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Peter Mackenzie

Creative Computing & Robotics Technical Coordinator
UAL Creative Computing Institute
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Peter  Mackenzie


Peter is an all-round technician with an extremely eclectic background. He has experience working within all areas of the creative industries and within higher education. Starting out as a musician, Peter worked firstly as a performer, releasing records on Rough Trade, Static caravan & Monocle 78 records. During this time he became qualified in sound engineering & sound design and began working as a sound tech for live events and shows. This soon this developed into doing technical installations and support for all sorts of differing practices including Art, Dance, Theatre and music. At this time he Worked in creative roles, self employed, for places including Barbican, Freeze Art, ICA, Glastonbury & Nike. He also worked directly with musicians and artists supporting their technical needs and developed projects with a number of Artists for shows including the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Arts & many others.

Throughout all this Peter always had a deep rooted love for tinkering with new technologies. A life long gamer, Peter has always been someone who loved computers. He decided to return to Higher education to add coding to his skill set, achieving a 1st class degree at Goldsmiths University in Creative Computing. During this time Peter started to work as technical support for the EAVI (Embodied Audio Visual Interaction) research group, and began working with all forms of technologies relating to the human body’s immersion in Computing, gaining extensive experience in Virtual reality, Augmented reality, Motion capture & computer vision. It was through this role Peter developed to become the general technician, supporting all students and staff in the Dept of Computing. In this role Peter found a great deal of enjoyment in being in the educational area and supporting others in their creative learning and projects.

Peter now has 10 years experience in all aspects of creative coding and in the development of educational spaces, workshops and events. During his time at Goldsmiths Peter built & managed, the very first digital Fabrication facility, Hackspace, Virtual reality lab, Motion capture studio & User Experience lab. Bringing to the University its first real set of purpose built creative computing workshops & spaces. Peter also developed and managed the all the computing shows and event output. Starting out with 10 students in a student bar, he developed the entire annual offering of degree shows in Computational arts, Music computing, Digital arts, Games & the annual Computer Science Expo. At the end of his time these had developed into full gallery events with students building full scale installation works and numbers in excess of 80 per show.

Peter has now joined the CCI with the role of specialist Creative Code Technician, and hopes to be involved in the exciting development and expansion of the CCI in the future, both in terms of educational spaces, events and learning experiences, but also in technically supporting and developing student & staff projects & experiences.