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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Alison is interested in supervising PhD students on the following topics: audiovisual art, digital aesthetics, digital creativity, interactive art, remediation, electronic literature, digital poetry, media art.


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Personal profile

Area of academic expertise - outline

Alison Clifford is an artist and researcher investigating the intersection between art and technology.  Her artworks are concerned with defining notions of the interstitial through processes of translation and interpretation between media, considering the new creative possibilities that result from what is lost or gained through such interpretation. Research outputs include net-art, experimental film, interactive works and audiovisual installations. She has exhibited widely in various international new-media and electronic art festivals and exhibitions, and has received several awards and commissions. These include a BAFTA nomination for interactive media, a commission from SFMOMA, and recent inclusion in the second edition of the Electronic Literature Collection (USA).
Alison has a PhD from Glasgow School of Art, (title: ‘Articulating the Interstitial: Interpretive Responses in Digital Art Practice’); a Master in Digital Art from the Audiovisual Institute, University of Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), and an MA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh.

Current research activities

Her current practice-based research continues her interdisciplinary collaboration with composer and sound artist Graeme Truslove. Through collaboration, they investigate how natural systems can be used to propagate relationships between audio and visual elements in immersive audiovisual art practice.

Desired research direction

To continue investigating how natural systems can inform audiovisual aesthetics as experienced through immersive audiovisual artworks. As a result of this, she is particularly keen to collaborate with researchers from the natural sciences.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Visual/audiovisual installations and interactive artworks for museums, art galleries and public spaces.


  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • digital art
  • audiovisual art
  • remediation
  • media art
  • electronic literature
  • visual music
  • TR Photography
  • digital aesthetics
  • electronic literature

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Research Output

Understanding the Learner Journey in the Creative Arts: Describing and Understanding the Learner Journey with the Cultural Ecology of Scotland

Vicky Gunn, Jamie Mackay, Anthony Schrag, Shaleph O'Neill, Stuart Bennett, Pauline Miller Judd, Clifford, A. & Alasdair Campbell, 29 Apr 2019, Glasgow: The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. 13 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
  • Articulating the interstitial: exploring the aesthetics of transience

    Clifford, A. & Truslove, G., 20 Apr 2018, (Unpublished).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

  • Azimuth: sound/image

    Kosmala, K., Kushiyama, K., Bell, A., Clifford, A., Truslove, G., Flynn, R., Grace, A., Holmes, P., McGeechan, P., McMeekin, R., Scott, D., Sherlock, S., Baba, T., Kanai, T., Kikukawa, Y., Suzuki, T., Yoshiike, T., Suda, H., Adams, V. & Jamieson, G., Apr 2016

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

    Open Access
  • 211 Downloads (Pure)

    Azimuth: Sound/Image: Scottish version

    Kosmala, K., Clifford, A., Truslove, G., Bell, A., Grace, A., McGeechan, P., Scott, D., Jamieson, G., Holmes, P., Baba, T., McMeekin, R., Sherlock, S., Haimes, P., Kushiyama, K., Kanai, T., Kikukawa, Y., Kotegawa, T., Suda, H., Suzuki, T., Yoshiike, T. & 1 others, Kushiyama, K., 7 Dec 2016

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • 89 Downloads (Pure)


    Clifford, A., Rangel, A., Verdicchio, M. & Carvalhais, M., 6 Nov 2016, In : CITAR: Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts. 8, 1, p. 1-2 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access
    81 Downloads (Pure)


    Alt-W Production Award

    Clifford, Alison (Recipient), 2005

    Prize: Other distinction

  • BAFTA Nomination

    Clifford, Alison (Recipient), 2 Nov 2006

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Lumen Prize 2012 - shortlist

    Clifford, Alison (Recipient), 1 Oct 2012

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    The Artist as Doctor: Perspectives on Creative Practice-Based Research

    Alison Clifford (Keynote speaker), Ian Gillan (Speaker) & Rachael Flynn (Speaker)

    21 Jul 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    The 8th Fine Art? VJ'ing and Lumia Today

    Alison Clifford (Invited speaker)

    3 Mar 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Shapeshifting Texts: Online Exhibition

    Alison Clifford (Contributor)

    3 Nov 20165 Nov 2016

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

    CITAR: Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts (Journal)

    Mario Verdicchio (Guest editor), Alison Clifford (Guest editor), André Rangel (Guest editor) & Miguel Carvalhais (Guest editor)

    2016 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Paraules Pixelades (Pixelated Words) Exhibition

    Alison Clifford (Contributor)

    28 Jan 20164 Oct 2016

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

    Press / Media

    Pixelated Words: Literature in the Digital Age, ICUB Institut de Cultura, Barcelona

    Alison Clifford


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    xCoAx 2015 report

    Alison Clifford


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    The Lumen Prize 2012 for Digital Fine Art: Shortlisted Images

    Alison Clifford


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Writing Machines: Literature, Performance and Media in the Digital Age'

    Alison Clifford


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Third Hand Plays: "Palimpsest" by Alison Clifford

    Alison Clifford


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment