Dr Denise Doyle
Reader in Digital Media
- Reader in Digital Media at the University of Wolverhampton
- Adjunct Professor of Virtual Worlds and Digital Practice at Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto
- Principle Editor of the Journal of Virtual Creativity (formally Metaverse Creativity), Intellect, UK
- Investigating Successful STARTS Methodolgoies, 2019-21 (Project Lead)
With a background in Fine Art Painting and Digital Media, Denise has contributed research in the fields of art and technology, phenomenology, performance, video games, art and consciousness, virtual worlds, and digital arts practice through numerous book chapters and articles and recently edited the artist led book New Opportunities for Artistic Practice in Virtual Worlds (2015). She sits on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Performance Art and Digital Media (Routledge) and the Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, (Intellect).
Her research interests include: art-science dialogues, STARTS methodologies, VR/AR/MR, phenomenology of digital space, interactive film, philosophies of the imagination, immersive technologies, practice-based research methods, and digital narratives.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
- PhD Digital Media (Art and Technology), SMARTlab Digital Media Institute, University of East London, 2010
- MA Design and Digital Media, Coventry University, 2000
- PG Diploma History Art and Design, University of Central England, 1993
- PGCE - Art and Design Education, University of Central England, 1992
- BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, Winchester School of Art, 1989
- Doyle, D. (Ed) (2015) New Opportunities for Artistic Practice in Virtual Worlds, IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania, ISBN: 9781466683846, DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8384-6.
Doyle, D. (2018) Imagination and the Phenomenology of Virtual Practice, in Khosrow-Pour, M. (Ed) Enhancing Art, Culture, and Design with Technological Integration, IGI Global, Hershey. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5023-5.ch007
Doyle, D. (2017) Avatar Lives: Narratives of Gender, Embodiment, and Identity, in Gackenbach, J. (Ed) Boundaries of Self and Reality: Implications of Digitally Constructed Realities, Elsevier Publishers, San Diego.
- Doyle, D. (2016) Astronauts and Avatars: Travels through the Physical, the Virtual and the Imagined, in Lean, G., Staiff, R., & Waterton, E. (Eds) Travel and Representation, Berghahn Books, New York & Oxford. (accepted for publication)
- Doyle, D. (2016) Avatar Lives: Narratives of Gender, Embodiment, and Identity, in Gackenbach, J. (Ed) Boundaries of Self and Reality: Implications of Digitally Constructed Realities, Elsevier Publishers, San Diego. (accepted for publication)
- Doyle, D. (2015) Exploring Liminal Practices in Art, Technology and Science, in Harrison, D. (Ed) Handbook of Research on Digital Media and Creative Technologies, IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
- Doyle, D. (2013) Meta-Dreaming: Entangling the Virtual and the Physical in Power, D. & Teigland, R. (Eds) The Immersive Internet, Palgrave-Macmillan, London & New York, pp.37-48, ISBN 9781137283016.
- Doyle, D. (2012) Living between Worlds: Imagination, Liminality and Avatar-Mediated Presence in Harrison, D. (Ed) Digital Media Technologies for Virtual Artistic Spaces, IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania, pp.59-74. ISBN 9781466629615.
- Doyle, D. (2012) Transitional Spaces: Consciousness, Imagination, and the Avatar-Mediated Experience in Gackenbach, J. (Ed) Video Game Play and Consciousness, Nova Science Publishers, pp247-262, ISBN 978-1-62081-133-9.
- Doyle, D. (2011) The Body of the Avatar: Constructing Human Presence in Virtual Worlds in Ensslin, A. (Ed) Creating Second Lives: Community, Identity and Spatiality as Constructions of the Virtual, Routledge, Oxford & New York, pp.99-112, ISBN 9780415884204.
- Harrison, D. & Doyle, D. (2010) Kritical Art Works in Second Life (50%) in Mura, G. (Ed) Meta-plasticity in Virtual Worlds: Aesthetics and Semantics Concepts, IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania, pp.198-216, ISBN 978-1-60960-077-8.
Doyle (2017) Astronauts and Avatars Symposium Report, Journal of Virtual Creativity, 7:1 Special Themed Issue Revisiting Astronauts and Avatars, pp., Intellect, ISSN: 20403550, DOI: 10.1386/vcr7.173_7.
Doyle, D. (2016) Travel, Space, and Transformation, Metaverse Creativity, 6:1&6.2, pp. 25-36, Intellect, ISSN: 20403550, DOI: 10.1386/mvcr.6.1-2.25_1.
Doyle, D. (2015) Out of this World: Exploring Embodiment and Space through Artistic Processes and Practice, International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 10.1, pp. 1-18, Routledge ISSN: 1479-4713, DOI: 10.1080/14794713.2014.998097.
Doyle, D. (2015) Art and the Emergent Imagination in Avatar-Mediated Online Space, Leonardo, MIT Press, Vol. 48.3, pp.244-250, ISSN: 0024-094X DOI: 10.1162/LEON_a_00708.
