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Alexandra Reynolds

Dr Alexandra Reynolds AFHEA, FRSA

Research Fellow

School of Art, Design and Fashion

023 8201 6975 ext. 6975 Room no. RM223

Biography

Dr Alexandra Reynolds holds a BA in Art History from Leeds University, a Pg. Dip in Curating and MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College and an AHRC funded PhD from Kingston University including a separate AHRC/EU funded PhD residency at Furtherfield Gallery in London. Her research means investigating the use of crowdsourcing in museums and galleries and exploring ways future digital co-creation projects might function more critically and meaningfully in the context of contemporary capitalism.

Alexandra has substantial previous curatorial experience of working on a range of AHRC and Heritage Lottery Funded projects, and developing events series and symposia at organisations including the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and the British Film Institute (BFI). Alexandra has presented her research widely at conferences including the London Conference in Critical Thought and institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal College of Art and Tate Britain, and has published her work most recently with the International Journal of the Inclusive Museum.

In her current role as Research Fellow, Alexandra’s work has included academic publishing surrounding critical digital museum practice, commissioned reports for external organisations such as the Arts Council funded Museum-University Partnership Initiative (MUPI) and Arts Council funded collaborative project work to develop innovative digital applications and offsite projects for museums and galleries.

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  1. Research interests

    Crowdsourcing, co-creation and the digital cultural archive, links between digital culture and contemporary neoliberal capitalism, digital cultural commons, digital curatorial practice, hacktivism and tactical media, critical theory and its translation into cultural practice.
  2. Project work and consultancy

    Alexandra has worked on many projects within her specialist field. Click below to find out more.

    April 2018 Commissioned Advisory Report, Museums University Partnership Initiative (MUPI) (Arts Council funded)

    • 50-page advisory report exploring successful digital networks, to be shared with policy-making, funding and government organisations

    March 2017-February 2018 MUPI ‘Research Matchmaker’ Pilot Project, Museums University Partnership Initiative (MUPI) (Arts Council Funded)

    • Lead participant in cross-sector team developing digital prototype linking academics and curators of under-researched collections.
    • Project partners include University of Southampton, South East Museum Development Programme, Haselmere Educational Museum and Bromley Historic Collections.
    • Two rounds of seed funding to develop concept, prototype and evaluation workshop for academics and curators
    • Project selected as a MUPI case study for best practice

    December 2017-March 2018 ‘Smart Murals’ Pilot Project (Arts Council Funded)

    • Lead participant in cross-sector augmented reality project developing digitally enabling contemporary artwork.
    • Project partners include Southampton University: Winchester School of Art, South East Museum Development Programme, Southampton City Art Gallery and digital SME Enova

    June 2017 Museums Hack Day. Co-organiser (Arts Council Funded)

    • Collaboration between South East Museums Programme, Digital South, Creative Network South and Solent University.
    • 60 curators, academics and technologists competing for seed funding to solve sector challenges.

    Mar 13-Jun 2013 Creativeworks PhD Residency: Furtherfield Gallery (AHRC/EU Funded)

    • Reviewing and conceptually redesigning VisitorsStudio, an artist co-creation platform online

    Mar-Sept 2014 Research Assistant: Kingston University and London Sinfonietta (AHRC/EU Funded)

    • Part of a Kingston University led team devising ideas for the conceptual design of an online platform aiming to encourage youth participation in the work of the London Sinfonietta

    Jan 11-Nov 2012 Assistant Editor: Journal of Early Popular Visual Culture, Spring 2013, Taylor Francis

    • Working closely with the guest editor of this journal to produce a special edition exploring the work of photographer Eadweard Muybridge in cultural and social context

    Apr 11-Oct 11 Online Education Consultant: Research into Teaching Project, Kingston University

    • Researching and designing an online education resource for use across the Art, Design and Architecture Faculty at Kingston University

    Jan 11-Apr 11 Online Education Consultant: Kingston Heritage Service, Heritage Lottery Funded

    • Producing digital cultural educational resources for schools and universities

    Apr 10-Nov 10 Associate Curator: Kingston Museum, Heritage Lottery Funded 

    • Curatorial work to develop a major exhibition and education programme surrounding early photography and film 

    Oct 09-Apr 10 Digital Project Coordinator: Kingston University, AHRC Funded

    • Researching and producing digital cultural archive around the work of photographer Eadweard Muybridge
  3. Teaching experience

    Alexandra teaches on the MA Critical Creative Practice, with a focus on critical theory and digital cultures. An Associate Fellow of the HEA, Alexandra has previously lectured and led seminars on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the school of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University.
  4. Recent publications

    Click below to find out more about Alexandra's published works.
    • Reynolds, A. (In Press) 'Digital Activism within Post-Fordism: Interventions Between Assimilation and Exclusion' in J Hunsinger et. al. ed. International Handbook of Internet Research Springer
    • Reynolds A (In Press) ‘Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding’ in Perez Gonzalez, L. et al. ed. Routledge Encyclopaedia of Citizen Media Routledge
    • Reynolds, A (2017) ‘From Crowdsourcing to the Commons: Towards Critical and Meaningful Digital Collaboration in Museums’ International Journal of the Inclusive Museum Common Ground Publishing
    • Reynolds A (2011) ‘Eadweard Muybridge: Defining Modernities’. Kunstgeschichte, Ludwig Maximilians-Universität, München
    • Cook, P and Reynolds, A (2010) ‘Muybridge Revolutions’ Muybridge in Kingston Exhibition Catalogue, Kingston Museum 
    • Reviewer for International Journal of the Inclusive Museum Common Ground Publishing (2017-18)
  5. Work in progress

    Alexandra is currently working to publish work around critical digital museum practice and cross-sector collaboration as well as extending her practice-based research through external funding bids and undertaking research-informed teaching on the MA Critical Creative Practice.