Dr Nicholas Lambert

Dr Nicholas Lambert BA Hons (SOAS) PhD (Oxon)

Head of Research: Academic


Nick’s interests revolve around the digital medium and its application in contemporary art and visual culture. Through this, he engages with questions about the boundary between “fine” and “applied” arts, design and interfaces, and the relation of art, science and technology. He has researched the history of computer art and engaged with artists and theorists in this field. He has also developed parallel interests in the history of digital technology, in particular its roots in Cold War America. The evolution of interfaces and display technologies is also part of his research, including some practical as well as theoretical outcomes.

He is also responsible for the VASARI Research Centre in digital media at Birkbeck. This centre has links with Ravensbourne, where he is a sessional lecturer and delivers tutorials on dissertation preparation.

Dr Nicholas Lambert has a first degree from SOAS University of London and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. His PhD covered the evolution of digital-specific art forms under the general rubric of “computer art”, although he showed this was not a unified style or movement in the traditional sense.

Nick also lectures in digital art and culture in the School of Arts at Birkbeck, University of London.



Nick Lambert

White Heat Cold Logic

Brown, Paul; Gere, Charlie; Lambert, Nicholas; Mason, Catherine (2009). White Heat Cold Logic: British Computer Art 1960-1980. MIT Press. ISBN978-0-262-02653-6



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Computer Art & Technocultures

Computer Art & Technocultures was a major three-year project supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to study the history of computer-generated art. The project was based jointly at Birkbeck and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and was completed in August 2010.

The V&A display Digital Pioneers ran from December 2009 until April 2010. The project also had a symposium, Ideas Before Their Time, at the British Computer Society, and a two-day conference, Decoding the Digital, at the V&A on 4-5 February 2010.



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Computer Arts Society

Although digital art is considered to be a recent phenomenon, it has its roots in the 1960s with Art and Technology and Cybernetics. The Computer Arts Society, founded in early 1969, acted as a catalyst for British and international artists experimenting with computers and set up several exhibitions of its own. It also fostered collaborations, discussed new developments and hosted heated arguments in its magazine PAGE.

The CAS is still active today and its current Chair, Nick Lambert, will review its history and explain its current mission to develop a new appreciation for the digital arts in Britain.




Dr Catherine Maffioletti

Dr  Catherine Maffioletti 

Research Fellow: Academic



Conference paper

(Forthcoming) Maffioletti, Catherine (2014) ‘The Power of Hysteria: Towards Mapping a New Feminine Utopia’, Femininities & Masculinities – A Gender & Sexuality Project – 4th Global Conference, May 2 – 4 2014,

Doctoral thesis

Maffioletti, Catherine (2013) ‘Beyond the Mirror: towards a feminised (cartographic) process of spatiality in moving image and installation based artworks’, Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Art, London.

Book chapters

Maffioletti, Catherine (2013) ‘Radio Play: Her Tea’, ‘State of Solanas’, & ‘Pantanal’. In: M. Throp (ed) The Performance Dinners: The Subjectivity & Feminisms Research Group. London: University of the Arts London. pp. 24, 54 & 78. (ISBN: 978-1-908339-05-8)

Maffioletti, Catherine, Hjelde, Katrine, & Bradfield, Marsha (Future Reflections Research Group) (2012) ‘Future (Re)turn’. In: G. Vaz-Pinheiro (ed) Detours III, Relational Spaces: A new expanded field for art and thought. London: ArtinSite. 


Maffioletti, Catherine (Subjectivity and Feminisms Research Group) (2010) ‘Subjectivity & Feminisms research group’. In: R, Birkett & M. Fusco (eds.) The Cosey Complex Reader. London: ICA. (ISBN: 978-1-900300-63-6)

E-Book chapter

Maffioletti, Catherine, Hjelde, Katrine, & Bradfield, Marsha (Future Reflections Research Group) (2009) ‘Future Reflections: Rhetorical Response’. In: N. Nimkulrat & T. O'Riley (eds). Reflections and Connections: On the relationship between creative production and academic research, Helsinki: University of Art and Design Helsinki. PDF

Conference proceedings

Maffioletti, Catherine (2009) ‘Reflecting Her: Other Bodies’, Feminist Research Methods: An International Conference, The Centre for Gender Studies, Stockholm: Stockholm University. PDF

Maffioletti, Catherine, Hjelde, Katrine, & Bradfield, Marsha (Future Reflections Research Group) (2007) ‘Future Response: Is the Question the Answer’, Art of Research Conference, Helsinki: University of Art and Design Helsinki. PDF

Practical industry activity

Maffioletti, Catherine, (Rawnsley, Fionn et al.) (2012) Casting the figurehead (Royal Britannia) for the 'Spirit of Chartwell', Queen's Jubilee Barge, London, 01 May 2012.  

