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Creative Informatics Catalogue of Funded Projects

Find out what we have we learned about the projects that Creative Informatics has funded so far, from 2018 to 2020.

A key part of our role as researchers on Creative Informatics is to reflect on and respond to the diverse range of projects funded through our programmes. For example, by looking across Creative Informatics as a whole, can we identify shared challenges that data is being used to address, or particular technologies and innovations that […]


Ocean ARTic: Call for Artist Residency Applications

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Ocean ARTic Artist Residencies and Commisions!

Further to our introductory Ocean ARTic workshop, which brought creative practitioners and marine climate scientists together to explore the consequences of climate change for marine ecosystems and communities in the Arctic and Scotland, we are delighted to announce the launch of an Artists Residency and two £9,000 commissions. We are inviting applications from creative practitioners […]


String Figures

A feminist approach to de-centralised networks centred on a principle of mutual care

String Figures is a project developed by artist Ailie Rutherford and design researcher Bettina Nissen with creative technologist Bob Moyler to allow activist, feminist and creative groups working for social justice to support and strengthen each other’s work through de-centralised open-source networks centred on a principle of mutual care. This mapping process can be used with local and translocal collectives looking to further support each other in anti-capitalist work. The mapping process and symbols are the work of artist Ailie Rutherford.


Creatives in Crisis

CI small grants holder Dr Holly Patrick reports on her project

This project seeks to understand how creative freelancers were using online occupational communities to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.



CI small grants holder Victoria Evans reports on her practice-based research project (work in progress)

Tidesong.app is an online evolving interactive artwork that allows users to make music with the tidal data from their local coastline, generating time and location specific audience experiences via a website and mobile app. This practice-based research project aims to connect audiences to the natural rhythms present in tidal landscape and asks to what extent an online installation can offer an embodied and situated art experience, especially in a time of social distancing.


Five Things I’ve Learned About Gesture

An exploration of Gesture grammars for Human Computer Interactions

In this project I set out to develop a grammar for writing and detecting gestures, on low powered devices. The aim was to allow users to create their own gestures and gesture devices, to be used in a wide range of applications. The main focus of areas were in the creative fields and accessibility solutions.


Flow Ctrl at the Talbot Rice Gallery

CI supports gallery's response to Covid-19

In the summer of 2020, Creative Informatics hired 5 fabulous interns, who were all masters students in Design Informatics at University of Edinburgh, to support our ongoing research. Over the next few weeks we’ll be showcasing the results of these projects, starting with Flow Ctrl, an app for managing the flow of visitors through the […]


Mapping Freelancers in the Creative Industries in the Edinburgh Region

A Creative Informatics project

Creative Informatics (CI) serves all of the nine sectors which comprise of the Creative Industries as understood by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) (see Fig. 1) who are responsible for the Creative Industries at UK Government level. The Creative Informatics project, as part of the AHRC Creative Clusters programme, which has come from […]


Creative Informatics Data Management Plan

managing the data generated from the CI project

Whether as a creative material or as a method of accountancy, the data we generate and work with is vitally important to us as a project to explore incisive research, to further our collaborations across the creative industries, and to assess our impact and reach as an AHRC funded project. With this in mind, and […]


Creative Freelancers Sought for Research Interviews

CI small grant holder Holly Patrick needs your help!

An academic research project is looking for creative freelancers to interview. Dr Holly Patrick is investigating the effects of the pandemic on creative freelancers and the role of online groups in providing support. Interviews are being held until the end of this month (September 2020) and will be around 30 minutes each. She is particularly […]


Zoom Obscura – expressions of interest call

funded call for artists/hackers/creative tech people for critical interventions into video-calling

CI researchers Pip Thornton, Chris Elsden and Chris Speed were recently awarded funding from the Human Data Interaction Network (HDI +) Ethics & Data competition. Collaborating with researchers from Durham and KCL, the Zoom Obscura project aims to investigate creative interventions for a data ethics of video conferencing beyond encryption. The COVID-19 pandemic has gifted […]


Chris Elsden awarded British Academy Small Research Grant

Reimagining Online Economies for New Creative Transactions in the Performing Arts

News just in! CI researcher Chris Elsden has won a prestigious research grant from the British Academy for his cutting edge work on the future of ticketing in the digital economy. His proposed project, What is a Ticket? Reimagining Online Economies for New Creative Transactions in the Performing Arts, draws together his personal research interests […]



Experiments with Practice Based Digital Research

In this post, Creative Informatics Director of Research Prof. Melissa Terras reflects on her involvement in the development of an artificially intelligent improvised Fringe show generator, which has been getting rave reviews locally and around the world. Research undertaken by Creative Informatics is evolving to take various guises. From quantitively mapping the cultural and creative […]


Creative Informatics Guide for Online Events

At Creative Informatics we run many events, from meetups and networking, to drop-in sessions and workshops to support applications and funding of various programmes. We don’t do any specific teaching, however many of our sessions are intended to be informative and enable peer collaboration and knowledge exchange.

The guide is written in an informal, and practical style and is initially a way for us to share and think through …


Susceptible, Infectious, Recovering:

Tracing responses to the novel coronavirus in the city

Creative Informatics researcher Pip Thornton recently contributed to a Design Informatics seminar led by Chancellor’s Fellow and Director of Data Civics at Edinburgh University Dr. Liz McFall. The seminar, which also featured brand new work from Edinburgh sociology PhD students Kath Bassett, Idil Galip and Addie McGowan was divided into two complimentary sections, each addressing […]


Spaces for skills:

Blending the physical and the virtual

In this blog post, CI researcher Ingi Helgason discusses some of the research and delivery hurdles faced by the CI team in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, and how they have been experimenting with innovative ways with which to overcome them. I’m writing this in the summer of 2020 as we are all trying […]


The Trouble with Data

Mapping Freelancers in the Creative Industries

In this blog, Creative Informatics researcher Inge Panneels asks: How do we make sure freelancers aren’t overlooked when we gather data on the cultural sector? A question made all the more pertinent by the economic impact of the  COVID-19 pandemic, Inge suggests that compulsory collection of more granular and carefully coded data through HMRC might […]