An International Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics (STEAM) workshop

Workshop Moderators:

Paul Thomas (Professor of Fine Art, Director Studio of Transdisciplinary Research, UNSW Sydney) and Mike Phillips,, Plymouth UK)

The workshop moderators would like to invite you to participate on Monday 21st August, in Plymouth, UK, in the international STEAM workshop

Studio for Transdisciplinary Arts Research (STAR), The Leonardo Education and Arts Forum (a working group of Leonardo ® /ISAST), the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT) and Institute of Digital Art & Technology (i-DAT) are collaborating together following on from other successful international education event-initiatives. In collaboration with Balanced/Unbalanced 2017 we are organising an international steam workshop. We are organising this workshop building on previous events in sustainability, transdisciplinarity, post media assimilation, art and science cloud curriculum, linked to a developing body of knowledge in the area of Science, Technology, Art, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) and Science, Engineering, Art and Design (SEAD).

Panel members

Mike Stubbs: Director/CEO of FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology

Lucia Arias: YP & Learning Manager FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology)

Roger Malina: Professor Arts and Technology Distinguished Chair Dallas, USA

Laura Beloff: Associate Professor, IT University of Copenhagen

Edward Shanken: Associate Professor, Arts Division, UC Santa Cruz

The workshop panel members will encourage participants, scholars, artists, scientists and theorist in the area of STEAM by stimulating discussion, suggesting, critiquing and creating aims, attributes, readers and practice that should be undertaken to produce an international quintessential set of considerations. Each panel member will have 10 mins to develop a set of provocations that will stimulate discussion around the 3 themes.

  1. Create aims and outcomes for the role of art in developing a global STEAM vision that could act as an agent in the cloud.
  2. Explore shift needed to take place in art education in order to explore the new realities of the evolving reorganization of practice, research and knowledge.
  3. Define of the role of education in the age of uncertainty and sustainability through the agency of art, sciences and humanities. Proposing non-normalising or non-normative standards for judging the success of artistic outcomes distinct from the metrics of the STEM environment.

Workshop structure:

  1. Introduction by moderators 10mins
  2. Presentation by panel members on their selected theme 50mins
  3. Breakout discussions – 3 groups – 1 hour
  4. Summary of group findings and general discussion 1 hour

The workshops will build on previous Leonardo Education and Art Forum: Transdisciplinary workshop.






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Professor Paul Thomas is director of the Studio for Transdisciplinary Arts Research at UNSW Art and Design. He initiated and is the co-chair of the Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference series 2010-2016. In 2000 he instigated and was the founding Director of the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth 2002, 2004 and 2007. Thomas is a pioneer of transdisciplinary art practice. His practice led research takes not only inspiration from nanoscience and quantum theory, but actually operates there. Thomas’s current research

‘Quantum Consciousness’ is based on the experiments being conducted by Professor Andrea Morello, Quantum Nanosystems, UNSW, looking atimmersing the viewer in a visualization and sonification of quantum phenomenon in the development of quantum computing. He has exhibited nationally and Internationally with his pervious nano art works ‘Mulitverse’ based on Richard Feynman’s diagrams on photons reflecting from a mirror, ‘Nanoessence’ which explored the space between life and death at a nano level and ‘Midas’ which researched at a nano level what is transferred when skin touches gold. His current publications are Nanoart: The Immateriality of Art, Relive Media art Histories, co-edited with Sean Cubitt and Interference Strategies and Cloud and Molecular Aesthetics co-edited with Lanfranco Aceti and Edward Colless.

Mike Phillips, is Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at Plymouth University, the Director of Research at and a Principal Supervisor for the Planetary Collegium. His R&D orbits a portfolio of projects that explore the ubiquity of data ‘harvested’ from an instrumentalised world and its potential as a material for revealing things that lie outside our normal frames of reference – things so far away, so close, so massive, so small and so ad infinitum. For more information see the i-DAT web site at:

Phillips is an active member of an international transdisciplinary community that engages with immersive, interactive and performative technologies. He manages the Fulldome Immersive Vision Theatre (, a transdisciplinary instrument for manifesting (im)material and imaginary worlds and is a founding partner of FullDome UK ( He is co-editor of Ubiquity, The Journal of Pervasive Media and a member of the ISEA International Board (

Balance-Unbalance 2017

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is an International Conference designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between NATURE, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY and SOCIETY as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities.

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