The Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE) at Anglia Ruskin University is a multidisciplinary department specialising in the creative and cultural opportunities which are generated through the emerging Digital Economy.
CoDE has led a number of projects linking artists with engineers, musicians with programmers and filmmakers with healthcare practitioners. For example, CoDE are currently working as a research partner on a NESTA funded Album App project to develop a new chart eligible delivery format for the commercial music industry. The app not only includes high-resolution audio files, but brings a greater user experience by allowing album art, song lyrics, production credits and interactive features to be explored by the listener - much in the way that analogue music formats allow.
The Script project relies on a significant number of focus group discussions with target audiences, as well as a thorough statistical analysis of the audience response to the developed technology. CoDE’s Touching Sound project has developed digital systems to enhance mediated interaction in a cultural context. This project has created new musical instruments for use in Music Therapy, allowing a therapist to engage on a heightened level with a patient.
CoDE also funded BAFTA winning Director Shreepali Patel’s The Golden Window documentary film, which captures life-saving procedures at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. This project takes the form of ‘creative communication’, utilising artistic methods to deliver a scientific message and exploration of healthcare practice. By exploring the use of art in healthcare, we have seen a significant opportunity to enhance education and reflective practice, particularly with respect to emotion and compassion in professionals.
The Cambridge School of Art (CSA), also within Anglia Ruskin University, is a modern and progressive art school with a 150-year-old tradition. CSA hosts a tight-knit community of artists, academics and over 900 students, as well as the Mumford Theatre and the Ruskin Galley - a professional and ground-breaking digital art gallery that shows touring exhibitions of international standing. CoDE work with organisations in evaluating cultural and creative opportunities that are released through emerging technologies. We are able to collaborate on research funding bids, to provide direct consultancy and to engage in joint PhD student supervision.