Dr Joanna Griffin

Dr Joanna Griffin

Research Assistant

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)




2014 PhD, University of Plymouth, title: 'Experience and Viewpoints in the Social Domain of Space Technology'

2003 University of Westminster, MA Hypermedia Studies

1991 Tamarind Institute of Lithography, University of New Mexico, Professional Printer Training Program

1991 University of Edinburgh (and University of Pennsylvania) MA (Hons) Fine Art

Professional membership

Leonardo/OLATS International Society for Arts, Science and Technology

Society for the History of Technology

Key publications

Griffin J (2012) 'Moon Vehicle: Reflections from an Artist-Led Children's Workshop on the Chandrayaan-1 Spacecraft's Mission to the Moon' Leonardo 45, (3) 218-224 , DOI Open access
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Teaching interests

Fine Art, Design, Drawing, Printmaking, Art History, Visual Culture, New Media, Histories of Science and Technology

Examples course:

The Social Lives of Spacecraft. Using the spacecraft as a central object of inquiry, the course considers how imagination, experience and culture interact with science and technology. Students are introduced to the critical thinking of Hannah Arendt and analyse film and television media produced by Walt Disney, Films Division India and The National Geographic Channel. Student from art and design research links between space culture and their own specialisms to create presentations, which lead to individual critical essays. Through this process, students learn how to write and think imaginatively using visual materials, how to structure an argument and how to transfer ideas from one domain, in this case outer space, back into challenges within their specialist fields.



Grants & contracts

November 2018-May 2019 Co-Investigator, AHRC Follow-on Award for Impact and Engagement 'Technology, Exchange and Flow: India'

October 2009-December 2013 AHRC funded doctoral studentship

2006/7 Arts Council England International Artist Fellowship, NASA Space Science Lab, University of California, Berkeley



Key publications

Griffin J (2012) 'Moon Vehicle: Reflections from an Artist-Led Children's Workshop on the Chandrayaan-1 Spacecraft's Mission to the Moon' Leonardo 45, (3) 218-224 , DOI Open access

Key publications are highlighted


Griffin, J (2017). 'Displacing Creativity: Artists, Space Scientists and Audience-Led Television in 1970s India'. AVANT. The Journal of the Philosophical-Interdisciplinary Vanguard. VIII. 95-105. 10.26913/80s02017.0111.0010.

Griffin, J (2015) 'Reflections on the Authorship of Space Technology'. Space Policy, 33 (2015) pp. 4-7 DOI: 10.1016/j.spacepol.2015.06.001.

Griffin, J (2014) 'Seeing Chandrayaan: Large-scale technology and critical intimacy'. In Circulation (To Participate: Global and Spatial Perspectives), 1 (4), [Online]. Available at: http://incirculation.ca/griffin/ (Accessed: 11 January 2015).

Griffin, J (2012) 'Moon Vehicle: Reflections from an artist’s-led children’s workshop on the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft's mission to the Moon'. Leonardo, 45 (3). pp 219-224 DOI: 10.1162/ LEON_a_00363 [Online]. Available at:: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdf/ 10.1162/LEON_a_00363 (Accessed: 2 May 2014). [Ranked no.1 of Leonardo articles in Altmetric social media survey]

Griffin, J (2009) 'Satellite Stories: Immersion in the large-scale projection of Google Earth and Public Storytelling'. Leonardo Electronic Almanac, 16 (6-7), [Online]. Available at: http://www.leonardo.info/LEA/CreativeData/CD_Griffin.pdf (Accessed: 22 December 2013).

Griffin, J (2005) 'Breaking the Surface'. Cultural Politics, 1 (2). pp 233-242 

Griffin, J & Müller, C. (1997) 'A Return Exhibition from Leipzig'. Printmaking Today, Autumn.

Griffin, J (1996) 'Collotype in Leipzig'. Printmaking Today, Spring

Griffin, J (1991) 'The Philadelphia Story: Public Art in Philadelphia'. Artists Newsletter, March.

