Aron Spall

Aron Spall MA

Senior Lecturer in Media, Arts and Communications


I teach theory and practical skills across a range of digital media arts courses and disciplines at MA, BA and Foundation year level.  My research interests include the body, memory, archive, time and affect in relation to contemporary digital image making.  My art practice explores these fields of interest using photography, moving image, mixed reality, 3D imaging and installation.


I began teaching in higher education in 2004 alongside working freelance in the design and media industries.  My teaching prioritises engagement with cultural and philosophical perspectives to underpin the development of practical skills and visual communication.  I lead modules involving photography, video, 2D and 3D motion, design and contextual theory.  My aim in teaching is to develop independent thinking and to cultivate a culture of innovation and creative risk-taking.

My research explores the critical framing of photography focussing on the latency of contemporary images and the mutable conditions of their processing and sharing.  My practice-based PhD questions what constitutes the ‘photographic’ within emerging digital ecologies; how technologies that enable three-dimensional imaging, the socially networked image, and computational photography affect the processing, practicing, and archiving of individual, social and cultural memory.


Department of Media Arts and Communication

College of Social Sciences and Arts



Photography and Video Production
Creative Synergies in Media Production
Media in Context
Digital Innovation
Immersive Digital Technologies


Book chapters

Hazeldine, L., & Spall, A. (2023). Semiosis, hybridity and the mediated mind (1st). In Khine, M.S. (Ed.) New Directions in Rhizomatic Learning From Poststructural Thinking to Nomadic Pedagogy. Routledge:


Spall, A. (2022). When The Space Becomes the Screen: Projection as Material. [Photographic and Augmented Reality Projection]. S1 Artspace, Fine Art Project Space.

Spall, A. (2023). Conversations in Practice - Volatile Surface Images. [Photography, 3d capture, Augmented Reality]. Persistence Works Gallery, Yorkshire Artspace.

Spall, A. (2023). Look Don't Look. [Video Installation, Photographic Prints]. The Brown St Project, Sheffield.

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