Dr Emma Whittaker
Profiles

Dr Emma Whittaker

Associate Lecturer

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)

Role

My work is concerned with expanded narrative, a new field of experimental narrative practices that are not represented by single subjects or by categories such as ‘interactive’. Fiction or nonfiction works that present a challenge to their particular category or genre, in terms of structure, style of writing or audience engagement, may be described as expanded narratives.

Practice-led research in locative arts, locative media, AR and situated narrative are the focus of my research in which I take an iterative approach to experience design and development. Questioning the translation between reports of experience and interpretation, I take grounded and qualitative approaches utilising a combination of methods, including phenomenological and ethnographic.

'Experiential pragmatism', particularly informed by psychology and radical empiricist philosophy of William James, together with literary theory and narratology are particular areas of interest, informing a non-foundational experiential framework for experience design. 

Recent collaborative projects include the smartphone apps: 'The Cartographer's Confession' (2017), 'Journeyer's Guidebook' (2016) at Jubilee Library Brighton, 'The Lost Index: NATMUS' (2015), at The National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, 'The Lost Index, No.2: The Turning' (2014) at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, nominated for a Media Innovation Award, 'LociOscope, The Letters' (2014) at Dartington Hall Gardens, Devon and 'The Lost Index, No.1: Landscape with Figures' (2013), at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.

Expanded Narrative is the home of the Expanded Narrative Research Network, an online resource for researchers and practitioners that holds an evolving repository of practitioner interviews, www.expandednarrative.org

Qualifications

PhD, Plymouth University, 2017 

P.G.C.E. Art and Design in Post-Compulsory Education, Northbrook College, 2000

MA Fine Art, UCE Birmingham, 1998

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Staffordshire University, 1996

Teaching interests

Emma Whittaker has lectured in arts and media since 1999. She has a P.G.C.E in art and design in further and higher education. She received a HELP CETL Teaching Fellowship (2010-11).

Research interests

Emma Whittaker has a particular interest in narrative, digital arts and design. Her AHRC and NPIF funded postdoctoral research projects have focused upon immersive experiences in outdoor environments and pilgrimage, and producing digital arts, specifically ambient literature. Her PhD investigated the American philosopher and psychologist William James, pragmatism and locative narrative practices. 

Whittaker's practice-led research is concerned with the potential for narrative to create tangible imaginary worlds. Collaborating with writers, performers and programmers, she utilises a combination of low-tech and digital materials together with sound, smartphone and sensor technologies. She writes about narrative and experience, exploring intersections between contemporary and 19th century science.

Whittaker, E. (2019) ‘The Wave Crest: Narrative Complexity and Locative Narrative’. In. Narrative Complexity, Cognition, Embodiment, Evolution. Grishakova, Marina and Poulaki, Maria. eds. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. University of Nebraska

Narrative projects for smartphone:

Attlee, J. & Whittaker, E. (2017) ‘The Cartographer’s Confession’ [iOS & Android Application]. Retrieved from: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-cartographers-confession/id1263461799?mt=8 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.calvium.apptrails.ambientliteraturejames&hl=en (Winner of the New Media Writing Prize 2017 )

Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. (2016). Journeyer’s Guidebook. [iOS Application]. Retrieved from: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/journeyers-guidebook/id1146283679?mt=8

Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. (2015). The Lost Index: NATMUS. [iOS Application]. Retrieved from: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-lost-index-natmus/id1058419473?mt=8 

Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. (2014). The Lost Index, No. 2: The Turning. [iOS Application]. Retrieved from: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lost-index-no.2-turning/id911182235?mt=8 (Nominated for Media Innovation Award 2015 in the Installation/Exhibition/Live Event category) 

Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. R. (2014). LociOscope, The Letters (Version 1.0) [iOS Application]. Apple Inc. Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/locioscope-the-letters/id778929957?mt=8

Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. R. (2013). The Lost Index, No. 1: Landscape With Figures (Version 1.0) [iOS Application]. Apple Inc. Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lost-index-no.1-landscape/id730623803?mt=8

Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. R (2011). ColdCase 1866 (Version 1.1) [iOS Application]. Apple Inc. Retrieved from http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cold-case-1866/id428238003?mt=8

The research Developing Interactive Locative Narratives for Mobile Technologies Within Arts Education was funded by a HELP CETL Teaching Fellowship (2010-11). 

