Title: Managing art–technology research collaborations

Authors: Amitava Biswas

Addresses: Department of Computer Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77483, USA

Abstract: Several forms of art practices like digital, new media and installation art, use technology as a media for creative expressions. Artists are more adept at providing unique user experience in technology based art and entertainment. However, artists need technical help in producing technology-based art. In academic settings, collaborations between art and technology face several challenges due to differences in: the professional cultures and traditions; nature of professional training received; dominant personality types and cognitive styles of the practitioners; professional expectations; practice methods; difficulty in communication; institutional factors; paucity of appropriate project management methods and software tools. This article provides insights into: the psychology of creativity, impact of personalities, practice sub-domains, work methods, skills, several other relevant factors and issues. Finally, several short and long-range strategies are suggested regarding management of art–technology collaboration in academic research and education.

Keywords: art–technology collaboration; co-creativity; art; technology; collaboration management; software engineering; digital art; new media art; installation art; technology-based art; psychology; creativity; personalities; work methods; skills; academic research; education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2008.019883

International Journal of Arts and Technology, 2008 Vol.1 No.1, pp.66 - 89

Published online: 13 Aug 2008 *

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