniform, Studio Mashbo, Red Ninja and Apposing, FACTLab facilitates collaboration with artists through solicited proposals. Those that demonstrate clear benefits to both parties that consider the immediate concerns of the research and how they can be co-designed to create impactful knowledge exchange through enriched arts experiences that is measureable, affective and has the potential for a pathway to market will be supported. The Pathways to impact are: • Jointly authored (academic/creative sector) peer reviewed publications Furthering meaningful engagement between marketing and the public designed to strengthen public consent of marketing strategies. • Public facing testing and ideation in a “neutral” arts venue • Creative industries sector awareness-raising and buy in • An arts-led research programme

Research Grants Awarded:

RCUK, Digital Economy, ITAAU (Information Technology as a Utility), CloudMaker: A utility to support social creativity between children, Mike Stubbs, Director FACT, Grant value (£): £50000, Duration of research project: 18 months