Final white papers

Published June 18, 2012


Report and meta-analysis

Introduction The SEAD network is a community of advocates for the importance and value of research and creative work across the arts and sciences. There are two groups funded by NSF EAGER grants: NSEAD and XSEAD. SEAD was adopted to acknowledge that the two groups have linkages.

The White Papers project was proposed early on within the NSEAD group as a way to build community around perceived challenges and opportunities relative to engagaing  art/design with engineering/science disciplines. The White Papers Working Group is conducting this research for the network going forward, to structure actions and make them relevant to stakeholders.

The papers posted here are the response to this open call from our global network. They represent a spectrum of interests in advocating for trans-disciplinarity between arts, sciences, and technologies. The call asked for authors to submit a plan of action and identify stakeholders who might be instrumental in carrying out such plans. The individual efforts do not represent a collective aim towards any explicit initiative. Rather, they offer a broad array of views on barriers faced and prospective solutions.

The SEAD White Papers project is not intended to offer direct proposals for funding, though some individual papers may do so. The SEAD network acknowledges that network funding should best be distributed across a range of stakeholders.

The White Papers project is not an effort to claim that art advances science or vice versa. Though individual authors may do so, the network is giving voice to opinions individually and collectively.

SEAD network, the White Papers Working Group, and the conversations enabled here should be acknowledged as different entities, and the objectives of SEAD not necessarily the same as that of individual suggested actions.

For more background on the organization of SEAD please see:

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.1142510, Collaborative Research: EAGER: Network for Science, Engineering, Arts and Design (NSEAD) IIS, Human Centered Computing. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


(Re)Structuring Innovation: Community-Based Wet Labs for Art-Science Collaborations
Coordinators: Steven J. Barnes & Carlos Castellanos

Ex-Scribing The Choreographic Mind – Dance & Neuroscience In Collaboration
Coordinator: Glenna Batson

Transdisciplinarity: Challenges, Approaches And Opportunities At The Cusp Of History
Coordinators: Dr. Martha Blassnigg and Dr. Michael Punt

Gathering STEAM: Bridging The Arts And Sciences To Expand Public Interest In Science, Technology, Engineering, And Math
Coordinators: Marjory Blumenthal and Ken Goldberg

Creative Artificially-Intelligent Agents For The Arts: An Interdisciplinary Science-And-Arts Approach
Coordinator: Jonas Braasch

Using ‘Processing’ As A Stimulus For Producing STEAM
Coordinator: Ron Brown

A New Ecology Of Learning: Ecological Systems As Pedagogical Models
Coordinator: Pavel Cenkl

Science-Art Interactions In Asia With Particular Reference To India
Coordinator: Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa

Bridging The Divide: Collaboration, Communication And Education In Art And Science
Coordinator: Nathan Cohen

A Case Study in IP arising in Art/Science Performance Research and Transdisciplinary Collaboration
Coordinator: Josie E. Davis

From Workshop To Academic Laboratory, An Artistic Experience Of Transdisciplinarity
Coordinator: Jean Delsaux

Interdisciplinary Courses, Positions, PhD, In Italy
Coordinator: Michele Emmer

Between Barriers And Prospects: Merging Art Performance And Engineering In Mobile Music Education And Research
Coordinator: Georg Essl

Bridging the Silos: Curriculum Development in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities
Coordinator: Kathryn Evans

SEAD: From Success To Succession
Coordinator: Bronac Ferran

Learning Computing Through Game Experiences
Coordinator: P. Fishwick

CoRE Challenges: the artist in residence programme at the British Heart Foundation Centre for Research Excellence, Queens Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh
Coordinator: Chris Fremantle

DIWO (Do-It-With-Others): Artistic Co-Creation As A Decentralized Method Of Peer Empowerment In Today’s Multitude
Coordinator: Marc Garrett

Data Sonification; An Emerging Opportunity For Graduate Music/Sound Design Departments To Expand Research In An Art And Science Collaboration
Coordinator: Scot Gresham-Lancaster

Environmental Equity: Enabling Excellence In Media Art And Science In Under-Served Communities
Coordinator: Molly Hankwitz

Emergence Of New Institutions For Art-Science Collaboration In France And Comparison Of Their Features With Those Of A Longer Established One
Coordinator: Christian Jacquemin

Mapping Space: Introducing Geographical Information Systems in Indian School Classrooms
Coordinator: Anu Joy

