Planetary Collegium – September 1st at 6 – 7:30 (pm) & September 2nd 5-6:30 (pm)

Planetary

September 1st  

6-7:30 (pm)  Roundtable 2

  • Jane Grant – artist and academic, Principal Supervisor of Planetary Collegium, Associate Professor (Reader) in Digital Arts at Plymouth University, co-director of the research group art and sound.
  • Tegan Bristow – artist and developer of interactive digital installations, coordinating head of the Interactive Digital Media Masters program at the Digital Arts Division of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
  • Mujin Bao – video artist, independent film director, and New Media Art lecturer at SIVA- Shanghai Institute of Visual Art.
  • Seth Riskin – artist known for his Light Dance performances, currently the Director of the MIT Museum Studio, and Manager of the MIT Museum’s Holography and Spatial Imaging Initiative.
  • Alejandro Quinteros – electronic media artist-researcher and builder, professor at the Department of Fine Arts at The University of Puerto Rico, where he directs The Art and Technology Workshop.

September 2nd

5-6:30 (pm) Roundtable 4 

  • Mike Phillips – artist and academic, Principal Supervisor of Planetary Collegium, Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts, Plymouth University, Director of Research at i-DAT, an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
  • Benjamin Pothier –  new and old media artist, photographer and director, founding member of the artists collective Cellule0038753K, and an Arctic Circle Residency Alumni.
  • Diane Derr – interactive media artist, currently Curator of the Innovative Media Studio and Assistant Professor in the MFA Design Studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.
  • Xiaoying Juliette Yuan – Media Arts curator, two major projects at the 9th Shanghai Biennial 2012, and Sound Art screening for the 2013 New York Electronic Art Festival, and the large-scale publication project, “Media Arts Series” in Beijing (China).
  • Paola Lopreiato
 – specialized in electro acoustic composition at the Department of Music and New Technologies in Florence, her Multimedia creations were presented in US, Canada, Greece, Mexico, among others.

 

The Planetary Collegium is an international research platform that promotes the integration of art, science, technology, and consciousness research. It is based in Plymouth University, with nodes in Kefalonia, Lucerne, Milan, and Zurich. Its president is Roy Ascott.  Founded in 1994 at what is now the University of Wales, Newport as the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA) by Roy Ascott. Three years later, Ascott established STAR (Science Technology and Art Research) in the School of Computing, University of Plymouth. CAiiA-STAR constituted a joint research platform, with access to supervisory and technical resources of both universities.

In 2003, Ascott relocated the platform to Plymouth University, renaming it the Planetary Collegium. Since 1997, the Collegium has given over fifty conferences and symposia in Europe, North and South America, Japan, China and Australia.

The Collegium aims to produce new knowledge in the context of the arts, through transdisciplinary inquiry and critical discourse, with special reference to technoetic research and to advances in science and technology. Its seeks to reflect the social, technological and spiritual aspirations of an emerging planetary society, while sustaining a critical awareness of the retrograde forces and fields that inhibit social and cultural development. It combines the face-to-face association of individuals with the trans-cultural unity of telematic communities, thereby developing a network of research nodes strategically located across the planet, each with a distinctive cultural ethos. The Collegium seeks outcomes that involve new language, systems, structures, and behaviours, and insights into the nature of mind, matter and human identity.

The Planetary Collegium consists of artists, theoreticians and scholars working within the context of transdisciplinarity and syncretism so as to develop their research in the practice and theory of new media art with a special interest in telematics and technoetics. Their doctoral research leads to the award of the University of Plymouth PhD. Post-doctoral research is also pursued. It has attracted an impressive number of internationally well-established artists, musicians, performers, designers, architects, theorists and scholars involved in doctoral and post-doctoral research.

The hub of the Collegium, CAiiA-Hub (the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts) is situated in the School of Art and Media, Faculty of Arts, Plymouth University.Its Nodes are Z-Node  in Zurich, M-Node  in Milan, I-Node  in Kefalonia, and NGL-Node in Lucernel.

