Research Degrees News

PhD Bursaries: Emulating the Perceptual Structure of Human Vision in Digital Media (Psychology and Computation)

Applications are invited for two full-time university studentships, one in the field of Psychology and one in the field of Computation. Based in the Cardiff School of Art & Design, the successful applicants will be part of a newly formed multidisciplinary group engaged in a highly innovative research and development project. Emulating the Perceptual Structure of Human Vision in Digital Media Researchers at Cardiff School of Art & Design have developed a new form of pictorial perspective based on the structure of human visual perception. Our goal is to digitally emulate the way we actually see the world and how we interact with it visually. The purpose of this PhD is to contribute to our research and development programme into the structure of visual perception and how it can be depicted in media. The successful candidates will be surveying relevant literature, designing and conducting studies using human participants, and contributing to the publication and dissemination of findings. Opportunities may be available for collaboration with and placements in departments in leading Universities in the UK and overseas. The student will conduct their research under the supervision of Prof Dr Robert Pepperell and be part of a team consisting of artists, designers, technologists, and computer scientists. Application The deadline for applications is 12:00 Noon (GMT), Friday 20th February. Further information on both awards is available in the guidance notes below. Guidance notes and application form (Psychology) Guidance notes and application form (Computation)

Sept 2014: Helena Sands: Tempting Failure

Helena Sands: Tempting Failure Research Student, Helena Sands, is currently involved with organising the Tempting Failure arts festival taking place from 3 – 8 November throughout Bristol City. The festival includes work by around 50 artists and a programme of free performances, talks and workshops. Helena will be exhibiting and participating in workshops, as well as working to contextualise the legacy & archive of TF and its artists and participating student mentoring scheme. Helena’s background and artistic practices are rooted in and across the disciplines of fine art and experimental theatre practices. Her current doctoral research, Intimacy and environment in the elision between theatre and performance art, considers the existence of certain conventions within performance art, paying particular attention to the effect of the intimate exchange between performer and viewer within a collective experience. She will also mentor CSAD BA graduate and 2014 MA student, James George in the development of a new installation / performance. James will document his progress on his website:

April 2014: Behind the Scenes of the Museum: Artists in Collections

Sarah Younan Cardiff School of Art and Design CSAD As part of an event organised by Axisweb, Andrew Renton, Head of Applied Art at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, will be ‘in conversation’ with research student Sarah Younan about their collaboration and what artists can bring to the interpretation of collections. Held at the National Museum Wales, the day-long symposium, for artists, curators and museum professionals, will examine how artists can work with museum collections to both extend and enhance artists’ practice and open collections up in new and innovative ways. The event will take place on 14th May in the Reardonn Smith Lecture Theater. Places are free, but booking is essential.

Feb 2014: Prof Clive Cazeaux on the aesthetics of the scientific image

Professor Clive Cazeaux, Cardiff School of Art and Design Prof Clive Cazeaux will be speaking on the aesthetics of the scientific image at the British Library, London, on 27 February 2014. The event, ‘Data Visualisation: Is Ugly the New Smart?’, brings together designers, science communicators, and a philosopher to discuss the role of beauty in scientific knowledge. The event coincides with the British Library’s exhibition Beautiful Science: Picturing Data,Inspiring Insight, that runs 20 February – 26 May 2014. Further details can be found here.

August 2013: Winning Research Poster

Congratulations to Tim Taylor who won first prize for his research poster at this year’s Cardiff Metropolitan Academic Associate Symposium. Professor Scott Fleming, Dean of Research Degrees, commented that quality of the posters submitted had improved again and the standard of the three prize winners was very high.

August 2013: PhD Successes

Congratulations to Laura Gray and James Fathers, who have successfully completed their PhDs. Laura’s thesis In What Ways Are The Relationships Between Ceramics And Sculpture Negotiated And Revealed In Contemporary Ceramics practice examines the relationship between the two disciplines and considers the implications of this debate on contemporary curation. James Fathers’ thesis Design Training Strategies For the Crafts Sector in Southern India investigates an appropriate model for delivering basic design and education training in a developing country.

August 2013: Research students present

Our research students have been travelling Europe to give conference presentations on their research. Sarah Younan started the trend by presenting at April’s Di-Egy Fes, International Conference on Digital Arts at the German University in Cairo, Egypt. This was followed in June, by Linda Carreiro presenting at Writing into Art, University of Strathclyde, Chris De Selincourt at the NECS conference, Prague and the SCSMI conference, Berlin, and Emily Jenkins at Constructing Identities and Changing Space in Wales: An Interdisciplinary PGR Symposium at Cardiff University. Professional Doctorate Student, David Linsley-Hood, will also present at September’s International BioEnergy conference in Finland.

