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Research interests

Sound, moving image, photography & Auditory culture

Taylor’s research is focused on both ongoing practice-led activity and recently, Auditory Culture

Auditory Culture concerns the phenomenon that our understanding and interpretation of our environment is dominated by visual stimuli where sonic elements are often subjugated by the prevailing visual experience. The way in which we relate to and ‘read’ our everyday world is influenced by this emphasis on sight over sound. Often we disregard or take for granted the nature of the sonic landscape we inhabit. As technology becomes ever more prevalent in our world our social and public environment has become a place cluttered with noise generated by the increasing application of technology (mobile phones, public safety announcements etc.), irreversibly altering our auditory experience. He has worked in collaboration with the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University, The Netherlands, on research into Auditory Culture.

Approach to teaching

Encouraging multidisciplinary approaches to image making, sound art and problem solving, considering and speculating upon the future of Visual Communication

Encouraging methodologies for Visual Research to inform both design problem solving and personal practice

Scholarly biography


Oxford Brookes University, MA Electronic Media 1997-1998

University of London, Institute of Education, PGCE 1988

West Surrey College of Art & Design, BA (Hons) Fine Art 1984-1987

Professional Experience:

Phil Taylor is an artist, educator, designer and musician based in Brighton, UK. He works primarily with video, photography and sound. Taylor has shown his work internationally since completing his Masters in Electronic Media in 1998. Many of Taylor’s time-based projects focus upon specific locations that have an historical event or significance associated with them. As an educator, Taylor has taught in Further and Higher Education Institutions for over 27 years, he has worked at The University of Brighton for 17 years, primarily within Visual Communication, and was Course Leader for BA (Hons) Graphic Design for 7 years. He has extensive experience as an External Examiner and course validation specialist advisor and consultant across Visual Communication. Previous commercial design output includes interactive digital work for clients such as Channel 4, the BBC and The Wellcome Trust, London.


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