2-4th july 2015

Writing digital: mix.03


In July 2015 Bath Spa University hosted Writing Digital: MIX DIGITAL 3 in the newly completed Commons building at the Newton Park Campus, just outside of Bath. Bath Spa University’s School of Humanities and Creative Industries, with its stellar Creative Writing Department, is at the forefront of both research into and teaching of creative practice across many forms. MIX DIGITAL has established itself as an innovative forum for the discussion and exploration of writing and technology, attracting an international cohort of contributors from the UK, Australia, and Europe as well as North and South America. From 2015 the conference will be biennial and will become one of the flagship conferences for the university.

Writing Digital took full advantage of our brand-new Commons building and its interactive spaces through hosting a vibrant mix of academic papers, practitioner presentations, seminars, keynotes, discussions and workshops, as well as an exhibition of work by conference participants.

Our partners, The Writing Platform, showcased the two winning projects from the competitive bursaries they awarded earlier in 2015 for new creative writing and technology projects. There was also a separate call to digital artists for entries to an international competition to create work for our Media Wall.

Keynotes included Naomi Alderman talking about how and why a literary novelist came to be the imaginative power behind the hugely successful apps, Zombies! Run, and The Walk; theorist Florian Cramer, applied research professor at Creating 010, the research unit affiliated to Willem de Kooning Academy and Piet Zwart Institute at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands; also Blast Theory, internationally renowned as one of the most adventurous artists’ groups using interactive media, creating new forms of performance and interactive art – they discussed their current kickstarter-funded project, Karen.


MediaWall is an architectural scale portrait format gallery display, consisting of ten 55″ panels. At just under 4m wide and rising 7.5m from floor level it is uniquely positioned at the heart of the recently built Commons building. It sits on the inside wall of the three storey high atrium space, with views east and west to the surrounding Somerset countryside.

For the month of July 2015, Bath Spa University’s School of Humanities and Cultural Industries commissioned a new artwork by an artist of international standing to be shown on the MediaWall.  We were delighted to announce the winner of the MediaWall Competition as Seattle-based artist James Coupe!

For more details please click here.

Conference website: mix-bathspa.org | MediaWall webcam: artdesign.bathspa.ac.uk/mediawall

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