Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


Digital Performance


In this section:

Research Mission

The Digital Performance Research Group brings together researchers from multiple disciplinary perspectives in the study of performance, digital media and cultures, with the aim of better understanding critical contemporary interfaces between humans, environments and technologies. Digital Performance consists of two mutually informing sets of knowledge: performance knowledge as a basis for understanding digital practices (especially human-digital interaction) and digital technological knowledge as realm for performance practice. These core intellectual concerns in performance and the digital also draw from cultural theory (especially identity, subjectivity and agency) and philosophy (the philosophy of new media, digital being and the phenomenology of digital experience). The Digital Performance Research Group is concerned with fundamental and urgent issues relating to critical areas of human-technology interface and interaction, and cross-mediation of the digital with the social, the cultural and the embodied.

For further information contact: Sita Popat s.popat@leeds.ac.uk

Current associated projects

Identity and Governance of Bodily Extensions: The Case of Prosthetics and Avatars (Wellcome Trust-funded) with Professor Rory O’Connor (University of Leeds, School of Medicine), Dr Shawn Harmon (Edinburgh University, School of Law), Dr Abbe Brown (Aberdeen University, School of Law) and Dr Anna Fenemore (University of Leeds, School of Performance & Cultural Industries).

The Error Network (AHRC-funded) with Professor Sarah Whatley (Coventry University), Ruth Gibson (Coventry University, Gibson/Martelli) and Professor Susan Kozel (Malmö University, Sweden)

Recent associated publications:

Nicolas Salazar Sutil & Sita Popat (eds) Digital Movement: Essays in Motion Technology and Performance. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

Nicolas Salazar Sutil Motion and Representation: The Language of Human Movement. Mass, USA: MIT Press

Associated projects (completed):

The e-Dance Project (AHRC/EPSRC/JISC)

Emergent Objects (AHRC/EPSRC)

Projecting Performance (AHRC)

Other associated activities:

Sita Popat is Associate Editor of International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media (Taylor & Francis)

Sita Popat is a member of the Standing Committee of the Digital Resources Research in the Humanities and Arts conference and Advisory Board member for the Palgrave Performance and Technology book series.

Group Members

Academic Staff:

Professor Sita Popat – Chair in Performance and Technology
Dr Nicolas Salazar Sutil – Academic Fellow in Digital Performance

Associate Member

Scott deLahunta – Senior Research Fellow at Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University, UK / Visiting Academic, Motion Lab, Deakin University, Australia

PhD researchers:

Kathryn Graham – Scenographic Light: Towards an Understanding of Expressive light in Performance
Xristina Penna – Scenography, cognitive science and collective making processes
Conor Clarke – The digital afterlife of performance

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