[ISEA2017] Panel: Ricardo Dal Farra — A transdisciplinary approach to research-creation (when art is part of everything else)

Panel Statement

Panel: Training Methods for Transdisciplinary Collaboration

Keywords: Transdiscipline, Collaborative Research, Education, ResearchCreation, Training

The solution to complex problems is being explored, increasingly, from multi and/or interdisciplinary perspectives. However, those strategies are not enough in many cases and therefore developing a transdisciplinary approach becomes an essential tool. The traditional academic structure based on rigid disciplines has proven not to work well to face problems such as climate change or poverty, taking here only two among many multi-dimensional challenges we are facing. Can we really and effectively develop innovative useful ways to do research and apply our findings with a creative approach? This is an introduction to some experimental strategies used in transdisciplinary projects focusing on research-creation, aiming others could benefit and eventually emulate some of the experiences carried out.

  • Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra (Argentina/Canada) is a composer, new media artist, curator, educator, and historian whose work has been focusing on new music and the electronic arts for several decades. He is a professor at Concordia University, Canada and director of the CEIArtE-UNTREF Electronic Arts Research Centre, Argentina. His music and media artworks have been presented in about 40 countries. Dal Farra is the founder-director of the Balance-Unbalance (electronic arts & the environmental crisis) and Understanding Visual Music conference series and has been a researcher for UNESCO in France, De Montfort University in the UK, Amauta in Peru and the National Ministry of Education in Argentina. He was director of Hexagram, the inter-university international network for research-creation in media arts, design, technology and digital culture, and coordinator of DOCAM, the Documentation and Conservation of the Media Arts Heritage research alliance. Dr. Dal Farra created the Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection hosted by The Daniel Langlois Foundation.

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