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Skills for the creative industries – Virtual conference on UNESCO-UNEVOC’s online forum

Monday, September 29th, 2014

“Skills for the creative industries” is a virtual conference on UNESCO-UNEVOC’s online forum:

“In the next edition of UNESCO-UNEVOC’s virtual conferences, we will discuss the role of skills in the creative industries. The virtual conference will be moderated by Paul Collard, CEO of Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE), an international foundation dedicated to unlocking the creativity of children and young people in and out of formal education, based in Nottingham, United Kingdom. The conference will take place from 29 September to 10 October 2014 on UNESCO-UNEVOC’s e-Forum.

UNESCO’s 2013 Creative Economy Report refers to jobs in the creative industries as “activities involving cultural creativity and/or innovation”. The creative industries are recognized by UNESCO as a powerful source for “new development pathways that encourage creativity and innovation in the pursuit of inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and development.”

The virtual conference will address the following questions:

• What are creative industries and what are the needs for skills?
• How can we turn the expansion of creative economies into an advantage for TVET and, in turn, what can TVET and skills development do to support the growth of the creative sector?
• What is the role of creativity in TVET?
• What are the different vocational pathways to creative jobs?
• What do we know about the creative industries and what do we still need to learn?

When, local time:
Monday, 29 September 2014 – 9:00am to Friday, 10 October 2014 – 5:00pm
Type of Event:
Working group/Expert Meeting
Alix Wurdak, +49 228 8150108



Conference: Deschooling Society/ Hayward Gallery & Serpentine Gallery

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Deschooling society conference

Deschooling society introduced by Illich (1926-2002) who also taught at the University of Bremen, is a big issue in the current debate on reforming education and changing educational institutions (cp. Graham Attwell’s numerous posts on re-thinking schools and education on However, as we can see the concept of deschooling is not only discussed by pedagogues or in the framework of hacking and redesigning education, but has also become an issue in the arts, art education and curating:

“This two-day conference brings together international artists, curators, and writers to discuss and debate the changing relationship between art and education. Speakers have been invited to present critical ideas on collective and participatory practice, pedagogical experiments and how such art can be understood and discussed.

Deschooling Society takes its title from Ivan Illich’s seminal 1971 book, one of the most influential radical critiques of the education system in Western countries. Issues at the heart of that critique have been increasingly debated within the art world in recent years, and the subject of education has attracted renewed attention from artists, curators, academics, and collectives. Pedagogical models are currently being explored, re-imagined, and deployed by practitioners from around the world in highly diverse projects comprising laboratories, discursive platforms, temporary schools, participatory workshops, and libraries. Simultaneously, progressive globalization has led to a revaluing of the collective knowledge and agency of local communities.

The conference is a collaborative event marking the start of a Hayward Gallery research project culminating in the transformation of the gallery space into an alternative art school during Summer 2012. It also addresses the urgent issues that have arisen from the Centre for Possible Studies, part of an ongoing Serpentine Gallery project in the Edgware Road neighbourhood, and is the second part of the Serpentine’s collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, New York, following the conference Transpedagogy: Contemporary Art and the Vehicles of Education at MoMA in May 2009.

Speakers include: Christopher Robbins (keynote), Martha Rosler (keynote), ARTSCHOOL/UK, Lars Bang Larsen, Dave Beech, Claire Bishop, Tania Bruguera, Marcelo Expósito, Harrell Fletcher, Jeanne Van Heeswijk, Pablo Helguera, Hannah Hurtzig, Suzanne Lacy, Pedro Lasch, Carmen Moersch, Nils Norman, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Paul O’Neill, Marion von Osten, Adrian Rifkin, Irit Rogoff, Ralph Rugoff, Terry Smith, Lisa Tickner, Gediminas Urbonas, Mick Wilson.

Panel session topics include:
– From Discursive Practices to the Pedagogical Turn
– Insertions, Alterations, and Rearrangements within Existing Institutional Frameworks
– Protest in Art School: Rituals of Power and Rebellion Since the Sixties
– Performative and Participatory Models for Exchange
– Presentations of artists projects and alternative art schools”

Click here for further information and check Hayward Gallery and Serpentine Gallery here.

text via e-flux, photo via

ART AND TECHNOSCIENCE – Practices in transformation conference

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Since I am interested in creativity, innovation, and education through the arts, my research looks at coupling arts, sciences, engineering and technology in trans-disciplinary education. ART&SCIENCE is an approach discussed in the LEONARDO community in terms of new curricula as well as new study programs in practice at university level.
The Artists-in-Labs-project initiated by Jill Scott brings together artists and scientists and aims to verify “the need for the arts and the sciences to work together in order to develop more creative and conceptual approaches to innovation and presentation.” (Scott, 2006).

