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Interdisciplinary study programs: European School of Visual Arts POITIERS’ MASTER in ART & SCIENCE

July 25th, 2009 by Daniela Reimann


As we know, art and science are still organized rather separate from each another in most education systems both at school and university level, which is an internationally recognizable phenomena. However, innovation rather seems to be facilitated through bringing together diverse approaches, thinking models, learning cultures, qualifications as well as skills of people working together in multi-teams.  I am quite interested in more systematic approaches (as opposed to the single project initiatives which usually stop as soon as the project money is spent but the research still has to be done and reports have to be written) linking the arts, aesthetic processes and artistic strategies to (computer) science and technology, in order to innovate (media and art) education. Education is still strongly characterized by the ongoing reproduction of the old curricula as well as education and thinking models referring to a teaching tradition focused on single disciplines rather than facilitating interdisciplinary team based learning arrangements.  – Actually that’s why Nina Czegledy and LEF I introduced the Leonardo Education Forum’s initiative on media art, science and technology in education we currently work on , in conjunction with media art festivals and conferences I reported and will report about here).

However, in the context of the introduction of new study programs and trans disciplinary curricula, I came across the European School of Visual Arts POITIERS’ MASTER in ART AND SCIENCE program which is currently on call for applications. I am quite curious about the project based approach.  Hubertus von Amelunxen, the rector of the European School of Visual Arts/ École européenne supérieure de l’image Poitiers,  was the former director of ISNM Lübeck, International School of New Media, which he founded together with Michael Herczeg (director of IMIS/Uni LÜBECK) . In 2000 they initiated the research model project Theory and Practice of Integrated Arts and Computer Science in Education” (ArtDeCom) bringing together art, design and computer science in general education, which was then funded for 3 years under the German “Cultural Education in the Media Age“  (KuBiM) program.  It was followed by the KiMM initiative which started in 2004).

Here is the call:

”Unique in Europe, this Master’s permits motivated students who have a study project in art or science to do courses in art and epistemology and to :

- acquire a high level of competence in a specialization (art and science, epistemology, history of science, cybernetics, history and culture of techniques, cognitive sciences, phenomenology, text/image relationships, the use of digital devices in film making and live performances, in cinematography and in interactive writing and multmedia….)

- become independent in their research, with the possibility of developing a project in keeping with the main axes of the FORELL and XLIM-SIC laboratories, the European School of Visual Arts (ÉESI), the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM), and the Centre de recherche en épistémologie appliquée (CREA, Paris) where they will attend team meetings, work presentations, meetings with researchers, seminars and meet visiting professors…”

Applications must enclose a concise description of the project.

Deadline for application : August 31, 2009
Contact person : Sophie Chrzaszcz,

Via art&education

EyePlorer, graphical knowledge engines and media literacy

July 16th, 2009 by Daniela Reimann


Google was yesterday, as they say, the new generation of future search engines which aims to contextualize terms and meanings, is on its way. I am currently playing around with EyePlorer, which is a graphical knowledge engine. “It provides an easy to use interface for exploring and interacting with a database of structured knowledge that contains more than 160 million facts.” EyePlorer (beta) is available at:

In the context of media literacy Nik Peachey wrote a blog post on “Note Taking Tool for Digital Literacy” and produced the video
BTW I recommend the De:bug magazine’s current special issue on search engines such as Wolfram Alpha and Eyeplorer. I am looking forward to seeing the De:bug magazine being embraced by the German media and art education research communities.

Here is the video:

graphic via Twitter/eyeplorer

Ars Electronica 09

July 4th, 2009 by Daniela Reimann

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This year, Ars Electronica celebrates its 30th anniversary and as you might know, the city of Linz is Europe’s 2009 Capital of Culture. However, the invitations for this year’s festival on Human Nature have been disseminated and I’d like to share the following abstract on HUMAN NATURE by Gerfried Stocker, artistic director of Ars:

“We are entering a new age here on Earth: the Anthropocene. An age definitively characterized by humankind’s massive and irreversible influences on our home planet. Population explosion, climate change, the poisoning of the environment and our venturing into outer space have been the most striking symbols of this development so far.
But to a much more enormous extent, the achievements of genetic engineering and biotechnology are the truly indicative markers of this transition to a new epoch. Now, we’re not only changing our environment; we’re revising the fundamentals of life itself—even our own human life.
Humankind has appropriated the mantle of Creator. Though we just barely understand how this functions, we’re already modifying entire genomes, constructing new organisms, cloning, creating and inventing new life.

We’re using innovative high-tech methods to observe the human brain while it thinks, so that we can now look behind the veil of our consciousness and see how our mechanisms of perception and decision-making capacities are reflected in our neurons. The long-established boundaries segregating nature and culture are breaking down, and we are once again confronted by the question of the essence of humanness and the nature of the human being.

Thirty years after its founding, this globally established festival’s mission remains the same—we are steadfastly dedicated to the pursuit of the curiosity that is so deeply rooted in humankind’s nature, and we continue to intrepidly peer far into the future. Our immediate objective: to once again foment a fruitful, fascinating dialog at the interface of art, technology and society.
The new Ars Electronica Center that debuted at the outset of this year plays a key role in this endeavor, in that its extraordinary exhibition concept is totally focused on the question of how scientific findings and methods are changing the way we see the world and our views of humankind.

Linz is Europe’s 2009 Capital of Culture. As a major contribution to our city’s big year, the festival’s first project is already being launched on June 17, the day the 80+1 Base Camp is being set up on Linz’s Main Square as the point of departure of a virtual ‘round-the-world journey that, following completion of its 81-day itinerary, returns to Linz just in time for the festival. There, 80+1 will culminate in a globally-networked symposium on cloud intelligence.

2009 also brings us to a joyous milestone: Ars Electronica’s 30th anniversary! As befitting this occasion, an intense retrospective look at the dynamic development of media art will be a key component of the festival program.

Led, curated and produced by artists and scientists—and inspired by their work—the festival’s jam-packed lineup of fascinating events constitutes, as ever, an expedition into hybrid reality and the future of our world.

So, just what is this going to be like, this new nature that human beings are going about engendering?”

See also for the virtual around the world journey project.

via ARS

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Concerning LEF: We are about to finalize the program of LEF@Ars, the Leonardo Education Forum, a working group of Leonardo/ISAST, the International Society for Arts, Science and Technology. Soon there will be an update on our LEF@ARS09 panel to take place over 4-5 September, hosted by AEC (Nicoletta Blacher, head) as well as by the Kunstuniversität Linz – university of art and industrial design, Department of Art Education (Prof. Dr. Angelika Plank, head of the Department of Art Education).

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