Supporting healthcare professionals through Covid-19: Understanding how arts-based methods can support non-verbal communication

About the project The multidisciplinary research team involved in this project worked with performers to develop and deliver a programme of training and support for frontline NHS staff during the pandemic. A key focus of the work was on developing staff skills and confidence to communicate effectively when wearing PPE might have made this difficult. […]

Knowing the Pandemic: Communication, Information and Experience

Communication & data analysis This group of projects focuses on tracking and understanding how information about the pandemic has been spread and understood by diverse communities. Design These projects have made strong interventions in understanding and improving design for healthcare settings and other public services. Experience These research projects have used creative methodologies to investigate […]

The Application of Motion-Capture Technology in Telematic and Virtual Dance Performance Through a Framework for Long-distance Remote Communication

About the project This project involved the development, testing, and implementation of an open-source software tool for the real-time streaming of motion capture data. The Goldsmiths MoCap Streamer allowed dancers from different locations to meet and dance together in a shared virtual space, with a convincing sense of physical co-presence, direct interaction, and virtual touch. […]

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Digital dissemination and visual communication in the time of COVID-19

Digital and visual communications are a crucial method in disseminating information during the COVID-19 pandemic. From slice-of-life diary pieces to public health information on guidance and symptoms, visual storytellers are using their platforms to share their stories and disseminate information. While digital platforms have the capacity to facilitate misinformation, they have also been utilised to […]

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On-line means global: The essential role of communication and emotions in the digital transformation of the Creative and Cultural Industries

Communication and emotion have been crucial challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has forced the Creative and Cultural sector to turn to the digital world and operate online. Although not over yet, learning from the lessons of the pandemic has enabled creative communities to stand together and collaborate in shaping the post-pandemic future. In this […]

VIP CLEAR: Children’s lockdown experiences applied to recovery

About the project This project sought to gather and critically evaluate children’s worldviews, perceptions and experiences during COVID-19. Working with multicultural schools and nurseries in Bristol and a national partner, Action for Children, the research team employed child-focused, creative methodologies, interweaving socially engaged arts practice with social science to capture children’s voices and views. Principal Investigator […]

The immobilities of gender-based violence in the COVID-19 pandemic

About the project This transdisciplinary project sought to produce understandings of gender-based violence (GBV) during Covid 19 by studying the ways in which lockdowns change the spaces of GBV. It examined told and untold stories of GBV in relation to the complex patterns of mobilities uncovered – real and imagined movements in physical and virtual […]

Public health messaging during the COVID pandemic: Dating app usage and sexual wellbeing among men who have sex with men

About the project This research studied the experiences of Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. The study’s focus was on uses of dating and hook up apps, sexual activity and how and how this changed during the pandemic as restrictions such as social distancing and lockdowns […]

Bereavement Rituals During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Implications for Mental Health Support, Funerary Practices and Public Health Messaging

About the project This project explored the ways in which the Covid-19 pandemic dislocated significant rituals and practices around death and dying. Through qualitative research with bereaved families and with funeral directors, the research team sought to investigate the impact on mental health, on adherence to public health guidelines, and on the planning and delivery […]

A National Day of Reflection: Lessons from past memorialisation initiatives and attitudes in the present

About the project The question of when and how to memorialise the pandemic and those who have died from COVID-19 or during periods of social restriction has inspired ongoing and sometimes difficult discussion. This project focused on the evolution of those arguments and debates as they unfolded in 2020/2021. It incorporated historical expertise on civic […]