Professor Dew Harrison

Chair of the Professoriate

Email address: Phone number: 01902 321941 Location: MK505a/George Wallis Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: - Wolverhampton School of Art- School of Humanities- School of Media- School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: Digital & new media Fine Art practice & theory, Consciousness Studies, Duchamp, Conceptual Art, Non-linear Narrativity, liminality between virtual


I’m a practitioner and theorist in computer mediated art and so my work crosses the interests of both the Wolverhampton School of Art and the School of Media within the Faculty of Arts. As the Chair of the Faculty Professoriate I manage research activity for both staff and PhD students in all four Faculty Schools, I am also Chair of the University Professoriate. There are four research centres in the Faculty, one of which is for art & design research and for the last 6 years I have continued as the Director of CADRE – the Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation.

Research interests

As a practising artist with a PhD from CAIIA (Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts) under the direction of Professor Roy Ascott, my research continues to explore a theoretically informed computer-mediated approach to the territory between art, technology and consciousness studies in order to position a participatory concept-based art practice. This involves semantically associating ideas and concepts into non-linear multimedia form and digital outcomes have been shown both in the UK and internationally. While my early works in hypermedia articulate the creative thinking of Marcel Duchamp as the initiator of Conceptual practice, more recent pieces concern the application of human-like behaviours to virtual objects, and have expanded from exploring the ideas of Duchamp to, for example, that of the 'big idea' of Charles Darwin culminating in the 'Shift-Life' hands-on interactive installation commissioned for the Darwin bicentenary. In undertaking a critical exploration of Conceptual Art, semantic media and intuitive interfaces which bridge the virtual to the real world, I consider the dialogue between the virtual (digital) realm and the real world, as a semantic space for creative exploration. My interests are cross-disciplinary and I often work collaboratively, I also consider digital curation as a form of art practice, therefore I am regularly invited to speak at a range of subject conferences and events including New Media Theory, Consciousness Studies, Curation and Archiving, Digital Art, Art History, Interactive Gaming, and Museology.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of Royal Society of Arts.
  • AHRC panel review member, Panel B - Visual Arts.
  • Member of AHRC Peer Review College.
  • Member of CHEAD (Council for Higher Education in Art and Design).
  • Member of CHArt (Computers and the History of Art).
  • Member of CAA (College Arts Association, US).
  • Notable alumni of the Planetary Collegium (CAiiA international doctoral researchers).
  • Associate member of Leonardo/the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonard/ISAST).


  • PhD Hypermedia and Conceptual Art - Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA), University of Wales College Newport (UWCN).
  • MA History and Theory of Contemporary Art - Chelsea College of Art, London.
  • MSc Computer Science and Information Technology - University of the West of England, Bristol. 
  • FAETC Adult and Further Education Teaching - Avon Education Authority. 
  • PGCE Post-Graduate Art Teaching - Sussex University. 
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art/Illustration - Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry.


Selection from past 5 years given below:


  • (2015) HARRISON, D. Ed. Handbook of Research on Digital Media and Creative Technologies. Hershey PA, USA: IGI Global.
  • (2013) HARRISON, D. Ed. Digital Media and Technologies for Virtual Artistic Spaces. Hershey PA, USA: IGI Global. (Two authored chapters and Editorial)

Book Chapters:

  • (2015) HARRISON, D. Curating Between Worlds: how digital collaborations become curative projects. In: BAWA, A. Ed. The Artist a Curator. Bristol: Intellect Books.
  • (2015) HARRISON, D. Creative approaches to exploring the interstice between the virtual and the real. In: MURA, G. Ed. Analyzing Art, Culture, and Design in the Digital Age. IJACDT series. Hershey PA, USA: IGI Global.
  • (2010) HARRISON, D/ DOYLE, D. Kritical Art Works in SL. In: MURA, G. Ed. Meta-plasticity in Virtual Worlds: Aesthetics and Semantic Concepts. Hershey PA, USA: IGI Global. 
  • (2010) HARRISON, D. Digital Archiving as an Art Practice. In: BENTKOWSKA, A/ CASHEN, T/ SUNDERLAND, J. Eds.Digital Visual Culture: Theory and Practice. Computers and the History of Art Series. Exeter UK: Intellect Books. 

Journal Papers:

  • (2015) HARRISON, D. From the Virtual to the Material: the re-appearance of the art object, International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies. IGI Global.
  • (2013) HARRISON, D./CH’NG, E. Can Darwinian Objects Behave Well if Left Alone? International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies, IGI Global.
  • (2011) HARRISON, D. Real-ising the Virtual, Journal of Metaverse Creativity. 1: 2, pp.32-41, doi: 10. 1386/tear.5.1.32/1. Intellect.


  • (2012) Blue, White. Two of a trilogy of Digital Action Paintings, exhibited at Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland as part of the ‘4th State of Water: from Micro to Macro’ international art-sci show, 2 March – 29 April 2012.
  • (2010) Shift-Life. Exhibited at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, January 30-March 26, 2010. An interactive installation commissioned by Shrewsbury Museum Service for ‘Shift-Time – a festival of ideas’, Shrewsbury, August 2009, as part of the national celebrations for the Darwin Bicentenary. Funded by the Arts Council of England.


  • (2011) HARRISON, D. Crossing Over: Oscillations Between the Virtual and the Real In: Proceedings for Arts and Virtual Worlds Panel, Cyberworlds 2011. Banff, October. 
  • (2011) HARRISON, D. Panel convenor and Chair - Animation and the Art of Game Creation. CGAMES 2011, Louisville, USA, July.
  • (2010) HARRISON, D. Exploring Duchampian and Darwinian Ideas Through Interactive Means. In: Proceedings for EVA London 2010, London, July. 
  • (2009) HARRISON, D. Experiencing the Big Idea. In: Proceedings for DAC09, Los Angeles, December. (Published online January 2010).

Experience in industry


  • Hewlett Packard Research Laboratories, 1990-91.
  • PVA MediaLab/LabCulture Ltd. 2000-2012.
  • (Director of an Artist-led organisation set up to work across UK media centres and abroad to facilitate and develop artists engaging with digital and new media technologies.)

Further information

Everlyn Nyangiro, University of Wolverhampton: The Materiality of Food: Investigating the potential of food as material for Art practice, 2015. (Minor amendments)