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Professor Gabriella Giannachi

Public engagement

I research performance and new media documentation, a burgeoning field that concerns itself with the capture of rich quality data about an event (whether artistic or other) so it may be preserved for future generations. More precisely, I am an expert at documenting mixed reality events that span physical and digital environments. This has led me to research how documentations and, more generally, the archives that host them, can be used outside the museums as mobile centres for interpretation and knowledge production to facilitate creative engagement with art, heritage, popular and material culture. In particular, I research how mobile interpretation and creative engagement with such archives can generate new knowledge that is of value to users and museums; how encountering archival materials outside museums can bring return visitors as well as new visitors to museums; how the self-documentation of one’s encounter with art can constitute a rewarding free-style mobile learning experience; how it can stimulate memory production and augment individual and communities’ sense of presence and identity; and what copyright and accessibility implications these uses of documentations may entail.  

I have collaborated with Tate on The Cartography project (2016-17), Collecting, Archiving and Sharing Performance and the Performative (2014-16) and Art Maps (2012-15); Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery and 1010 Media on Moor Stories (2012-13) and Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, 1010 Media and Exeter City Football Club Supporters Trust on Exeter Time Trails (2013); Exeter City Football Club and Exeter City Football Club Supporters Trust on The Grecian Srchive (2015-), The History of St James Park (2016-17) and Grecian Voices (2013-14) and 1010 Media on Placeify (2014).

These projects have involved workshops with primary school children at St Leonard's Primary School, St Sidwells's Primary School and St David's Primary School in Exeter and the Pimlico Academy in London. They have involved the public in London and Liverpool (through a number of public engagement events organised by Tate and the use of ArtMaps for exhibitions Looking at the View Exhibition; Ruin Lust; and Late Turner at Tate Britain). Project dissemination has targeted the public through blogs and museums through a keynotes offered at in Lisbon (2013), Maastricht (2016) attended by the EU's principal contemporary art museums and workshops such as those run for Placeify at over 10 museums in the South West of England.