Russell is an academic practitioner. He has written on website design, digital aesthetics, and the concept of interactivity, for example: 'Users, Interactivity and Generation', New Media and Society Journal 8(4), pp. 531 - 550.
He is a member of the KikiT VisuoSonic Research Group with Sarah Hand MA and Professor Maurice Owen investigating new ways to inter-connect sound, visuals, photography and interactivity in performance/installation/print.
KikiT VisuoSonic has created works at a large number of venues across the world including:
- The Anthony Minghella Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight.
- 'Interactive Futures', Victoria, Canada.
- The London Jazz Festival, The Arts Depot, Finchley, London.
- The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UAE, Norwich.
- The Salvem El Cabanyal Festival, Valencia, Spain.
- 'The 11th Tapestry' for the London Design Festival, Victoria and Albert Museum.
Russell’s solo practical work includes:
- 'DiskO', a generative music creation installation.
- 'Covertor', a digital art generation application.
- 'Nebula', a cosmic gas cloud generator.
- 'Meshwork', a sound-derived linear animation.
- 'AI_AT' a self-running music generator.
Russell is a practicing musician specialising in electric bass and Korg and Moog programming. He has recently re-released a post-punk EP from the early 1980’s entitled 'Strike Now – There is no cover' on ever/never records, New York: https://evernever-records.bandcamp.com/album/strike-now-ep.
He is also a member of ThrobTheorists, an experimental “prog-punk” band together with Jules Wolfreys. They have produced six LPs over the last two years including mapping a 30 track album based on 30 places on the Isle of Wight:https://otherhand.bandcamp.com/album/mapping .
Russell is presently researching (nearing competition) a PhD in responsive environments at Southampton Solent University. Working title: 'Responsive Environments and Protagonism'.
Russell is a member of BAFTA, Rhizome and Publicscreens.no.
He is a member of the editorial panel for the Hidrazone Digital Arts Hub with Julian Konczak. Visit Russell's pages on the University's CREADM (Centre for Research and Enterprise in Art, Design and Media) website.