Hackteria.Org: Nomadic Science And Democratized Labs
Coordinator: Denisa Kera

Artistic Research Collaboratives In Science, Engineering And Technology (ARCiSET)
Coordinator: Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren

Thinking With Things: Feeling Your Way Into STEM
Coordinator: Sarah Kuhn

How I Became An Art[Scient]Ist: A Tale Of Paradisciplinarity
Coordinator: François-Joseph Lapointe

Interactions Among Scientists/Engineers And Artists/Designers In Developing A Common Language And Unique Perspectives On Today’s Challenges
Coordinator: D.L. Marrin

Bio Structures And New Media A Pending Prospective On Possible Futures Experienced In South America
Coordinator: David F. Maulen

The Cross-Disciplinary Challenges Of Visualizing Data
Coordinator: Isabel Meirelles

Exploring a Model of Transdisciplinary Research Collaboration based on Collective Action Theories
Coordinators: Cristina Miranda de Almeida and Benjamin Tejerina

Towards A Taxonomy Of The Challenges Within Typologies Of Collaborations Between Art – Design – Engineering – Science – Humanities – A Practical Guide
Coordinator: Jennifer Nikolov(a)

Building An Interdisciplinary Research Team
Coordinator: Sile O’Modhrain

The Nanoart 21 Project
Coordinator: Cris Orfescu

SARC (Scientists/Artists Research Collaborations)
Coordinator: Jack Ox and Richard Lowenberg

The Coming Of Age Of A PhD Program In Digital And Experimental Arts Practice: Lessons Learned And Challenges For The Future
Coordinators: Juan Pampin and James Coupe

The Openlab Network Facilitates Innovative, Creative And Collaborative Research With Art, Community, Design, Technology, And Science At The University Of California Santa Cruz
Coordinator: Jennifer Parker

Fragments /Examples On Science / Art / Collaborations And The Local / Social / Personal Context
Coordinator: Miklós Peternák

Developing an Innovation Workforce While Increasing K-12 STEM Engagement and Learning: Integrating Innovation Thinking Skills with Mandated Content
Coordinator: Lucinda Presley

How SEAD Network Can Advance Experimental Economics: A Case Study Of Innovation And Entrepreneurship In Support Of Rural Community And Economic Development
Coordinator: Joan Quintana

The Importance Of Early And Persistent Arts And Crafts Education For Future Scientists And Engineers
Coordinator: Robert Root-Bernstein

Case Study: Cultivating Art And Science In The Petri Dish: The Culture At Work Project
Coordinator: Sherryl Ryan

Humanities Education In Karnataka
Coordinator: Sundar Sarrukkai

Humanities In Science And Technology Institutes (A Case Study Of One Institute In India)
Coordinator: Sundar Sarrukkai

Cultivating Artscience Collaborations That Generate Innovations For Improving The State Of The World
Coordinator: Todd Siler

Complexity Art: A Pattern Of Transdisciplinary Emergent Properties Coordinator: Myriam Solar

Opportunities and Obstacles Facing Scientists, Mathematicians, and Engineers Deeply Engaged in the Arts and Design
Coordinator: Carol Strohecker

Gender And STEM: No Shift Required
Coordinator: Deborah Tatar

Creations Of Many Minds: Contextualizing Intellectual Property Issues Arising From Collaborations Across The Disciplines Of Science, Engineering, Arts, And Design
Coordinator: Robert Thill

Sauti Ya Wakulima: Using Mobile Phones To Make The Voices Of Rural Farmers In Tanzania Heard
Coordinator: Eugenio Tisselli

Vitamin A: A Modest Proposal To Introduce Trace Amounts Of Contemporary Art Into Research By Preparing Students In Art, Design, Engineering, And Science For Collaborative Creative Work, With The Intention Of Saving Earth
Coordinator: Meredith Tromble

Chaos, Computers, And Cyborgs. Developing The Art & Technology Practices In Taiwan
Coordinator: Yu-Chuan Tseng

Process Driven Potentials For Interdisciplinary Learning: UBEATS, A Model For Science And Music Learning
Coordinator: Cynthia L. Wagoner

A Study Of Art/ Science Collaboration In China And Hong Kong
Coordinator: Annie Wan

Learning Across Cultures
Coordinator: Roy Williams

Can Art Advance Science? A Hypothetical SEAD Experiment
Coordinator: Jonathan Zilberg