Simon Biggs
Since the beginning
Works in Edinburgh United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Born in 1957 Adelaide, Australia, Simon Biggs has been working as an artist since 1976.

He began using computers to make images in 1978, developing graphics-dedicated computer system in 1979, and began to produce computer animations in 1980.

Simon Biggs works with computer-based interactive installation, animation, CD-ROMs, the World Wide Web and related media.

He has lived and worked in the UK, since 1986 and is currently Professor of Art at the Edinburgh College of Art
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eca PhD studentship

Fri May 14, 2010 00:00

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

edinburgh college of art

PhD Studentship.

GBP £13,290 per annum maintenance will be provided, and course fees will be paid for three years.

Research proposals are invited from applicants who wish to undertake a practice-based PhD researching networked, distributed and collaborative authorship in electronic arts and literature practices and the subsequent implications for how creative communities form and creative practice emerges. The PhD research project will explore questions through employing theoretical and practical methods within the context of a larger European wide research project.

Developing a Network-Based Creative Community: Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice is a 1 million Euro, three year research project funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area Joint Research Programme. The project involves an academic consortium, including Edinburgh College of Art, University of Bergen (Norway), Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden), University of Amsterdam (Nederlands), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), University of Jyväskylä (Finland) and University College Falmouth (England). Focusing on a particular creative community, of electronic literature practitioners, the project inquires into how creative communities of practitioners form within transnational and transcultural contexts, within a globalised and distributed communications environment, seeking to gain insight into and understanding of the social effects and manifestations of creativity. Creative communities can be regarded as microcosms of larger communities. Within networked culture creative communities tend to be international and yet reflective of cultural specificity, acting as a lens through which social change can be observed. Such communities exist as local and global phenomena, in ‘creative cities’ and ‘global networks’, and appear to draw value from this conjunction of opposites. Whilst creativity is often perceived as the product of the individual artist, or creative ensemble, it can also be considered an emergent phenomenon of communities, driving change and facilitating individual or ensemble creativity. Creativity can be a performative activity released when engaged through and by a community and can thus be considered an activity of exchange that enables (creates) people and communities. Understanding creativity as emergent from and innate to the interactions of people facilitates a non-instrumentalist analysis.

The successful candidate will work with Principal Investigator Professor Simon Biggs, Co-Investigator Dr. Penny Travlou and Dr. Scott Rettberg (University of Bergen, Project Leader), producing a body of their own creative work, a thesis, assisting with ethnographic fieldwork, associated research, publications, the project conference and exhibition. They will liaise with project partners, particularly the University of Bergen and Blekinge Institute of Technology (Maria Engberg and Talan Memmott), on the design and development of the project website and DVD anthology of artists' networked practice, as well as University College Falmouth (Jerome Fletcher) and New Media Scotland, preparing a programme of performance based electronic literature as part of the final exhibition and conference.

Candidates should possess either a Masters or a 1st or 2:1 degree in a relevant digital and creative arts, design or computing discipline, or have equivalent experience and skills, and be a practising artist or author in the field of electronic arts and literature. Skills in digital media design will be advantageous. The studentship will begin in September 2010 for a period of three years. For UK and EU students, the remuneration will be at the Arts and Humanities Research Council studentship rate and all fees will be paid. For non-EU students the remuneration will cover approximately 1/3 of the annual student fees. Students on programmes at eca graduate with an award from the University of Edinburgh.

Further details on the project can be found at:

Informal enquiries should be addressed to: Professor Simon Biggs. +44 (0)131 221 6084

To apply please send a proposal and an application form to the Academic Registry, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF UK. Tel: +44(0)131 221 6291. Guidelines and forms are available at:

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday May 14, 2010. Shortlisted applicants will be informed via email by May 20 and interviews will be held on Friday May 28, 2010.

For further information on eca, please visit:

For further information about the studentship please see:

eca is an accredited institution of the University of Edinburgh and a charity registered in Scotland No: SC009021.

Simon Biggs Skype: simonbiggsuk
Research Professor edinburgh college of art
Creative Interdisciplinary Research into CoLlaborative Environments
Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice


International Journal of Arts and Technology (IJART)

Mon Jun 01, 2009 00:00

International Journal of Arts and Technology (IJART)

Call For papers

Special Issue on: "Creativity and Interdisciplinarity - a Discursive Tension?"

