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The Team

Principal Investigator:
Dr Charlie Gere


Dr Charlie Gere was the Project Leader of the CACHe project and formerly Course Director of the MA Digital Art History (formerly MA Computer Applications in the History of Art) in the School of History of Art, Film & Visual Media.

Charlie is currently Reader in New Media Research and Director of Research at the Institute for Cultural Research at Lancaster University. His main research interest is in the cultural effects and meanings of technology and media, particularly in relation to art and philosophy.

Charlie's current book project, Art, Time and Technology: Histories of the Disappearing Body concerns artistic and theoretical responses to the increasing speed of technological development and operation, especially in terms of so-called ‘real-time’ digital technologies. It draws on the ideas of Jacques Derrida, Bernard Stiegler, Jean-François Lyotard and André Leroi-Gourhan, and looks at the work of Samuel Morse, Vincent van Gogh and Kasimir Malevich, among others.

Charlie at Lancaster University

Principal Investigator: Paul Brown

Paul Brown is an artist and writer specialising in art & technology and executive editor of fineArt forum. Paul was at the Slade School of Art’s experimental computer art unit in the 1970s and he knew many of the key practioners; he also participated in the Computer Arts Society. He therefore has an ongoing interest, and personal insight, into the development and reception of computer art. Paul is thus well-placed to edit the reminiscences of the computer art pioneers. He maintains strong links with the international community of computer art practitioners, and will place the British-focused pioneers in a wider context.

Paul is currently Visiting Professor at the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics and Department of Informatics, University of Sussex. He is part of the AHRC-funded "Computational Intelligence, Creativity and Cognition: a multidisciplinary investigation", otherwise known as the Drawbots Project.

Paul's website


Research Fellow: Dr Nick Lambert


Nick Lambert's DPhil thesis, 'A Critical Examination of "Computer Art": its History and Application' focused principally on artists’ experiences of the computer and covered a wide range of approaches to computers in art. Nick is also interested in the technological development of graphics from the 1950s to the 80s, and the consequences for computer art. He has many personal contacts with pioneering artists and has questioned them on computer technique and artistic production.

Nick is currently Research Officer at the School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck. He is also Technical Advisor on the Archigram Archival Project at the School of Experimental Practice, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster.

Nick's Website



Project PhD: Catherine Mason


Catherine Mason was the PhD candidate and researcher on the CACHe Project. She continues to research this under-represented field of art history and is currently writing a book – A Computer in the Art Room: The Origins of British Computer Arts 1950-1980 which uncovers the history of this artistic practice within art schools and academic institutions.

Catherine's website