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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 2006 2018

Articulating the interstitial: exploring the aesthetics of transience

Clifford, A. & Truslove, G. 20 Apr 2018 (Unpublished)

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation


Azimuth: Sound/Image Exhibition

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

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



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


Clifford, A. & Truslove, G. 7 Jul 2016

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact

Blow molding


Alt-W Production Award

Alison Clifford (Recipient), 2005

Prize: Other distinction

New Media

BAFTA Nomination

Alison Clifford (Recipient), 2 Nov 2006

Prize: National/international honour

Electroacoustic music

Lumen Prize 2012 - shortlist

Alison Clifford (Recipient), 1 Oct 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2008 2017

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

Clifford, A. (Invited speaker)
3 Mar 2017

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

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

Clifford, A. (Keynote speaker), Gillan, I. (Speaker), Flynn, R. (Speaker)
21 Jul 2017

Activity: Invited talk

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

Verdicchio, M. (Guest editor), Clifford, A. (Guest editor), André Rangel (Guest editor), Miguel Carvalhais (Guest editor)
2016 → …

Activity: Editorial activity

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

Clifford, A. (Guest editor)
1 Nov 201630 Nov 2016

Activity: Publication peer-review

Shapeshifting Texts: Online Exhibition

Clifford, A. (Contributor)
3 Nov 20165 Nov 2016

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

Press / Media

The Lumen Prize 2012 for Digital Fine Art: Shortlisted Images

Alison Clifford


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities