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Professor Andrew Dewdney

dewdnea@lsbu.ac.uk

Creative Technologies

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0852-248X

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I am Andrew Dewdney, a research professor and Phd supervisor in the School of Arts and Creative Industries at London South Bank University. My research focuses upon how digital technologies and computing are changing cultural value and its impacts upon the public realm. This has led to two specific, but related aspect of research. Firstly how the photography and the photographic image are being transformed by computing and what impact this is having upon visual culture. Secondly how the digitisation of collections and their online circulation has impacted the museum and heritage Culture.

I have been active in externally funded research since 2006 to the present. In 2006 I was the Principal Investigator for a major AHRC award for a collaborative, three year project with Tate Britain, entitled Tae Encounters; Britishness and Visual Cultures. I led a team of seven researchers in investigating how Tate conceptualised its audiences in respect of cultural barriers to access. This resulted in a major report to the Tate Trustees, an archive of research material on the Tate Website and the book, Critical Museology:Theory and Practice in the Art Museum (2013) published by Routledge. As a result of the research I have been invited to speak Internationally and contribute chapters on the subject to several books.

Tate Encounters led to two AHRC collaborative doctoral awards, one investigating Tate's understanding of audience in marketing terms, the other investigating Tate's understanding of online media, through its BMW sponsored 'Live' programme.

In 2012 I was the CI on a further AHRC funded project with Tate entitled, 'Modelling Cultural Value within New Media Cultures and Network Participation', which ran a public programme of specialist invited panels and produced an AHRC funded report in 2014.

As co-director of The Centre for the Study of the Networked Image I supervise collaborative PhDs, with the following organisations; Serpentine Galleries, The Photographers' Gallery, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Rhizome and Gasworks.

I am currently under contract for two books. 'Forget Photography', with Goldsmiths/MIT Press, due for publication in 2021. This book investigates post photography arguing that if we wish to understand the politics of representation in the post-photographic era, or more accurately, the image under the conditions of capitalist, computational reproduction, there is a necessary prerequisite, and that is the need to ‘for-get photography’. The book is intended for a research and educational readership. The second title, 'The Networked Image in Post Digital Culture, is a co-authored an edited volume, with Routledge Press, due for publication in 2022. The book brings together new research perspectives upon the networked image, looking at digitisation, machine vision, in-game photography, online curating, interfaces to digital born archives as focal points for understanding automation and its new world of operations. The book is concerned to understand how established habits of seeing, together with their assumptions about knowing, are challenged by computational culture.

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Mr Nicolas MaleveAlgorithms of Vision. Human and machine learning in computational visual culturePhD
Ms Carolyn Beth DefrinIntra-vulnerabilities: An Artistic Strategy for Co-creating Culture and Policy with Communities, Funders and Artists.PhD
Mr Marco De MutiisDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Miss Nicola Jane BairdThe artist as assemblage: using assemblage and Actor-Network-Theory to expand and assemble David Bomberg from the fragments of a ‘smashed-up pattern’PhD
Ms Viktoria IvanovaDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Ms Rose May HermonDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Miss Lozana Rossenova MehandzhiyskaModel–Database–Interface: A study of the redesign of the ArtBase, and the role of user agency in born-digital archivesPhD
Ms Theresa KneppersDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Ms Ioanna ZouliDigital Tate: the use of video and the construction of audiencesPhD
Miss Gaia TedoneCURATING THE NETWORKED IMAGE: CIRCULATION, COMMODIFICATION, COMPUTATIONPhD
Miss Lynn Adhiambo ObathDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mrs Victoria Caroline YoungArt Museum attendance and the public realm: The agency of visitor information in Tate's organisational practices of making the art museum's audiencesPhD
Ms Kristina NillesDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Ms Jeannette GinslovDeep Flow: a tentacular worlding of dance, biosensor technology, lived experience and embodied materials of the human and non-humankindPhD
Ms Qian XiaoDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
MA Art Theory

Royal College of Art

1970
1972
PGCE, Art Education

Hornsey College of Art (Now Middlesex University)

1969
1970
Lecturer in Cultural Studies
Inner London Education Authority, Cockpit Arts Workshop

Developing and carrying out innovative art and media projects for London Schools

1975
1987
Education
Community Arts Project Worker
Inner City Education Centre, Sydney, Australia

Devising and carrying out anti-racist photography projects in schools

1988
1990
Third sector/charities
Director of Exhibitions
Watershed Media Centre, Bristol

