Dr Martyn Woodward

m-woodward-150px.jpgDeputy Dean (Director of Learning and Teaching) 

e: mwoodward@cardiffmet.ac.uk
w: www.trans-techresearch.net/researchers/martyn-woodward | www.plymouth.academia.edu/MartynWoodward

Specialist Subject Areas

Art & Design Theory, Philosophy, Practice.

My research and teaching is transdisciplinary in nature, traversing the spaces between disciplines and seeking insight that emerges beyond disciplines. My expertise crosses the disciplines of Fine Art, Graphic Design, Product Design, Film and Media, Architecture and Digital art and Technology, as well as Philosophy, Anthropology, Material Culture, Deep Human History and Archaeology. My work aims to foster an innate philosophical skepticism that challenges accepted axioms within art and design theory, philosophy and practice, liberating new questions and approaches.

My research explores the intermingled relationship between human experience, the created/designed world of artefacts and what we might call the ‘non-human’ world of matter and materials. I am particularly interested in how such interrelationships change or reconfigure our current view of reality, as well as the received histories of art and design practices, and how we come to understand what it means to ‘design’.

My research is media-archaeological, from the perspective of art and design, interrogating ‘how’ the artefacts of reality come into existence and how they come, and continue to become, to mean.


Master of Arts
BA (hons)


Martyn is an interdisciplinary researcher, practitioner and academic working within interdisciplinary learning and teaching and research contexts. He has developed inter and transdisciplinary learning and teaching for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level study.

Martyn’s expertise lies within a design anthropological context drawing from phenomenology, film and media, ecological thought and new materialist / posthuman theory.

His current practice and research explore what the role of Art & Design may be in post-industrial 21st Century context. His thinking brings together Transition Design, inter-species ethnography, anthropology, dynamic systems theory and ecological philosophy to model potential ecological futures, practices and ways of being.

He is co-convener of the Metatechnicity Research Doctoral Community within Cardiff School of Art & Design

Current research

Engineering Future Generations: Biophilic Principles for Wellbeing and Sustainability.

A 3-year Visiting Professorship funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE)

This programme aims to embed biophilic engineering principles across Cardiff School of Art and Design's interdisciplinary undergraduate portfolio to help develop graduate citizens focussed upon the health, wellbeing and sustainability of future generations.

The programme will enhance, embed and expand these principles informed by the visiting professor and further develop the leadership, innovative thinking and visionary competencies sought by industry through project-based working.

The aim of the programme is to develop student competencies in this area of engineering, develop the cognitive skills required of leaders and change agents and diversify graduate outcomes and careers.


Design research Society

Contributing Researcher

Transtechnology Research, Plymouth University.
MeAT Research, Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Cognition Institute, Plymouth University.

Recent Publications and/or Exhibitions

Smith, E., Woodward, M. (2021) 'Mimetic Transactions: Across bodies, Materials and Environments', Posthuman Mimesis: Embodiment, Affect, Contagion, KU Leuven, May 20-22, 2021.

Woodward, M. (2021) 'Practicing Interdisciplinarity: Developing Interdisciplinary knowing and Doing', Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching Conference Interdisciplinarity in Practice and Action, University of Warwick, 2 April 2020

Momani, S., Hussain, F., Woodward, M., Counsell, J. (2020) 'The State of the Field Work Module in Graphic Design Courses in Jordanian Universities' The International Journal of Design Education.

Barritt, L. Woodward, M and Thompson, S. (2019). Rendering reality: a speculative approach to the life-world of adolescent artists. Experimental Engagements, SLSA November 2019: University of California Irvine. Metatechnicity Research : Cardiff School of Art & Design: Cardiff Metropolitan University.  

Seckam, A. Thompson, S. and. M, Woodward. (Convenors). Dialogues: The intertwined tapestry of art and science. Art/Science Exchange Workshop. Symposia. Cardiff, November 2019. Metatechnicity Research and Biochemical Society. 

Woodward, M. and H, Hill. (2019). Breaking Chains & Following Meshes: Indigenous Cosmologies, Relational Thought and Creative Practice. Presented at: Art in the Anthropocene. Trinity College, Dublin. June 2019. 

