Experimental Media Research Centre (EMERGE) is a creative, practice-led research centre, sharing critical concerns in relation to experimental media practices that engage directly with social and cultural innovation.

EMERGE has grown significantly since 2010, and our experience draws on REF outputs at national and international level, based on a rich portfolio of research outputs that place a premium on engaging with the public, developing social initiatives and pushing boundaries in critical & cultural fields of media production. By developing interdisciplinary research projects, we bring new forms of expertise in communications and cultural practices in areas including media and digital arts, contemporary and critical art practice, spatial interaction, documentary video and networked audio.

These research outputs have been exhibited Internationally, including; Apexart (USA); Natural History Museum (UK); Laboral (ES), Casino Foundation (LUX); Centre for Land Use Interpretation (USA); Barbican Gallery (UK), V&A (UK); ZKM (DE); Watershed (UK); FACT (UK); John Hansard Gallery (UK) and The Henry Moore Institute (UK).  Research has been included in publications from MIT, Royal Academy and Centre Pompidou, and research papers produced for SIGGRAPH, Tate and other leading International institutions.

Our aim is to develop research that will impact on creativity and culture, engage the public, develop social initiatives and push boundaries in critical & cultural fields of media production. We are particularly interested in developing interdisciplinary research projects that bring expertise in communications and cultural practices to the production of knowledge, as a cross-School multidisciplinary research group.

The Experimental Media Research Centre is led by Prof. David Garcia and Dr. Tom Davis for the School of Design, Engineering and Technology.  Staff from the Centre are working as supervisors with AHRC and ESPRC funded studentships, including the Industrial Doctorate Centre (Centre for Digital Entertainment) and The Arts Catalyst, London.

We welcome PhD applications in related areas, and can advise on funding opportunities.

Awards and successful grants


The project CoaAst which has received a ARHC/CGFR grant offer (Anna Troisi PI, Paula Callus, Gauti Sigthorsson CoIs)

  • In December 2017 Nina Perry was awarded a PhD by Publication entitled: Music, Narrative, Voice and Presence – revealing a composed feature methodology
  • Seddon, A. 2018. Traces of Play. Finalist in Métamorphoses Competition of Acoustic Composition 2018, Brussels, Belgium
  • Seddon, A. 2018. Traces of Play. Selected by the British Electroacoustic Network (BEAN) to represent the United Kingdom at the International Confederation on Electroacoustic Music, Beijing, China
  • Seddon, A. 2018. Traces of Play. 2nd prize in Destellos International Competition of Electroacoustic Composition and Visual Music, Argentina

Exploring Emerge, the experimental media research group, Bournemouth University.

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