Mike Press highlighted the research work of Autonomatic in his presentation at the NeoCraft international conference in Canada. His  presentation sets out a convincing argument for the role of ‘connected craft’ in developing 21st century culture.

The presentation entitled; ‘Handmade futures: The emerging role of craft knowledge in our digital culture’ can be viewed as a podcast at:






Autonomatic visit SCIRIA

February 24, 2009

The Autonomatic team presented their work at a SCIRIA (Sensory Computer Interface Research & Innovation in the Arts) organised research symposium at Camberwell College of Arts on the 29th January. Other presenters included, Steve Brown, from the Royal College of Art, discussing his PhD work entitled; ‘The Physicality of Print and the Role of Interpretative Mediation Within Applied Art Screen printing Practice’, and Andrew Folan, a Lecturer at National College of Art & Design, Dublin  who discussed his research using CAT scanning to create virtual forms.


The aim of the symposium was to introduce our work to this research group and other invited guests, discuss shared interests and begin to develop possible collaborative projects. Our presentation was well received with some lively debate focused on Justin’s Automake project and his challenge to the existing roles and relationships between designers and consumers.  SCIRIA will be paying a return visit to Autonomatic in April in which we hope to co-develop some specific research projects.


SCIRIA is an interdisciplinary collaborative group of arts and science researchers.

Research at the Unit is under the core themes of technologically facilitated fine art practice, cultural heritage visualisation and computer interaction innovation. The SCIRIA group includes:

Dr. Barbara Rauch, Acting Director
Dr. John P. Harrison, Associate Director
Dr. John Tchalenko, Research Fellow
James Faure Walker, Research Fellow

Mark Hill, Research Assistant


Visit their website for more information about current research projects: http://www.sciria.org.uk/