Honorary Members of the Collegium

Academic Members of the Collegium

CAiiA-Hub: Heather Raikes University of Washington, Seattle, USA (2011-12). Paulo Rodrigues University of Aveiro, Portugal (2010-2011). Wengao Huang University of Plymouth, UK (2005-2006). Cristina Miranda de Almeida University of the Basque Country. (2005-2006). Andrea Gaugusch University of Vienna, Austria (2003-2004). Dene Grigar Washington State University–Vancouver (2002-2004). Katia Maciel Federal University Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2001-2002). Tania Fraga University of Brasilia, Brazil (1999-2000).M-Node: Luisa Paraguai, Anhembi Morumbi University, São Paulo, Brazil (2011-12). Gianna Angelini, University of Macerata, Macerata, Italy (2012-).

 

Biographical Notes on members of the CAiiA-Hub of the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth

Roy Ascott (President, Planetary Collegium) – 

Roy Ascott founded CAiiA, the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts, University of Wales, Newport, in 1994, and the Planetary Collegium in 2003. He is  the DeTao Master of Technoetic Arts at DTMA, Shanghai, where his BA Technoetic Arts degree programme opens this September; and  Honorary Professor of Aalborg University, Copenhagen. He is the recipient of the Ars Electronica Golden Nika Award for Visionary Pioneers of Media Art 2014.  He promotes an art that is cybernetic, telematic, technoetic, and syncretic. He has visited Brazil frequently; his experiences with the Kuikuru in Xingu, with Umbanda ceremonies, and with ayahuasca rituals, have profoundly affected his worldview. He exhibits internationally, most recently in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Bogotá  2014, at ICA Plug In, Winnipeg 2013, and the Shanghai Biennale, 2012. His work is in the Tate Gallery, London, and other notable collections. He has lectured and advised throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. Founding Editor of Technoetic Arts, and Honorary Editor of Leonardo . His books include: The Future is Now: Art, Technology, and Consciousness, Gold Wall Press, Beijing, 2012; Telematic Embrace, University of California Press, 2003. Technoetic Arts.Yonsei University Press, 2002. Art & Telematics: toward the Construction of New Aesthetics. NTT, Tokyo, 1998.

www.linkedin.com/in/royascott

Mujin Bao (PhD candidate CAiiA-Hub, Planetary Collegium) Mujin Bao was born in Inner Mongolia, and currently lives and works in Shanghai, as video artist, independent film director, and New Media Art lecturer at SIVA- Shanghai Institute of Visual Art. She graduated from L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure D’Art de Nancy, France, and later researched digital film at Le Fresnoy. Her work has been selected for such international film festivals as Cannes 2010 (SFC), Air France Jeunes Talent Prize (2010), and was nominated for Best Director Award at the Madrid International Film Festival 2012. She won the Jury Grand Prize at Festival d’art vidéo et de cultures numériques-videoformes (2012), Clermont-Ferrand. She has participated in exhibitions in Brasil, China, France, Belgium, Norway, Spain, Germany, and Korea. “Instability” and “Drift” are the central themes of her research; her work is mainly drawn from the social reality of China, opening up a poetic journey of images in between documentary and experimental film. Through the prism of reality and imagination, she seeks to reflect a coexistence of the hope and emptiness of modern floating Chinese society. https://www.facebook.com/mujinb

Tegan Bristow (PhD candidate CAiiA-Hub, Planetary Collegium) Tegan Bristow is lecturer and coordinating head of the Interactive Digital Media Masters program at the Digital Arts Division of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition, Bristow is an artist and developer of interactive digital installations. Bristow is currently writing her PhD on Technology Arts and Culture Practices in Africa with the Planetary Collegium. As an artist Bristow has exhibited widely, most recently in 2013 an exhibition titled “Meaning Motion” of interactive video practices at the Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa and “Hotel Yeoville”, at Sharp Sharp Johannesburg at the Gaite Lyrique in Paris, France. In August of 2013 Bristow presented a keynote at the 4th Annual Meeting of Research Groups of the Convergence of Art, Science and Technology, in Sao Paulo Brazil. www.teganbristow.co.za

