i-DAT is an Open Research Lab for playful experimentation with creative technology.

We co-create and share technological prototypes and practices, that push and challenge the boundaries of digital arts and creative media practice. Our main focus is on making ‘data’ tangible, playable and readily available as a material, to generate new meaning and inform participation, audience engagement and innovation in the arts.

i-DAT believes passionately, that it must embrace the opportunities created by digital technologies to be open and collaborative, in order to sustainably co-create social, economic and cultural benefit for society in general and predominantly, for current and future generations of young people.

i-DAT is a vertex in an international network of researchers and practitioners and host to a community of PhD students and artists. Our practice based research and production activities are underpinned by considerable PhD supervisory experience and through a rich collaboration with the Planetary Collegium and Art and Sound Research Group.

Hosted by Plymouth University (Faculty of Arts and Humanities, School of Art, Design and Architecture), i-DAT has been delivering world class cultural activities since 1998. Between March 2012 and March 2015 i-DAT operated as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. It continues to evolve its programme of activities, pushing the boundaries of digital arts / creative media practice. It generates playful opportunities for research, production and collaboration and makes technological innovations accessible to artists and audiences.

i-DAT manages the Immersive Vision Theatre, delivering shows, productions and research into immersive media (Virtual Reality and Fulldome environments. Further information can be found here: http://i-dat.org/ivt/

Through a rich interaction with teaching [BA/BSc Digital Media Design and BA/BSc Internet Design and MRes/ResM Digital Art & Technology] in the School of Art, Design and Architecture, research [The Arts Institute / Cognition Institute / Sustainable Earth Institute] and enterprise, i-DAT provides access to new technologies, knowledge and ideas.

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i-DAT receives core funding from:

Arts Council England