Dr Ruth Farrar is a filmmaker, practice-based researcher and Reader in Creative Media and Enterprise at Bath Spa University. She is also Director of Artswork Media Studio, a media production company led by third year Bath Spa University students and industry professionals.
Dr Farrar is a co-investigator on MyWorld: a £46 million, five-year programme positioning the South West as an international trailblazer in screen-based media.
In industry, she has successfully created media for international clients including French Vogue, Discovery, and Twentieth Century Fox. Her award-winning films have been screened at film festivals around the world from Cannes to California.
She completed an AHRC-funded PhD by practice at the University of Exeter on the theoretical, creative and technological applications of binaural technology usage.
Dr Farrar’s binaural research has resulted in international sound art exhibitions like ‘From Austria to America’ and app commissions such as ‘Dear Carnegie Hall’ for Carnegie Hall in New York.
Her current public engagement research has led to the creation of Shextreme Film Festival and Shextreme Alliance: the world's first international network for female adventure filmmakers and photographers. As Public Engagement Champion for the Centre for Media Research and a member of NET Lab, Dr Farrar also plays an active role in supporting and advising Bath Spa colleagues carrying out impactful public engagement research.
She is also an appointed member of the strategic group Film Hub South West and an accredited Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Research and academic outputs
Farrar, R (2017) The secret ingredient for sustainable growth in public engagement. In: Engage 2017, 6 - 7 December 2017, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK.
Farrar, R, Heywood, B and Telling, L (2017) Utilising technology to unlock the past. In: The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities, 30 March - 2 April 2017, Art Center, Kobe, Japan.
Farrar, R (2013) From Bristol to Brooklyn: in search of soundmarks. In: The Noises of Art: Audiovisual Practice in History, Theory and Culture. Aberystwyth University in collaboration with the Courtauld Institute of Art, 4 - 6 September 2013, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, UK.
Farrar, R (2013) 'Point of Audition' app showcase. In: Hack the Quarter: Bristol Proms, 30 - 31 July 2013, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, UK.
Farrar, R (2013) Audio postcards: studio talk. In: Studio Residency Talks, 16 May 2013, Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol, UK.
Farrar, R (2013) From Bristol to Brooklyn: in search of soundmarks. In: Philosophy and the Arts Graduate Conference: Defining Soundscapes and Territories, 30 March 2013, Stony Brook University, New York, USA.
Farrar, R (2012) Applied binaural technology research showcase. In: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 28 May 2012, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.
Farrar, R (2012) Defining frontiers: a history of binaural technology. In: Humanities Graduate Conference, 1 May 2012, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.
Farrar, R (2016) Women in adventure. Factory Media.
Farrar, R (2017) The sound of snow.
Farrar, R (2013) From Austria to America: a digital sound walk. In: Moving Sounds Festival, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, USA, 19 - 22 September 2013.
Levy, C and Farrar, R (2018) (In)fertility, the media & me.
Farrar, R (2017) Strong.
Farrar, R (2020) Dear Carnegie Hall: utilising new media technologies to unlock multiple perspectives of the past.
Shextreme: creating impact through participatory action sesearch: a film festival framework case study
Farrar, R (2020) Shextreme: creating impact through participatory action sesearch: a film festival framework case study.
Farrar, R (2017) Audio postcards: from Bristol to Brooklyn [website].
Farrar, R (2016) Shextreme Film Festival [organiser].
Farrar, R, Heywood, B and Telling, L (2015) Dear Carnegie Hall [app].