However, in the context of arts&science and technology, I ran across the below conference entitled “ART AND TECHNOSCIENCE – Practices in transformation”. It is a conference organized by the Academy of Fine Arts in Finland, in collaboration with the Finnish Bioart Society and Pixelache festival, to take place over 24-25.3.2010 in Helsinki:

“The beginning of the 21st century is characterized by an overwhelming awareness of environmental issues. Facing the threat of global warming, the findings of scientific research have become a subject of intensive political debate. The ethical questions traditionally discussed in the green-wing marginals have become mainstream, as science has become a coffee-table topic.

The field of art that interacts with the practices of science and its technologies is commonly referred to as ART&SCIENCE. During the past decades, this hybrid field has become more or less established, with landmark works, major institutions and written histories. However, with the new wave of environmentalism, a further wave of artists working with methods and questions related to scientific research has also emerged.

The conference seeks to contextualize the practices of ART&SCIENCE both in the contemporary political atmosphere and the history of contemporary art.

The first day of the two-day conference focuses on the practices in transformation as a result of research-orientation and cross-disciplinarity, characteristic to the field of ART&SCIENCE.

The second day of the conference looks at the technologies of encounter between human and non-human worlds. The aim is to address the ethical discourse taking place in art practices which look at the interaction between humans and non-humans.

Speakers include Roy Ascott (artist, researcher, UK), Jill Scott (artist, researcher, AUS/CH), Andy Gracie (artist, UK/ESP), Ingeborg Reichle (art historian, DE), Adam Zaretsky (artist, US), Tuija Kokkonen (theatre director, FI), Terike Haapoja (artist, FI), Pau Alsina (researcher, ESP), Ulla Taipale (curator, FI/ESP), Anu Osva (artist, FI), Erich Berger (artist, coordinator ArsBioarctica, AUT/FI), Leena Valkeapää (artist, FI), Laura Beloff (artist, researcher, FI), Manu Tamminen (microbiologist, FI), Eija Juurola (forest researcher, FI), Raitis Smits (artist, curator, LV), Jan Kaila (artist, professor, FI), Antti Sajantila (professor, medical doctor, FI), Minna Långström (artist, FI), among others.”

Erich Berger
Coordinator ArsBioarctica

Terike Haapoja
Artist, Phd researcher

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Symposium “Claiming Creativity: Art Education in Cultural Transition”

Saturday, December 26th, 2009 LOGO

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Since I work at the intersection of arts, design, computer science and media technology, am following the increasing interest in trans-disciplinary approaches being embraced by the research community in the field of arts, science and technology. As I addressed in earlier posts, there is an increasing interest of introducing the art practice based PhD in the framework of new study programs at art academics at the international level. However, one example of current trans-disciplinary research conferences I came across is the symposium entitled Claiming Creativity: Art Education in Cultural Transition presented by the Columbia College Chicago in partnership with The European League of Institutes of the Arts.

Interestingly the symposium includes a program strand on Arts, Science and Technologywhich outlines the following questions:

“-What are disciplines?
– What is between the disciplines?
– What is beyond the disciplines?
– Is art a discipline?
– Can disciplines talk to each other?
– Is technology a medium?
– How active is technological interactivity?
– How creative is science?
– Will the hype for social networking tip over into a desire for much more intimacy and privacy?
– Who is still interested in the millions of pictures of ‘my’ dog with a bent ear?”

What do you think about the questions? Are those the ones of most importance when looking at future education and development?

In the Leonardo Education Forum community, there is big debate on the issue of Arts&Science, especially addressing the impact of nano technology on the arts as well as nano arts.
However, the symposium is outlined as follows:

“Claiming Creativity seeks to re-position creativity as a driver not only for our economies, but also for art making, for transformational processes, and for social and cultural development and change. The working assumption is that the vitality of our common future is linked tightly to creative practice in many forms. This symposium will place artists, designers, architects and other active “creators” and those who teach in the creative disciplines squarely at the center of these important conversations along with leaders in industry and commerce who share an interest in the life of the imagination and its value to society.

Educators and other leaders in the arts, business, science, commerce, industry, public policy as well as other areas relevant to the symposium topics are invited to submit proposals to present research, works in progress, case studies, or summaries of research already completed that have the potential to stimulate lively and productive debates among symposium participants. Proposed presentations must include room for participant interaction so that the symposium sessions will be as interactive as possible.

