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CVAN London is hosting a discussion with artists and academics from Creative Informatics, University of Edinburgh.

January 24th 2024: 1:30-2:30pm (GMT)

In collaboration with Dr Susan Lechelt, Lecturer in Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh, panellists from Creative Informatics have been invited to share their practice, demonstrate how data is being used creatively for the visual arts and creative industry sectors, and to inform our future direction.


  • Dr Susan Lechelt
  • Dr Inge Panneels
  • Rebecca Kaye.
  • Martin Disley.
  • Dr Jo Townshend – moderator

Creative Informatics is an ambitious research and development programme based in Edinburgh, which aims to bring the city’s world-class creative industries and tech sector together, providing funding and development opportunities that enable creative individuals and organisations to explore how data can be used to drive ground-breaking new products, businesses, services and experiences.

Since 2018 the programme has been working with creative SMEs, entrepreneurs and larger creative and cultural organisations in Edinburgh and South East Scotland, providing support for them to innovate with data and data-driven technologies. It also provides opportunities to develop skills and confidence, benefitting the sustainability of the creative sector.

Creative Informatics is a partnership across four organisations: the University of EdinburghEdinburgh Napier UniversityCodebase and Creative Edinburgh.

January 24th 2024: 1:30-2:30pm (GMT)

The meeting will take place via Zoom, sign up via EventBrite to attend.

This event will be recorded and has been produced in collaboration with Dr Susan Lechelt, Lecturer in Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh and is generously supported by Creative Informatics and Arts Council England.

This discussion is for students, artists, organisations and policy makers

Panellist Biographies

Dr. Susan Lechelt is a Lecturer in Design Informatics. Her work is in the domains of human-computer interaction and interaction design and ties together the themes of data literacy, creativity, playfulness and responsible innovation. Her research is concerned with understanding and augmenting people’s perceptions and uses of data-driven technologies.

She designs interventions, tools and prototypes to promote discussion and reflection about the role of new technologies in our lives and to empower non-experts to create with new technologies. Previously, her work has included co-designing playful technologies with performing artists, as well as developing methods to inspire creative practitioners to experiment with new data-driven methods in their practice.

Dr. Inge Panneels, artist and Lecturer in Digital Media  at Edinburgh Napier University.  Her research is focused on how data and technology is deployed, or missing, to help the creative industries embed sustainability by using the Quintuple Bottom Line (people, planet, profit, purpose and place) as a framework to consider a holistic approach to sustainability in a circular economy.  Secondly, what role can creativity play to implement a culture shift towards a circular economy which operates within social and ecological boundaries.

She was previously Research Fellow on Creative Informatics, working closely with creatives from across the creative industries to support them to embed data driven innovation into their practice and business in this AHRC supported R&D project. Prior to that she was Senior Lecturer at University of Sunderland on the Artist Designer Maker course. She completed her PhD at Northumbria University in 2020 on ‘Mapping the Anthropocene: an investigation of Cultural Ecosystems through artists’ engagement with environmental change in Scotland’, funded by the AHRC.

She is a current Trustee of Edinburgh Tool Library and chair of Creative Coathanger and was a Crafts Advocate for Creative Arts Business Network (CABN) and Specialist Advisor for Creative Scotland and Scottish Arts Council.

Martin Disley is an artist, researcher, and developer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His visual practice manifests the internal contradictions and logical limitations of machine learning applications in film and installations. He is the co-founder, alongside Murad Khan, of Unit Test, a creative research studio exploring the methods of investigative computing and counter data science practice. He is currently an AHRC and Microsoft-funded PhD candidate at the Institute for Design Informatics (University of Edinburgh). Alongside his own practice, he provides technical support for the work of other artists working with machine learning.

He has presented and exhibited work at arebyte Gallery (online/London, UK), Akademie Der Kunste (Berlin, DE), Unsound Festival (Krakow, PL), the V&A Museum (Dundee, UK), The Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow, UK), Guterhallen Gallery (Solingen, DE), and Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Ghent, BE).

Rebecca Kaye is based in Edinburgh and works under the moniker of ploterre, creating artwork from environmental data. With a background in both mathematics and design, her practice explores the curiosities found within the natural world, researching questions such as ‘what does the dawn chorus look like?’ or ‘can create tree rings from weather data?’. Using publicly available information, data is analysed to gather insights and patterns within the numbers. These insights are then brought to life using design by literally drawing with the data to create lines and marks on a page.

Her collaborations include V&A Museum (Dundee), Barn Arts (Banchory) and Trash Free Trails (UK based Environmental Organisation) and she has presented and exhibited work at Sierra Metro (Edinburgh), Barn Arts (Banchory), Duncan of Jordanstone (Dundee), Edinburgh Art College (Edinburgh) and Good Life Festival (Harwarden).

Instagram: @ploterre