Alan Hook joined the University of Ulster in 2009. He has formally taught on the BSc in Computer Video Games, MA in Creative Technology and MSc in Creative Games at within the School of Media, Music and Performance at The University of Salford. Alan has degrees in Fine Art (Sculpture) from the University of Leeds and a MA with distinction in Creative Technologies from The University of Salford. Although Alan’s current practice focuses on emerging forms of play and media he has previously engaged in a number of physical computing projects such as The Theremin Suit: A Prototype for Augmented Proprioception (2009), and Futile Automata: Co-Ordinate Plotter (mk1) (2007). Alan is Course Director of the Interactive Media Arts program and his teaching focuses on new modes of consumption, playful mediated experiences, spreadable media and social networks.
Alan Hook’s research is primarily practice lead and focuses on new and emerging digital media, specifically Pervasive and Alternate Reality Gaming. His research gravitates towards a praxis driven investigation into games and play, with an interest in Alternate Reality Games and Learning. His main research interests revolve around Play as a form of media interaction and mode of audience engagement. He blogs about things he sees with his eyes which affect his heart and head and tweets @alan_hook.
Alan Hook’s research is primarily practice lead and focuses on new and emerging digital media, specifically Virtual Environment and Computer Video Games and their dialogue with the Fine Arts. His research gravitates towards a praxis driven investigation into games and play, with an interest in Augmented and Alternate Reality Gaming and Virtual Environments.
The majority of Alan’s production is gallery based installation both in physical and virtual spaces. Investigating the dialogues that immersion and play have in these shared spaces and how we engage with and through these new technologies. His work focuses on an Aesthetic of Immersion, Play and Interactivity.
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