Abstract

Today, a worldwide community of innovators is engaged in the convergence of art, technology and science, as are a number of vital and active organizations, yet there seems to be very little discourse about the process of doing interdisciplinary work. The BRIDGES Consortium seeks to create a collaborative forum for the study and development of interdisciplinary collaboration as a practice. At the first Bridges Summit, held in June 2001, participants discussed a broad range of topics, including: preceding historical developments, the role of language, institutional hurdles to collaboration and the value of art/technology-based research. The event concluded with recommendations for aggregating, validating and strengthening the interdisciplinary community through the creation of a new form of collaborative organization.

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Author notes

Celia Pearce is an interactive multimedia designer, artist, researcher, teacher and author of The Interactive Book: A Guide to the Interactive Revolution, as well as several other papers and articles on interactive media and game culture and design. She is currently a lecturer at the Claire Trevor School of Arts at the University of California, Irvine. Web: www.cpandfriends.com.

Sara Diamond is an award-winning television and new-media producer/director, video artist, curator, critic, researcher, teacher and artistic director. Born in New York City, Diamond has resided in Western Canada and has represented Canada at home and internationally for many years. She is currently Artistic Director, Media and Visual Arts, and Executive Producer, Television and New Media, at the Banff Centre. Diamond programs new media events for the Banff Television Festival and develops the extensive Banff New Media Institute at the Banff Centre.

Mark Beam has had leading roles for a wide range of organizations, from senior Wall Street executive and investment banker to executive producer and entrepreneur. Beam is a co-founder of Creative Disturbance, a global aRtD network; Collective Intelligence, a network for increasing social capital investment; New Minds, a lecture series on social technology; and beaming, llc., a new media venture consulting firm in San Francisco. Prior to that, Beam was a senior executive and portfolio manager for three of the largest banks in the world in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Beam is a member of the Board of Directors of Leonardo and an advisor to the Department of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Web: www.beaming.com.