August 2013: EBERE Research Student Update

The EBERE research students have been busy disseminating their research and building new networks this summer. Tim Taylor received a Santander Mobility Award to establish links between Cardiff Metropolitan University and Universidade Do Porto, Portugal. Tim visited the University’s Building Physics Laboratory for four weeks in May to investigate how thermal imaging techniques can be used to help improve quality control in the construction of new housing in Wales. During the trip Tim and his Director of Studies, Dr John Counsell, also explored the potential for research collaboration and knowledge exchange between the two institutions. In June, Mohammad Alhazim and Jon Moorhouse presented at the Mediterranean Green Energy Forum, Fes, Morocco. Mohammad and Jon presented their respective papers, “Design Philosophy of the traditional Kuwaiti house” (Alhazim, Canavan, Carey, Littlewood) and “The Evaluation of a palette of Low Carbon Measures applied to a Conservation Area Victorian Terraced House” (Moorhouse, Littlewood), as part of a panel session on Sustainable Building: Science and Technology Dr John Littlewood and research student Joanne Atkinson (née Hopper), have also recently a book chapter and case study published in Architectural Technology: Research in Practice (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

Dec 2012: Rituals of Vision

An exhibition of new work by James Green Outcasting: Fourth Wall Queens Arcade Queen Street Cardiff Exhibition open Thursday 6th December to 30th December 2012

Nov 2012: Soundings: Thought over Time

Guest performances and seminars Michael Beiert | Susan Ryland | Helen Thomas 2.00 – 5.00 p.m. Thursday 8 November 2012 CSAD Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff. Performances and seminars from 2.30 p.m. Private view from 6.00 p.m. All welcome An afternoon of performances and seminars exploring themes from Soundings: thought over time, a nationally touring collaborative exhibition and performance. The work considers how metaphors ‘frame’ our world. Using geological and biological metaphors of sedimentation, accumulation and germination Soundings examines how meaning emerges from visual and sonic material, providing insights into the evolution and meanings of textual and spoken language over time. The exhibition includes sculptural works, prints and drawings, interactive soundwork and projection, live electroacoustic and oboe performances. Preparatory reading for CSAD students available on Blackboard in Masters module ADX7009 Research Seminars in the Art & Science | Philosophy | Ecologies folder, or for purchase at photocopy rate (24 pages) in the Howard Gardens Print Studio: Charles Forceville (2009). ‘Metaphor in a cognitivist framework’, in C. Forceville and E. Urios-Aparisi (eds), Multimodal Metaphor. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, selected pages. Download the poster here.

Oct 2012: Research Degrees – Welcome event

4.30pm – 6.00pm Tuesday 16 October 2012 Rooms S314 and S317, top floor, South Block, Howard Gardens All – new and current – CSAD research students, and all supervisors, are invited to our Welcome event. It will be a chance: · To meet research students and supervisors · To meet CSAD’s new research student representative, Helena Sands · To discuss facilities, including use of research student offices at Howard Gardens and Llandaff · To go through the revised CSAD Research Study Guide · To learn about the new CSAD Postgraduate Teaching Assistant role · To learn about the new CSAD research environment scholarships · To discuss your seminar contributions for 2012-13 · For one or two brave souls to offer their current research student year for discussion as guidance towards completing their annual report. Optional: drink in A Shot in the Dark and a curry to follow. For further details contact Debbie, Angharad or Clive at

Oct 2012: Research in Zambia

Clara Watkins has recently returned from a research trip to Zambia with ‘Mothers of Africa’, a Welsh Medical Educational Charity that trains medical staff in Sub-Saharan Africa to care for mothers during pregnancy and childbirth. Clara’s research, which is a collaboration with the charity, focuses on the development of appropriate methodologies for informing transformative medical product solutions in rural Zambia. The expedition team visited a number of different locations including the capital Lusaka, Chongwe and the rural Shiyala Village, where the charity performed a number of different tasks, from providing a rural classroom with much needed solar power, to teaching the medical students in both Lusaka’s General Hospital and Chongwe District Hospital. Clara was also able to progress her own work, carrying out extensive ethnographic research to gain an insight into local cultures, politics, people and the difficulties expectant mothers’ face. The trip identified a number of different projects for future development.

Sept 2012: Key documents

Now available to download freely from the CSAD Research Degrees website are the following key documents for the new academic year: (1) MPhil PhD Joining Pack; (2) Research Study Guide; and (3) Postgraduate Certificate in Professional and Research Skills Handbook. Visit the key documents web page to download.