Nasser M, Peres N, Knight J, Haines A, Young C, Maranan D, Wright J, Carvil P, Robinson K & Westmore M (2020) 'Designing clinical trials for future space missions as a pathway to changing how clinical trials are conducted on Earth' J Evid Based Med 13, (2) 153-160 Author Site , DOI Open access
Griffin JM (2017) 'Displacing Creativity: Artists, Space Scientists and Audience-Led Television in 1970s India' Avant: Journal of Philosophical-Interdisciplinary Vanguard , DOI Open access
Griffin J (2015) 'Reflections on the authorship of space technology' Space Policy 33, 4-7 , DOI Open access
Griffin J (2012) 'Moon Vehicle: Reflections from an Artist-Led Children's Workshop on the Chandrayaan-1 Spacecraft's Mission to the Moon' Leonardo 45, (3) 218-224 , DOI Open access
Griffin J 'Breaking the Surface' Cultural Politics , DOI Open access

Griffin, J. (ed.) (2019) Exchange & Flow: An anthology. Plymouth: Transtechnology Research Open Access

Griffin J; Drayson H; Knight J; Hutchinson J; Punt M (2020) Exchange & Flow: An anthology. Plymouth Transtechnology Research Open Access Publisher Site Open access

Griffin, J. (2014) 'Hitchhiking to the Moon'. in La Frenais, R. (ed.) Manifesto for a Republic of the Moon. London: The Arts Catalyst.

Conference Papers

2017 'Creative Encounters and Subaltern Aesthetics in the Early Years of the Indian Space Programme' Re:Trace, 7th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, November 23–25, Danube University, Vienna, Austria.

2017 'The Displacement of Creativity: A Satellite Television Story from 1970s Gujarat' Off The Lip2017: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Innovation, 16-18 August, Plymouth University. Conference and publication workshop on themes of creativity, cognitive innovation and displacement.

(2012) 'The incorporation of transdisciplinary thinking into the development of hitchhiking payloads'. 63rd International Astronautical Congress. Naples: 5 September 2012 International Astronautical Federation. [conference proceedings]

(2012) 'Artistic practice and autonomous spacefaring activities', 63rd International Astronautical Congress. Naples 5 October 2012. International Astronautical Federation. [conference proceedings

Nasser M, Peres N, Knight J, Haines A, Young C, Griffin J, Maranan D, Wright J & Halkes M (2018) 'The design of clinical trials and its associated support systems in interplanetary missions - A thought experiment and creative workshop'
Griffin J (2012) 'Artistic practice and autonomous spacefaring activities' 11132-11137
Griffin J (2012) 'The incorporation of transdisciplinary thinking into the development of hitchhiking payloads' 4774-4777

2008 'Satellite Stories' Open Day event at Mullard Space Science Lab, University College London, UK. Commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and funded by UCL Beacons of Public Engagement. A guided walk at sunset led by Mullard scientists and local residents about the journeys of people and spacecraft to and from the Space Science Lab

2007 'Stereo', The Luggage Gallery, San Franscisco, USA. (with C.D.Evans). [Improvised soundscape performance using media recorded at the Space Science Lab, UC Berkeley during the launch of the STEREO sun observing satellites ]

2007 'Lost', Crash Ensemble Shindig, Dublin, Ireland. Soundscape,10 mins. [Interviews with scientists at the Space Science Lab about lost spacecraft]

2007 'Satellite Stories', Storytelling performance at ‘You and Your Work’, The Cube, Bristol, UK.

2006 'The Satellite Investigations', Citr Radio 109.1FM, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. [A show that re-mixed my weekly conversations with UBC employees working with satellites with new Canadian music]

2006 'Alarm Clocks Kill Dreams', Memelab Studio improvised performance. [Improvised performance based on recollections of dreams]. Also on 'Soundscapes' radio programme, Coop Radio 102.9, Vancouver, Canada. (as The Greater Periscope Orchestra).

