Sita Popat | Sarah Whatley | Ruth Gibson | Susan Kozel | Graeme Earl | Olivier Haas | Bruno Martelli | Jon May | Rory O’Connor | Temi Odumosu | Nicolas Salazar Sutil | Scott Mc Laughlin

Sita Popat is Professor of Performance and Technology at the University of Leeds. Her research lies at the interface between body and technology. She is author of Invisible Connections: Dance, Choreography and Internet Communities (Routledge 2006) and co-editor with Nicolas Salazar Sutil of Digital Movement: Essays in Motion Technology and Performance (Palgrave 2015). She is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Performance Art and Digital Media (Taylor & Francis). Sita is Principal Investigator on the Error Network.

Sarah Whatley is Professor of Dance and Director of the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University. Her research interests include dance and new technologies, dance analysis, somatic dance practice and pedagogy, and inclusive dance practices. Her research is funded by the AHRC, Leverhulme Trust and the European Commission. She is Editor of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and sits on the Editorial Boards of several other Journals. Sarah is Co-Investigator on the Error Network.

Ruth Gibson is a Visual artist and choreographer Ruth Gibson works across disciplines to produce objects, software and installations in partnership with artist Bruno Martelli. She exhibits in galleries and museums internationally creating award-winning projects using computer games, virtual reality, print and video.

A Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Dance Research, Ruth investigates and creates new performance spaces using digital technology. Her commitment to the field of interdisciplinary and collaborative research was recognised in 2010 when she was awarded a three year Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Creative Fellowship to examine image interpretation through motion capture, dance and computer visualisation. She has received a National Endowment for Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Innovation Award for SwanQuake and a Henry Moore Foundation New Commission for VISITOR. Her first work with Martelli Windowsninetyeight won a British Academy of Film and Television Award (BAFTA) nomination for Interactive Art. More recently she won the Lumen Prize for MAN A, an augmented reality project.

Ruth has worked as a motion capture performer, supervisor and advisor for Vicon, Motek, Animazoo, Televirtual and for the BBC. She co-authored SwanQuake: the user manual, a selection of articles and essays opening up discursive reflections on the making of an interactive artwork, do-it yourself instructions of the process and the ontology of game art.

Skinner Releasing Technique underpins her practice, she is a certified SRT teacher and combines the technique with her performance technology research.

Susan Kozelis a Professor in the School of Art and Culture. With an international profile as a contemporary phenomenologist, she applies philosophical thought to a range of embodied practices in the context of digital media technologies. Her research takes the form of both scholarly writing and performance practices. She is currently director of Living Archives, a major research project into archiving practices funded by the Swedish Research Council under the Digitized Society Initiative. She is subject head of the Interaction Design program at K3 and teaches courses in Embodied Interaction. Current research foci are affect, re-enactments and somatic archiving. She was on the quality advisory board of the Swedish National Artistic Research school (2010-2015) and continues to be a strong voice in the artistic research community both in Sweden and internationally. Her PhD on the Phenomenology of Dance was awarded in 1994 from the Philosophy Department of the University of Essex, and since then she has taught at a range of design, dance and media departments in the UK and Canada. Her first sole-authored book, Closer: Performance, Technologies, Phenomenology (MIT Press 2007) is soon to be followed by Affective Choreographies.

Graeme Earl

Graeme Earl Is a Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Southampton with a particular interest in the connections between cultural heritage, computer science and engineering. I have a passion for developing interdisciplinary research partnerships and supporting educational innovation. In recent years these have included the Portus Massive Open Online Course, the PortusLimen European Research Council project, work on Reflectance Transformation Imaging funded by the AHRC and work on human computer interaction and research narratives funded by the RCUK Digital Economy programme.

I am a reviewer for a range of conferences, journals and research councils, and a member of the Archaeology Data Service management board. At Southampton I am deputy director of the Web Science Institute, Director of sotonDH and a member of the WUN steering group.

Olivier Haas

Olivier Haas is Reader in Applied Control Systems, and coordinator of the medical technology applications within the Control Theory and Applications Centre. His main research interest lies in the application of systems modelling, control, imaging and computing techniques to radiotherapy physics and intelligent transportation systems. He has been the principal investigator and work package leader for a 5.5 year EU FP6 project and co-investigator in EPSRC, TSB, TCS/KTP, industry and NHS funded projects.

Dr Haas has been reviewer of research applications for French Plan Cancer (since 2009) and EPSRC (since 2012). International Programme committee member for: CompSens 2012 and 2013, chair of local organising committee for UK Automatic Control Council (UKACC) International Conference on CONTROL 2010 and the International Conference series on Systems Engineering (ICSE), with Wroclaw and University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA. He has also been the special session co-organiser at 14th International IEEE Annual Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC 2011), Washington USA and UKACC CONTROL 2010.

As well as this, he has been a reviewer for IFAC, IEEE, Elsevier, the Institute of Physics and Medical Physics journals. Member of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) technical committees: Biological and Medical Systems, Computational Intelligence in Control. He has over 15 years’ experience as a lecturer, researcher and consultant for industrial organisations. He has authored and co-authored over 150 scientific and technical papers, chapters and books and has successfully supervised 10 PhD students.

Bruno Martelli

Bruno Martelli is half of British electronic arts duo Gibson / Martelli he makes live simulations using performance capture, computer generated models and an array of technologies including Virtual Reality. Artworks of infinite duration are built within game engines where surround sound heightens the sense of immersion. Playfully addressing the position of the self, the artists examine ideas of player, performer and visitor – intertwining familiar tropes of videogames and art traditions of figure & landscape.’

