Dr Judith Aston

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  • Qualifications:MA Cantab, PhD RCA, PGCertHE, FRSA, FRAI, SFHEA
  • Position:Senior Lecturer: Filmmaking
  • Department:ACE - Film and Journalism
  • Telephone:+4411732 84773
  • Email:Judith.Aston@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

I am a multimedia professional with a core interest in promoting diversity and multiperspectivity through my work with live cinema, interactive documentary and immersive filmmaking.  

I hold a PhD in Film/Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art and a Masters degree in Geography/Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. I am a Founding-Director of i-Docs.org, an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an elected member of the Royal Anthropological Institute's Film Committee, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

I work across academia and industry, balancing my work as a Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking with Practice-led research conducted through the University's Digital Cultures Research Centre.

My work explores new ways to convey ideas and experiences at the intersection between immersive media, interactive participation and creative technology. At the heart of this is the human computer interface and a desire to create experiences which combine the analogue with the digital and the live with the mediated.

I teach experimental/interactive/immersive filmmaking across BA, MA and PhD programmes and am actively seeking PhD students with a shared interest in my areas of expertise.

Area of expertise

Research Projects - current

On Being Emplaced - Creator of an interactive/immersive film project which is using 360 film, one shot VR and interactive authoring tools to explore the relationship between a parrot, its owners and the wider community within which they reside.

The Poetics and Politics of Polyphony - Co-convenor of an ongoing collaboration with i-Docs colleagues to explore the application of Bakhtin's work on diversity and multiperspectival thinking to evolving documentary practices.

Research Projects - previous

Theatre Within a Theatre - Lead Artist and Researcher for an experimental immersive artwork about the audience, stage and different sightlines at the Bristol Old Vic theatre. Displayed at the RWA, Bristol as part of their Centre Stage exhibition. 

Sacconi Quartet at the Bristol Proms - Director and Lead Researcher for a visually enhanced experimental performance in the round of Beethoven's Opus 132 working with live vj-ing, multiperspectival projections and mood enhancing lighting. 

Orion: Behind the Mask - Lead Researcher on AHRC REACT Future Documentary project using creative technology and live performance to design a multiplicity of wraparound experiences to accompany Jeanie Finlay's film 'Orion the Movie'.  

The Russian Winter - Lead Producer and Researcher for an experimental immersive performance inspired by Bulgakov's Master and Margarita involving multiperspectival film projections, live acting, a choir, a rock band and a forty piece orchestra. 

Voices from the Blue Nile - Postdoctoral Investigator on an
interactive documentary project with Prof Wendy James to convey multiple perspectives in relation to her audiovisual
recordings from the Sudan/Ethiopian which span over 40 years.

Uduk Interactive - AHRC small grant to create interactive materials to support my PhD case study with Professor Wendy James. An offshoot of the HEFCE funded Experience Rich Anthropology project based at the University of Kent. 

I also maintain a research blog at: http://21stcenturyfilmmaking.com​​ - which I am currently updating. 


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