Zoyander Street

Zoyander Street

Cultural researcher
and new media artist

Critical historical practice
with games and tech

 

Replicast Art Studios, Sheffield

Lancaster University

Studio

I have an art studio in a building used by around 20 artists on the site of a working specialist metal and ceramics foundry in Sheffield. I primarily use this space to play with computers and electronics: I make interactive works using videogame creation tools, take apart old devices and make them do new things using Arduinos, and create non-fiction works using hypertext, video, and playful new media.

Replicast Art Studios

Research

I have been researching material culture in connection with digital media since 2011, when I was studying for an MA in History of Design at the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum. Today I am undertaking a part-time PhD at Lancaster University in the department of Sociology, supervised by Lucy Suchman and Adrian McKenzie.

My PhD thesis is about how game developers working on emerging platforms have conceptualised the emotions of players. More generally, my research is aimed at the generation of sympathetic critiques of technocultures and non-dualistic queer readings of human-computer interaction.

Lancaster University Royal College of Art

Language

As a professional translator and editor with almost a decade of experience, I bring advanced linguistic skills to a wide variety of tasks. Communicating complex and abstract ideas to the public has been a key part of my practice for most of my career; more recently, I have been able to apply these skills to helping artists and designers describe their projects and practice to audiences and funders. I also translate academic writing and artist statements from Japanese into English, as well as working as an editor and crosschecker of other translators' work.

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