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Podcast | Hold the Space

Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Hold the Space is a podcast about the intersections and overlaps between creative work and teaching. Each episode features a conversation with a creative practitioner who also teaches.

The first few episodes feature artists, designers, entrepreneurs, a futurist, and an architect, all of whom also teach in universities. What do they do in their creative work, and how do they do it? What do they teach? How does teaching inform their practice, and practice inform their teaching? How did they get to where they are today?

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As the host of this podcast, I have my own motivations for making it. I am an artist, researcher, and film-maker, and I also work as a teacher. I’ve notived that many people in creative disciplines also teach, and many people who teach creative subjects also work in a creative field. Yet these things are rarely talked about together. I personally find teaching hugely rewarding, something that directly feeds back into my work – it’s something that I learn from all the time. I’m curious how others do it – I am curious about what people do, how they do it, and what motivates them.

The podcast is for anybody who works, studies, or teaches in a creative field. My aim is to find similarities and differences between disciplines, to talk to people at all stages of creative and academic careers, and to share the joy that comes from doing something you love.

‘How can the notion of the ‘script’ be used in a situated design practice? ’

Ollie Palmer is a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group. He is also the Pathway Leader of the Situated Design master’s programme at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures.

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Palmer, O. (submitted) Scriptych: A choreographed performance integrating a novel gestural interface for retrieving symbols from a three-dimensional database, (ISEA2020)

Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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