Sally Jane Norman is Professor in Performance Technologies and Founding Director of the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of Sussex, which is developing the University’s established strengths in radical interdisciplinary research through academic programmes due to invest a major refurbished arts centre on campus from early 2013. Before moving to Sussex in 2010, Sally Jane worked from 2004 as founding director of Culture Lab at Newcastle University, piloting the physical and strategic building of a pioneering digital research laboratory, and shaping its spectacular award-winning early years. She was previously Director General of the Ecole européenne supérieure de l’image (Angoulême/ Poitiers), where she set up the first art school led practice-based PhD programme in France.
Professor Norman has become increasingly involved in European research communities since the mid nineties, when she was employed on Framework projects at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe. Holder of a Doctorat de 3ème cycle and Doctorat d’état from the Institut d’études théâtrales, Université de Paris III, and of dual nationality (Aotearoa/ New Zealand – France), her publications in French and English include peer reviewed papers and major commissioned studies for Unesco and the French Ministry of Culture. Director of the 1993 Louvre “New Images and Museology” conference, she regularly leads and collaborates on initiatives to explore the creative potential of emerging technologies, including programmes at the International Institute of Puppetry in Charleville-Mézières and the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music in Amsterdam (Artistic Guest Director, 1998-2000), and activities as co-founder of the “VIDA” Art and Artificial Life Competition run by the Telefonica Foundation. Sally Jane works across a wide range of organisations as a transdisciplinary academic, international policy advisor, and cultural activist.