I speak at a variety of events for different audiences, for example at conferences, universities, arts organisations, Pecha Kucha Nights and various one-off gatherings. In addition to speaking about specific projects, I am also invited to speak on wider themes such as research methods and communicating research; playfulness in public spaces; and use of locative technologies.

If you’d like to discuss inviting me to speak at your event, feel free to get in touch. You can find a contact form here.


Invisible Landscapes, Site Sessions for Site Gallery, Sheffield, 15th February 2018
Data Art Day at Birmingham Open Media, part of Instructions for Humans, 25th November 2017
Pedalling Ideas, Leeds, 17th and 18th September 2016
Links & Shifts, Birmingham, 21st August 2016
Keynote speaker at Playful Learning, Manchester, 13th-15th July 2016
Random String Symposium, Coventry, 10th June 2016
Beyond Jewellery: Performing the Body, Birmingham, 17th March 2016
Birmingham Open Media, Live R&D seminar, Birmingham, 7th March 2016

Below are a few recordings of different presentations. Slides and transcripts are generally posted to my blog under the http://npugh.co.uk/tag/presentation/ tag. Speaking engagements also get listed under ‘Professional Experience’ on the complete version of my CV on this page.

Mobile, Location and Games

This dates back to 2011, but it’s a pretty good introduction to several recurring themes within my practice. It’s from the Mobile, Location and Games panel at the Hello Culture conference in Birmingham. Fellow panelists were Oliver Williams (chair), Jon Bounds, Katie Day and Jason DaPonte and we were tasked with talking to cultural organisations about “developing a new generation of mobile and location-based experiences and services”.

'Mobile, Location and Games' panel for Hello Culture conference from nikkipugh on Vimeo.

Place interfaces – thoughts on bubblewrap, bees and lumps of clay

The first Lunchtime Talk I did at the Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol. In it I outline how I first became critical of interfaces and then use 3 then current projects (the talk was in 2012) to talk around approaches and experiences relating to using physical interfaces to mediate between people and place as well as between people and tech (and people and other people).

Place interfaces – thoughts on bubblewrap, bees and lumps of clay from nikkipugh on Vimeo.

(re)form follows function

And here’s a talk I did for Pecha Kucha Night Coventry in response to working on Kat Jungnickel’s Bikes and Bloomers research project. Contains improvisational dressing-up.

(re)form follows function from nikkipugh on Vimeo.

I like PKN Cov and they handily document the presentations; here are a few other presentations I’ve done there:

29 not-quite-random walks around Tokyo

Pecha Kucha Coventry | Vol. 15 | Nikki Pugh from MINDRIOT PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.

And my first: Own This City

Pecha Kucha Coventry vol.4 | Nikki Pugh | 10.05.11 from MINDRIOT PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.

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