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Mr Kirk Woolford

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Kirk Woolford is a researcher/practitioner who works closely with digital and creative industries. Kirk initially studied Computer Science before discovering digital photography experiments in the mid 80s, and moved to Chicago to study at IIT’s Institute of Design. He has spent more than 20 years working with digital and interactive media while balancing academia, industry, and cultural institutions.

Kirk has taught in Design, Media Arts, Fine Art, and Choreography programs in Germany, Holland, the US and UK. Kirk's research is practice-led. In addition to working on industry projects, he creates personal, creative, interactive experiences and performances as a method of exploring ideas and testing technologies. These explorations have been shown internationally at galleries, festivals and performance venues including Shanghai eArts, ARCO Madrid, Art Cologne, P.S.1. (MoMA), Venice Biennale, Ars Electronica, ISEA, and SIGGRAPH. In his explorations, Kirk has collaborated with Diller+Scofidio, Charleroi Danses, igloo, Carlos Guedes, Susan Kozel, Frederique Flamand, Fabrizio Plessi, Stelarc, and others.


Sr Lecturer, Interactive Media Practice
School of Media, Film and Music



Community and Business

Kirk is working directly with the Sussex Innovation Centre to further develop his research into motion analysis. His start-up "Motion Base" is currently developing a prototype stroke rehabilitation video game and exploring the use of video games and motion capture for physiotherapy and sports training. 

Prior to working in UK academia, Kirk set up and directed production companies in New York, London, and Amsterdam -- with partners including the Economist Group, BBC, Channel 4, FilmFour, Illuminations, Babel Media, and THQ. From 1990-91, he worked with Eastman Kodak, Adobe, and Quark to incorporate their new technologies, including the first version of Photoshop, into early desktop publishing studios. Between 1992 and 2005, Kirk held several research positions in Germany and the Netherlands as he moved between academy and industry. He has produced online entertainment, education, publishing, and streaming systems, as well as video games for set-top-boxes, PCs and consoles. He has served as a board member for several foundations and continues to work with industry partners.

Kirk is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and has served in various capacities on international conferences including ACM SIGGRAPH, SIGCHI, SIGMM, ISEA, and smaller conferences in the US, Germany, Holland, Portugal, and the UK.