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Dr Anna Troisi

Course Leader - BSc Creative Computing
University of the Arts London
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Anna  Troisi


I'm a digital artist, programmer, performer, experimental electronic musician, composer, builder of instruments, and data fetishist. I have a background in computer science, music, computer music, neuroscience, and a PhD in nanotechnology.
I’m a member of the UAL Research Ethics and Knowledge Exchange Committee and the CCI Research Committee.
Previously at Bournemouth University, I was head of the interdisciplinary cross-faculty research centre EMERGE (Experimental Media Research Centre), Research Degree Committee and the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Ethics Panel, Global Engagement Lead, Practice-Based Research champion. In 2019 I was awarded the “Faculty Hero Award” for promoting Knowledge Exchange, creativity and interdisciplinarity within the research centre. At Greenwich University Anna was leading the REF (Research Excellence Framework) submission for Arts and Design before joining UAL.

For a decade, I have combined fine art, music, and electronics by creating my own musical instruments (Sounding Sculptures) for use in performances. This has given rise to a number of interdisciplinary collaborations and broadened my interests. My current research draws on my scientific training in computing to combine empirical datasets with artistic representation, within a framework I’ve called “sensing data”.

Beneath the umbrella of “sensing data” all my projects seek to connect the multiple sensory registers in which we can think about ecology. In my work, I seek to create a visual/auditory and sensory register of how the ecology of human interactions is evolving, in order to provide cultural evidence of the technology adapted to empower and augment real human interactions, as well as the interaction with the natural or post-industrial environment. I’m interested also in how data could help communities to shape policy development and environmental decision-making.

This involves:
- Ecology of human interactions (tactile/mental/language oriented/sensorial interaction between humans): This research strand is intended to address how gender inequalities and gendered social differences are constructed. The major aim is to use the creative digital arts through the sensing data framework to challenge stereotypes and provide positive alternatives, leading to increased well-being and quality of life.
- Human interaction with the environment, the local and the landscape: I am interested in co-inquiry and the creative analysis of data as an aid to understanding how communities can shape policy development and environmental decision-making.

I'm also interested in research in Education/pedagogy:
I embraced a non-hierarchical approach based on equality, respect, and inclusivity for a social change. I embedded in my course a pacifist communication framework called non-violent communication (NVC). This was elaborated in the ‘70 by Marshal Rosenberg and applied for 40 years helping communities, disadvantaged groups and individuals to focus on partnership, caring and empathy, but not applied to education and pedagogy in Higher Education yet. My approach to social justice within my teaching is based on forging a compassionate educational environment where all people involved belong and can contribute. My work is based on the idea that inclusion without a plurality of voices is not effective and innovative.

Grants and awards

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  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Rising from the Depths: Coastal Aural Archive of Spaces and Time, £5,108.88, (2019-2020)

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