She curates Expanded Narrative, an online resource for interactive narrative practitioners and a repository of practitioner interviews, funded by a Teaching Fellowship Award (2011-12) 

www.expandednarrative.org 

Research groups

  • Expanded Narrative

Chapters

Whittaker, E. (2020)‘Sound Art as Locative Narrative’. In. The Oxford Book of Sound Art. Grant, J., Matthias, J., and Prior, D., Eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming book chapter 2020)

Whittaker, E. (2020) ‘An Aesthetics of Ambient Literature: Experience, Narrative, Design’. In. Ambient Literature. Dovey, J., Abba, T. and Pullinger, K. Eds. London: Palgrave (forthcoming book chapter January 2020)

Whittaker, E. (2019) ‘The Wave-crest: Narrative Complexity and Locative Narrative.’ In. Narrative Complexity, Cognition, Embodiment, Evolution. Grishakova, Marina and Poulaki, Maria eds. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. https://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/university-of-nebraska-press/9780803296862/


Scholarly Editions

Barry, Kaya, Baxter, Tess, Bennett, Bruce, Booker, Clare, Bowers, Natalie, Büscher, Monika, Chapman, Owen, Collier, Mike, Cunningham, Jocelyn, Lujan Escalante, Malé, Ferguson, Nick, Guelton, Bernard, Merrington, Peter, Ntaousani, Elia, Jungnickel, Kat, Kesselring, Sven, Lopez, Carlos, Pollastri, Serena, Pugh, Nikki, Rose, Emma, Sawchuk, Kim, Sheller, Mimi, Smith, Richard, Southern, Jen, Szerszynski, Bron, Syng Tan, Kai, O Keeffe, Linda, Thulin, Sam, Whittaker, Emma and Wilson, Louise Ann (2018) 2018: Art & Mobilities Network Inaugural Symposium Instant Journal, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University https://www.academia.edu/37180057/2018_Art_and_Mob...

Whittaker, E. (2017) Transitions-Felt: William James, Locative Narrative and the Multi-Stable Field of Expanded Narrative. PhD Thesis. https://pearl.plymouth.ac.uk/handle/10026.1/8646

Whittaker, E. (2012) ‘Expanded Narrative: building a community of practice’ VC’s Teaching & Learning Conference. Plymouth University, 6th July

Whittaker, E. (2012)‘Expanded Narrative: building a community of practice’ Final Report. Teaching & Learning Directorate, Plymouth University

Whittaker, E. (2011) ‘Developing Interactive Narratives for Mobile Technologies within Art Education’ Final Report. HELP CETL, Teaching & Learning Directorate, Plymouth University

Whittaker, E. (2011) ‘Developing Interactive Narratives for Mobile Technologies within Art Education’. In: UPC Faculty Technology in Practice 2011. Plymouth: UPC, Plymouth University. http://issuu.com/plymouthaward/docs/technology_in_practice_booklet_11v2.3

Conference Papers

Whittaker, E. 2019. ‘Discriminate AR: Immersive Explorations in Pilgrimage Experiences’. Track (Heri03): Changing Tracks: Heritagisation and the transformation of pilgrimage in northern Europe. International Society for Ethnology and Folklore 14th Congress. Santiago de Compostela, Spain 14-17 April 2019 https://nomadit.co.uk/conference/sief2019/paper/47443

Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. (2016) ‘Locative Narrative: Creating Contexts for Supposition in Spatially Distributed Museums’. National Archives Conference: Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities 2016, The Lowry, Salford, 10-12 October

Whittaker, E. (2015) ‘Inside the Snow globe: Pragmatisms, belief and the ambiguous objectivity of the imaginary’. The Undivided Mind. Plymouth University 16-18 July

Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. (2014) ‘Playing With Perception Locative Narrative and Sonic Virtual Locations’. In. Maragiannis, A. Ed. Digital Research in the Humanities and the Arts 2014 Conference, Greenwich University. 30 August -4 September

Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. R. (2014). ‘Playing With Perception: Locative Narrative and Sonic Virtual Locations’. In Maragiannis, A. ed. DRHA2014 Book of Abstracts: Communicating futures: Connecting Interdisciplinary practices in arts/culture, academia and the creative industries, University of Greenwich. http://www.drha2014.co.uk/?p=902

Whittaker, E. (2010). Contributor to the workshop ‘Education in Interactive Digital Storytelling’ at Third International Conference of Interactive Storytelling.Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 31 October

Whittaker, E. (2011) ‘Developing Interactive Narratives’. ESCalate. Working with Diverse Groups in the Digital Age,University of Birmingham, 09 May 2011

Whittaker, E. (2012) ‘Locating the Archive’Remediating Urban Space Conference. Plymouth University, 6th June.