Aug 2012: WIRAD / AHRC Studentships

This year’s AHRC studentships have been awarded to Sarah Younan and Jo Barlow. Sarah has been awarded a PhD bursary to investigate the impact 3D scanning and print technology has on our perception of ceramic objects and Jo will be spending her time on the MA Ceramics course to investigate the effects on local communities following the demise of traditional heavy industries in the north of England through her ceramic and digital photographic practice.

Aug 2012: WIRAD GRADE Exhibition and Symposium

Past and current Art & Design MPhil/PhD students presented their work as part of WIRAD GRADE. Taking place between the 21st and 27th June at the HG gallery, the exhibition included a one-day symposium which invited researchers to talk about their work, accompanied by a keynote lecture delivered by Daro Montag, Associate Professor of Art and Environment, University College Falmouth. The exhibition and symposium was organised by WIRAD research students, led by CSAD’s James Green and Nigel Hall

Aug 2012: Research Student Activities

CSAD Research students will be speaking at a number of conferences over the summer. Gina Deininger presented at the 8th Global Conference – Creative Engagements: thinking with Children, Oxford in June and 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition, Rome in September. Tim Taylor presented at AIVC-TightVent Conference 2012, in Denmark, David Holmes spoke at July’s iV2012 – 16th International Conference on Information Visualisation in France and Simon Hatherly at the Zero Energy Mass Custom Housing (ZEMCH) International Conference 2012, Glasgow. Finally, Robin Hawes will be presenting at The Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society Annual Conference: Neurophenomenology, Bristol in September

May 2012: Leah McLaughlin: Video Production

In April, final year PhD student Leah McLaughlin attended a two day video production course run by JISC Digital Media, a service designed to provide advice, guidance and training to the UK’s Further and Higher Education community. Leah commented: ‘The course provided practical training in methods of video production, which I can apply to my doctoral project. The sessions focused upon capturing and editing interviews and lectures, in addition to ways of disseminating them and some of the implications of ‘online’ research. The workshops were very hands on and I conducted several interviews, was interviewed, made two sequences and a short film. Using the most appropriate and up to date equipment for production and editing, ensured I remained fluent in the use of current technology and take away advice in purchasing more kit. Its focus on best practice of using video in the recording of scholarly activities provided an opportunity to introduce my own research aims to an academic and filmic focus group. The course co-ordinator Tim O’Riodan was particularly interested in my project and we have set up a meeting to discuss mutual research interests and possible collaborations. I would recommend JISC training to anyone who has similar interests and particularly emerging researchers.’

Apr 2012: WIRAD GRADE: Art and design graduate research exhibition

Cardiff, 21–27 June 2012 Exhibition symposium, Cardiff, 25 June 2012 Call for Submissions: MPhil and PhD Research Degree Students and Recent MPhil / PhD Graduates Submissions of art and design research practice are invited for a Wales Institute of Research in Art and Design Graduate Research exhibition (WIRAD GRADE), to be held at Cardiff School of Art and Design’s Howard Gardens Gallery, 21 – 27 June 2012. Finished works, works-in-progress, or drawings are welcome. There will be a one-day symposium on Monday 25 June on the exhibition where researchers will be invited to talk about their work. The keynote speaker for the day will be Daro Montag, Associate Professor of Art and Environment, University College Falmouth. To be eligible to enter, you have either to be a current art or design MPhil / PhD student or to have completed your research degree after June 2011 at one of the following WIRAD partner institutions: Cardiff Metropolitan University Centre for Alternative Technology National Library of Wales National Museum Wales Swansea Metropolitan University University of Wales, Newport University of Wales Trinity Saint David The exhibition is not a competition. The Hanging Committee, made up of WIRAD students, will endeavour to install all work submitted. To enter: complete and submit this form from your WIRAD institution email account to CSAD research student representatives James Green and Nigel Hallett by midday Monday 4 June 2012; and deliver all work in an exhibition-ready form, including all necessary fittings, to Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff Metropolitan Gallery, Cardiff, CF24 0SP between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. on Monday 18 June 2012. Inclusion in the exhibition and participation in the symposium is free. Catering will be provided at the symposium for all participants. If you would like to attend the symposium but do not wish to exhibit, please complete the form to give us an idea of numbers. Please address all enquiries to CSAD research student representatives James Green and Nigel Hallett

Oct 2011: New CSAD research studies handbooks

Two research handbooks providing essential information on the research student experience at CSAD have been added to the CSAD Research Degrees website. The handbooks are: • CSAD Research Study Guide 2011-12 • CSAD Postgraduate Certificate in Professional and Research Skills: Art and Design Programme Handbook 2011-12 Topics covered include: • Induction • Research methods and skills training • Designing, planning and managing your research project • The format of your thesis • Reflecting on practice • A guide to PDP writing • Exemplar research proposals The handbooks are freely available to download as PDFs on the Key Documents page.