Boundaryobject.org was set up by Bronac Ferran in April 2007. It has a focus on research in areas of art,
science, technology, law, media and cultural production.
Before this, Bronac was Director of Interdisciplinary
Arts at Arts Council England where she led national policy for interdisciplinary and collaborative arts practice, often involving
media, science, law and other disciplines.
Bronac has organised many events and generated numerous influential
initiatives including the CODE conference (see below) and the 'Interact' programme of Artists in Industry placements and the
Interpret programme related to Artists and the Law. She was also ACE lead for the joint programme of work on Art and Ecology
with the RSA and Executive Commissioner of the Pioneers in Art and Science DVD series.
Before joining Arts Council
England, Bronac worked as a freelance arts programmer and producer and helped to set up an experimental performance company
in Belfast following graduation from Trinity College Dublin with a MA Honours in Arts Letters (English Literature and Language.
She has been a Visiting Research Associate at Darwin College Cambridge and is Acting Senior Research Tutor at the Royal College
of Art in London, for the Industrial Design Engineering Department. She is a reviewer for Leonardo Electronic Journal and
a co-editor of the Uncommon Ground series of publications (Virtueel Platform, Amsterdam)
Examples & links to previous activities:
- CODE Conference (Collaboration & Ownership in the Digital Economy) at Queen's College, Cambridge,
April 2001. http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/CODE A very successful international conference, which led to substantial outputs on many levels, CODE was
initiated by Bronac and brought together free software producers and developers, lawyers, scientists, media artists and anthropologists
to discuss a common concern for keeping knowledge and ideas in the public domain and using methods of collaboration that allow
flow and reuse across different systems and disciplines in the interests of innovation.
- The ACE/AHRC Art and Science Research Fellowships programme
was dveloped by Bronac's team at ACE between 2001-02 and launched in 2003 leading to awards to an exciting range of 35 Fellowships
- to artists working in music, dance, visual arts, media art, sound art, performance in order to work collaboratively with
scientists and technologists from many different fields within academic research labs across the UK.
- Member of New Technologies Advisory Group for Council of Europe 1998-1999
- Lead for Arts Council on major programme of art and law leading to events including Ways of Working
2. Worked also on major programme investigating relationship between art and industry through placements, critical debate,
brokerage, partnerships and policy influencing role.
- Lead for Arts Council on programme of work on art and ecology in collaboration with
the RSA (Royal Society of Arts)
- Development of Interdisciplinary Arts Policy for Arts Council England.
- Commissioned and created Pioneers in Art and Science series with two DVDs directed
by Ken McMullen, the first featuring Gustav Metzger and the second John Berger with Physicists at CERN.
- Worked with Higher Education Institutes to plan and develop
key conferences relating to interdisciplinarity including Creative Evolution and Neuroaesthetics at Goldsmiths College, London
and Description and Creativity at King's College Cambridge.
- Worked with Virtueel Platform, Amsterdam and HKU Art School in Utrecht on '(Un)common
Ground' publication about artists working across different sectors. Published April 2007 - Editors: Cathy Brickwood, Bronac
Ferran, David Garcia and Tim Putnam
- Bronac is also a founder member of the influential bricolabs initiative which links individuals and
grassroots organisations working with media technologies in a hands-on, DIY way, across the world. Bricolabs was heavily informed
by developments in social technology settings in Brasil particularly work there with recycled materials and collaborative
approaches to knowledge sharing, open source and free software. Over 70 people are now members of this initiative which seeks
to spread knowhow and capacity using online and real time connections - more information at www.genericinfrastructures.com
- Membership of Creative Industries and Higher Education Forum set up by Department
of Culture Media and Sport, 2000-2007 and member of Research and Knowledge Transfer Task Group convened by the AHRC for the
DCMS from 2004-2007
- Member of Intellectual Property and Competition Task Group for DCMS Creative Economy programme 2006-07
of Adelphi Charter Commission set up by Royal Society of Arts and John Howkins in 2004-5
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