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Professor Martin Rieser

Job: Professor of Digital Creativity

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: Institute of Creative Technologies

Research group(s): Institute of Creative Technologies (IOCT), Pervasive Media

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 250 6578




Personal profile

Martin Rieser’s art practice in internet art and interactive narrative installations has been seen around the world including Milia in Cannes; Paris; The ICA London and in Germany, Montreal, Nagoya in Japan and New York, Melbourne, Australia.  He as delivered papers on interactive narrative and exhibited at many major conferences in the field including ISEA: Montreal 1995, Rotterdam 1996, Chicago 1997, Nagoya 2002, Belfast 2009, University of Oslo 2004, Siggraph, 2005, Refresh Banff Arts Centre 2005, Digital Matchmakers Trondheim 2005 Plan ICA 2005, NAI Rotterdam 2008, Intelligent Environments Seattle 2008,Barcelona 2009, Locunet University of Athens 2008, ISEA 2009, ICIDS 2009  and at many other conference venues across the UK and Europe.

His interactive installations include Understanding Echo shown in Japan 2002, Hosts Bath Abbey 2006 and Secret Door Invideo Milan 2006, The Street RMIT Gallery Melbourne 2008.  Mobile artwork Third Woman set in Vienna, Riverains in London and Manchester and Secret Garden and Songlines for the Phoenix DMC in Leicester.  He has published numerous essays and books on digital art including New Screen Media: Cinema/ Art/Narrative (BFI/ZKM, 2002), which combines a DVD of current research and practice in this area together with critical essays.  And has recently edited The Mobile Audience, a book on locative technology and art out this year from Rodopi, also logged in a blog:  He has also acted as consultant to bodies such as Cardiff Bay Arts Trust and the Photographer’s Gallery London, Arkive in Bristol, The Soros Media Institute in Prague and UIAH in Helsinki.

Research group affiliations

A&D Media and Imaging / Centre for Adaptations

Key research outputs

Rieser, Martin (ED/author) (2011) The Mobile Audience, Rodopi  NY/Amsterdam (Book and website)

Rieser, Martin (2009-11) The Third Woman, Interactive mobile film and Performance/ installations, and articles in Leonardo and other publications, emobilart European project

Rieser, Martin Inside Out: Sculpture in the Digital Age (2010-11), International Exhibition, catalogue and website

Rieser Martin (2012) Locative Media and Situated Learning in Digital Creativity special issue on Transdisciplinary Learning for Digital Creativity

Research interests/expertise

Interactive Narratives, Mobile Locative and Pervasive Media, Interface design, Digital Arts.

Areas of teaching

Interactive Art and Design, Interaction Design, Video, Photography, Graphic Design, Printmaking.


BA, PGCE, A Dip AD, MA, PhD(sus)

Courses taught

Creative Technologies MA/MSc

Honours and awards

Artist Commissions

2011 Urban Digital Narratives, British Council

2011 Codes of Disobedience, Locative walk, Athens, Global Gateway

2011 Secret Garden, Phoenix Square Media Centre, Leicester

2009-11 The Third Woman, emobilart/ArteK/Galapagos

2009 Riverains, B’Tween Festival Manchester Locative commission

2009 Songlines, Phoenix Square Media Centre and Leicester City Council

2007 The Street, Honorary research fellowship and residency at La Trobe University in Melbourne

2006 Hosts, Bath Abbey, ACE

2006 Secret Door, Invideo Milan

2005 Starshed, Electric Pavilion/ACE

2001-2 Electric December Watershed/Guardian Newspapers

2000 Six Small Screens, Hewlett Packard European Research Labs, Watershed

2000 Understanding Echo, Open Commission Digital Arts Development Agency (DA2)

1999 Squares, CUSP commission. Public interactive film examining     Millennium Square and Queen Square in Bristol 

1997 Light Parades, Changing Places, Southville Centre, Bristol

1997 Here be Unicorns, Open City-Installation piece College Green Bristol

1996 Orbit Project, Lottery proposal and pilot installation, Bristol  Harbourside and Exploratory Science Centre


2004 United Artists, Senior Research Fellowship Coventry University 

2004 Hosts and Mobile Audience, AHRB Research Study Leave   

2002 Triple Echo, AHRB Research Study grant

2000 Carnegie Trust Research Travel award

2000 Southern Arts Exhibition grant

Membership of external committees

2011-12 Augmented Human Conference Committee

2010-12 Intelligent Environments Committee

2005-7  Trace, Editorial Board

2005-7  Science City Bristol, Board

1996 Judge Arcade 2, Digital printmaking  

1996 Judge British Third International Miniature Print Exhibition

1994 Judge British Second International Miniature Print Exhibition

Forthcoming events

2012 Panel and presentation Mix Conference, Bath Spa University

2012 Presentation eliterature Symposium Arnolfini Gallery Bristol 

2012 Talk at Tate Britain - Designing for community powered Digital Transformations

2012 Talk at Bournmoth University of Locative Media

Conference attendance

Rieser, Martin 2012  idocs conference Bristol, Presentation on augmented reality and Heritage

