Edward Shanken

Artists in Industry and the Academy: Collaborative Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship, and the Interpretation of Hybrid Forms, Free Flow lecture

December 9, 2005, 12:00 pm   » 

Edward Shanken's talk surveys contemporary artist-engineer-scientist collaborations in industry and the academy and considers a variety of theoretical and practical issues pertaining to them. Given the increasing dedication of cultural resources to engage artists and designers in science and technology research, he argues that more scholarships must analyze case-studies, identify best practices and working methods, and propose models for evaluating both the hybrid products resulting from these endeavors and the contributions of the individuals engaged in them.

Edward A. Shanken is Professor of Art History at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He edited a collection of essays by Roy Ascott, entitled Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (University of California Press, 2003). His essay, “Art in the Information Age: Technology and Conceptual Art” received honorable mention in the Leonardo Award for Excellence in 2004. He edited “Artists in Industry and the Academy: Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations” a special series of essays in Leonardo 38:4 and 38:5 (2005). Dr. Shanken earned his Ph.D. in Art History from Duke (2001) and his MBA from Yale (1990). He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Council of Learned Societies. He serves as an advisor to the REFRESH conference, the journal Technoetic Arts, and is vice-chair of the Leonardo Education Forum. Website:

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