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December 14, 2006



Defining New Methods in aRt&D

We would like to invite you to view the online version of Processpatching: Defining New Methods in aRt&D, a PhD thesis by Anne Nigten.

V2_ invited Anne Nigten to start the V2_Lab in 1998. She coined the term ‘aRt&D’ to refer to research and development involving art and technology. One of the next steps in aRt&D will be to formalise its assembled working methods, which can be seen as essential ingredients for interdisciplinary collaboration.

As manager of the V2_Lab, Anne Nigten decided to investigate how electronic art patches together processes and methods originating in the arts, engineering, and computer science. Her thesis provides a framework for understanding electronic art’s method, through informing others about one’s own artistic research-and-development approach, this thesis contributed to improving the collaboration among artists, technicians and computer scientists. She conducted her investigation in the V2_Lab, an electronic-art laboratory where artists establish new alliances with other disciplines. The thesis contains unique information about specific cases of projects developed or presented in the V2_Lab between 2002 and 2005. It provides sharp observations and analyses of the practical and theoretical aspects of artists’ research and development processes.

Nigten’s study addresses fundamental questions about the research and development methods of artists involved in interdisciplinary collaborations between and among the fields of art, computer science, and engineering. The artistic methods cited in her thesis include examples from a broad range of fields (such as technology, media arts, theatre and performance, systems theories, the humanities, and design practice), which are relevant to and intrinsically intertwined with this project and its position in an interdisciplinary knowledge domain.

Anne Nigten participated in the SMARTlab program at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London. Her supervisors were Professor Lizbeth Goodman, James Swinson and Professor Lynda Hardman.

This thesis has been realized with the support of V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media and Multimedian.

Posted by jo at December 14, 2006 04:04 PM