Ian Grant is a digital artist, performer, developer and leads Art and Design at the Ealing School of Art, Design and Media at the University of West London in the UK, where he is also a Senior Lecturer in Digital Arts and Media.
As a developer, Ian has created real-time image processing applications, stereoscopic recording setups and software, interactive installations and iOS apps that allow movement play with kinetic objects and digitised puppets and toys, from heritage collections drawn from around the World. He is globally known for his support to the visual programming communities, particularly surrounding Apple technologies.
As a musician, Ian most recent collaboration as arranger / pianist was at the Chelsea Theatre with performance company Curious and songwriter Claudia Barton in their cabaret performance ‘World’s End’. He arranges lost jazz standards and performs at venues around London.
As a researcher, Ian presents at conferences: currently work across digital arts, digital pedagogies, digital visualisation (for fashion), multimedia performance and technology and media (an)archeology. As a performer and puppeteer, he is busy working on a DPhil in Critical Media Practice at the University of Sussex. He is working on expressive control systems for digital puppets and a scratch musical, involving collaborative performance animation. Ian is a recent recipient of a research residency (with grant) at the famous Institut International de la Marionnette, Charleville-Mézières, France.
You can read about his work at his blog at www.daisyrust.com, a showcase of projects and research. It charts artistic and commercial collaborations and promotes available and forthcoming projects.