Prospectives Symposium 2022: Digital Art and Activism

Friday 8th July
Full day: 9.30am - 1pm | 2.00 - 6pm
Prof. Joseph DeLappe & Dr Martin Zeilinger (Abertay University)
Dr Laura Leuzzi (Sapienza University of Rome)
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About the Session

Prospectives  is a one-day symposium highlighting an international selection of work by graduate and PhD students working at the edge of developments in scholarly and practice based work involving digital technologies. This event will be structured to provide invited presenters with the opportunity to share their ongoing research, discuss and receive feedback and to virtually meet and network with fellow post graduate students.

Download the schedule here: Prospectives 2022 Schedule, Abstracts & Bios

Learning Outcomes 

By the end of this session, participants will have been exposed to a variety of practices and perspectives related to current PhD and grad level work in experimental media art.

Who might be interested?

This session will be of interest to Postgraduate and PhD students in all disciplines of the digital arts and humanities at all stages engaged in practice-based or scholarly research. 

Participant Pre-requisites

Currently enrolled Postgraduate and PhD students working creatively in and across disciplines focused on digital technologies in their creative practice.  


Professor Joseph DeLappe

Joseph DeLappe is Professor of Games and Tactical Media at Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland. Works in online gaming performance, public engagements, participatory sculpture and electromechanical installation have been shown throughout the United States and internationally. He has developed works for venues such as Eyebeam Art and Technology in New York, The Guangdong Museum of Art, China and Transitio MX, Mexico City, among others. Creative works and actions have been featured widely in scholarly journals, books and in the popular media. In 2016 he collaborated with the Biome Collective in Dundee to create Killbox, a game about drone warfare that was nominated in 2017 for a BAFTA Scotland in the “Best Computer Game” category. In 2017 he was awarded Guggenheim Fellowship in the Fine Arts, one of the top awards for artists, writers and creatives in the United States.

Dr Laura Leuzzi

Laura Leuzzi is a contemporary art historian, curator and author. Leuzzi earned her PhD in “Tools and Methods for the History of Art” with a thesis in Contemporary Art at Sapienza Università di Roma in 2011. Her research is particularly focused on early video art, art and feminism and new media.

Currently she is Research Fellow and Co-Investigator on the AHRC funded research project Richard Demarco: The Italian Connection (DJCAD, University of Dundee, March 2018 - July 2020), led by Prof. Elaine Shemilt.

She is Co-Investigator on the RSE funded research project Digital Art and Activism (2019-2021) and co-chair of the Re@ct: Social Change Art Technology symposium, 2019 held in Dundee and co-editor of a special edition of the journal Media-N, The Journal of the New Media Caucus to be published in late 2021 dedicated to the Re@ct symposium.

Her essay '"She became my teacher and mentor". Uncovering the legacy of women video pioneers in Art Schools and Academies in Europe’ was recently awarded a top prize by the Feminist Art in an International Curriculum organization. 

Dr Martin Zeilinger

Martin Zeilinger is currently a Senior Lecturer in Computational Arts & Technology. His research interests include digital art, appropriation-based art practices, emerging technologies in relation to contemporary art (specifically fintech, AI, distributed computing), theories of cultural ownership and intellectual property, and various aspects of experimental video game culture.

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First published: 20 May 2021