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ISEA2015: The 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art
Tuesday, August 18 • 9:30am - 11:00am
[Panel 15] Didactic Disruption: Roy Ascott’s Models for Arts Education and Research

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This panel will discuss alternative models of arts education that have emerged from Roy Ascott’s career and practice. Ascott, the founder of the University of Plymouth’s Plane- tary Collegium, is widely regarded for his role as an arts educator and theoretician. In a field that integrates arts, technology and science, he has presented concepts and terminology that frame debates and define new territories. He has published and presented his work internationally, and given keynote addresses at several arts-science con- gresses, including ISEA.

It has been over 20 years since Ascott founded a radi- cal distributed research centre and doctoral program. He founded the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA) in 1994 at University College of Wales Newport, and latter established STAR (Science Technolo- gy and Art Research) in the School of Computing at Plym- outh University. CAiiA-STAR constituted a joint research platform, with access to supervisory and technical re- sources at both universities.

In 2003, Ascott relocated the platform to Plymouth University, giving it its present name Planetary Collegium. The Planetary Collegium’s global reach extends beyond the UK through mimetic nodes in Italy, Switzerland and Greece, with a new node currently forming in China. Suc- cessfully graduating over 50 PhDs, the Planetary Collegi- um is host to a dynamic community of over 70 doctoral candidates and researchers.

This panel will discuss the singular aspects of Ascott’s pedagogical challenge to conventional models of advanced art research in Europe and North America. Its panelists will present a history of Ascott’s innovative curricula as well as the development and operation of the Planetary Collegium and its nodes. Finally it will demonstrate how Ascott and the Planetary Collegium have affected advanced studies in the arts beyond the Collegium itself. 

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Elif Ayiter

Sabanci University
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Diane Gromala

Prof. & Canada Research Chair, Simon Fraser University
Diane Gromala is the Canada Research Chair in Computational Technologies for Transforming Pain and a Professor in SFU's (Simon Fraser University's) School of Interactive Arts and Technology. Her research works at the confluence of computer science, media art and design, and is focused... Read More →
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Mike Phillips

Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts, i-DAT
Mike Phillips is Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at Plymouth University ( School of Arts & Media, Faculty of Arts), the Director of Research at i-DAT.org and a Principal Supervisor for the Planetary Collegium. His R&D orbits a portfolio of projects that explore the ubiquity... Read More →
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Paul Thomas

Director of Fine Art, UNSW Art & Design
Dr Paul Thomas, is Associate Professor and Director of the Fine Arts at, UNSW Art and Design. Thomas initiated and is the co-chair of the Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference series 2010, 2012 and 2014. In 2000 Paul instigated and was the founding Director of the Biennale of Electronic... Read More →

Tuesday August 18, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am PDT
Room 4320 Simon Fraser University (Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4, Canada)

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