Diane Derr (PhD candidate CAiiA-Hub, Planetary Collegium) Diane Derr works with time-based and interactive media, using communication structures and strategies as material. Exploring the narratology of trans-media, Diane considers the space between the real and the fictional representation through the appropriation of still and moving imagery. Adapting structural, editorial, and production frameworks her work investigates the roles of author, subject, and spectator within the inter-textual and inter-subjective narrative. Diane is currently Curator of the Innovative Media Studio and Assistant Professor in the MFA Design Studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University-Qatar. www.dianederr.org

Blanka Earhart (PhD candidate CAiiA-Hub, Planetary Collegium) Blanka Earhart is a media artist and writer based in Los Angeles, California. Her practice based research oscillates around issues concerning the role of Self vis-à-vis technology, liminality in electronic culture and human agency. Her installations, short films and web art have been exhibited internationally. She publishes regularly and delivers talks and workshops in the US and abroad. She received her MFA from the department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Evanston in 2003 and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. She was a recipient of the University Fellowship in the Graduate School at Northwestern University in 2001 and 2002. www.linkedin.com/pub/blanka-earhart/9/b7b/87

Jane Grant (Principal Supervisor, Planetary Collegium) Jane Grant is an artist and academic. Her collaborative work has resulted in award winning projects including, The Fragmented Orchestra with John Matthias and Nick Ryan which was winner of the PRSF New Music Award, 2008 and received an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica 2009. The Fragmented Orchestra was exhibited at FACT and 23 sites across the UK. Recent films Soft Moon and Leaving Earth; draw upon astrophysics and science fiction. Her sonic artwork Ghost was premiered at ISEA Istanbul 2011. In this work the temporal, topological networks and pathways of the cortex are explored in conjunction brain hallucination or ‘sonic ghosts’. Plasticity, a collaborative work with John Matthias, Kin and Nick Ryan was recently exhibited at the BFI as part of the onedotzero festival, Google Campus, and HWK, Germany. Jane, alongside John Matthias was commissioned by the River Tamar Project to create Fathom a huge sonic art work that created a sonic surface 6ft above the floor. Jane is Associate Professor (Reader) in Digital Arts at Plymouth University, co-director of the research group art and sound. http://janegrant.org.uk

Paola Lopreiato
 (PhD candidate CAiiA-Hub, Planetary Collegium) Based in Florence, Paola Lopreiato
 is originally from Calabria and studied in Florence, where she graduated in piano at the Conservatorio, and in painting at the Accademia of Belle Arti. In 2006 she specialized in electro acoustic composition at the Department of Music and New Technologies in Florence. Now she works mainly as a composer. Her Multimedia creations were realized in different theatres and festivals: SANTARCANGELO39, 7 stanze in cerca di autore (MANTOVA), Marino Marini Museum, Piazza della Signoria Festival della Creativita’ 2010 and 2009, Palazzo Strozzi(Firenze) and exhibited in:UK(University of Chester, University of Bournemouth, Sheffield Drama Studio), in USA (SEAMUS 2011 and 2012, ICMC 2012, New York City Electro acoustic Music Festival, NYU, Stedman Art Gallery NJ, Department of Fine Arts of Rutgers University, MONTANA State University), in Canada (Winnipeg University), in Greece (Corfu, Academia Yonica), Mexico, Fonoteca National 2011, Ljubliana (ICMC 2012). She recently finished her MPhil in composition at University of Sheffield. www.paolalopreiato.com

Mike Phillips (Principal Supervisor, Planetary Collegium) Mike Phillips is Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts, Plymouth University, Director of Research at i-DAT, an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. His R&D orbits digital architectures and transmedia publishing, and is manifest in a series of ‘Operating Systems’ that dynamically manifest ‘data’ as experience to enhance perspectives on a complex world. He manages the FulDome Immersive Vision Theatre (IVT), a transdisciplinary instrument for the manifestation of material, immaterial and imaginary worlds and is co-editor of Ubiquity, The Journal of Pervasive Media: www.ubiquityjournal.net/. Phillips has developed an international portfolio of data driven work and ‘nano’ art projects that explore the ubiquity of data streamed from an instrumentalised world and its potential as a material for manifesting things that lie outside of the normal frames of reference – things so far away, so close, so massive, so small and so ad infinitum. www.i-dat.org.

