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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