Outcomes of the proposed project is a model for a transdisciplinary Post Graduate Art and Science’ - by coursework and research, which will model a pluristic, flexible and adaptive approach to ‘syncretic’ design and development. It aims to:
“… reconcile and analogise disparate … cultural practices, (that) may contribute … to our understanding of the multi-layered worldviews – material and metaphysical – that are emerging with our engagement in … ubiquitous computing and post biological technology” (Ascott 2005).
The project aims to affect a shift in the perception of art, design, science and technology students and staff toward an understanding of new paradigms of research and learning that challenge and transcend disciplinary boundaries. The curriculum will privilege metacognitive interrogation of content and (re)visioning of traditional disciplinary research methodologies using a syncretic integration of hueristic and practice-based inquiry.
Transdisciplinarity supports approaches marked by creative experimentation, deconstruction and reconfiguration; along with, speculative, reflective, and qualitative and quantitative research investigation, analysis and critique. Intentional repositioning and reshaping of research practices in the creative arts in relation to science and technology will promote exploration of different ways of visualising, perceiving, understanding, communicating and acting in the material world. In so doing the model curriculum will facilitate transdisciplinary development of alternate domain and educational discourses that admit insights gained from studies in visual communication, technological interaction and embodied practices.
The resulting higher-order pedagogical strategies will help transition from prescriptive discipline-based undergraduate curricula into more flexibly conceived and structured transdisciplinary programs of study - suitable for learning in academic fields with rapidly emerging and evolving bodies of hybrid knowledge relevant across multiple professional contexts and applications. Conceptually open and intellectually unfettered content engagement, which encourages inquisitive and critical student discernment around changing social and cultural contexts, are key to locating and sustaining transdisciplinary curricula at the intersection of innovative research into future-oriented Art, Science and Technology fields of knowledge.