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Amplification Awards

Date: 08/07/2014

Taking digital transformations research to another level is the aim of ten new AHRC amplification awards. These new awards will give projects from the Digital Transformations theme a chance to enhance the value and impact of their research by, for example, new collaborations with international partners, taking the research in a new direction or engaging with non-academic audiences.

The huge quantities of data which pervade our lives can seem confusing, overwhelming and alienating. A number of the projects which have received amplification awards seek to help us come to terms with the big data of everyday life. For example, in 'Digital Realism: Visualising the social through digital art practice', digital artists will use digital data produced on a daily basis to tell stories about ourselves and our lives, uncovering information about what we believe in, what we do and who we are. The project will deploy methods similar to those used by marketing departments in large companies, but with the aim of reconnecting us with our own data and bringing a human story into big data analytics. The project will make available freely to the public and research community all the computer code and art works it creates.

The full list of projects includes:

  • Empowering Data Citizens, Dr Mark Edward Coté from King's College London
  • Weaving Codes - Coding Weaves, Dr Alex McLean from University of Leeds
  • Evaluating Social Media to Identify and Leverage Engagement with Arts and Culture Experiences, Dr Eric Jensen from University of Warwick
  • Pelagios 4: studying the places of our past through the Early Geospatial Documents that refer to them, Dr Elton Barker from Open University
  • An Integrated Audio-Symbolic Model of Music Similarity, Dr Tillman Weyde from City University London
  • Curating Childhoods: Developing a Multimedia Archive of Children's Everyday Lives, Professor Rachel Thomson from University of Sussex
  • Transforming Digital Music: Investigating Interactive Playback, Dr Edwin Toulson from Anglia Ruskin University
  • Exploring British Design: developing research competencies by connecting archive content,Professor Catherine Moriarty from University of Brighton
  • Sound and Vision Scapes (SViS), Dr Ralph Barthel from University of Greenwich
  • Digital Realism: Visualising the social through digital art practice, Dr Tom Corby from University of Westminster

Professor Andrew Prescott, the AHRC Theme Leader Fellow for Digital Transformations commented, These awards are very exciting as they are a way of increasing the profile and impact of the exciting research which has been funded by the AHRC under its Digital Transformations theme. A particularly important aspect of these awards is the way in which a number of them explore the role of artistic practice in helping us to assimilate and explore the explosion in the availability of data of all types. The range of work ranging from the use of computer programming in live performance to developing new forms of online music playback will help pioneer new forms of cultural practice and assist in the development of the UK's creative economy

For further press information please contact: Danielle Moore-Chick (AHRC) on 01793 41 6021 or d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk.

Notes to editors

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. www.ahrc.ac.uk
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