An introduction to the Centre for Digital Media Cultures from the Director, Dr Mary Darking.
At the Centre for Digital Media Cultures our aim is to provide a provide a research home to people at the University of Brighton and visiting scholars with digital research and practice interests, whether those interests align to art, policy, computer science, social science or commercial enterprise.
We share a common interest in creating inclusive digital worlds through the purposeful intervention in social and digital inequalities through ethical digital practice.
We support our members to connect and explore their digital interests from the earliest stages of developing a practice or research career, to more advanced stages, where the skill of digital research and practice becomes one of learning to engage in and create cross-specialist spaces for collaboration. Our Centre members’ work reflects this and the projects we develop are leading examples of collaborative trans-disciplinary practice.
We inform practice, research and policy through developing key local, national and international partnerships, cutting across the industrial, public, third and academic sectors.
The centre co-delivered the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton, including the 5G Brighton project and the Digital Research and Innovation Value Accelerator (DRIVA Arts DRIVA) project with Gatwick Airport. Arts DRIVA ran alongside DRIVA and supported the engagement of artists and cultural producers with new and emerging technologies to create new products and experiences that utilised the Gatwick data.
This positions us as a key stakeholder in the region for specialist knowledge transfer in Creative Digital and IT (CDIT). It also places us at the heart of the local SME innovation eco-system for next generation digital products and services. Building on the legacy of the DRIVA project the Centre is currently a lead partner in the implementation of a matching engine for creatives, technologists and businesses interested in data-driven innovation.
Alongside our shared interest in inclusive digital practice and digital inequalities our centre has four research themes around which we coordinate our conversations and events. These are: smart infrastructure; networked collaborative practice and 5G; public understanding of artificial intelligence; and digital health and wellbeing.
We welcome new collaborators at all career stages. We provide supervisory support for PhD candidates with digital research and practice interests and host international visiting researchers.
Contact us at CoRE-DigitalResearch@brighton.ac.uk for research consultancy and partnership across all our broad areas of design history expertise.