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Paul T Kidd's ICT & ART CONNECT (STARTS) Home Page

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Art and technology, art and science: these pages constitute an archive, a record, of an
initiative called ICT & ART CONNECT. Documentation is preserved here for the use of
art/media historians who may wish in future years, to research yet another episode in the story of art and technology/science. The content also serves as a lesson and a warning (to those willing to listen) about how not to go about involving artists in research programmes. The material also highlights the singular intellectual and theoretical emptiness of much of this
field, especially that which comes from the minds of STEM people and their 'artists in
residence', and that which is associated with the promotion of STEM (propaganda), which
form part of an extremely noisy, highly schizophrenic circus, orchestrated by a vested interest
group that is defining reality in a way that best suits its own agenda, and not in terms what
global circumstances and humanity actually require. STARTing, STEAMing and SEADing?
Why so much noise! Elsewhere, we note that quieter people appear to be doing that which is
more interesting! Is there a principle here: noise is inversely proportional to intellectual
content? Sometimes it seems that way! Perhaps its just the emptiness that results from post-
modernism? If so, then surely it’s time to move on?

However, one can claim to be re-conceptualising the universe away form a geocentric model to a heliocentric model, but the proof that one is doing so lies in the delivery of the new model. And the model in this case came from a priest working outside the established system! Now why was that? And this is not the only example ... Pandering to the whims, interests, ideology and dogma of the established world order will lead to, the perpetuation of the established world order.

New forms of collaboration among the Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Design - remind me what it was that the little boy said about the emperor’s new clothes?

Art, someone once said, is an uncomfortable truth staring back at you from a wall. There are many uncomfortable truths to be found in these pages.

Paul T Kidd
October 2015




The philosophy underlying these ICT & ART CONNECT (or STARTS (Science Technology & the Arts) as it became known as) web pages is openness: open access to all information and documents relating to ICT & ART CONNECT; openness in the sense of being a counter-force against anyone who seeks power and influence by restricting access to information; openness to send the message to technocrats that ICT & ART CONNECT is not theirs to shape as they think fit, and that art should not be appropriated for the purpose of advancing a techno-science agenda; openness to ensure that ICT & ART CONNECT is seen in the context of a long history of Art-Science, Art-Technology collaboration, and in the context of ICT, in relation to a subject called Computer Art, and also collaboration among artists and technologists, dating back to the early 1960s – ICT & ART CONNECT is not new! But there are nevertheless important matters that ICT & ART CONNECT raises, not least of which is the social forces shaping ICT, the nature of the technology itself, and the way that the de-humanising Enlightenment scientific paradigm continues to influence technology through organisations such as DG CONNECT.


To reiterate – ICT-ART CONNECT is not new. The notion of artists and technologists co-creating, as well as technologists becoming artists, has been around for over 50 years, and there are well documented cases of both dating back to the early 1960s. ICT-ART CONNECT has developed over this period in parallel with computer art and the two things are very much intertwined. This raises many questions, particularly why those involved with DG CONNECT’s late arrival in this area are speaking of new paradigms and new methods of working, when clearly neither is true. It also raises the question of what lies beyond the 1960s art-technology co-creation concept, beyond computer art, and whether an organisation and its people, deeply grounded in modernism, positivism, technocracy etc. – i.e. DG CONNECT – will do anything beyond that which can already be read about in history books? Time will answer this question.

Looking beyond the limiting horizons of DG CONNECT one can ask questions about the role that artistic and literary creation processes could have in reshaping science, engineering and technology, by fundamentally changing their philosophical foundations, resulting in a new paradigm, demonstrable through the concepts of: ontology; epistemology; theory; reflexivity; and researcher role. This however is not something that DG CONNECT is likely to make any contribution to.

Artistic and literary creation processes will one day be used as a means of knowledge discovery and as research methods and these processes will produce ways of undertaking scientific, engineering and technology research far different to that which exists today. These new approaches will not however become mainstream unless special measures are taken. And about these special measures, more will be said in due course.

In the meantime however, in these pages there is some information about this not so new initiative called ICT & ART CONNECT (also called ICT ART CNECT). This has been initiated by the European Commission's DG CONNECT, and is focused on connecting ICT & Art Communities. These web pages bring together most of the existing information and documents in one place. Here you will find information about:


The 2013 ICT & ART CONNECT event

The 2012 ICT & ART CONNECT event

Background to ICT & ART CONNECT

The report of the roundtable discussion held in the European Parliament


Other available reports and documents

Links to relevant pages on European Commission web sites

Links to the web sites of relevant ICT & ART Research Organisations

Brief descriptions of relevant projects and web links

An introduction to the concept of art practice as research

ICT & ART CONNECT at DG CONNECT’s ICT 2013 Conference and Exhibition

ICT & ART CONNECT at Ars Electronica 2014

Future ICT & ART CONNECT Related Events

COST Event - Arts and Technology

Art-Science-Technology History - A Timeline

ICT & ART CONNECT Disconnect

ICT & ART Networks & Organisations

STARTS - Science, Technology and the Arts


Coming soon:

Art-Science-Technology Conferences

Art-Science-Technology Journals




The material in these web pages is also related to subject matter that is sometimes referred to as Science, Technology and Art (START), or Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) or Science, Engineering, Art and Design (SEAD) about which more will be added as the content of these pages is developed.

Also in due course, there will be some reflection upon the strategic importance of artistic and literary practice as a means of undertaking research, looking beyond the obvious, such as enhancing creativity and innovation and using art to illustrate (which seems to be something of an obsession among what are called deficit model thinkers – there is nothing wrong with science, we just need to explain it better to the public, and art can help us!), towards the creative use of art and literary practice to do that which is long over due – developing new approaches to science, engineering and technology development that fit with the challenges and needs of the modern world. And it is worth adding that the probability that STARTing, STEAMing and SEADing will ever lead to such changes is, for all practical pruposes - zero!


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