Guest Editors:
Dr Sophia Lycouris, Edinburgh College of Art, UK
Dr Mark Wright, University of Edinburgh, UK
on behalf of Research Group CIRCLE (

CIRCLE is a group of artists/researchers engaged in Creative Interdisciplinary Research into Collaborative Environments. Its members are staff and research students at Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh and include Professor Simon Biggs, Mariza Dima, Henrik Ekeus, Sue Hawksley, Beverley Hood, Dr. John Lee, Dr. Sophia Lycouris, Vangelis Lympouridis, Ann Marie Shilito, Dr. Chris Speed, Wendy Timmons, Penny Travlou and Dr. Mark Wright.


Autopoeisis: novelty, meaning and value

Sorry for cross-postings

An email to draw attention to a new book.

Autopoeisis: novelty, meaning and value
By Simon Biggs and James Leach

'Autopoeisis: novelty, meaning and value' addresses the value of novelty in
contemporary culture and is co-authored from the point of view of two
disciplines - fine art and anthropology. Sections of the text have been
authored jointly whilst other sections have been authored individually.
However, there has been a constant process of question and answer and
further joint revision, including regular instances where one author
corrects or annotates the text of the other. The result is a format where
texts weave around each other thematically, sometimes in sympathy, sometimes
in contrast.

Complementing the authored texts there are three other components. The
first, which initially might appear indistinct from the main textual body,
is an auto-generated text. This is a text written not by one of the authors,
nor by any other author, but by a machine - a computer programmed to take a
previous text by James Leach and to use it as a dictionary for the
auto-generation of a new text. The principle objective here is not to try
and find or create new meaning out of Leach's original text but rather to
explore, by example, the value of novelty when applied to such an extreme
that all that determines the nature of a particular text is that it is
different and unique, any sense of authorial intent having been removed.

Each of the authors has also contributed visual material related to their
primary practices. Leach has included a series of photographs taken in the
field when undertaking research in Papua New Guinea. A number of these
photographs accompanied the earlier text which Biggs has used as source
material for the auto-generated text and which Leach discusses here in
detail in order to reflect upon his own practice as an anthropologist.

Biggs has included a series of quad-tone lithographic images produced via
automatic methods (computer generated) from an earlier project Great Wall of
China. These images are derived from documentary photographs of various
architectural styles from a range of different cultures and historical
periods, organised by applying typographic rules to the composition of the

Born in Australia, 1957, Simon Biggs moved to the UK in 1986.A visual and
inter-disciplinary artist, he places the computer and interactive systems at
the centre of a practice addressing issues around identity and reality as
social constructs. He is Research Professor in Digital Art at Sheffield
Hallam University and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of

James Leach is Research Fellow at King


Studentship opportunity

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Hallam University widely.


Simon Biggs

Professor, Fine Art, Art and Design Research Centre
Sheffield Hallam University, UK


PhD studentship announcement

Thu Jul 08, 2004 08:14

The Art and Design Research Centre (ADRC) at Sheffield Hallam University is
offering a university-funded PhD studentship in Fine Art, Design or Media
Production. The studentship will provide fees, a maintenance allowance in
line with UK Research Council norms and some support with practical research

We invite enquiries from people who have achieved a high standard in their
previous studies, who have identified a challenging research problem in an
area of which they have a broad understanding. This may have arisen from
earlier postgraduate studies or from professional experience.

Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UK's leading research centres for
Art, Design and Media Production, achieving a 5 rating in the most recent UK
Research Assessment Exercise. We were also the first UK University to
introduce a full-time Research Methods training programme in Art and Design
leading to a Masters Qualification.

Our research includes a significant amount of collaborative work with other
disciplines, notably in healthcare materials science and in computer
science. To develop this inter-disciplinary theme the university has formed
a Culture, Communication & Computing Research Institute in which ADRC is the
largest element.

We encourage research in which creative practice plays a significant part in
investigations and we have taken a lead in developing and disseminating
effective methods for investigative creative practice.

If you would like to explore this opportunity, please send me a CV and brief
outline of your research interests.

Chris Rust

Professor Chris Rust
Head of Art and Design Research Centre
Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Simon Biggs

Research Professor
Art and Design Research Centre
Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Senior Research Fellow
Computer Laboratory
University of Cambridge