Benjamin Pothier (PhD candidate CAiiA-Hub, Planetary Collegium) A founding member of the artists collective Cellule0038753K, Benjamin Pothier is a French new and old media artist, photographer and director, and an Arctic Circle Residency Alumni. He was the only French invited for the Field_Note residency 2011 at Kilpisjarvi’s Biological Station in Lapland, and for the Arctic Circle residency 2013 in the international territory of Svalbard, up to 20° from the North Pole. He has presented his work internationally, including a ten years retrospective of Cellule0038753K at NEMO international Film festival 2004 (Paris), ARTRONICA FESTIVAL 2004 (Bogota), D.A.T.A Event 44.0, Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin(2010) and 8KNOTS (2014), Norway House, Paris. His pluridisciplinary work explores the border of Arts, Myth, Anthropology and Japanese traditional Martial Arts and Meditation Practices. He has studied Arts, Choreography, Scenography and Contemporary Dance with Joseph Nadj at the National Choreographic Center of Orleans. With Iwana Masaki and Moeno Wakamatsu at Boris Vian Foundation (Paris). And with Hino Akira Senseï , amongst other Artists, performers and teachers. www.linkedin.com/pub/benjamin-pothier/36/44/30a

Alejandro Quinteros (PhD candidate CAiiA-Hub, Planetary Collegium) Alejandro Quinteros was born in Lima, Peru in 1968. He is an electronic media artist-researcher and builder based in San Juan, Puerto Rico . He is a professor at the Department of Fine Arts at The University of Puerto Rico, where directs The Art and Technology Workshop and teaches interactive design, photography, 3D design and sculpture . His work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, Canada, Barcelona, France, Peru, Mexico, Serbia and Puerto Rico. He received an MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 1993 .He is constantly playing with dynamic architectures and structures. He is currently building interactive physical three dimensional interfaces for transformable objects and furnitures. Nevertheless he is preoccupied observing the ongoing development phenomena of a narratively disassociated consciousness of a hyperlinked persona. www.alejandroquinteros.com

Seth Riskin (PhD candidate CAiiA-Hub, Planetary Collegium) Seth Riskin is an American artist known for his Light Dance performances: silent space-defining performances of architectural-scale light effects that he articulates through his body movements. Riskin is currently the Director of the MIT Museum Studio, a center for exploratory projects in human expression and communication, at the interface of the research university and the public. He is also the Manager of the MIT Museum’s Holography and Spatial Imaging Initiative, overseeing the world’s largest and most significant collection of holograms. www.linkedin.com/pub/seth-riskin/8/422/501

Xiaoying Juliette Yuan (PhD candidate CAiiA-Hub, Planetary Collegium) Chinese Media Arts curator currently lives and works in New York, USA. Yuan obtained her Master in Comparative Literature in the University of Paris III (La Sorbonne Nouvelle,) is currently pursuing her Ph.D. research at the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, UK.Yuan curated in the past ten years numerous international exhibitions, conferences, and workshops, produced stage performances, worked with international art fairs, academies, and institutions. Her recent works include two major projects for the 9th Shanghai Biennial 2012, and Sound Art screening for the 2013 New York Electronic Art Festival, New York. She widely published in magazines and academic journals, lectured in institutions, festivals. In 2010-2013, she accomplished the large-scale publication project, “Media Arts Series” in Beijing (China), published three important volumes on Media Arts studies written or edited by a group of eminent media artists, curators, critics and filmmakers.Yuan constantly seeks for new curatorial models in art, science and technology, enriching her curatorial experiences by collaborating with professionals from different backgrounds and industries. She is particularly interested in the artistic process of collaborations between artists, scientists and technologists, and the re-definition of “artwork” within such a process. Her curatorial practice keeps questioning on the curators’ role and function in alliance of art and technology. www.linkedin.com/pub/juliette-xiaoying-yuan/10/37/b41

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