Programme: Design - MPhil/PhD

Start date: September 2016

Mode of study: Full time

B’Arch (Hons), Glasgow School of Art, 1993.

Dip. Arch, Glasgow School of Art, 1994.

BA (Hons) Intermedia, Edinburgh College of Art, 2015.

  • Recipient of the Barns-Graham Travel Award.
  • Recipient of the Katherine Michaelson Prize for Dissertation.

ECA Scholarship (Partial) and College Research Award, 2016.

Scott’s PhD explores the impact that communication technologies have on contemporary queer identities. Recent advances in mobile technology have created an evolution in the way users have come to (re)present themselves online and there have been behavioural shifts in the way sexuality and identity is experienced and symbolised. Social network sites actively remap and synthesise forms of identity to embody users online and, as a result, users are encouraged to (re)negotiate their physical, mental and cultural identities through a rigid framework of commercially constructed profile identities. Access to a cornucopia of apps, however, has now allowed users to create multiple ‘transmedial’ identities from prêt-a-porter sexualities suggesting the employment of digital forms of masquerade and performativity within the expression of identity. Slippage within identity is also finding expression and complex queer transmedial narratives are emerging suggesting that online identities are not fixed but fluid allowing the ‘self’ to become ‘decentered’. Scott’s doctoral project aims to create new ways of understanding of decentered identities through digital transmedial narratives.

Within his art practice, Scott employs methodologies of scriptwriting and experimental filmmaking. His work explores themes of virtual identity, performativity and sexuality, specifically in relation to the narrative forms of queer stories: how they are told, their myths, anecdotes and contexts. To develop narratives, Scott engages with a variety of ethnographic tools including participant observation, field studies and interviews with participants chronicling their life-stories and experiences. He also employs a form of digital ethnography, where avatars are created to live within and respond to social media websites and develop virtual relationships with other users. The films Scott produces combine a diversity of research material with fictional narratives where the hybridised characters, within the films, breathe life into the texts and research to create a visual identity to the work.

Research interests include: experimental film; performance; scriptwriting; storytelling; ethnography; digital media; virtual identities and their narratives and queer culture, theory and film.

Before starting his PhD, Scott studied architecture at the Glasgow School of Art and practiced as an architect in Zimbabwe, Hong Kong and Ireland. He returned to Scotland in 2009 to study contemporary art at Edinburgh and during his undergraduate degree was selected for a number of residencies and contributed to talks and seminars at Edinburgh Napier University. Scott’s work has been exhibited across the UK including the New Contemporaries: 2016 at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh and New Scottish Artists at DRAF / Fleming Collection, London, 2016.