About Ply­mouth

Loc­ated by a stun­ning water­front and har­bour, Ply­mouth is the per­fect place to vis­it. The his­tor­ic Bar­bican water­front and Roy­al Wil­li­am Yard are host to a range of inde­pend­ent shops and res­taur­ants as well as a loc­al farmer’s mar­ket and open air cinema dur­ing the sum­mer months.

The city has three theatres, three inde­pend­ent cinemas and sev­en art gal­ler­ies, includ­ing the Uni­ver­sity of Plymouth’s very own Pen­in­su­la Art Gal­lery. The Theatre Roy­al Ply­mouth is “the largest and best atten­ded region­al pro­du­cing theatre in the UK”, accord­ing to Arts Coun­cil England, con­sist­ing of a large main aud­it­or­i­um; a smal­ler exper­i­ment­al theatre called The Drum; and, on a sep­ar­ate site, an award-win­ning pro­duc­tion and learn­ing centre known as TR2

While relax­ing, Mount Edgcum­be park (pic­tured above) is just a 7 minute trip by foot-pas­sen­ger ferry; the his­tor­ic Bar­bican and Roy­al Wil­li­am Yard both boast a superb range of bars and res­taur­ants. For those wish­ing to extend their trip, Ply­mouth is ideally situ­ated for explor­ing both Dart­moor Nation­al Park and Corn­wall, home to the world fam­ous Eden Pro­ject and the Min­ack Theatre.

There are dir­ect trains (3 – 3.5 hours) to/from Lon­don Pad­ding­ton, and the con­fer­ence has organ­ised dis­coun­ted rates organ­ised at loc­al hotels and B&Bs. These will be lis­ted on this web­site when con­fer­ence regis­tra­tion opens.

About the Uni­ver­sity of Ply­mouth

This con­fer­ence is being hos­ted by the University’s The Arts Insti­tute, which was foun­ded in Janu­ary 2016 to enrich art and cul­ture in Ply­mouth and bey­ond through crit­ic­al think­ing, writ­ing and mak­ing. It is where world-lead­ing arts and human­it­ies research meets cul­tur­al eco­lo­gies and eco­nom­ies in south-west England. The Institute’s key themes are: mar­ine cul­tures; his­tor­ies, memory and memori­al­isa­tion; and trans­dis­cip­lin­ary cre­at­ive prac­tices.

On cam­pus, the arts and human­it­ies are based with­in and around the pres­ti­gi­ous Roland Lev­in­sky Build­ing, which includes 2 black box spaces and 1 dance stu­dio, large lec­ture theatres, Pen­in­su­la Arts Gal­lery and the Jill Craigie Cinema. 

The University’s per­form­ing arts centre, The House, includes a high spec 200 seat theatre and white box stu­dio and nearby is the Immers­ive Vis­ion Theatre whose ‘Full­dome’ archi­tec­ture now houses a power­ful high-res­ol­u­tion pro­ject­or fit­ted with a ‘fisheye‘ lens and cus­tom­ised power­ful com­puters to wrap data, mod­els, video and images around its inner sur­face. The 10-speak­er spa­tial­ised audio sys­tem enables the dynam­ic mod­el­ling of soph­ist­ic­ated son­ic envir­on­ments and music­al per­form­ances.

Digit­al Human­it­ies ini­ti­at­ives at Ply­mouth include ‘Women’s Early Mod­ern Let­ters Online’, an AHRC-fun­ded col­lab­or­at­ive pro­ject with the Uni­ver­sity of Oxford and the Bodlei­an Lib­rary; as well as involve­ment with the 1641 Depos­itions pro­ject at Trin­ity Col­lege, Dub­lin and Oliv­er Cromwell’s Writ­ing Pro­ject at Cam­bridge Uni­ver­sity.

Our world lead­ing research groups include:

The Inter­dis­cip­lin­ary Centre for Com­puter Music Research (ICCMR) – which devel­ops music­al research at the cross­roads of art and sci­ence, with par­tic­u­lar emphas­is on bio­med­ic­al applic­a­tions of music and new music tech­no­lo­gies.

i-DAT – which is an Open Research Lab for play­ful exper­i­ment­a­tion with cre­at­ive tech­no­logy, i-DAT at Ply­mouth Uni­ver­sity co-cre­ates and shares tech­no­lo­gic­al pro­to­types and prac­tices, that push and chal­lenge the bound­ar­ies of digit­al arts and cre­at­ive media prac­tice. i-DAT’s main focus is on mak­ing ‘data’ tan­gible, play­able and read­ily avail­able as a mater­i­al, to gen­er­ate new mean­ing and inform par­ti­cip­a­tion, audi­ence engage­ment and innov­a­tion in the arts.

Tran­s­tech­no­logy Research – a trans­dis­cip­lin­ary research group com­pris­ing his­tor­i­ans, philo­soph­ers, anthro­po­lo­gists, artists and design­ers, it is led from a his­tor­ic­al and the­or­et­ic­al per­spect­ive with the object­ive of under­stand­ing sci­ence and tech­no­logy as a mani­fest­a­tion of a range of human desires and cul­tur­al imper­at­ives. Tran­s­tech­no­logy Research also hosts the UK edit­or­i­al office of Leonar­do and the inter­na­tion­al office of Leonar­do Reviews and Leonar­do Reviews Quarterly.

The uni­ver­sity is also a part­ner in the AHRC-fun­ded 3D3 Centre for Doc­tor­al Train­ing with Fal­mouth Uni­ver­sity, and the Uni­ver­sity of the West of England, Bris­tol (UWE Bris­tol). Its aim is to train a new gen­er­a­tion of inter­dis­cip­lin­ary prac­ti­tion­er-research­ers and to foster innov­a­tion through prac­tice-led research in the cre­at­ive and per­form­ing arts, espe­cially the inter­re­lated fields of digit­al design, digit­al media and digit­al arts (includ­ing music and per­form­ance). 3D3 doc­tor­al research­ers will be run­ning work­shops and present­ing their research at the Data Ache con­fer­ence.