- Doyle, D. (2014) Emergent Imagination: A Developing Framework for the Analysis of Artworks in Virtual Worlds, Metaverse Creativity, 4:1, pp.15-33, Intellect, ISSN: 20403550, DOI: 10.1386/mvcr.4.1.15_1.
- Doyle, D. (2014) Phenomenologies of Practice: The Artist in Virtual Worlds, International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies, 4(1), pp.1-12, IGI Global ISSN: 2155-4196, DOI: 10.4018/ijacdt.2014010101.
- Doyle, D. (2012) Hybrid Worlds, Hybrid Practices, and the Enchantment of Place, Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis, Special Issue: The Garden of Digital Delights: Rethinking Crossmedia Practices in Contemporary Art and Culture. Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts Press, Lithuania, 67 (2), pp.19-29. ISSN: 1392-0316.
- MacCallum-Stewart, E. & Doyle, D. (2010) (50%) (Guest Editors) Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, 2:2. Special Issue: The Imagination and Imaginary in Games and Virtual Worlds. Intellect Publications, pp.101-204, ISSN 1757191X.
- Doyle, D. (2010) Immersed in Learning: Supporting and Developing Creative Practice in Virtual Worlds. Learning, Media and Technology. Special Issue: Learning in Virtual Worlds. Routledge, Vol. 35(2), pp.99-110. ISSN 1743-9884.
- Doyle, D. (2009) The Body of the Avatar: Rethinking the Mind Body Relationship in Virtual Worlds. Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, 1:2, pp131-141. Intellect Publications, ISSN: 1757191X, DOI: 10.1386/jgvw.1.2.131/1.
- Doyle, D. (2008) Art and the Avatar: The Kritical Works in SL Project. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 4: 2&3, pp 137-153 ISSN: 1479-4713 Intellect Publications, DOI: 10.1386/padm.4.2&3.137/1.
- Doyle, D. and Kim, T. (2007) (50%) Embodied Narrative: The Virtual Nomad and the Meta Dreamer. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 3: 2&3, pp.209-222. ISSN 1479-4713 Intellect Publications.
- Doyle, D. (2017) Immersive Storytelling in Mixed Reality Environments, VSMM 2017 Conference Proceedings, Through the Looking Glass: Back to the Future of Virtual Reality, University College Dublin, Ireland, 1-2 Nov 2017.
- Doyle, D. (2014) New Opportunities for Artistic Practice in Virtual Worlds, Cyberworlds 2014 Conference Proceedings, University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain, 6-8 Oct 2014, pp.321-326, DOI: 10.1109/CW.2014.51.
- Doyle, D. & Baoth-Mooney, T. (2012) (50%) Digital Voices as Cultural Encounter: Intangible Folk Art Practices of West Bengal, NODEM 2012 Hong Kong, Future Culture: [In]tangible Heritage/Design/Cross Media, Hong Kong: City University, 3-5 December 2012.
- Doyle, D. (2012) Transitional Spaces: Consciousness, Imagination, and the Avatar-Mediated Experience, Towards a Science of Consciousness 2012, 9-14 April, Tucson, Arizona.
- Doyle, D. (2011) Phenomenologies of Practice: The Artist in Virtual Worlds, Creativity and Cognition Conference Proceedings, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 3-6 Nov 2011. (published paper only)
- Doyle, D. (2011) Emergent Imagination: Developing a framework for the analysis of artworks in virtual worlds, Cyberworlds 2011 Conference Proceedings, Banff, Alberta, Canada, 4-6 Oct 2011.
- Doyle, D. (2011) The History of Spaces (and Technologies) of the Imagination, ReWire 2011, Fourth International Conference on the Histories of Media, Art, Science and Technology, Proceedings, Liverpool, 28-30 Sept 2011.
- Doyle, D. (2011) Art and the Emergent Imagination in Avatar-Mediated Online Space, ISEA 2011 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art Conference Proceedings, Istanbul, Sabanci University, 14-21 Sept 2011.
- Doyle, D. (2009) Embodied Presence: The Imaginary in Virtual Worlds, Conference Proceedings, Digital Arts and Culture DAC09 Conference Proceedings, University of California Irvine, 12-15 Dec 2009.
- Doyle, D. (2009) The Post-human Imaginary and the Body of the Avatar, Conference Proceedings, ISEA 2009 15th International Symposium on Electronic Art Conference Proceedings, Belfast, University of Ulster, 23 Aug-1 Sept 2009.
- Doyle, D. (2009) Virtual Worlds and New Realms of Creativity: The Kritical Works in SL Project, Mardi Gras Conference Proceedings, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 19-21 Feb 2009.
- Doyle, D. (2008) Virtual Worlds and Creative Practice: The Immersed in Learning Project, ReLIVE 08, 20-21 Nov 2008. Open University Conference Proceedings, ISBN: 97818487310U4.
