The Deep Field Project

Visiting Fellow Stefanie Hessler, speaks to Anne Duk-Hee Jordan at the UK Launch of the MIT publication; Sex Ecologies

The Deep Field Project

The Deep Field Project supports artistic research that interacts with societal and ecological challenges linked to histories, philosophies and practices engaging with science, technology and the environment. The Deep Field spans diverse disciplines and geographies across a range of scales and temporalities.

Engaging renewed ideas that have emerged from weaving artistic research-led practice and critical theory, media arts, artist activism, science fiction and experimental technologies amongst other areas, our researchers are associated with a range of international contemporary artist practices, collectives, movements, exhibition histories and socially engaged projects.

Recent projects span; political ecologies of extraction, anti-colonial science and geo-planetary studies, bio- and surveillance capitalism, queer ecologies, environmental remediation, remote sensing, VR and perceptual technologies, xenotemporality, elemental film and media, and the post-natural landscape and life-worlds of more-than and beyond-the-human.

Currently we work with Ecological Futurisms and are interested in extending our partnerships with research organisations and International partners to develop projects that will lead to exhibitions, new forms of documentary and moving image, alternative pedagogies, event-based projects, as well as experimental forms of publishing. We have an ongoing association with The Dartington Arts School and are linked to Goldsmiths, from where former PhD Candidate and convenor Dr Jol Thoms helps coordinate the Deep Field Project.


CREAM supports individual staff research, and additional researchers project funding has been obtained in the UK and Internationally from organisations ranging from Kunsthalle Trondheim, Norway to the Mondriaan Funds in Holland and the UK based AHRC.

PhD Research with Deep Field

Graduate researchers associated with Deep Field Projects are funded by University of Westminster Quintin Hogg Trust and the Techne 2 Doctoral Training Program funded by the AHRC. We also support independently funded PhD Applicants, as well as PhD by Publication by artists /academics whose research is at an advanced stage and reflects or integrates with our aims and history in creating new knowledge.

Diann’s life and work was invested in how art, images and writing must be reconfigured for a time in which complex and unpredictable systems at scales surpassing direct human experience prevail. This symposium gathers artists, writers and thinkers who have been in conversation with Diann’s work formally and thematically. We will take her work as a generative challenge to build on her proposals on collectivity, imaging, time and temporality, sentience overloading, and the changing capacities to make alliances. 

Suhail Malik

Dr Diann Bauer – 1972 -2022

The Deep Field Project would like to acknowledge the outstanding and unique input of our colleague Diann Bauer, who very sadly passed away on the 9th May 2022. As a Graduate Researcher, artist and friend of the Deep Field Project, Diann profoundly shaped our work, projects and future strategy and was a valued member of the Ecological Futurism collective, as well as the CREAM PhD community. She will be truly missed by us all.

“Cohesion was meant to hold. But reality started to slide.”

Dr Diann Bauer — An Appreciation

On Saturday 19 November, at Ambika P3 and CREAM, University of Westminster, a remarkable hybrid event was held that was both a celebration and commemoration of the artist, writer and CREAM researcher Diann Bauer (1972–2022). Many colleagues, academics and artists / friends shared their recollections and insights alongside a screening of some of Diann’s most seminal work. At the closing of the event, it was announced that Diann Bauer would be awarded her PhD in recognition of her work and contribution to knowledge in her field.

Event Details

Neal White Suhail Malik Screening of moving image work by Diann Bauer. Presentations: Alliance of the Southern Triangle | Keller Easterling | Gary Zhexi Zhang | Stefanie Hessler | Helen Hester  | | Bridget Crone | Bassam El Baroni | Bahar Noorizadeh  | Andrea Phillips | Closing comments: Neal White | Lucy Rogers

With special thanks to Weaver: Victoria Ivanova