Woodward, M. (2019) 'Metaplasticity Rendered Visible in Paint: How matter 'matters' in the lifeworld of Human action. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. February 2019, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 113–132 

Stuart, C., and Woodward, M. (2019) 'I've Drawn, like, Someone who was the World": Rendering Organism-environment Couplings Visible through Participant-generated Drawings of Yoga'. Body & Society. Sage 

Drayson, H and Woodward, M (2015) ‘Thinking About Fittingness’, In Blassnigg, M., Punt, M., Drayson, H and Woodward, M. (eds) Media Archaeology and Cognition: Transtechnology Research Reader 2014/15. Plymouth: Transtechnology Research Open Access Papers.

Woodward, M (2015) ‘From Interaction to Correspondance: A Review of Tim Ingold’s Bodies on the Run’, In Blassnigg, M., Punt, M., Drayson, H and Woodward, M. (eds) Media Archaeology and Cognition: Transtechnology Research Reader 2014/15. Plymouth: Transtechnology Research Open Access Papers.

Knight, J., Woodward, M. (2014) ‘A Media-Archaeology of Art or an Art of Media-Archaeology?’. Art Matters 2014, University of Barcelona, Dec 11-12.

Woodward, M (2014) From Interaction to Correspondance: An Archaeology of Visual Style’, TAG 2014, University of Manchester, Manchester, 17-20 Dec.

Woodward, M (2014) ‘A Monstrous Rhinoceros (As From Life): The Epistemological Role of the Enacted Pictorial Image.’ Yung, S.T, and Peibalga, A. Designing the Relationship between Humans and Technology. Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Egbe, A and Woodward, M. (2013) ‘The (im)material Aspects of Film Duplication: The Optical Printer as Philosophical Apparatus’, Deep History, Contingency and the Sublime, TTOA, Chepstow: Post digital Press

Woodward, M (2013) ‘A Shifting Sense of Human Scale: Tracing ‘Deep Time’ Aspects of Human Depiction’, TAG on-sea 2013, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, 18-20 Dec.

Woodward, M. (2013) ‘ Archaeologies of Deep Time: Images of Tension and Scale’, Public Dialogues: At the Interlude between Body, Artifact and Discourse. Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth, July 12-14.

Woodward M (2013) ‘An Enacted Choreography Between Perceiver and Perceived’. The Lure of the New, Cognition Institute, Plymouth University, UK. March 20-22 2013.

Woodward, M (2013) ‘A Staging and Choreography of Theatrical Play: A Brechtian Aesthetic for Popular Culture.’ Jahrmann, M. and Felderer, B. (eds) Play & Prosume: Technology, Exchange and Flow, Vienna: Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg GmbH, pp. 32-37

Woodward, M. (2013) ‘Being Through Painting and Weaving: A Brief Commentary on Intuition’, Deep History, Contingency and the Sublime, TTOA, Chepstow: Post digital Press

Woodward, M (2012) ‘An Electric Deep Time to the Modern Imagination’, L|R|Q 2.02, pp. xix-xx

Woodward, M (2012) ‘Artifacts, Entanglements & Deep History: A Reflection on the Sublime in Art and Science’, L|R|Q 2.01, pp. xi-xii.

Woodward, M (2011) ‘Selling the Immaterial: Avant-garde Practices and Commercial Advertising Forms’, TEF Expert Seminar: Play and Prosume. Kunsthalle Project Space Karlsplatz, Vienna, 13 July.

Woodward, M (2011) ‘The [Unseen] Modernist Eye: Minimalism, Defamiliarization and the Advertising Film’, Transtechology Research Reader 2011. Plymouth: Plymouth University.

Woodward, M (2010) ‘A Brief History and Theory of Not Looking: Toward a Field Theory of the Audiovisual’, Transtechnology Research Reader 2010. Plymouth: Plymouth University, pp. 106–120.

Woodward M (2010) ‘A field Theory of the In-De-Visible’. Boundary Works I, Wandesford Gallery, Cork, Republic of Ireland.

Public Talks / Engagement

Woodward, M, (2017) 'Vital things': the entangled lives of objects and people. Lufkin Coffee, Cardiff, May 21.

Cazeaux, C., Johnstone, A., Woodward, M, (2017) ‘I speak, therefore, the world’, Art & Philosophy: Salon style Debate, Octavo’s Book and Wine Bar, Cardiff, May 2.

Cazeaux, C., Johnstone, A., Stickler, O., Woodward, M., Wooley, D. (2017) ‘I phone, therefore I am’, Art & Philosophy: Salon style Debate, Octavo’s Book and Wine Bar, Cardiff, May 9.