Alessandra is the module leader for Critical and Cultural Studies at IDI. After obtaining an MA in Art History and a post-master’s diploma in Art Management Psychology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Alessandra completed her practice-based PhD in Media Arts at the University of the West of Scotland in 2012. Since 2004, she has undertaken a great deal of theoretical and practical research on European and Asian visual arts, with the partnership and support of a variety of international institutions. She is also a part-time lecturer in Digital Art at the University of the West of Scotland, and visiting lecturer in Performance Art at Silpakorn University, Bangkok.
Dawn’s background is in applied arts and as a design practitioner has exhibited and retailed her work nationally. She is presently involved in doctoral research studying historical philosophical instruments in a design context both cataloguing and testing a collection of specific 19th century optical devices at the History of Science Museum at Oxford University. Her research explores the contextual and theoretical relationships between a philosophical instrument, its designer and the wider audience. Dawn currently works as a tutor for IDI alongside other university lecturing roles in historical and critical theory and design visualisation.
Denitsa has a PhD in Public Art and Digital Media from the University of Edinburgh. Her research takes into consideration Web 2.0 as being useful in expanding the possibilities of public art by providing a unique opportunity for shared creativity in the public space. Her most recent artistic projects called for critical re-examination of the public space, focusing on the relationship between the site, artist and community. Denitsa has previously lectured at Edinburgh College of Art within the Centre for Visual and Cultural Studies and worked as a Research Associate at the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries of Napier University, Edinburgh.
Gareth lectures in Critical and Contextual Studies in Media and Visual Culture at Newcastle University and the University of Cumbria. His teaching and research interests are primarily concerned with how gender and sexuality, celebrity, nostalgia, identity/identifications, psychoanalysis and visual culture intersect. He is also professionally involved in several other dimensions of cultural, design, mediated and social life as a freelance journalist. Gareth has recently completed his doctoral thesis at Newcastle University.
Sam is a practicing artist, having studied at Edinburgh College of Art, Belgrade Academy of Fine Art and the Slade School of Fine Art, as well as completing an MA in Environmental Philosophy at the University of Central Lancashire. As her creative practice has developed to include writing, she is currently working on a PhD in Creative Writing at St Andrews University. Sam has many years of experience in higher education, and she has taught both studio-based and text-based critical studies modules on the Digital Art, Photography, and Contemporary Art Practice degree programmes at the University of the West of Scotland. She previously taught at Edinburgh College of Art for ten years, and acted as visiting lecturer at the University of the Arts London, Gray’s School of Art and the University of Tasmania. Sam continues to work and exhibit as an artist, working with video, photography, text and installation