In light of the call for a expanded and inclusive approach, BoK2019 emphasized the lived-experience of research. This was reflected in the structure of the conference—designed as a series of activated conversations. Keynote presentations were structured in pairs, with time for conversation around a selected artwork or practice and cognitive theory or experiment. The conference sessions were designed to allow delegates to circulate and conversations to emerge.
In order to open the art-sci dialogues and activate the operative notions of art and research for the delegates, two keynotes presented in the same 90min keynote session: one speaker from a science perspective and one from an arts perspective. The speakers agreed upon an artwork /art practice and a cognitive theory or experiment to discuss. Each keynote presenter spoke for 30 minutes followed by the discussion of an agreed upon example of embodied research from art and or science, leaving time for Q&A.
Full abstracts and bios of keynote presenters available in the conference program.
Introduction: Jondi Keane, Rea Dennis, Scott deLahunta
Keynote Patricia Cain
Patricia Cain is an artist and visual scholar who lives and works in Scotland. Her book Drawing: The Enactive Evolution of the Practitioner (2010) redefines drawing as an enactive phenomenon and is a first-person account of the development of a practice-led methodology to access lived experience of the creative mind. Fusing art practice and cognition, Patricia’s current project, Making Autistic Thinking Visible explores how autistic thinking and the development of autistic identity and an autistic-led creative research methodologies that can reveal the nature of neuro-diverse thinking styles.
Keynote David Turnbull
David Turnbull is a research fellow at Deakin in CES in ADI. Prof Turnbull has written on a wide range of social and cultural issues from the point of view of Anthropological inquiry through the lens of movement which involve Socio-cognitive Technologies of Human Movement, Knowledge Assemblage. These approaches impact upon the understanding of and approach to for example, wayfinding and emergent mapping through Performativity, Hodology, Distributed Knowledge in Complex Adaptive Systems.
Keynote Conversation: Patricia Cain and David Turnbull
Introduction: Jondi Keane
Keynote Liz Cameron
Professor Liz Cameron is associated with the Dharug Aboriginal Nation, located Hawkesbury River area in NSW. Liz commenced her early career in nursing and later completed a Diploma in Fine Arts, Post Graduate studies in Indigenous Social Health, and a PhD in Indigenous Philosophies. In 2010, Liz was nominated and awarded the National Indigenous Education Ambassador of Australia; 2012 presented in Top Ten Women’s researchers at Macquarie University and 2013 awarded the National Indigenous staff scholarship awards.
Keynote Simon Penny
Organiser of Bok2016 / Simon Penny has worked in custom interactive installation and robotic art since the mid 1980s, (after training in sculpture at the South Australian School of Art and Sydney College of the Arts). As Professor of Art and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon (1993-2000) he engaged VR and AI, then went on to found the Arts Computation Engineering (ACE) graduate program at the University of California Irvine, 2001-2012.
Keynote Conversation: Liz Cameron and Simon Penny
Keynote Margaret Wertheim
Margaret Wertheim is an internationally noted writer, artist and curator whose work focuses on relations between science and the wider cultural landscape. The author of six books, including The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet, and Physics on the Fringe. Wertheim is the founder, with her twin sister Christine Wertheim, of the Institute For Figuring, a Los Angeles-based practice devoted to the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science and mathematics – theiff.org.
Keynote Annalu Waller
Annalu Waller is Professor and Chair of Human Communication Technologies/ University of Dundee and has worked in the field of Augmentative and Alternate Communication (AAC) since 1985, designing communication systems for and with nonspeaking individuals. Annalu leads the AAC Research Group in the School of Computing which seeks to develop technology with and for people with limited or no speech.
Keynote Conversation: Margaret Wertheim and Annalu Waller
Introduction: Jondi Keane
Keynote Shaun Gallagher
Shaun Gallagher is the Lillian and Morrie Moss Professor of Excellence at the University of Memphis, Department of Philosophy. His areas of research include phenomenology and the cognitive sciences, especially topics related to embodiment, self, agency and intersubjectivity, hermeneutics, and the philosophy of time. Gallagher is a founding editor and a co-editor-in-chief of the journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.
Keynote Philipa Rothfield
Philipa Rothfield is Adjunct Professor in Dance and Philosophy of the Body at the University of Southern Denmark and Honorary Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University, Australia. She is a philosopher and occasional dancer, previously a member of the Modern Dance Ensemble (Dir. Margaret Lasica) and has worked with Russell Dumas (Dir. Dance Exchange). She is co-author of Practising with Deleuze (2017, Edinburgh University Press), co-editor of Choreography and Corporeality with Thomas DeFrantz (2016, Palgrave Macmillan). She is Creative Advisor at Dancehouse, co-editor of the Dancehouse Diary, and co-convener of the Choreography and Corporeality working group (International Federation of Theatre Research).
Keynote Conversation: Shaun Gallagher and Philipa Rothfield
Keynote Claudia Schnugg
Claudia Schnugg is researcher and advocate of artscience collaboration, a producer and curator of residency programs, and has been the catalyst for numerous artscience projects. Most recently she was the first Creative Director of Science Gallery Venice. Previously she worked as Assistant Professor at the Johannes Kepler University, and was Visiting Researcher at Copenhagen Business School, the Art|Sci Center at UCLA, and ESO, Chile. She headed the Ars Electronica Residency Network 2014-2016. Recent publications include her book: Creating ArtScience Collaboration – Bringing Value to Organizations (2019, Palgrave Macmillan).
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