Dr Camille Baker lectures on our BA (Hons) Graphic Design course. She teaches the Interface and Interaction platform at Year 2 and 3 at UCA Epsom. She 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.
Dr Camille Baker is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and researcher with a background in digital and electronic art and design, working across creative disciplines of: wearable technology and the body, mobile media and performance, telematics and networked performance, interactive installation and responsive environments, digital art curating, web design, music, animation, video art, online communities, and emerging technologies research and education.
Camille has had an ongoing fascination with all things emotional, embodied, felt, sensed, the visceral, physical, relational, performative and participatory over the last 20 years. Her work always involves working with new and emerging technologies to explore expressive non-verbal modes of communication, through media art and performance, to connect people with each other, over distance better and in more embodied, emotional ways.
She and her European consortium of 6 partners were awarded a Horizon 2020 Award in January 2017 for €3.2 million for the 2016-17 call ICT-36 in the Innovation Action category for their project WEAR (Wearable technologists Engage with Artists for Responsible innovation) that Baker initiated, for which UCA receives €11,1062.50 to lead the artistic and sustainability dimension of the project.
Her on-going collaboration Hacking the Body and Hacking the Body 2.0 (HTB 2.0) with choreographer / media artist Kate Sicchio, started by examining rhetoric within the online computing community on code, hacking, networks, the quantified self, and data as a new approach to examining inner and outer states and sensations of the human body, using sensing devices within performance and now also explores the issues of personal data collection within wearable performance contexts.
Camille has taught academically for over 17 years in digital media arts and design, starting in Canada, then moving to the UK at Brunel University from 2007 until 2014, then taking the role of Course Leader, 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.
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 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 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.
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