Dr Camille Baker

Reader in Digital Communication Design, UCA Epsom

Academic, School of Communication Design

Dr Camille Baker lectures on our BA (Hons) Digital Communication Design courses at UCA Epsom and is an artist-performer, researcher and curator within various art forms. These include participatory performance and interactive art, mobile media art, tech fashion/soft circuits and DIY electronics.

Camille is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and researcher with a background in digital and electronic art and design, working across creative disciplines of: video art, performance, web design, music, animation, online communities, wearable technology and the body, interactive installation and responsive environments, telematics and networked performance, digital art curating, and emerging technologies research and education.

Camille started her academic life at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada in 1985, studying both Sociology and Anthropology as her Major and Contemporary Dance as a Minor.

Her early career had her working in social services by day and video and music by night. In the 1990s, Dr Baker was a freelance graphic designer, video producer and then self-taught web designer.

In 2000, Camille signed up a one-year intensive multimedia technology training at British Columbia’s Institute for Technology and started her own online web community/magazine, which was nominated for a Webby Award in 2002.

Starting her Masters at the British Columbia University for Technology in 2001, which was dismantled by the BC government in 2002 for political reasons, Dr Baker’s course was taken over Simon Fraser University and she graduated with a Masters in Applied Science from School of Interactive Arts and Technology, which recently hosted the International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA 2015).

During her Masters Baker started her interest in wearable technology and performance through working with and for internationally recognised dance tech artists Dr Susan Kozel and Professor Thecla Schiphorst for the whispers project.

In 2002, Camille became the lead Curator and Producer curator of the New Forms Festival in Vancouver for three years between 2002-2004, and was also a singer, bass-player and songwriter for various indie rock and electronic music groups for over 10 years spanning the mid-1990s to 2007.

Camille completed a practice-based PhD in 2011 at the SMARTlab Digital Media Institute (now at UCD Ireland), with a practice-based research project called MINDtouch, that was an online social/collaborative ‘VJ’ system, as part of an investigation on liveness and presence within mobile performance media contexts using physiological sensors embedded into performance garments.

Camille has taught academically since for 15 years in digital media arts and design, starting in Canada and then in the UK at Brunel University until 2014, and moving to the role of Course Leader and now Reader at the University for the Creative Arts, Epsom, where she still also teaches and is responsible for research development in the School of Communication Design.

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Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

External examination:

  • External Validator for Open University, UK for revalidation of Hull School of Art and Design, Game Art and Design course and Graphic Design course
  • External Validator Plymouth School of Art and Design, FD/BA Design for Games, FD/BA Graphic Design, and FD/BA Illustration and Print.
  • Review board for Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA London) conference 2014, 2015
  • Peer reviewer for MIT’s Leonardo Journal 
  • New member of the Editorial Board for The Body, Space Technology Journal
  • Professional recognition (such as Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy)
  • Subject organisations (such as the Society of Art Historians)
  • Editorial/Review (journal reviewing, Research Council peer reviewing)

Awards, Grants and Commisions:

  • January 2017: Awarded €111062.50 for Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-17 ICT-36 Innovation Action
    WEAR (Wearable technologists Engage with Artists for Responsible innovation)
  • October 2015: Arts Council England Creation and Performance staging of Hacking the Body 2.0 at Access Space, Sheffield and White Building/SPACE Studios, London in February 2016.
  • April and Oct 2015: University for the Creative Arts Internal Funding for project Hacking the Body & HTB 2.0, for collaborative work with choreographer Kate Sicchio, combining wearable technologies with performance with a focus on live coded choreography, wearable tech, the ethics of data collection and its impact on identity and movement.
  • June 2013-May 2014: FET-ART: ICT&ART Connect: EU consortia grant - Future Emerging Technologies (FET) Support Action FP7 Co-Creation call. FUNDED (€550,000) - start date: June 1, 2013-May 31st, 2014.
  • Oct 2013-Sept 2015: CreAM: EU consortia grant - for the EU FP7 Strategic Objective ICT-2013.8.1 call FUNDED (€7,000,000) - start date: October 1, 2013-September 2015.
  • 2013: Canada Council Travel Grant to ISEA 2013, The International Symposia of Electronic Arts, Sydney, Australia; TekStar Technology Arts Festival, Byron Bay, Australia; and ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference, Sydney, Australia ($2,500).
  • 2007: BBC R&D Surrey, UK PhD Sponsorship to conduct my PhD studies at the SMARTlab Digital Media Institute, University of East London.
  • 2006-2011: £20,000 yearly - three years.
  • 2004: Canada Council Travel Grant - to Qi and Complexity Conference in Beijing, China Nov 2004 ($2,500).
  • 2002: SXSW 2002 Interactive Award Finalist - Tales of Slacker Bonding - online magazine: www.slackerbonding.com - Creator/Editor-in-chief (no monetary prize).
  • 2002: TechBC Award for Academic Excellence, based upon the academic year 2001-2002 ($5,000).
  • 2002: TechBC Award for University Service Scholarship, based upon the academic year 2001- 2002 ($5,000).
  • 2001: Minerva Foundation Award for Women in Graduate Studies for the 2001-2002 school year ($2,000).
  • Dr Baker has presented, exhibited and performed in the UK and internationally for over 15 years, most recently at: ‘Interlaced 2015’, London, ‘EVA Conference 2015’, London; ‘TEDxBrighton 2014’, ‘Digital Research in Humanities and the Arts Conference 2014’ London; ‘MIDAS Symposium and Performance’, Brunel University 2014, ‘EVA Conference 2014’, London, July 9th, ‘The Future of Art and Computing: A Post-Turing Centennial Perspective Symposium–AISB Conference’, Goldsmiths College, April 6–8, 2014; ‘ICT 2013’, Vilnius, Lithuania, November 6-8, 2013; ‘EVA Conference 2013’, London; ‘ACM Creativity and Cognition’, June 17–21, 2013, Sydney, Australia; TekStar Art and Technology Festival, June 14­–16, 2013, Byron Bay, Australia; ‘(ISEA) International Symposium of Electronic Art 2013’, June 8th–16th, 2013, Sydney, Australia.

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