Rieser Martin:  ISEA 2011 Istanbul Panel on Materiality of the Digital and Panel on Locative Media

Rieser, Martin 2011  Greenview workshop  Digital hubs, Newcastle

Rieser, Martin 2011 Greenview JISC Green ICT, Bristol

Rieser , Martin Keynote: The Art of Mobility, Hybrid Cities , University of Athens 2011

Rieser, Martin Locative Media and the City Wireless City Central Theatre Amsterdam 2011

Rieser, Martin Landscapes as Documentary i-docs Bristol 2011

Rieser, Martin 2010 Third Woman Digital Art Weeks Xian Academy of Fine Arts Xian China

Rieser, Martin Intelligent Environments Nottingham July 2011 Joint chair Art and Design section

Rieser, Martin The Future of Mobile Media Vision 2020 October 2010

Rieser, Martin and Bull, Richard Elephant in the Room, Science Communication Conference, Welcome Institute, London May 2010 (Duall)

Rieser, Martin A Language of Digital Narrative, ICIDS Workshop Edinburgh

Rieser, Martin Digital Narratives Kingston University Roundtable July 2010

Rieser, Martin; Kekou, Eva; Innovation, Technology and Expression- Audience and Media Art Practices, 5th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Athens2010

Rieser, Martin EMUA Workshop: The Materiality of the Digital The transformative qualities of transitioning between “virtual” and “real” (Realising the Holodeck), June 2010

Rieser, Martin, The Third Woman e-­‐MOBILART Symposium 2009, Thessaloniki, Greece May 2009

Hosted by the State Museum of Contemporary Art

Rieser, Martin; Kekou, Eva; Audience and Media Art Practices, Innovation, Technology and Expression- 5th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Athens 2010

Songlines, Amplified Leicester Phoenix Square, Talk June 16th 2010

Keynote Speaker The Art of Mobility The 8th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM 2009) Cambridge 24th November

ISEA09 Belfast Chair of Panel on Contested Spaces

Paper: The Art of Mobility

MEDIA ART HISTORY 09 Re:Live Third International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology Melbourne 26-29 November 2009 The City as a projection space

Rieser, Martin The Art of Mobility: How transdiciplinary artists’ projects are testing the boundaries of mobile media design  Ubiquitous Computing at a Crossroads: Art, Science, Politics and Design January 6th and 7th 2009 Imperial College London <>

ICIDS 2009 Paper and demonstration The Third Woman
Second International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling
09 - 11 December 2009, Guimarães, Portugal 

2008 Rieser, Martin, Starshed and The Crow Road Locative media experiments ,The Mobile City 08 locative and mobile media and the city. February 27 & 28 2008 , Netherlands Architecture Institute  in Rotterdam

Key articles information

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Consultancy work

2011 Consultant Media Art Sandberg Institute Amsterdam
2010 Invited Speaker University of Glamorgan December
2010 Consultant Mubu: D H Lawrence Blueline Trail Durban House Eastwood
2008 Consultant Cotswold Water Park, Locative signage and interactive tour consultant
2010 Invited Speaker The Art of Mobility Camberwell College London Institute
2009 Invited Faculty Talk The Art of Mobility University of Ulm October 26th
2009 Invited Speaker The Art of Mobility Open University Research Group May

Current research students

Sean Clark 1st
Jackie Calderwood 1st
Hana Almaky 1st
Pearl John  2nd
Sandra Oliveira Dias 2nd
Monica  Pianosi 2nd
Keith Bound (pending) 1st
Sukai Mbye Bojang 2nd

Externally funded research grants information

2011 CI Greenview JISC Green energy Joint bid with IESD £40,000

2010 PI SKTP Cuttlefish Multimedia £60,000

2010 PI DH Lawrence Heritage Trails-MUBU/Durban House Museum £10,000

2010 PI Launch at Phoenix Square external Projection Commission  £3,500

2009 CI Ocean of Light TSB Proof of Concept Anthony Rowe/Martin Rieser: Large  scale LED volumatic displays £60,000

2009 PI Inside Out Rapid Prototyping exhibition £3,600

2008 CI, Ocean of Light TSB grants- £16,000

2008 PI East Midlands Innovation Fellowship: Electronic Media Metadata Acquisition £16,000

2008 PI Third Woman emobilArt EU network Project/ Vienna Arts Council £8000/ Finland Film Council AVEK £24,000

Internally funded research project information

Songlines Transport Committee Grant DMU £6,000 

Professional esteem indicators

Intelligent Environments 09,11


Case studies

Web Site References

Ship of Fools

Mobile Audience Weblog

ISEA Archives

Tate Seminar

The Future of Mobile Media

The Third Woman:

Pervasive Media Research Group


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