Professor of Art and Technology, University of Plymouth
International Co-Editor, Leonardo
Editor-in-Chief, Leonardo Reviews
Director, Transtechnology Research
Michael Punt is a Professor of Art and Technology at the University of Plymouth. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Leonardo Reviews which publishes in excess of 200 reviews a year on art, science and technology. Between 1969 and1994 he had over one hundred exhibitions of his work including one-person shows, and has made 15 films. He gained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam (Early Cinema and the Technological Imaginary, 2000, available at http://dare.uva.nl/document/100064) and has jointly produced two books.
He has published over 80 articles on cinema history and digital technology in key journals including; The Velvet Light Trap, Leonardo, Design Issues, Technoetic Arts and Convergence. Between 1996 and 2000 he was a regular contributor to Skrien, the Dutch journal of record for film and television criticism. During that period he wrote a monthly column on cinema, art and the Internet. In the past five years he has given papers and keynotes in more than a dozen countries and is currently working on a two volume book project on technology and imagination during the ‘long twentieth century’.
He is currently leading a large joint research project with the VU, Amsterdam, the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, the Netherlands Filmmuseum and The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. This project, ‘Technology, Exchange and Flow: Artistic Practices and Commercial Application’, funded through HERA, focuses on experimental film and advertising in Europe and will conclude with a major exhibition in Vienna.
2012. Image, Light and the Passage to the Semi-Material Object. IN: Blassnigg, M et al. (eds) Light Image and Imagination. Amsterdam: AUP. (in press).
Punt, M. (2011) ‘Grinding A Ridge’, in Kluszczynski, R. (ed.) W strone trzeciej kultury. Koegz ystencja sztuki, nauki i technologii. Towards the Third Culture. The Co-existence ofArt, Science and Technology. Gdansk: Laznia CCA, pp. 110-123.
Punt, M. (2011) ‘Combinando Tecnologias: primeiro cinema, cultura popular e o imaginário tecnológico’ (transl. by Cleomar Rocha and Júlio César dos Santos), Z Cultural, Revista Virtual do Programa Avançado de Cultural Contemporânea, Ano VII(02), ISSN 1980-9921. [Online]. Available at: http://revistazcultural.pacc. ufrj.br/combinando-tecnologias-primeiro-cinema-cultura-popular-e-o-imaginario-tecnologico-michel- punt/ (Accessed: 16 December 2011).
Other HERA/TEF KE activity:
IP01. Punt, M. Keynote at the Vice Chancellor’s research conference 2011 entitled “Interdisciplinary and the Humanities”.
IP01. INTR meeting Vienna, July 2011: 3rd meeting of the International Network for Transdisciplinary Research. (further details see 1.6.1)
IP01. Punt, M. (2011) Presentation ‘Between Worlds: Beyond Asimo: Transdisciplinarity and Technology’ and workshop leader Transdisciplinary Workshop, Automoni Cenatar –ACT. Cakovec, Croatia, 23 September 2011.
IP01. TEF hosted 14 international curators at TEF expert seminar in Plymouth (January 2012) and Prof. Joanna Hoffmann, University of Arts, Poznan.
IP01. Punt, M. (2011) ‘Grinding a Ridge’ [presentation]. Toward a Third Culture. The Coexistence of Art, Science and Technology conference. Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, in collaboration with Gdansk History Museum / Art Line Project. Gdansk, Poland, 23-25 May.