Derek Hales is Research Fellow in Transdisciplinary Practice with the New Centre for Research & Practice and an independent researcher based in Manchester, UK. Derek’s research with The New Centre extends his existing work on speculative hardware and is concerned with design-fictional objects of the new weird and with theory-fictional objects of hyperstition.
His essay re-designing the objectile is published in Marenko, B & Brassett, J (eds) Deleuze & Design Edinburgh University Press 2015. He was guest editor of the Special Edition of Digital Creativity Journal on Design Fictions (2013) and Special Section of Digital Creativity Journal on Speculative Hardware (2015). He has worked as cultural producer in post-digital media since 1998 developing artists R&D commissions, research residencies, festivals and workshops in sound art, noise art, device art, fictive materialities and other projects funded by the Arts Council of England, UK research councils and through various innovation awards.
Derek has spoken on technoculture, media theory, speculative & abstract culture at universities, research institutions, and festivals in Amsterdam, Banff, Belfast, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Gijon, Helsinki, Istanbul, Lisbon, London, Malmo, Manchester, New York City, Prague, Rotterdam, Singapore, San Francisco, Sofia and Taipei.