‘Gibson/Martelli’s hybrid practice transcends the disciplinary boundaries that separate dance, film and contemporary art…In their work reality and fantasy are both staged as competing or complementary illusions.’
D. Surman ‘Performance In Disguise: Notes on Gibson/Martelli’
Bruno graduated from Central St. Martins, his worldwide commissions include residencies in North America, China, Australia and New Zealand and exhibitions at The Barbican Gallery, Detroit Institute for Art, and The Venice Biennale.

Nominated for a British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) G/M are recipients of several awards: a Henry Moore Foundation New Commission, a National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Award and in 2015 they won the Lumen Gold Prize.

Their current film project ‘We Are Here And We are Everywhere at Once’ premieres at Pah Homestead in Auckland in July.  The artists live and work in London.

Jon May is Professor of Psychology


PhD Psychology: ‘A Cognitive Analysis of Flexible Thinking’, University of Exeter, 1987
BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Exeter, 1983
Professional membership

AFBPsyS (Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society)
SFHEA (Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy)
Roles on external bodies

Grant Reviewer for the EPSRC, ESRC, and BBSRC;
on the Peer Review Colleges of the EPSRC and BBSRC.

Referee for :
Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Journal Of Experimental Psychology: Applied
Memory & Cognition
British Journal of Psychology
Cognition and Emotion
Addictive Behaviors
ERAB: Foundation for Addiction research
British Journal of Medical Psychology
British Journal of Anaesthesia
Journal of Neuroscience Methods
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
Human Computer Interaction
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
Interacting with Computers
Behaviour and Information Technology
Information Science Review
and several international HCI conferences.

Rory O’Connor leads the rehabilitation research programme within the University of Leeds where he is the Charterhouse Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Head of the Section of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Leeds. He is Director of the Charterhouse Rehabilitation Technologies Laboratory. Rory is Lead Clinician and an Honorary Consultant physician in Rehabilitation Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trusts. He is rehabilitation theme lead to the NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operative, Devices for Dignity (D4D) at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

With funding from EPSRC, AHRC, NIHR, the Wellcome Trust and other charities, he leads a multidisciplinary team to deliver internationally-leading rehabilitation research. He has a track record in designing, developing and testing healthcare technology. His research has been awarded the 2009 Limbless Association Prize, the 2006 Prix from the Académie Européenne de la Médecine Physique et de Réadaptation and the 2003 Philip Nichols Prize from the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Rory is part of 3 EPSRC networks, working with a wide range of experts from academia, industry and the NHS. He is a member of NICE’s Medical Technologies Advisory Committee and was a member of the NICE stroke guideline development group from 2010 to 2013. He chaired the national committee for Rehabilitation Medicine training at the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board from 2010 to 2016 and was Honorary Secretary of the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine from 2009 to 2013.

Temi Odumosu I am an art historian, curator and creative educator deeply concerned with Black representation and the future of Black aesthetics. Here I use the term Black politically, recognizing our unique human relationships to land, ancestral origins and diverse communities, but seeking to encapsulate the shared identification, racialisation and cultural expressions of people of African descent around the world.
Over the last few years I have researched and taught about the visual politics and memories of slavery and colonialism. My PhD at the University of Cambridge identified and analysed the representation of African characters in British satirical prints across the 18th century, who symbolically expressed the changing socio-economic dynamics connecting distant colonies to the metropole. As a print scholar I have been specifically interested in the way printed visual forms in the West (from early engravings to mainstream brand design) have shaped, reproduced and sustained stereotypes about Black people in public and private spaces. One of the critical questions driving my work is: How have the biases expressed within varying modes of cultural production, impacted social relations both past and present?

Before I arrived at K3, I was a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow for EUROTAST, an EU research and training network coordinated from the Centre for GeoGenetics, University of Copenhagen.

I am currently the Postdoc for the Living Archives Research Project at K3, and will be working collaboratively, across disciplines, to curate affective archival encounters with Black presence and colonial histories in public space.

Nicolas Salazar Sutil is a Chilean cultural theorist, performance practitioner and researcher. He trained at the Universidad de Chile and at the Drama Centre London, where he specialized in Movement Psychology and the Laban-Malgrem system. He worked for many years in secondary education in Chile and the UK before moving onto university teaching and academic life. He completed an MA in Research at Royal Holloway, and then a PhD in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College on the subject of mathematical and computational influences on avant-garde performance. He has been director of Performance Studies international (2012-2014), and director and co-founder of C8, an arts collaborative that creates digital performance work drawing on Laban and the novel application of interactive technologies. He is the recipient of the ”Beca de Excelencia’ academic award (Universidad de Chile) and MILES creativity award (University of Surrey). Before joining the University of Leeds, Nic was a Lecturer in Digital Arts at the University of Surrey. He has also worked as Lecturer and researcher at University of Essex, London School of Economics, and Goldsmiths College. Recent publications include the authored book ‘Motion and Representation: the Language of Human Movement’ (MIT Press, 2015) and “Brute Materialism: a Paleo Ontology of Media” (forthcoming), and the co-edited book ‘Digital Movement: Essays in Motion Technology and Performance’.

Scott Mc Laughlin  is a Lecturer in composition and music technology. Experimental Music, open-form/indeterminacy, Spectral Music and microtonality, interaction and live-electronics, liveness/authenticity.

Scott Mc Laughlin was born in Ireland (Co. Clare) in 1975. He played in indie-rock bands until his mid-twenties, then studied music at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown where he gained a BMus degree in 2001. He completed a PhD at the University of Huddersfield with Pierre Alexandre Tremblay and Bryn Harrison in 2009. Scott has attended the Ostrava New Music Days summer school (2005, 2007), and the Irish Composers’ Summer School (1999 – 2001). He has previously lectured at the University of Huddersfield and Brunel University.