Alan's research interests are interdisciplinary and focus on people, place and memory. They range from Human Computer Interaction, Performance Studies, Art and User Evaluation, Critical interpretations of new technologies and new HCI-based frameworks, through to Landscape, Location, Personal Narratives, Understandings of Place, Memory, Momentos and Souvenirs.
Alan is based within the multi-disciplinary Mixed Reality Lab in the School of Computer Science and Information Technology at the University of Nottingham
ProjectsOver the past years Alan has focused his work on understanding new media performance. In particular, this has related to the areas of pervasive performance and mixed reality performances.
Alan is currently working in collaboration with Mike Pearson (Aberystwyth University) and Gary Priestnall (Geography, Nottingham University), examining the re-representation of autobiographical performance art through mapping and geographical visualisation. The project is called Nano-Histories.
Other current collaborations are examining the performativity of Thrill with Brendan Walker and sensor-based representations of nature in relation to performance with Active Ingredients.
On a more technical note Alan has been working in the area of Rural Computing in order to apply ubiquitous computing technologies to understand both the cultural and scientific meanings of place, people and landscape, and how these can come together to 'stitch' meaning into rural locations.
Emotional Cartography – Technologies of the Self. Ed by C. Nold, 2009 ISBN 978-0-9557623-1-4
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Theatre/archaeology: Disciplinary Dialogues. by Mike Pearson, Michael Shanks, Routledge; Mar 2001, 978-0415194587
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MRL - winners of the 2003 Prix Ars Electronica