Professor Gabriella Giannachi

Research interests

Gabriella Giannachi is Director of the Centre for Intermedia and Creative Technologies and her current research interests are: art and technology; mobile interpretation and user-generated documentation of art; the creation, exhibition, and sharing of archival resources within an exhibition context; mixed, augmented and virtual reality; presence research; museum studies and digital curation; new media and digital curation; oral history and digital heritage; creative technologies and public humanities; ecological and environmental practice. She welcomes research students in all these areas.

Research collaborations

Principal Investigator of Documenting digital art: re-thinking histories and practices of documentation in the museum with Dr Annet Dekker (University of Amsterdam), Dr Katrina Sluis (UWA), Gaby Wijers (LIMA), and Dr Francesca Franco (University of Exeter), in partnership with LIMA, The Photographers Gallery, and the Venice Biennale, funded by the AHRC (2019-22).

Co-Investigator of the AHRC funded 'The Connected Museum project', PI Steve Benford *University of Nottingham, UK partners, Tate and Factory 42 (2020-22).

Co-Investigator of Innovate UK funded collaboration led by Factory 42 with the Science Museum Group, The Natural History Museum, Magic Leap and the Almedia Theatre (2019-2020). 

Principal investigator of The Grecian Archive and the HLF-funded The History of St James Park project (2016-17), The City Museum (2017-19) and the Celebrating Our Heritage: an ECFC Museum Outreach Programme' (2019-2020) developed in partnership with Exeter City Football Club and Exeter City Footbal Club Supporters Trust.

Co-Investigator of the EU funded Children's Photography Archive led by Melissa Nolas at Goldsmiths College (2029-2020).

Principal Investigator for Collecting, Archiving and Sharing Performance and the Performative, with Dr Jennifer Mundy (Tate Research), Mr John Stack (Tate Online) and Catherine Wood (Curator for Performance at Tate), funded by AHRC (2014-16).

Co-investigator for Performance and Audience in Movement-Based Digital Games: An International Research Network, PI Patrick Dickinson (ComputerScience, University of Lincoln), funded by AHRC (2014-15).

Principal investigator for Exeter in the RCUK funded Horizon Digital Economy Research, Universities of Nottingham, Cambridge, Brunel and Reading (2009-15 and 2015-2020):

  • Principal investigator, togethwer with Steve Benford, Tony Glover and Martin Flintham) of the pilot for The Cartography project developed in partnership with Rebecca Sinker, Helena Hunter, Emily Pringle, Acacia Finbow, Valentina Ravaglia at Tate (2016-17).
  • Principal investigator, together with Derek McAuley (Director at Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute and Chief Innovation Officer at Connected Digital Economy Catapult), for Art Maps, an interdisciplinary collaborative project between three departments at Tate (Tate Learning, Tate Online and Tate Research) and researchers in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham (2012-13). Art Maps consists of a web and mobile app that allow users to explore artworks in the Tate collection in relation to the places, sites, landscapes and environments that informed or led to their geotagging. The research process is documented on the project blog, and there are videos or the first and second public engagement events held at Tate. Art Maps was shown at Tate Britain from February to June 2013.
  • Co-Investigator for Relate, a collaboration between Active Ingredient, Dr Carlo Buontempo from the Met Office Hadley Centre, Brazilian curator Silvia Leal, staff in Computer Science and Psychology from University of Nottingham, and a number of communities in Brazil and the UK (2012). Relate developed sensor kits and an online sharing platform supporting remote communities in reflecting about the relationship between energy and climate change. The platform facilitates mass participation in citizen science activities, allowing for communities to collect, share, relate and interpret data gathered through environmental sensors and energy monitors.  Activities supported include building data maps, constructing and sharing new interpretations and artistic visualisations of the data, and facilitating discussions and questions about our understanding of energy and climate change between schools, communities, artists and researchers in the humanities and sciences. The research is documented in a blog
  • Principal investigator for CloudPad, a cloud-based documentation and archiving tool for the annotation of mixed media resources. Developed in partnership with British Library, Stanford Libraries, Blast Theory, CloudPad was tested through the annotation of a bespoke documentation of Blast Theory's Rider Spoke (2009) captured in collaboration with the Ludwig Boltzman Institute Media.Art.Research. The research is documented in a blog.

Principal investigator for The Exeter Time Trails, funded by REACT HEIF (2013), developed in collaboration with RAMM, 1010 Media and Exeter City FC Supporters Trust. Exeter Time Trails is a web app prototype that facilitates the exploration of 250,000 years of history through objects in RAMM’s collection and oral histories from partner institutions, such as Exeter City FC Supporters Trust. The research is documented in a blog. Exeter Time Trails subsequently was funded by an open innovation token which led to the development of Placeify

Principal Investigator for Moor Stories: Reimagining the Dartmoor landscapewith Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery and 1010 Media, funded by REACT HEIF (2012) and REACT (2013). This project utilised research on user engagement, location and Victorian collections to develop an interactive website entailing an archive of RAMM's collection of objects pertaining to Dartmoor that can be encountered and annotated outside the museum. The research is documented in a blog

Co-investigator for Mapping Performance Art in the Bay Area, a visualisation of performance in the Bay area from the late 1960s to the mid 1980s (2009-13).

Principal Investigator, commissioned by AHRC, Nesta and Arts Council to research Imperial War Museum's SICE project (2012), which explored how social media models can be applied to museum collections, offering new frameworks for engagement and social interpretation. The SICE project was mentioned in the Guardian and the final report is here

Co-investigator for Riders Have Spoken, AHRC, led by J. Foster, Information Studies, Sheffield University (2010-11). This project led to Blast Theory's development of an archive of their work Rider Spoke.

Co-investigator for Performing Presence, developed in collaboration with University College London (Mel Slater, David Swapp, Computer Science) and Stanford University (Michael Shanks, Archaeology and Classics, Metamedia Lab) funded by the AHRC (2004-9). The Presence Project investigated what constitutes presence in live, mediated and simulated environments.

Mentor to Watching the Detectives. Investigations of the Event, its Record and the Aesthetics of Witnessing (2008-11) led by Hugo Glendinning, funded by the AHRC. This project looked at the role of the photographer in generating performance documentation.

Partner to Creator (2008-9) New Research Processes and Business Models for the Creative Industries, EPSRC-funded cluster led by S. Benford (Mixed Reality Lab, Nottingham University).  

Member of EPSRC funded cluster in digital economy Innovative Media for a Digital Economy IMDE (2008-9) led by M. Jirotka (Oxford University).

Partner to CEMP, a creativity network, funded by AHRC, Arts Council England, DTI and ESRC (2006-8).  

Investigator for PRESENCCIA, subcontracted to UPF Barcelona (2006-7), EU funded. Presenccia researched presence in virtual environments.

Principal investigator for ISN | Information Society Network, funded by University of Exeter (2006-9), to explore the potential of interdisciplinary collaboration on the information society.