Dr Joanne Armitage


Joanne’s work explores the role of technology in culture and society she is interested in emerging technology practices, digital methods and feminist technoscience. Her recent research has looked at the live coding community—a practice where code is written live and projected as part of a performance—to examine the relationship between technology and the body by drawing on feminist literature. Her interests in technology and society emerge through public workshops such as Machine Learning Imaginations where participants explore machine learning as an embodied, lived and reconfigurable technology. Automation and Me brought together a group of international artists to explore and respond to automation as a critical issue in society and culture through a feminist lens. In 2018 she participated in a coding cultural exchange between Yorkshire and Tokyo funded by Arts Council England, British Council, Daiwa Foundation and Sasakawa Foundation. 

Joanne lectures in Digital Media at the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has developed teaching activities at Worcester Polytechnic, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Tama Art University and Weslyan University. In addition to her academic teaching practice, Joanne has facilitated a large number of community technology workshops.

Alongside her work at Leeds, Joanne is a Research Associate in the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. She is currently working on the AirKit proof of concept project as part of the Citizen Sense research group led by Prof Jennifer Gabrys.

She brings together many of her research interests through her artistic practice as an algorithmic musician. Her work has been featured in The Times, Guardian, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 5. She has received Sound and Music’s Composer-Curator fund (2018) and is a resident at Somerset House Studios. Recent commissions include environmental soundscape Collision Grounds with video artist Anya Stewart Maggs.

Research interests

  • Enivronment and media
  • Digital methods
  • Feminist STS
  • Sensory media
  • Practice-research
  • Physical computing and hacking
  • Touch and haptics
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  • Music Multimedia and Electronics (BSc)
  • PhD Practice-led Sound and Music Computing
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

Digital Media and the Senses

Undergraduate Dissertation

Postgraduate Dissertation

Digital Practice