Whittaker, E. (2013) ‘Designing Locative Narrative: Simulation, Illusion and the Imaginative Experience’. Poster Presentation. Cognition Institute Conference: The Lure of the New. Plymouth University, 20-22 March

Whittaker, E. (2011) ‘Developing Locative Narratives’. Faculty of Arts Summer Conference. University of Plymouth Colleges, 24 May

Whittaker, E. (2011) ‘Developing Interactive Narratives for Mobile Technologies with Arts Students’. Poster Presentation. Awarded ‘Best Poster’. UPC Summer Conference. Plymouth University, 24 May 2011

Artefacts

Attlee, J. & Whittaker, E. (2017) ‘The Cartographer’s Confession’ [iOS & Android Application]. Retrieved from: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-cartographers-confession/id1263461799?mt=8 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.calvium.apptrails.ambientliteraturejames&hl=en

Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. (2016). Journeyer’s Guidebook. [iOS Application]. Retrieved from: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/journeyers-guidebook/id1146283679?mt=8

Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. (2015) ‘The Lost Index: Natmus’ [iOS Application] at The National Museum of Copenhagen, Denmark. International Conference of Interactive Digital Storytelling ICIDS2015, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, November 30- 4 December 2015

Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. R. (2014). The Lost Index, No.2: The Turning (Version 1.0) [iOS Application]. Apple Inc. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lost-index-no.2-turning/id911182235?mt=8

Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. R. (2014). LociOscope, The Letters (Version 1.0) [iOS Application]. Apple Inc. Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/locioscope-the-letters/id778929957?mt=8

Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. (2014). ‘The Lost Index No.2 – The Turning’ [iOS Application] showcased at Plymouth International Book Festival, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth, UK, 17-25 October

Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. R. (2013). The Lost Index, No.1: Landscape with Figures (Version 1.0) [iOS Application]. Apple Inc. Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lost-index-no.1-landscape/id730623803?mt=8

Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. R (2011). ColdCase 1866 (Version 1.1) [iOS Application]. Apple Inc. Retrieved from http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cold-case-1866/id428238003?mt=8
Exhibitions

Whittaker, E. (2015) ‘Place-matching’ [sound art] Artist Rooms Gerhard Richter Exhibition, at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth, 26 September 2015 - 16 January 2016

Whittaker, E. & Brocklehurst, J. (2014). LociOscope, The Letters [iOS Application/Locative work] showcased at, Tagore Festival, Dartington Hall, Dartington, UK, 22 June

Whittaker, E. (2011) Cold Case 1866. Locative Narrative Showcase, live event, Totnes, Devon, UK. April 9

Whittaker, E. (2006). ‘The Body on the Path’ [Video]. Group Exhibition. System Failure, The Sanctuary, Brighton.

Whittaker, E. (2001). ‘Journey: evidence of the archivist, the tale of the journey taken’ [Installation, text]. Seven Headed Group Exhibition, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, East Sussex.

Whittaker, E. (1999). ‘Sitting at the Dining Room Table’ [etched glass narrative], ‘Inside the Library’ [video]. Magic Words and Magic Wands.Two person exhibition, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, East Sussex.

Whittaker, E. (2000). ‘Now it Seems to Have a Certain Resonance…’[multiple photographic prints] ‘Classroom Terror’ [video] Golganooza. Group Exhibition. Brighton Media Centre Gallery, Brighton, East Sussex.

Whittaker, E. (1998) ‘Sitting at the Dining Room Table, parts 1 & 2’ [etched glass narrative], ‘Inside Spaces’ [Hand printed interactive book], ‘Inside Spaces’ [Theatre set with video projections]. Group exhibition. Phwaak, The Custard Factory, Birmingham.

Whittaker, E. (1998) 'Inside the Library' [large video projections installation] Club Class, MA Final Exhibition, School of Art, Margaret St. University of Central England, Birmingham.

Whittaker, E. (1998) ‘Island Beyond the Page’ [Paper sculpture and sound work]. Group exhibition. All You Need Is Love, The Works Gallery, Birmingham.

Posters

Whittaker, E. (2010) Developing Interactive Narratives for Mobile Technologies with Arts Students. Poster Presentation. Awarded ‘Best Poster’. UPC Winter Research Conference.Plymouth University. 30 Nov 2010

Other Publications

Whittaker, E. (2011) Plymouth University: Master Class in Creating Interactive Narratives with Arts Students. Totnes, June 13

Whittaker, E. (2011) BBC Radio Devon Interview 'Cold Case 1866', 6 April



Links

Expanded Narrative

http://www.expandednarrative.org

She jointly runs Expanded Narrative with James Brocklehurst. They make imaginary worlds that are experienced in existent places using a mobile devices, in collaboration with arts and heritage organisations.

The Expanded Narrative Research Network 

http://www.expandednarrative.org/archive/

The Expanded Narrative Research Network is located at Plymouth University with an international membership. The network is concerned with exploring the multidisciplinary field of narrative practices that reconfigure the form and expand the experience of storytelling.

This site offers news, reviews, resources and and a space for exchange of ideas with practitioners, educators and researchers, concerned with pervasive games, interactive, locative and transmedia narrative and storytelling.

@ExpNarrative