The SMARTlab PhD Programme

SMARTlabMAGIC — 04 March 2010 — SMARTlab are running three yearly seminar sessions for their PhD students from around the world at UEL, London.

As well as giving students ample time for both one-to-one peer support and ideas exchange within the international group, the SMARTlab seminar week also includes a series of talks and seminars designed to meet the needs of each student.

The seminars cater to the wide range of subject areas, fields of research and specialities of our students. The current session aims to get back to basics and explore the nature of a practice-based PhD and the aim for an original contribution to knowledge in cross-disciplinary fields. The week-long programme also includes practical and academic advice on theory, writing and funding, as well as discussion, debate, and special events.

The seminar also gives students the chance to gain supervision with their supervisors across the different schools of UEL.

Artists, and indeed technologists working in artistic domains, have long encountered difficulties in placing their work in relation to the academy: in finding appropriate ways to measure artistic practice in research exercises, in identifying appropriately flexible and experimental forms for artistic research processes and outcomes, and in competing for academic funding as well.

The Art of Decision

The Art of Decision is an interactive multimedia exhibition that encourages the individual to realize their significance in relation to political decision-making. The exhibition consists of a series of rooms that immerse visitors in situations that invite them to reconstruct their perception of political structures and political involvement. The project particularly addresses those who feel excluded from the political process.

The Art of Decision is the result of an extensive body of research conducted at Trinity College, Dublin, by PhD researchers Fionnuala Conway and Jane Williams, under the supervision of Dr. Linda Doyle and Dr. Maryann Valiulis.

The Art of Decision offers visitors an opportunity to travel through 9 interactive rooms that present opinions and ideas about power and decision-making from a variety of research participants in an engaging, theatrical way. Contributors’ ideas are presented alongside statistical information in a meaningful and innovative fashion using sound, film and interactive installations. The technology will also facilitate visitors to contribute their ideas to Art of Decision as it evolves in the space and in future research.

The project is a joint venture between the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the Center for Gender and Women’s Studies at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. It is an Equality for Women Measure project (EWM), an Irish government and European Union initiative, which supports work specifically focused on improving women’s opportunities in Ireland. It is funded by the Irish Government and part-financed by the European Union under the National Development Plan, 2000 – 2006. The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform is responsible for the administration of the Equality for Women Measure.


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