Planetary Collegium

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The Planetary Collegium is an international research platform that promotes the integration of art, science, technology, and consciousness research, under the rubric of technoetic arts. It is based in Plymouth University. The Collegium's Hub is the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts (CAiiA), and it has nodes in Lucerne, Trento, and Shanghai. The founding President is Professor Roy Ascott.

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The Planetary Collegium was first established as the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA) by Roy Ascott in 1994 at what is now the University of Wales, Newport

Three years later, Ascott established STAR (Science Technology and Art Research) in the School of Computing, University of Plymouth. CAiiA-STAR constituted a joint research platform, with access to supervisory and technical resources of both universities.

In 2003, Ascott relocated the platform to Plymouth University, renaming it the Planetary Collegium, where it is now located in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Since 1997, the Collegium has given more than seventy conferences and symposia in Europe, North and South America, Japan, China and Australia.

Since its inception, over 80 doctoral candidates have graduated from the programme with the Plymouth University PhD.


The Collegium aims to produce new knowledge in the context of the arts, through transdisciplinary inquiry and critical discourse, with special reference to technoetic research and to advances in science and technology.[1] Its seeks to reflect the social, technological and spiritual aspirations of an emerging planetary society, while sustaining a critical awareness of the retrograde forces and fields that inhibit social and cultural development. It combines the face-to-face association of individuals with the trans-cultural unity of telematic communities, thereby developing a network of research nodes strategically located across the planet, each with a distinctive cultural ethos. The Collegium seeks outcomes that involve new language, systems, structures, and behaviours, and insights into the nature of mind, matter and human identity. [2]


The Planetary Collegium consists of artists, theoreticians and scholars working within the context of transdisciplinarity and syncretism so as to develop their research in the practice and theory of new media art with a special interest in telematics and technoetics. Their doctoral research leads to the award of the University of Plymouth PhD. Post-doctoral research is also pursued. It has attracted an impressive number of internationally well-established artists, musicians, performers, designers, architects, theorists and scholars involved in doctoral and post-doctoral research.

The hub of the Collegium, CAiiA-Hub (the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts) is situated in the School of Art and Media, Faculty of Arts, Plymouth University.[2] Its Nodes are T-Node [3] in Trento, De Tao-Node [4] in Shanghai, and NGL-Node [5] in Lucerne. The programme, which is largely part-time, has a virtually 100% success rate, with well over 80 doctoral graduates .

In addition to doctoral candidates and graduates, supervisors and honorary members, its constituency also includes general members, who share the aims and interests of the Collegium, and are invited to participate in its development

The Planetary Collegium has a geographically dispersed membership, and convenes the majority of its research sessions and public conferences in Asia, Australia, the Americas and Europe.


The Collegium was awarded The World Universities Forum Award for Best Practice in Higher Education 2011.[3]

Collegium President[edit]

Roy Ascott, Founding President, and Director of the CAiiA-Hub. 2014 Recipient of the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica Award for Visionary Pioneer of New Media Art. Doctor Honoris Causa, Ionian University, Corfu, 2016.

Collegium Advisory Board[edit]

Honorary Fellows of the Collegium
Academic Members of the Collegium Advisory Board
  • Francesco Monico, Director of Research T-Node
  • [7] René Stettler, Executive Director, NGL-Node
  • Mike Phillips, Principal Supervisor, CAiiA-Node
  • Jane Grant, Principal Supervisor, CAiiA-Node
  • [8] Jing(Luna)Zhou,Associate Director,DeTao Node

PhD Graduates of the programme[edit]

