Past Program

Jun 04 - Jun 04, 2012

Transcending Borders: The Intersections of Art, Science, Technology, and Society on a Global Stage

Fellow 35


Save the date and join the international dialogue around the nexus of art, science, technology, and society in the 21st century on Monday, June 4th, convened by the Salzburg Global Seminar, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Embassy of Austria in Washington, DC.

Today's artists and scientists improve our critical understanding of the world by provoking new ideas, experimentation, and creative strategies. This conversation will feature artists-scientists teams, along with policy makers and curators who champion their work, to examine the impact creativity and collaboration across these sectors can have to shape the world of today and tomorrow. The discussion will be followed by a reception.


Welcoming Remarks

  • Hans Peter Manz, Ambassador of Austria to the United States
  • Rocco Landesman, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Stephen Salyer, President and CEO, Salzburg Global Seminar

Panel Discussion

Moderated by Amanda McDonald Crowley, Independent Cultural Worker; Former Executive Director, Eyebeam; Former Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology; currently Curator for Our Haus, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York City

Panel 1 - Transcending Origins: An Artist/Scientist Cross-Disciplinary Case Study

  • Dr. Andrew Baden, Physicist, Physics Department Chair, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Liz Lerman, Choreographer, MacArthur Fellow, Baltimore, Maryland

Panel 2 - Transcending Policy: A Conversation between Federal and Non-Governmental Agencies on Emerging Art/Science/Technology Practices and Their Impact on Society

  • Dr. Soo-Siang Lim, Director, Science of Learning Centers Program, National Science Foundation
  • Joan Shigekawa, Senior Deputy, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC
  • Clare Shine, Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar, Austria

Panel 3 - Transcending Limitations: Two of the World's Foremost Art/Science/Technology Curators Discuss Creativity at this Intersection and its Impact on our Future

  • Joel Slayton, Executive Director, Zero 1, San Jose, California
  • Manuela Naveau, Director, Ars Electronica Export, Linz, Austria


We are pleased to announce that the event will be live webcast through the NEA website, An archive of the presentation will be available shortly afterwards, also at Please join the conversation online by following #neaartsci on Twitter.