Art exhibitions 

Catherine Maffioletti, Guest Projects (2013)

Louise Bourgeois Super Club. The Artists Dining Room, Shonibare Studio, London.

Catherine Maffioletti, Subjectivities & Feminisms Research Group (2013) Performance Dinner No. 5: Woman as Image, Man as bearer of the look, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London.

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Professor Jeremy Gardiner

Professor Jeremy Gardiner 

Head of School of Postgraduate Studies | Academic Supervision: Postgraduate Studies



Professor Jeremy Gardiner is a former Harkness Fellow of the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship and honorary mention for his work from Prix Ars Electronica. He was awarded the ING purchase prize in 2013.

He was a founding member of the Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute of Art and Design in New York and was tutor for Computers in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art. 

His work has been commissioned by General Electric, IBM and NYNEX and is held in numerous private and public collections including, BNP Paribas, Glaxo Smith Kline, Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi, Government Art Collection, Imperial College and the V&A. 

He was co-chair of Digital Craftsmanship and Ideas Before Their Time 


 J Gardiner Bbc Click 519X431

Professor Jeremy Gardiner discusses rapid prototyping at Ravensbourne

BBC  World News. 

Jeremy Gardiner discusses 3D printing at Ravensbourne. 


J Gardiner Light Years Jurassic Coast 519X431  

Light Years Jurassic Coast

Light Years Jurassic Coast is a hybrid installation that combines painting and drawing, computer animation, immersive VR, ambient sound and satellite data. This virtual artwork recreates a whole world modelled in three dimensions exploring multiple perspectives of time and geology. Light Years Jurassic Coast presents a three-dimensional temporal world that can be dynamically viewed from different angles. To add to the mood, simulated weather systems come and go, night follows day and seasons change in real time.

Book reference: Gardiner, Jeremy, Head, Anthony, S. Keene, J. Bowen and K. Ng (eds.) Electronic Visualisation in Arts and Culture.  Springer Series on Cultural Computing, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4471-5406-8_6, Springer-Verlag London 2013, p. 75 – 89. PDF

J Gardiner Projected Augmented Relief Models 519X431

Projected Augmented Relief Models

The Projection Augmented Relief Model (PARM) technique aims to combine the affordances of digital mapping and physical landscape models. The technique is designed to provide an engaging and informative situated display, offering an intuitive frame of reference for placing objects, activities or events into their spatial context. It also has potential to act as an integrative framework through which visitors might learn about connections between themes being displayed elsewhere in a gallery space.

Book reference:Priestnall, Gary, Gardiner, Jeremy, Durrant, Jake and Goulding, James (2012) ‘Projection Augmented Relief Models’ (PARM). In: S. Dunn, J. Bowen and K. Ng (eds.) Electronic Visualisation in the Arts (EVA 2012), London, p. 180-187. PDF

J Gardiner Unfolding Landscape 519X431

Unfolding Landscape

A documentary film of the exhibition at Kings Place Gallery, London. 


J Gardiner In Conversation 519X431

Jeremy Gardiner in Conversation

A documentary film of the artist in conversation with Simon Martin, Co-Director Pallant House Gallery. 

Dr Brigitta Zics

Dr Brigitta Zics PgCert, MA (MKE) MFA (KHM) PhD

Deputy Head of School of Postgraduate Studies | Academic Supervision | Subject leader in Interactive Digital Media: MA/MSc Interactive Product Futures



Dr Brigitta Zics is an artist and researcher who is the new Deputy Head of Postgraduate Studies in Ravensbourne. She joined the team after leading on Digital Media research at Culture Lab, Newcastle University.

She brings a strong interdisciplinary approach to digital practice with a focus on practice-based research and creative entrepreneurship. Her main interest is experience-centred design and the exploration of new interaction paradigms through practice. In her teaching and research she is an advocate of 'thinking through making’ , a hands-on approach to a collaborative and innovation-led practice that generate novel knowledge as well as experimental or polished artefacts.