Curating Exhibition Programme

Managing a photography course programme

Managing community outreach projects

1990
1993
Other public sector
Head of Film and Photography
Newport College of Art, University of Wales

Strategic development of curriculum

Course validation and portfolio

Managing academic and technical staff

1993
2000
Education
Head of Division of Arts and Media
London South Bank University

Curriculum development

Portfolio validation and extension

Line management of academic and technical staff

Faculty management group

2000
2007
Education
Research Professor
London South Basnk University

External Funding

Research Centre Management

Research Staff Mentoring

PhD supervision

2010
Education
FunderYear wonProjectRole
British Academy 2017RS145_ACI_ADewdney_NewtonAdvancedFellowshipPrincipal Investigator
The Royal College of Art2018PGR_014_ACI_STU_RCAPrincipal Investigator
The Gasworks Gallery2017PGR_014_ACI_STU_GasworksPrincipal Investigator
The Serpentine Gallery2017PGR_012_ACI_STU_SerpentinePrincipal Investigator
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)2015Performativity and Preservation in the Archive of Online Born-Digital ArtPrincipal Investigator
ProposalProjectRoleFunderStatusStatus last updated
Ways of Machine Seeing: Learning experiments in visual literacy and computer visionon the Ways of Machine Seeing research grant applicationCo-InvestigatorArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)OPEN SubmittedJan 2022
Photographies

Peer Reviewed Journal published by Routledge

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
2000
Philosophy of Photography

Peer Reviewed Journal published by Intellect

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
2012
Photographies

Ways of Machine Seeing as a Problem of Invisual Literacy
Cox, G. (2022). Ways of Machine Seeing as a Problem of Invisual Literacy. in: Dewdney, A. and Sluis, K. (ed.) The Networked Image in Post Digital Culture London Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group). pp. 102-113

Affordances of the Networked Image
Cox, G., Dewdney, A., Dekker, A. and Sluis, K. (2021). Affordances of the Networked Image. The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics. 30 (61-62), pp. 40-45.

The distributed museum: the flight of cultural authority and the multiple times and spaces of the art museum.
Dewdney, A (2019). The distributed museum: the flight of cultural authority and the multiple times and spaces of the art museum. in: Lewi, H, Smith, W, Cooke, S and von Lehn, D (ed.) International Handbook in New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites New York Routledge.

Photography Remoulded
Dewdney, A (2018). Photography Remoulded. New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics. 94, pp. 166-170.

What Is the current fascination with VR on the part of museums and art galleries?
Dewdney, A (2018). What Is the current fascination with VR on the part of museums and art galleries? Contemporary Art Society Annual Conference: The Virtual in Museums: Hot Medium?. National Gallery, London 10 May 2018

Art museum knowledge and the crisis of representation
Dewdney, A (2017). Art museum knowledge and the crisis of representation. in: Morsch, C and Schade, S (ed.) Representing Art Education: On the Representation of Pedagogical Work in the Art Field Vienna Zaglossus, Verlag.

Temporal Conflicts and the Purification of Hybrids in the 21st Century Art Museum: Tate, a Case in Point.
Dewdney, A and Walsh, V (2017). Temporal Conflicts and the Purification of Hybrids in the 21st Century Art Museum: Tate, a Case in Point. Stedlijk Studies. 5.

Co-creating in the Networks: A Reply to “What is 21st Century Photography?” [Internet Publication]
Dewdney, A (2017). Co-creating in the Networks: A Reply to “What is 21st Century Photography?” [Internet Publication]. The Photographers' Gallery.

Museums, Scholarly Enterprise and Global Assemblages: A Response to ‘Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display’
Dewdney, A (2016). Museums, Scholarly Enterprise and Global Assemblages: A Response to ‘Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display’. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. 24 (1), pp. 6-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/1070289X.2016.1260021

The University of YouTube: the medium, the user, photography and the search for really useful knowledge. [Internet Publication]
Dewdney, A (2016). The University of YouTube: the medium, the user, photography and the search for really useful knowledge. [Internet Publication]. The Photographers' Gallery.

Modelling Cultural Value within New Media Cultures and Networked Participation
Walsh, V, Dewdney, A, Pringle, E, Tate, AHRC and LSBU (2014). Modelling Cultural Value within New Media Cultures and Networked Participation. Tate Royal College of Art/AHRC/Tate.

Curating the Photographic Image in Networked Culture
Dewdney, A (2014). Curating the Photographic Image in Networked Culture. Kraesj! Brytninger i fotoarkivet. Oslo, Norway 05 - 06 May 2014 Olso, Norway Kulturradet (Arts Council Norway).