CX Project

The Imitarium presents - Meet the Hubs: A Knowledge Exchange Salon

The Imitarium presents - Meet the Hubs: A Knowledge Exchange Salon

This is a project developed in association with Steven Wade for the AHRC Digital Economy Showcase

1 Commercial Partner
2 Academic Researchers
Naomi Jacobs
Knowledge Exchange Associate
Andrew Quick

The Imitarium, designed and developed by Steve Wade, is an interactive, audio-visual sculpture developed initially as the practical outcome of an AHRC funded one-year practice-as-research MRes undertaken at Lancaster University.  The Imitarium melds theatre technologies from the Victorian era to the present day to create a magical audience experience – a unique and intriguing presentation/performance-platform using an artful implementation of the Pepper’s Ghost illusion technique. Drawing heavily on the aesthetics of the coin-operated arcade machine from the 1970s and ‘80s, the interactive artwork is re-imagined here using the visual language of the arcade machine, providing a tangible and recognisable interactive-interface.


Steve Wade has been working with the Knowledge Exchange Hubs to create new content for The Imitarium which showcases the work of the four AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hubs which are working with industry nationwide to bring Arts and Humanities academics together with SMEs business partners.  This was presented initially for and funded by at the AHRC Creative Economy Showcase.


To read more about The Imitarium visit


(image of The Imitarium (internal view) by Steve Wade)

Latest Project Activity

Video from the Creative Economy Showcase

13th May 2014
We had a fantastic day at the AHRC Creative Economy Showcase There is now a video available of the event which includes footage of the Imitarium and our presence on the day.                      

The Imitarium at the AHRC Creative Economy Showcase

11th Mar 2014
We will be exhibiting Meet the Hubs: A Knowledge Exchange Salon at the AHRC CE Showcase taking place on Wednesday12th March. This is being held at Kings Place in London, and you can watch a live stream of the event here.   To all who are attending, we hope you enjoy the show!   To read more about The...