2006 'Conference Remix,' Interactive Futures 06, University of Victoria, Open Space gallery, Victoria, Canada. (as The Greater Periscope Orchestra). [Recordings of the conference remixed live]

2005 'French Shift' on Radio 90, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada. (as The Greater Periscope Orchestra). [2-day radio programme of interactions with participating artists and curators]

2004 'Live PA-Passive/Aggressive', New Forms Festival, Open Studios, Vancouver, Canada. (as The Greater Periscope Orchestra) [Improvised sound performance]

2004 'Tea with Live Jam' at Duende Studios, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. (as The Greater Periscope Orchestra). [Tea party followed by improvised remix of conversations ]

2004 Version_Net, Version 04 festival, Chicago, US. Selected Web-based art, including 'The Bomb Project', Joy Garnett; 'Make your Choice', Nino Rodriguez; 'Minimal Garden', Holger Lippmann. [Website www.breakingthesurface.net]



'Exchange & Flow' (2019) Shortlisted for the AHRC. Research in Films Award 2019, Doctoral and Early Career Researcher category. Available at: ahrcpress https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e26IwU_6PR4

'Who Authors Space Technology?' (2014) HD one of 10 selected videos for The Society of the History of Technology PhD thesis contest. Available at: https://vimeo.com/channels/shotdissvideo/videos

'Feathered Water' (2002) 16mm black and white film made from archive film at the Imperial War Museum film archive. 5 mins, with sound.

  • 2016 Side by Side screening led by Cinestar and LUX at Back Lane West, Redruth Cornwall;
  • 2007 Cinema Lux, Caen, France. 2005 Substation, Cathedral Park, Vancouver, Canada.
  • 2004 Transat Video, Caen, France; VideoIn, Vancouver, Canada; Cinematique, Brighton, UK; Ocatillo, London, UK; Exploding Cinema curated by Edwin Carels, International Film Festival of Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2003 15th Onion City Film Festival, Chicago, USA; Alternative Histories of Modern Conflict, The Imperial War Museum, London screenings followed by panel discussion; LUX Open, Royal College of Art, London;
  • 2002 Plymouth Arts Centre.

MD902 shown at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2002 and Plymouth Art Centre, 2002

S173 shown at Sea, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 2002

'An Earlier Mission' (1995) Super 8 colour film transferred to video. Looped with or without sound. Shown 2002 Plymouth Arts Centre; 2002 Sheffield Art Gallery; 2000 AtOMSK, Cambridge Darkroom Gallery, Cambridge, UK. Including performance by Annis Joslin and Grace Surman and films by Richard Kennworthy and Steven Eastwood.

'Space/Earth' and 'Tiff' (1998) 16mm black and white film. 10 mins. No sound. 1998 Sassy Shorts, Lighthouse, Wolverhampton, UK.


2015 Arte en Órbita, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Quito, Ecuador. Curated by Pedro Soler and Fabienne Borges.

2014 'Moon Vehicle', Republic of the Moon group exhibition with artists Agnes Meyer Brand, Leonid Tishkov, Katie Paterson, WE COLONISED THE MOON and Liliajne Lijn. Produced by The Arts Catalyst, Bargehouse, London, UK. [Presenting large posters of work from Moon Vehicle contextualised with film Space and India, directed by Vijay B. Chandra, produced by Films Division India1971]

2011 Orbitando Satélites, Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijon, Spain. [Large poster 'Who we are, What we did, What we think' for exhibition from workshop.]

2011 Secret Satellites, Belfast Exposed Gallery, Belfast, UK. with artists Aisling O'Brien, Trevor Paglen and Simon Faithful.

2009 'Moon Stories', Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangalore, India. Public event held around a projection of the actual full Moon onto the rooftop via a telescope, digital camera and beamer.

2009 '100 Days of CHN-01', held at Srishti School of Art in collaboration with the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bengaluru, India on the 100th day of Chandrayaan-1's mission.

2008 'Satellite Stories': International Sputnik Day, Dartington College of Arts, Totnes, UK. [projection of Google Earth, PA and sound system and video recorder made in collaboration with BA students.]

2006 'The GoogleTime Museum', World Urban Forum Festival, Great Northern Way, Vancouver. (as The Greater Periscope Orchestra). Visitors were invited into residency studio to record stories of their earliest memories using a navigable immersive projection of Google Earth accompanied by live soundscapes. Outside, visitors were invited to collage a bus using cut-up surplus vinyl bus adverts. The activities took 

place over one week and recordings were broadcast on Citr radio.

