The Critical Connections symposium was held at Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Creative Industries Precinct in March 2017. The symposium provided a platform for thinkers working across art, design and STEM to articulate key issues and share interdisciplinary strategies, via four panels: Research, Learning & Teaching, Ethics, and Cultural Engagement. This article provides an overview of each panellist’s key arguments and insight into current viewpoints that require further scrutiny.
About Svenja Kratz and Jacina Leong
Svenja Kratz is a new media artist interested in transdisciplinary creative practice, particularly the intersections between science and art. In 2013, she completed a practice-led PhD across contemporary art and biotechnology in a creative partnership between the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) and the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. Svenja is currently Science Art Lab+ theme leader within the Creative Exchange Institute and works as a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Creative Practice within the School of Creative Art at the University of Tasmania. Jacina Leong is a curator, educator, and artist researcher. In the past decade, she has worked in hybrid cultural and learning environments to vision, develop, and deliver a diverse range of transdisciplinary engagement programs, across art, science, and technology, via a highly collaborative, networked and site-responsive process. For more information, visit www.jacinaleong.com