Mail: nick dot lambert at

Biographical details

I did my BA at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) in the Art & Archaeology of Asia & Africa, 1994-97.

My PhD was supervised by Professor Martin Kemp at the Department of History of Art, Oxford University. It examined the evolution of digital-specific artforms under the general rubric of “computer art”, demonstrating this was not a unified style or movement in the traditional sense.

DPhil (PhD). Title: “A critical examination of ‘computer art’: its history and application”, Dept of History of Art, University of Oxford, submitted 2003.

Current research interests

My interests revolve around the digital medium and its application in contemporary art and visual culture. Through this, I engage with questions about the boundary between “fine” and “applied” arts, design and interfaces, and the relation of art, science and technology. I have researched the history of computer art and engaged with artists and theorists in this field. I have also developed parallel interests in the history of digital technology, in particular its roots in Cold War America. The evolution of interfaces and display technologies is also part of my research, including some practical as well as theoretical outcomes.

Successful research bids include:

  • £410K AHRC funding for the ‘Computer Art and Technocultures’ project, held jointly by Birkbeck and the Victoria & Albert Museum. I was Principal Investigator on this project.
  • £32K HEFCE funding for equipping the Vasari Centre (2006)
  • Advised on digitisation and databases for the £300K AHRC funding for the ‘Archigram Archival Project’ at University of Westminster
  • Private funding for Imaginearchive, a knowledge access software application which is being developed with Birkbeck.

Teaching and research supervision

I run the following courses at Birkbeck:

Areas of research supervision: Digital Art, digital visual culture, contemporary design and communication, the history of art, science and technology.