Dr Zics' current research topics include somatic and multi-modal interfaces, wearable tactile displays and data visualisation. Her work and research have been broadly published (MIT, Springer) and exhibited (e.g. SIGGRAPH, IMAGINA and ISEA) around the world.

Garth Twa

Dr Garth Twa 

Senior lecturer: Digital Film Production | Screenwriting Ravensbourne


Dr. Garth Twa is a senior lecturer in digital film production. He earned his BA, graduating magna cum laude, from the USC School of Cinema Television, his MFA from Columbia University, and his Ph.D from the University of Sussex.

Garth has been a writer for Dick Wolf (creator of ‘Law & Order’) at Universal Studios, has directed a number of independent films, including ‘Birds Die’ (winner, Best Comedy—Fargo Film Festival), served as DoP on a number of shorts and music videos, and is award-winning author (his collection of short stories, ‘Durable Beauty,’ was a Los Angeles bestseller). He has presented his work at Book Soup on Sunset Boulevard in L.A., the Chulmleigh Society in Devon, Lemuria Books in Jackson, Mississippi, and at Shakespeare and Company in Paris. He writes about film and industry for a number of publications, and is the co-founder of the Trash Cannes Festival—whose mandate is ‘informed irreverence’—which brings together filmmakers, musicians, artists, and industry practitioners together in a variety of unexpected venues throughout London and the Southeast, including deconsecrated churches and the crumbling husk of the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes. As part of Trash Cannes Festival, he has inaugurated the Student Film Slam in partnership with the University of Westminster. His current research interests include the digital/analogue debate, Ontology of the Cinema: Movies about Movies, sexual politics in Italian Neorealism, and geographically discrete contemporaneous production.


Pure Movies

Twa, Garth (2014) ‘Blue Jasmine [review],’ Puremovies, Thur 6 Feb [Online]. Available here

Pure Movies

Twa, Garth (2013) ‘Greetings from Happyland,’ Puremovies, Sun 1 Dec [Online]. Available here

Pure Movies

Twa, Garth (2013) ‘Angelyne Narrowly Escapes Death,’ Puremovies, Wed Sun 6 Nov [Online]. Available here

Pure Movies

Twa, Garth (2013) ‘God Loves Uganda: Let Us Prey,’ Puremovies, Wed 11 Sept [Online]. Available here


Carl Smith

Carl Smith 

Senior lecturer: Creative Coding, Learning Technologies and Research


Carl Smith ​is director of the Learning Technology Research Centre (LTRC) and senior lecturer at Ravensbourne in London. His background is in computer science and architecture.

He is an academic and developer with over fourteen years’ experience conducting R+D into the application of advanced technologies for lifelong, work and creative learning. He has worked on multiple large scale European FP7 and Leonardo Life Long Learning projects bringing in over £4 million in research funding. He specialises in using hybrid reality methodologies and visualization techniques to engineer contexts for the generation and transformation of perception, behaviour and learning. His research interests include spatial methodologies, embodied cognition, field of view technologies, intermediality and human centric hybrid literacy.

Dr Rosemary Stott

Dr Rosemary Stott 

Associate Dean: Department of Content


Dr Rosemary Stott is Academic Development Manager for the Content cluster of courses at Ravensbourne, which comprises Animation, Digital Photography, Music Production for Media, Sound Design and Web Media. She is also the lead academic for learning innovation at Ravensbourne, helping staff and students to develop new and engaging models and methods of learning, enabled through technology.

Rosemary is an experienced academic in the fields of film, television and communication studies. She has presented numerous conference papers and has published widely on the topic of German film. Her main specialism is the film industry in the former East Germany and her monograph: Crossing the Wall: The Western Feature Film Import in East Germany was published in 2012. Recently she has had articles published on film censorship and the Spaghetti Western.


(Forthcoming) Stott, Rosemary (2014) ‘The State-Owned Cinema Industry and its Audience’, In: S. Allan and S. Heiduscke (eds), Re-Imagining DEFA: East German Cinema in its National and Transnational Context, New York: Berghahn.

(Forthcoming) Stott, Rosemary (2014) ‘Once Upon a Time in the East: The Distribution Patterns and Reception of the Spaghetti Western in the German Democratic Republic’, In: A. Fisher, Spaghetti Westerns at the Crossroads: Studies in Relocation, Transition and Appropriation, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

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