Prof Sally Jane Norman

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Director School of Music


Doctorat d'état ès lettres et sciences humaines, Université de Paris III

Doctorat de 3e cycle, Université de Paris III

MA in French, University of Canterbury


Sally Jane Norman is Director and Professor at New Zealand School of Music - Te Kōkī. Born in New Zealand where she studied music and dance, she earned a B.A. and M.A. at the University of Canterbury followed by a Doctorat de 3e cycle and Doctorat d'état at the Institut d'études théâtrales, Paris III, where her studies were inspired by summer schools with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis, and John Cage.

Sally Jane has worked as EU Research Associate at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe), Artistic Co-Director of the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (Amsterdam), and founding Director of the Ecole européenne supérieure de l'image (Poitiers-Angoulême). At Newcastle University (UK), she built and directed Culture Lab's interdisciplinary digital research facilities. As Professor of Performance Technologies at the University of Sussex, she steered a £10M capital project endowing the campus with an arts centre, and led Digital Performance research as Sussex Humanities Lab Co-Director.

Sally Jane publishes on performance technologies and live arts, engaging regularly with research and cultural policy debates. She serves on advisory and funding bodies throughout Europe and Australasia, is a Professorial Fellow at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, Beijing, and at Peking University's National Center for Research into Intercultural Communication of Arts.

Recent publications


Norman, Sally Jane (2016) Setting live coding performance in wider historical contexts. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 12 (2). pp. 117-128. ISSN 1479-4713

Norman, Sally-Jane (2016) Mothers of invention: an afterword. Contemporary Music Review, 35 (1). pp. 150-160. ISSN 0749-4467

Norman, Sally Jane (2015) Reflection II: on/ during/ since the Landscape Quartet Symposium, Culture Lab, Newcastle University, 4-5th July 2013. Contemporary Music Review, 34 (4). pp. 312-315. ISSN 0749-4467

Norman, Sally Jane (2015) Theater and ALife Art: modeling Open and closed systems. Artificial Life, 21 (3). pp. 344-353. ISSN 1064-5462

Norman, Sally-Jane (2013) Contexts of/as resistance. Contemporary Music Review, 32 (2-3). pp. 275-288. ISSN 0749-4467

Book sections

Norman, Sally-Jane (2016) Between grammatization and live movement sampling. In: Bleeker, Maaike (ed.) Transmission in motion: the technologizing of dance. Routledge, London, pp. 185-198. ISBN 9781138189430

Norman, Sally-Jane (2016) Dancing on Occam's razor: expressive movement in/and place. In: Fernandes, Carla (ed.) Multimodality and performance. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne. ISBN 9781443894654

Norman, Sally-Jane (2015) Oskar Schlemmer's programmatic gesture research. In: Salazar Sutil, Nicolas and Popat, Sita (eds.) Digital movement: essays in motion technology and performance. Palgrave studies in performance and technology . Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 21-34. ISBN 9781137430403

Norman, Sally-Jane (2015) Location and navigation: wayfaring and arts of tuning. In: Lomker, Thorsten (ed.) ISEA 2014 Conference Proceedings. Zayed University Books, Dubai, pp. 36-41. ISBN 9789948182399

Norman, Sally-Jane (2014) Grappling with movement models: performing arts and slippery contexts. In: MOCO '14: Proceedings of the 2014 International Workshop on Movement and Computing. ACM, New York, NY, USA, pp. 136-141. ISBN 9781450328142