Saturday, March 3, 2007

March 2, 2007 presentation: José Ramón Alcalá

NEW THOUGHTS, NEW VISION - NEW VISIONS, NEW THOUGHT: Vision in Electronic Culture at the Beginning of the 21st Century

The transition from analogical to digital culture is creating the challenge of shaping newly invented worlds into recognizable form. This is a difficult job if it is conceived as individual work. Scientists, technologists, and artists, etc. are connecting in interdisciplinary communities to contribute their specialized skills and knowledge to an integrated whole.

Dr. Alcalá is the Director of the International Museum of Electrography (MIDE) and Professor of New Technologies at the University of Cuenca, Spain. He is a visiting exchange professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Idaho

1 comment:

Jayme Jacobson said...

What interested me most about Friday’s presentation was the discussion around the idea of making room for interdisciplinary inquiry-based projects in the academy. It is discouraging that most of what passes for interdisciplinary work never gets beyond the superficial aspects of the disciplines involved.

The trick with the project approach would be to make sure that the projects were designed so that the tasks could not just be divided up, so that one person couldn’t simply do the chemistry, another the coding, a third the data analysis, a fourth the visualization, etc. How do we go about setting up projects where participants begin to understand and cross-reference and synthesize concepts through disciplines, in a way that encourages deep interdisciplinary reasoning and problem solving?