Unpacking Models of Practice as Research Symposium

Video documentation, ‘script’ as PDF and iPhoto slideshow of my presentation at the Unpacking Models of Practice as Research Symposium, MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK on 23rd January 2015.

In response to the new AHRC directive concerning the importance of practice as research – https://www.researchprofessional.com/0/rr/news/uk/research-councils/2014/9/Practice-makes-perfect.html – this event is a post-graduate training day held at MIRIAD at Manchester Metropolitan University that explores a range of approaches to practice as research from practitioners and students in the Visual Arts, Music, and Performing Drama, Dance and Performing Arts pathways of the NWCDTP.

I was asked to participate in this symposium by my acting Director of Studies, Dr. Toby Heys as an example of a Visual Arts pathway Practice as Research project within MIRIAD. It not only seemed an ideal opportunity to ‘warm up’ for my Viva three weeks later but also gave me the opportunity to present my research alongside other practitioner/researchers from centres within the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership as well as the visiting co-Directors of Hexagram – a research-creation based institute in Montreal, Canada with over 80 researchers from a wide range of practice-based disciplines. Full details of the event available at the above link.

While I’d prepared a presentation ‘script’ and referred to it occasionally, in the main I ‘talked to’ an iPhoto slideshow of images, videos and bullet points which helped structure my talk. Despite some rambling as a result as well as some technical issues with my live demonstration and iPhoto Slideshow visual aid, I actually think this is one of the most effective presentations I’ve given during the course of my Ph.D., providing a concise yet accessible overview of my study and personal approach to Practice as Research.


Lewis Sykes is an artist, musician and digital media producer/curator based in Manchester, UK. His recently completed Ph.D. project, The Augmented Tonoscope, outlines an approach towards a deeper understanding of the interplay between sound and image in Visual Music – through an investigation into the theoretical, technical and aesthetic concerns in realising a harmonic complementarity and more intimate perceptual connection between music and moving image.