Sally-Jane Norman is Professor of Performance Technologies and Co-Director of the Sussex Humanities Lab at the University of Sussex, and leads the Digital Technologies/Digital Performance Research strand. Her research as a performing arts theorist, historian, and practitioner deals with embodiment and expressive gesture in contexts ranging from ancient theatre to emerging artificial lifeforms. Previously founder of Culture Lab at Newcastle University, and Director of the Ecole Européenne supérieure de l'image art school (Angoulême/ Poitiers), Sally-Jane Norman served as artistic co-director of STEIM between 1998 and 2000, and directed the first Touch Festival with Michel Waisvisz and Joel Ryan. www.sussex.ac.uk
Sally-Jane Norman: Why an Academy? Justification and Provocation
Justification, because an academy sited outside formal higher education structures might be able to tackle key concerns. Provocation, because effective action means getting beyond issues confronted by educational, cultural, industrial, and military academies for more than two millenaries.