2006 Impakt Online, net-art project commissions, including Bureau of Inverse Technology, 'Ooz' and Franz Allen 'Superconsumers'. [xml-base Website 'A Connection to a Remote Place' connecting live Webcams of observatories and critical texts about space technology with the actual co-ordinates of the International Space Station, NOAA 12 and Hubble Space Telescope]

2006 'Mountain Therapy' (soundscape), This City Is A Radio, co-presented by PAVED Arts and CFCR fm, Saskatoon, Canada. (as The Greater Periscope Orchestra). [Remixes of conversations had while climbing mountains in Canada]

2004 'Space Van Race', at Free Communism group show of artists-in-residence at Duende Studios, Rotterdam The Netherlands. (as The Greater Periscope Orchestra) [launch of Space Van orbit concept]

2002 Sea, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK. Including artists Dorothy Cross, Tania Kovats and Mike Marshall. [Video projection and wall text 'S173'].

2000 New Work, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, UK. Including artists Marion Coutts, Jerone Offerman, Tomoya Magunuchi. [Super 8 film presented on black and white TV 'An Earlier Mission']

2000 As it is, The Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK. Including artists Nathan Coley, Frances Hegarty, Richard Wentworth. [3-screen Video projection 'MD902'] https://www.ikon-gallery.org/event/as-it-is/

2000 VIVIDNOW, The Big Peg, Birmingham, UK. Including artists Ravi Deepres, Jo Roberts and Mo White [Corridor sound installation]

2000 Revolution, International Convention Centre, Birmingham, UK. New work commission for millennium festival including artists and arts organisations Colin Pearce, Clare Carter and Stan’s Cafe. [Large-scale, synchronised 4-screen video projection on ceiling, 'Airshow' bookworks and postcards]

2000 Boxing Gear, B16 Gallery, Birmingham, UK. Curated by Nick Crowe, including artists Ravi Deepres, Lisa Meyer, Andrew Woodhead. [Bookworks 'Airshow' and video projection 'Chrysalidding']

1999-2000 Messages, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK; Kuppelhalle der Dresdner Bank, Leipzig, Germany; Goethe Institute, New York, USA. Including artists Sean O’Keefe, Jean Vaudeau, Olaf Wegewitz. [lithographs]

1999 Xn-Books, Multiples and Easy Living, B16 Gallery, Birmingham, UK. Curated by Melanie Powers and Simon Webb with artists Jo Kirk, Nigel Prince, Torsten Lauschmann. ['Airshow' bookworks]

1997-99 Robert Horne Printmaking Exhibition, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery May-July 1997, Shire Hall Gallery Stafford February-April 1998, The City Gallery Leicester April-May 1998, mac Birmingham September-November 1998, Oddfellows Gallery Kendal September-October 1999. Work produced on funded residencies at Lowick House Print Workshop Cumbria. Including artists Chris Orr, Dale Devreux Barker and Coo Geller. [Large monoprints]

1997 Two Telescopes (Solo show), The Bond Galery, Birmingham, UK. [Drawings and lithographs]

1997 Collotypes from Leipzig: Lichtdruck? Lichtdruck! Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, UK. [collotypes editioned during international 1-month workshop with artists from Leipzig's twin cities]

1996-7 9 x 9 x 9, Hochschule fur Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, Germany; Lanchester Gallery, Coventry.

Other Publications

(2013) 'Science and Society 2013: Some thoughts on the idea of bias and the idea of ignorance'. [Online] Situating Science. 29 October 2013. Available at: http://www.situsci.ca/?q=fr/science-and-society-2013-some-thoughts-idea-bias-and-ideaignorance (Accessed: 25 April 2014).

(2011) 'About this Manual'. in Duque, A. (ed.) Orbitando Satélites. Gijon: Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial and Arts Santa Monica, pp 2-3.

Griffin JM (2014) Experience and Viewpoint in the Social Domain of Space Technology. Publisher Site