A special feature of Claiming Creativity is the symposium online forum, which will be available beginning January 18, 2010 and will lead into the Chicago event. Successful proposal abstracts will be posted to the online forum for discussion by other symposium participants. These online discussions will provide additional ideas for special sessions at the symposium in Chicago designed specifically around the web forum discourse. Additionally, a symposium “journal” will be published through Columbia College Chicago’s academic press.
the workshops attached to it address Networked Realities / Receive and Respond:
Art paradigms exist on a continuum from the individual voice creating objects for contemplation to the engagement of groups in the performance of shared, responsive environments. This workshop tackles the notion of art as conversation, and considers the implications of interactivity on contemporary art practice.”
Further it addresses the topic of Unlikely Cohorts:

“How does Art compute Science? How does Science grapple with Art? Scientists and artists mediate the world with similar methodologies. They pursue inquiries with no preconceived answers. Research and artistic production lead both to creative analysis. As technologies thrive, more information is available for interpretation and scrutiny creating new arenas for scientists and artists to work collaboratively. This workshop will look at these areas of intersection to consider ideas of research, creativity, and new untraditional partnerships.”

What are your experiences in cross-disciplinary working and learning and how do you cope with working in between disciplines and learning cultures with students and pupils in formal and informal education settings? Looking forward to your comments.

For details about the symposium and the submission requirements please visit

Ars Electronica 09

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

human nature image

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

Web site:

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).

Wikis, Wikipedia and the arts

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

In the last semesters my students worked a lot on wikis and Wikipedia to support collaborative knowlegde creation. I enjoyed them very much discovering and experimenting with the software tools, as well as researching the potentials of wikis for learning, education and teacher training. The latter was seen as an entrance and a way of dissemination i order to transfer the issue of wikis to any subject in school education.

However, I was wondering how wikis and wikipedia can be used for the development of media art practice exploring the potential as a medium for the arts – rather than using it simply as a tool or resource. What are the opportunities opening up for the arts through wiki spaces and Wikipedia and the culture of participation?

Wikiartists is a blog on a project to invite “people throughout the networked world to become wikiartists by collaborating in creating web-enabled peer-produced artworks. ‘MERIWIP’ is an exemplary wikiart project in which anyone from the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea can participate.”
In the context of wikis and arts, I came across the following participatory “Wikipedia Art” project:

wikipedia art

“At 12pm (PST), Nathaniel Stern and I launched the “Wikipedia Art” projects, along with numerous collaborators, including Brian Sherwin, Patrick Lichty and Jon Coffelt.

We [want] you to participate in this intervention on Wikipedia which asks questions of legitimacy, authority and verifiability in the contact of a conceptual art projects.

We’ve posted a new entry on Wikipedia called “Wikipedia Art.” This page is the manifestation of the work of art; alter its composition, and you become a collaborator in the art’s formation. The catch is that Wikipedia, the world’s free and editable encyclopedia, has enforced standards of quality and verifiability. All Wikipedia articles, and each fact written in them, must cite “credible” external sources: interviews, blogs, or articles in “trustworthy” media institutions.

Wikipedia Art is birthed, survives and transforms itself through public performance and communal intervention. It is continuously reconstituted and redefined in a participant-driven write+cite+edit process that we call “performative citation.”

Wikipedia Art MUST BE written about extensively both on- and off-line, and these writings will in turn be included as part of the work, on its Wikipedia page. This serves the dual purpose of verifying the piece – which is considered controversial by those in the Wikipedia community, and may occasionally be removed from the site – as well as transforming it over time.

Here are three ways you can join the collaboration:

(1) Write a text, blog entry, essay or any other form of thoughts about the project
(2) Edit the Wikipedia page itself, citing a published text (even your own!)
(3) Pass along this call for participation to others

Link to the project:

Initial interviews and essays
Wikipedia Art — a virtual fireside chat

WikiPedia art? — by Patrick Lichty

This has QUICKLY turned into a discussion about articles for deletion

We invite you to join in the debate,

Scott Kildall,“

via NetBehaviour

Shift – Festival of Electronic Arts Basel „record, record”

Saturday, October 4th, 2008


„record, record – aufzeichnen – speichern – verarbeiten“ is the motto of this year’s SHIFT festival to take place in Basel 23-26 October 2008. Shift consists of exhibitions, concerts, music, visual art, film, video, Internet and projects crossing the borders of the classic genres. (Blog: here)

A conference entitled “Cultural Storage. Recording Systems in an Age of Digital Archives” and organised in cooperation with the University of Basle’s Institute for Media Studies will consider the festival theme “record, record” in the light of current media discourse. For talks and speakers see here.

