Established in 1967

Dr Kirk Woolford is a pioneer in the field of Immersive Media, creating immersive experiences and performances as a method of exploring ideas, technologies, and cultures. His work has been featured at international festivals and venues including the Venice Biennale, ARCO Madrid, Art Cologne, P.S.1. (MoMA), Shanghai eArts, Ars Electronica, ISEA, and SIGGRAPH. Kirk’s work has been broadcast in the UK (BBC & C4), Germany, Netherlands, Austria, USA, et al. Most recently, Kirk has co-developed immersive performances with the Emmy-winning composer Michael Price, a  music video with Imogen Heap, and created games and interactive elements for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

Woolford is PI on the AHRC/EPSRC Creative Economies Next Generation of Immersive Experiences vRSP: virtually (Re)Sounding Place project, and was PI on the AHRC funded Moments in Place Platform, which brought together researchers from 8 creative and technical disciplines across 4 universities.

Kirk is the Principal Research Fellow in Creative Technologies at Anglia Ruskin University. Prior to joining ARU, he held posts at the Universities of Lancaster, Sussex, and Surrey. Kirk has a hybrid background with 35 years of industry and academic experience, having co-founded and directed video games and interactive media companies in New York, London, and Amsterdam, working with clients including BBC2, Channel Four, Sky Television, Economist Magazine, and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Kirk’s research focuses on the role of the individual creative practitioner in the creative industries and in transdisciplinary research: particularly in areas of Art/Technology collaborations, Intangible Cultural Heritage, and application of creative technology for understanding the values of natural environments

Kirk Woolford


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