- Doyle, D. (2008) Conditions for the Imaginary in Virtual Worlds, ISEA 2008 14th International Symposium on Electronic Art, 25 July–3 Aug 2008, Singapore, Conference Proceedings, p148-9, ISBN: 978-981-08-0768-9.
- Doyle, D. (2008) The Body of the Avatar, Creating Second Lives Conference, Bangor University, Oct 2008.
- 2015 Astronauts and Avatars: Exploring Consciousness through the Art and Science of Embodiment Symposium, Role: Convener, (speakers: Prof. Susan Kozel, Dr Louise K. Wilson, Prof. Thais Russomano, Dr Pia Tikka), Towards a Science of Consciousness, 9-13 June, 2015, University of Helsinki, Finland.
- 2009 Dialogic Exchanges for Virtual Curation Panel, Role: Co-Organiser (with Prof. Dew Harrison) and Panel Presenter, Curating Kritical Works I and II, ISEA2009 15th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Belfast, University of Ulster, 23 Aug-1 Sept 2009.
Other Outputs: Exhibitions and Collaborative Projects
- 2015/ongoing – Avatar Lives, with Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto, Canada, and Polytechnic Institute de Viseu, Portugal.
- 2011, Folknest Project, Collaborative Artist Residency, EthnoMagic Going Global, West Bengal, India. The residency (artists, musicians, dancers) and workshop involved working with three distinct Folk Art practices, Baul and Fakirs, Jhumur, and the Chau dancers; Project Film Short.
- Meta-Dreamer Art Project, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 7th August-6th September 2009; Digital Object and Virtual Exhibition.
- Kritical Works in SL II Juried Exhibition, ISEA 2009 15th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Belfast, University of Ulster, 7th August-6th September 2009. Exhibition Catalogue ISBN: 978-0-9560204-2-0; Group Virtual Exhibition.
- Kritical Works in SL, ISEA2008 14th International Symposium on Electronic Art, 25 July–3 Aug 2008, Singapore. Exhibition Catalogue ISBN: 978-1-4092-1331-4; Group Virtual Exhibition.
Denise has successfully supervised the following research student to completion: Garfield Benjamin, The Cyborg Subject: Parallax Realities, Functions of Consciousness and the Void of Subjectivity, PhD, 2014, (no amendments). Following his PhD success Garfield is currently working as a Research Officer at the University of Birmingham, and has recently published his thesis as a monograph, The Cyborg Subject: Reality, Consciousness, Parallax (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Denise has also acted as external supervisor to Taey Iohe, SMARTlab, University College Dublin, The House of Translating Space: an Aesthetics of Migration, PhD, 2014.
Denise is currently supervising the following PhD students:
Greg Marshall, University of Wolverhampton, Live Performance in a Digital Context, PhD, Director of Studies;
Frederique Santune, University of Wolverhampton, Disrupted words and images in space: new contextualization for digital poetry, new paradigm for human interactions? PhD, Director of Studies;
Sally Pearce, University of Wolverhampton, Women’s animated autobiography as counter culture and counter history, PhD, Director of Studies;
Konstantinos Kerasovitis, University of Wolverhampton, Contextualising Necrolabour: Post-work and the totality of self, PhD, Supervisor;
Max Berghege, University of Wolverhampton, UK, The Virtual and its Place in the World, Supervisor;
Zara Burton, University of Wolverhampton, UK, Critical Making and Engineering – Place Based Media Art since 1945, PhD, Director of Studies.
She is available for postgraduate research supervision in the following areas: art-science dialogues, phenomenology and the digital, immersive technologies, digital narrative, art and outer space.
Blanka Domagalska, Plymouth University, UK: The Liminal Event and its Symbols: On the Intersection of Human and Technological, 2020, PhD (External);
Elysa Kelly, University College Dublin, Exploring the Impact of Adventure-Based Learning, Combined with 3D Printing, and 3D Modelling, on Self-Guided Learning of STEM Subjects, PhD, 2019 (External);
Juan Hiriart, University of Salford, UK: Gaming the Past: designing and using digital games as historical learning contexts, 2019, PhD (External);
Isamar Carillo Masso, Bangor University, Wales: This is for the Record: A case for video recording as a unified method of data collection for the study of PC games, PhD, 2019 (External);
Moya Baldry, Queensland University of Technology, Australia: Complex Narratives: Extrapolating the role of the author through the design of a virtual reality experience, PhD, 2018 (External);
- Peter Wardle, University of Salford, Manchester, UK: The perception of selfhood in artistic practice in virtual worlds, PhD, 2016 (External);
- Lorna Moore, University of Wolverhampton, UK: The Impact of the phenomenology of the digital ‘other’ on lived experience, PhD, 2013 (Internal);
- Maeva Pillay Veerapen, Monash University, Australia: Leading a symembodied life: a phenomenological investigation of Second Life, PhD, 2012 (External).