A Random Selection of PhDs awarded since 1998

  • "Subject and Aesthetic Interface - an inquiry into transformed subjectivities" Johansson, Kathrine (2015) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Facing Experience: A Painter’s Canvas In Virtual Reality" Dolinsky, Margaret, (2014) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Interactive Technologies for the Public Sphere Toward a Theory of Critical Creative Technology" Jennings, Pamela Lynnette (2006) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Hypermedia Systems: the creation and interpretation of concept-based art". Harrison, Dew. (1998). PhD University of Wales.
  • "Telepresence and Transgenic Art". Kac, Eduardo (2003). PhD University of Wales.
  • "Principles of Metadesign". Giaccardi, Elisa. (2003). PhD University of Plymouth.
  • "The Kinesfield: study of movement-based interactive and choreographic art". Schiller, Gretchen . (2003). PhD University of Plymouth.
  • "Art and Technology: coherence; connectedness, and the integrative field" Nobrega, Carlos Augusto Moreira (2009) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Outline of a Subversive Technopoetic: for a Libertarian Pedartgogy". Monico, Francesco (2014) PhD Plymouth University
  • "A Procedural Model For Integrating Physical And Cyberspaces In Architecture" . Anders, Peter (2003) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Networked Public Spaces: An Investigation into Virtual Embodiment". Vesna, Victoria (2000) PhD University of Wales.
  • "User Behaviour and Multi-Linked Experience". Rogala, Miroslaw (2000) PhD University of Wales.
  • "The Hybronaut and the Umwelt: Wearable Technology as Artistic Strategy" Beloff, Laura Maria (2013) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Image and Evidence: The Study of Attention through the Combined Lenses of Neuroscience and Art" . Levy, Ellen K (2012) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Life Expansion: Toward an Artistic, Design-Based Theory of the Transhuman / Posthuman ". Vita-More, Natasha (2012) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Polyphibianism: Evolving Transdisciplinarity into an Imaginary Organism of Living Knowledge". Ljubec, Ziva (2015) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Digital Body Automata". Scott, Jill. (1998) PhD University of Wales.
  • "Astral Projection: Theories Of Metaphor, Philosophies of Science, and The Art of Scientific Visualization" Cox, Donna J (2008) PhD Plymouth University
  • "Ecological Understanding through Transdisciplinary Art and Participatory Biology". Ballengée, Brandon ((2015) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Creating Complexity through Interaction: the Application of Complex System and Origin of Life Theory to Interactive Art Works". Sommerer, Christa. (2002). PhD University of Wales.
  • "Diffracting Representation: Towards A Situated Aesthetics Of Technospaces" Timeto, Federica (2013) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "The Varieties of User Experience Bridging Embodied Methodologies from Somatics and Performance to Human Computer Interaction". Schiphorst, Thecla (2009) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Immersive Ideals / Critical Distances". Nechvatal, Joseph (1999) PhD University of Wales
  • "Music as Embodied Action, Interfacing Autonomous Systems and Rhythmical Expression". Bedworth, Jon. (2001). PhD University of Wales.
  • "Human Computer Interaction". Schiphorst, Thecla (2009) PhD Plymouth University
  • "Communicating the Unspeakable: Linguistic Phenomena in the Psychedelic Sphere" Slattery, Diana R (2011) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Software curating : the politics of curating in/as (an) Open System(s)" Krysa, Joasia (2008) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Amergent Music: behavior and becoming in technoetic & media arts". Herber, Norbert F (2010) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Ludics for a Ludic Society The Art and Politics of Play" Jahrmann, Margarete (2011) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Re-appropriating Chinese Art in the Context of Digital Media: From the Chinese Past into a Mediated ‘Presence’ through Creative Practice" Hung, Keung David (2014) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Participation as Media: a compositional system for staging participation with reflective scenography" Søndergaard, Karin (2010) Plymouth University.
  • "An Experimental Research into Inhabitable Theories" Westermann, Claudia (2011) PhD Plymouth University
  • "On the Evolution of the Heavenly Spheres: An Enactive Approach to Cosmography" McConville, David (2014) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Towards a Phenomenologlcal Theory of the VIsceral In the Interactive Arts". Gromala, Diane J (2007) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Recombinant Poetics: Emergent Meaning as Examined and Explored Within a Specific Generative Virtual Environment". Seaman, Bill. (1999) PhD University of Wales
  • "Communicating the Unspeakable: Linguistic Phenomena in the Psychedelic Sphere" Slattery, Diana R (2011) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "Amergent Music: behavior and becoming in technoetic & media arts". Herber, Norbert F (2010) PhD Plymouth University.
  • "A dramaturgy of intermediality: composing with integrative design" Petersen, Kjell Yngve (2009) PhD Plymouth University.

