Dr Alda Terracciano
Creativeworks London Postdoctoral Research Assistant
I am Post-Doc Research Assistant for Creativeworks London Digital Economy strand at Queen Mary University of London, and Honorary Research Associate at UCL Information Studies department. I collaborate with the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS) at the University of Gothenburg, as member of the Staging the Archives research cluster.
As a visual artist, curator, director, and activist, over the years I have worked with diverse communities in Britain, placing the theme of migration centre stage in my practice. In 2001 I co-founded Future Histories, the first archive of African, Asian and Caribbean performing arts in the UK, now based at Goldsmiths University, for which I curated ground breaking cataloguing and digitisation projects and exhibitions. In 2010 I set up the not-for-profit organisation ALDATERRA Projects to promote dialogue between different cultures, foster the exploration of new artistic practices based on the cross-fertilisation between different art forms and disciplines, and engage with discursive and visual representations of the complexity of mobility in relation to the formation of cross-cultural identities in Britain.
My way of working is influential and collaborative. As a freelance curator and dramaturg I worked for the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), Tamasha Theatre Company, of which I am Associate Director, and Creative Partnerships, where I led on a number of educational projects in London schools. In 2012 I presented my 8-year-in the making multisensory installation Streets of… 7 cities in 7 minutes in London during the Olympic Games before touring it nationally and internationally. The intrinsically poetic quality of the everyday life and my fascination with cinéma vérité informed my style of work for this project, which makes use of nonlinear narrative and plays with the evocative interplay between sounds, images, tastes, smells and touch to create a sense of “hyper reality” and “g-local” culture. The installation has also led to the development of a specific method for eliciting personal memories within culturally diverse audiences nationally and internationally, which I call memory session.
I hold a PhD in Theatre Studies and my research interests include African, Caribbean and Asian theatre in the UK, archives, digital and visual arts and the relationships between performance and public engagement. I have presented academic papers at conferences nationally and internationally, as well as curated inclusive public debates employing creative methods of interaction to influence and inspire. My interest in the use of new technologies to establish creative forms of engagement between cultural organisations, creative industries and audiences, together with the advancement of current thinking on digital creative economy is at the centre of my current academic research. I am particularly interested in the potential of digital technologies to accelerate processes of democratisation in arts and society and the formation of digital heritage commons in contemporary urban cultures.