Sam Kinsley is a Research Fellow in the University of the West of England’s Digital Cultures Research Centre, situated in the studio. With an interdisciplinary background, spanning digital art, human geography and social theory, and industry experience as a web designer
Sam has been involved in designing, creating and studying technologies as cultural forms. He studied and worked at the Institute of Digital Art and Technology, part of the University of Plymouth in the early 2000s, followed by a spell of web development, principally with Nameless Media Group before being tempted back into academia.
In 2006 he completed the internationally recognised Masters course in ‘Society and Space’ (Human Geography) at the University of Bristol. Between 2006 and 2010, Sam pursued PhD research concerning the ways in which futures are anticipated, imagined and produced within the research and development of ubiquitous computing. He is currently submitting key findings from this research for publication in international journals. Sam’s current research is principally concerned with exploring and problematising the cultures, spacings and temporality of technology. This broadly pursues three themes: futurity in the development practices of ubiquitous
computing; digital scholarship and the production of knowledge capital through participatory media; the tensions between discursive claims about and performative practices of users of pervasive media.