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Virtual & Interactive Environments

Recent years have seen unprecedented investment in Art-Design-Science. Research within this theme facilitates and creates opportunities for exchange and collaboration among artists, engineers, and scientists. It is committed to fostering a culture where the arts, science and technology thrive as interrelated, mutually informing modes of exploration, knowledge and discovery.

Collaborations between artists, designers and scientists are increasingly a feature of the cultural landscape. Traditionally this relationship is seen as art in the service of science, with artists using their skills to visually communicate complex scientific ideas. However, a hybrid form of collaborative, experimentally-driven practice has emerged over the last 30 years where artists and scientists work together to explore the creative possibilities and speculative futures represented by the intersection of these two ‘cultures.

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Centre for Design Research
Te Kura Toi a Hoahoa
School of Art and Design

Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau,
Auckland University of Technology


Susan Hedges
Mandy Smith

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