Scott Palmer is a lecturer in Scenography in the School of Performance & Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds. His research interests focus on lighting design and the interaction between technology and performance. Recent projects include the AHRC-funded Projecting Performance: investigating the relationship between performer, operator and digital ‘sprite’, undertaken in collaboration with Sita Popat and KMA Creative Technology Ltd. An early aspect of this research appears in 'A Place to Play' in Intellect's The Potentials of Spaces and is also documented in detail in ‘Creating Common Ground: Dialogues Between Performance and Digital Technologies’ (with Sita Popat) in Intellect's International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media vol 1.
Performance outcomes from this work include the interactive kinetic light installation, Dancing in the Streets, (York 2005,) and experimental productions; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2007) and The Shakespeare Project (2008) also with Popat and KMA. This work has contributed to the scenography for DV8 Physical Theatre’s 2008-09 international production To Be Straight With You.
Scott has also been part of the AHRC/EPSRC funded Emergent Objects - designing the technological interface through performance research. This project forms part of the Designing for the 21st Century initiative and draws on performance knowledge to explore and articulate the emergent nature of the interface between technological object and human that is fundamental to the development of new design thinking and practices.
Scott has published widely, is the author of the Hodder and Stoughton Essential Guide to Stage Management, Lighting and Sound, has edited the Association of Lighting Designer’s Focus journal and his most recent publication Light - A Reader in Theatre Practice is currently at press with Palgrave Macmillan.Keywords: creativity, dance, performance, robotics, interactive media, installation
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