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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 2019

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
integrated system

Articulating the interstitial: exploring the aesthetics of transience

Clifford, A. & Truslove, G., 20 Apr 2018, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

3D Modeling

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

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

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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


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 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

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

Alison Clifford (Guest editor)
1 Nov 201630 Nov 2016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Azimuth: Sound/Image @ CCA

Katarzyna Kosmala (Organiser), Anthony Grace (Speaker), David Scott (Participant), Alison Clifford (Participant), Alison Bell (Speaker), Paul McGeechan (Participant), Graeme Truslove (Participant)
7 Dec 201610 Dec 2016

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

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

Press / Media

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

Third Hand Plays: "Palimpsest" by Alison Clifford

Alison Clifford


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

"The Sweet Old Etcetera", Magazine Electronique du CIAC

Alison Clifford


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Letters in Space, At Play

Alison Clifford


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment