On 30 March 2012, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, organised a Symposium on Art, Design & Science for researchers who share an interest in how creative and academic practices in art and design relate to overall scientific practices at KTH.
Since then, our work to establish a platform for research at the intersection of art, design and technology continues at KTH. A Doctoral Programme in Art, Technology and Design was recently established (see current add for the recruitment of 4 PhD candidates), in collaboration with Konstfack. In parallel, we are exploring the possibility for an Art & Science Centre at KTH – to support collaboration between our academic institutions and to promote research output in terms of innovation and impact on society.
A report on the role that artistic and design-led practice plays as part of KTH’s overall scientific practice was submitted in May 2012: Art_Design_ScienceRapport120514Rev. The work has been carried out in collaboration between Katja Grillner (email@example.com), Charlie Gullström (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Leif Brodersen (email@example.com). Please contact either of us for more information about the process.
The Symposium 30 March 2012: This was a symposium for KTH researchers who share an interest in how creative and academic practices in art and design relate to overall scientific practices at KTH. We used this blog to post background material and to discuss KTH research at the intersection of art, design and science. Welcome to contribute!
Watch our 18-minute documentation of the 2012 Symposium HERE! (or, if you prefer, the 2-minute Teaser). The presentations of each speaker, in the order of appearance, follow below:
Here, you can watch the full introduction by KTH President Peter Gudmundson. The venue was KTH Värmeverket.
Here, the presentation by Ivar Björkman, President, Konstfack University College of the Arts, Craft and Design, followed by Maria Lantz, President-elect, Konstfack
The presentation by Helena Hyvönen, Dean, School of Arts, Design & Architecture, Aalto University
The presentation by Anna Lindal and Rolf Hughes (Anna Lindal is Dean, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg, President of SAR. Rolf Hughes is Professor, Konstfack University College of the Arts, Craft and Design; Senior Professor, Sint-Lucas School of Architecture; Member of Vetenskapsrådet’s Artistic Council; Vice-President SAR)
The presentation by Sara Ilstedt and Margareta Norell Bergendal ( Sara Ilstedt is Professor, Product and Service Design, KTH ITM; representative of Designfakulteten (The Swedish Faculty for Design Research and Research Education. Margareta Norell Bergendahl is KTH Vice-President, Faculty for Innovation Engineering
And the closing address by KTH Dean Sophia Hober, in KTH R1 Experimental Performance Space & Presence Lab
Our cameraman was Johan Weinl, student at KTH Media Technology, who also has produced the films. Sound by Olof Henrix, student at KTH Media Technology.
The website: This website was launched in 2012 as a forum for KTH researchers who share an interest in how creative and academic practices in art and design relate to overall scientific practices at KTH.
Its editor is Charlie Gullström, PhD, Architect SAR/MSA, University Lecturer at KTH Department of Architecture where she heads the research group KTH Smart Spaces, a collaboration between KTH ABE Architecture and KTH CSC Media technology and Interaction Design. Current projects include EIT ICT Labs Mediating Presence; EU COMPEIT and KTH R1 Experimental Performance Spaces & Presence Lab.
Photo: Katarina Ahlfort
In 2012, we invited researchers and PhD-students from all KTH schools to contribute a poster presentation of research at the intersection of art, design and science. Research prototypes and demos were also welcome. All contributions were be posted on this site in order to create an overview of the contribution of the arts to innovation and scientific practice.
The initiative to organize a symposium was linked to several parallel activities relating to artistic practices, and founded on the interest from KTH management to map existing research collaborations that involve artistic practices. KTH has, since many years, established collaboration with the artistic college universities in Stockholm. In 2010, the ABE School was given the task to explore the need for a forum for artistic and design-led research at KTH. Related to this, a work group was formed in 2011 to formalize the collaboration between KTH and Konstfack. Invited by KTH President Peter Gudmundson and Konstfack President Ivar Björkman a delegation of 25 researchers visited Aalto University on 10-11 October 2011, where a workshop on the topic of a new doctoral programme in art and design was held( KTH_Konstfack_visit_Aalto_2011) and Travel report.