Advanced Research Associates[edit]

The Advanced Research Associateship (ARA) involves post-doctoral or advanced practice research. ARAs are required to attend three Composite Sessions within their year of registration, and to participate in the associated international research conferences.

  • CAiiA-Hub:
    • Heather Raikes, University of Washington, Seattle, US (2011–12).
    • Paulo Rodrigues, University of Aveiro, Portugal (2010–11).
    • Wengao Huang, University of Plymouth, UK (2005–06).
    • Cristina Miranda de Almeida, University of the Basque Country. (2005–06).
    • Andrea Gaugusch, University of Vienna, Austria (2003–04).
    • Dene Grigar, Washington State University—Vancouver (2002–04).
    • Katia Maciel, Federal University Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2001–02).
    • Tania Fraga, University of Brasilia, Brazil (1999–2000).
  • M-Node:
    • Luisa Paraguai, Anhembi Morumbi University, São Paulo, Brazil (2011–12).
    • Gianna Angelini, University of Macerata, Macerata, Italy (2012-)
    • I-Node, Lila Moore,(2014-2015).

The Consciousness Reframed Conferences[edit]

Instituted by Roy Ascott, the international research conference series Consciousness Reframed: art and consciousness in the post-biological era brings together each year between 60 and 100 presenters from up to 25 countries

  • 1997, 1998, and 2000. University of Wales College, Newport
  • 1998. University of Plymouth, England. Conference workshop The Architecture of Consciousness
  • 2002. Perth, Western Australia. Hosted by Curtin University
  • 2003. University of Wales College, Newport.
  • 2004. Beijing, China. Qi and Complexity Digital Media Studio, Central Academy of Fine Arts; China Electronic Music Center, Central Conservatory of Music; Department of Digital Art and Design, School of Software, Peking University; Institute of Digital Media, Beijing Normal University.
  • 2005. University of Plymouth, England. Altered States: Transformations of Perception, Place & Performance.
  • 2006. University of Plymouth, England. Altered States: Immatereality.
  • 2008. Vienna, Austria. New Realities : Being Syncretic Hosted by Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien.
  • 2009. Munich, Germany. Macromedia Hochschule für Medien und Kommunikation. Experiencing Design, Behaving Media .
  • 2010. Trondheim, Norway. TEKS - Trondheim Electronic Arts Center. Making Reality Really Real .
  • 2011. Shanghai, China. Institute of Visual Art, Fudan University. Transcultural Tendencies | Transmedial Transactions.
  • 2011. Centro Cultural Belem and Artshare. Lisbon, Portugal. Presence in the Mindfield: Art, Identity and the Technology of Transformation .
  • 2012. Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture. Kefalonia, Greece. Technoetic Telos: Art, Myth and Media
  • 2013. The German University in Cairo, Egypt. 2013. "Behind the Image and Beyond"
  • 2015 De Tao Masters Academy, Shanghai, China. "The Matter of the Immaterial".
  • 2016 De Tao Masters Academy, Shanghai, China."Presumptive Predications: art and the future".

Research Sessions and Public Conferences[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Media Art Net - Ascott, Roy: Biography". 
  2. ^ Kristine Stiles & Peter Selz, Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings (Second Edition, Revised and Expanded by Kristine Stiles) University of California Press 2012, p. 464
  3. ^ [1] Archived January 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.