Dr Timothy Barker
- Senior Lecturer in Digital Media (Theatre, Film and Television Studies)
Tim’s research involves the critical analysis of digital technology in contemporary audio-visual culture. Aligning himself with what might be termed materialist media studies and working between the fields of media theory, art theory and the philosophy of technology, Tim’s research involves considerations of aesthetics in relation to the technological infrastructure of image making. In particular, he has explored the ways that interactive technology and the design of database systems have facilitated the potential to generate new experiences and philosophical concepts of time. His book Time and the Digital (Dartmouth, 2012) traces connections between the philosophy of time in the work of Gilles Deleuze and A.N. Whitehead and uses this to explore experiences of time, history and memory in relation to digital aesthetics, communication technology and contemporary interactive art. More recently he has become interested in the histories of analytical media and their relationship to theories of contemporaneity. This project pairs archive research with philosophical inquiry in order to explore the ways that experiences of time have been engineered throughout media history. It explores the way engineers and inventors grappled with questions of temporality, transmission and fragmentation in order to explore the conditions for history and memory in digital culture.
- 2015-2016: Leverhulme Research Fellowship: Analytical Media History
- 2013: Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland: Experimental Art, Time and Technology: A History of Experiments with Time in Media Art
- 2013: British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant: Experimental Research in the Digital Humanities: Researching the New Methods in the Digital Humanities
- Daniel O'Brien: 'Technological Embodiment and Haptic Narrative in Cinema, Art and Gaming'
- Conor McKeown: 'Coding the Natural: A Post-human Approach to Eco-videogames'
- Stuart Purcell: 'Our Tools Shape Us: The Novel in the Information Age'
- Chelsea Birks: ‘The Ethics of Excess’
- Anthony Yanick: 'Memories of the Future: Exploring the cinema of heterochrony and anachronism in contemporary speed culture'
- Mlitt Critical Theories of Digital Media (FTV5042)
- Histories of Digital Media (Hons) (FTV4082)
- Level 2: Spectatorship, Audiences and Identities (FTV2001)