Andrew Hugill

  • Tuesday 30 April 2019
  • 5.30pm-6.30pm
  • Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1
  • Professor Hugill and Professor Hongji Yang will each present a half-hour lecture.

Transdisciplinarity: navigating the borderlands between Art and Science

Creative Computing describes a hybrid field which sits in the borderlands between Art and Science and focuses on real-world problems. Professor Andrew Hugill has consistently worked across disciplinary boundaries during his thirty-five year career as an academic. For the past decade, he has been developing Creative Computing, both pedagogically and in research. This lecture explores transdisciplinarity and its application to scientific problems such as hearing loss and balance disorders, or artistic challenges such as mixed media composition and interactivity. It also examines how its principles have led to the foundation of a series of transdisciplinary entities in universities and the intellectual, structural and strategic issues raised by such boundary-crossing.

Hugill’s research takes in composition, musicology, health, computing, and ’pataphysics. He is the author of The Digital Musician (Routledge), which went into its third edition in 2018, and ’Pataphysics: A Useless Guide (MIT Press), which was recently translated into Russian. His artistic works include Secret Garden, an interactive installation that was viewed by 36,500 people during its exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, and The Imaginary Voyage, an online work that deploys the “Syzygy Surfer”, a new kind of creative search engine developed with Professor Jim Hendler. In 2004, he created The Orchestra: A User’s Manual with the Philharmonia Orchestra, a website that still receives 11,000 unique visits per month. His current research focuses on: AI for diagnosing balance disorders; the  consequences of hearing loss for musicians; and the development of a multisensory VR installation that recreates Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in the 18th Century.

His inaugural Professorial lecture will provide a kaleidoscopic introduction to all these various aspects (including brief excerpts from musical compositions), held together by the central metaphor of a transdisciplinary navigation through the imaginary waters of academia.

Professor Andrew Hugill

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Andrew Hugill was born in 1957 and graduated from Keele University with an BA in Music and English and subsequently an MA in Composition. In 1986, he began lecturing in Music at what was then called Leicester Polytechnic, and in 1997 he founded the BA/BSc in Music, Technology and Innovation at De Montfort University. In 2006 he was awarded to £1.3 million grant to establish the Institute Of Creative Technologies at DMU. In 2013 he moved to Bath Spa University to set up a degree programme and research centre in Creative Computing. In 2018, following his retirement, he joined University of Leicester to establish a new programme in Creative Computing.

Hugill is a National Teacher Fellow (2006) and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2017). He sits on the European Research Council and he is a Vice-Chair of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions of the EU’s ‘Horizon 2020’ programme. He also sits on various research councils in Portugal, Austria and the UK. He is a co-editor of the Springer book series ‘Cultural Computing’ and the International Journal of Creative Computing. He has also edited special editions for Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Contemporary Music Review, Digital Creativity, and the Computer Music Journal. He has supervised more than 20 PhD students.

He is a committee member of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society, a Fellow for the Royal Society of Arts, an Associate Research Fellow at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, and a Commandeur Requis of the Collège de ’Pataphysique. He has received over £1.5 million in research funding from sources as diverse as the NESTA, InnovateUK, the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Department for Education and Science, Arts Council England, JISC, UCAS and GNResound. In his research career, he has published three monographs, ten book chapters, over thirty articles, and given numerous keynotes at international conferences. His musical compositions have been performed around the world, including in Europe, the USA, Canada, Latin America, China, and Australia.

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