ifm Uni Basel

“following its successful launch last autumn, the Shift festival of electronic arts is kicking off for a second edition – as lively and relaxed as when it started, but with a few revisions and additions that experience has taught us are necessary. Shift offers insight into the distinctly dynamic field of international electronic arts: music, visuals, film & video screenings and, above all, ‘cross-over’ projects and productions that break the bounds of established disciplines. We don’t attempt to offer a more or less representative cross-section of contemporary production in the electronic arts spectrum, however. Shift is a festival that gives centre stage to a single theme that resonates throughout the whole programme. Following the theme of “access” last year comes now “record, record: to register, to store, to process”. The era’s obsession with recording and storing data will be explored and challenged in a range of profound and funny, surprising and serious, analytical, discursive, playful artistic positions and conferences and talks with prominent guests.”

Workshops will be held as well, most interesting to me in the context of media art education the Mechatronic art/ Swiss Mechatronic Art Society and the diy festival
(English version) which is currently on call



Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

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Following the first expert meeting at re:place in Berlin in 2007, Nina Czegledy, Lynn Hughes and I are about to organise LEF@ISEA: At the crossroads of media Arts&Science and Technology: education in the 21st Century – what is to be done? to take place on 27 Jul 2008 at the Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media Singapore.

Location(s): Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media Singapore
Time: 27 Jul 2008

Preliminary event information:
July 27, 2008

At the crossroads of media Arts&Science and technology:
education in the 21st Century – what is to be done?
Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media

Leonardo Education Forum, Pacific Rim New Media Education
Working Group @ ISEA 2008, Singapore

Organizers: Nina Czegledy, Daniela Reimann and Lynn Hughes

Further information to follow.

For details drop us a line.

daniela (atnospam)

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robot seals and androids

Friday, February 29th, 2008


Animated robots and androids of today are in development. Robotic systems and robotic toys have entered the nursery rooms. Paro, a Mental Commitment Robot , is a therapeutic robot seal designed by Takanori Shibata at the Intelligent System Research Institute in Japan by the state-run National Institute of Advanced Industries and Technology (AIST) beginning in 1993 “in an attempt to reduce cognitive disorders and rising long-term medial costs” (Loving the machine).
(For further reading on Paro see here:

In this context I came across the article entitled “warning of robots” (SZ, 27 Feb. 08 ) which fits nicely into my research. We discussed the issue in the seminar looking at the introduction of the androids developed by Hiroshi Ishigro at the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at the University of Osaka. We discussed the interview with David Levy on his book “Love & Sex with Robots” looking at the question of androids and their impact on everyday life, addressing the issue of relationships between humans and robots and robots becoming partners people cohabit with.

However, watching the videos of the androids like receptionist Sara (who can express 6 emotions via facial expression and respond to questions or comments with “about seven hundred stock phrases in Japanese” (loving the machine) developed by Hiroshi Kobayashi, one gets a feel for how the future might look like – it is not only the Paros, Aibos and other robotic toys we will have to cope with, but the introduction of complex embodied conversational agents and identities.

Here are some of the videos:

(see here for the so called “Cute J-Girl Robot in Tokyo, Japan” and here for the AKIBA ROBOT FESTIVAL 2006 Actroid Female Robot

Clad actroid
Clad actroid via

Hirishi ishigro#s android

Hiroshi Ishigro’s android via

Pre-conference expert meeting at re:place

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

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Special announcement

14 November 2007, 14:00 – 17:30
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Conference Hall, 2

Pre-conference meeting on MediaArt, Technology and Education
Public sessions. FREE ADMISSION. All welcome.

“What can be done to support a culture of reflecting and shaping media art and technologies in the field of higher education?” Media art education is currently challenged by a variety of opportunities opening up due to the rapid change of technological developments reflected in contemporary media arts.
The following issues will be investigated and discussed by invited educational experts and the general public in the open afternoon sessions:

* Curricula, interdisciplinary study programs, and new qualifications
* New learning cultures, (values & meanings) towards education &
knowledge design
* Changing media education institutions – future models
* Converging technologies, media developments and participation
* Intersection of Art, Design and Computer Science – Changing

Your participation and contribution to the discussion will be important and highly appreciated.

Please indicate your attendance to the Meeting Moderators by November 10, 2007, the latest.
Nina Czegledy: czegledy at interlog dot com,
Daniela Reimann: daniela at daniela-reimann dot de

The Web site of the re:place Conference on the Histories of Media, Art, Science and Technology can be accessed at: