Mike Phillips, is Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at the University of Plymouth, the Director of Research at i-DAT.org and a Principal Supervisor for the Planetary Collegium.
His R&D orbits a portfolio of projects that explore the ubiquity of data ‘harvested’ from an instrumentalised world and its potential as a material for revealing things that lie outside our normal frames of reference – things so far away, so close, so massive, so small and so ad infinitum.

He manages the Fulldome Immersive Vision Theatre (www.i-dat.org/ivt/), a transdisciplinary instrument for manifesting (im)material and imaginary worlds and is co-editor of Ubiquity, The Journal of Pervasive Media http://www.ubiquityjournal.net/

He has secured research funds from regional, national and international sources including: Arts Council England (GFA’s and National Portfolio Organisation status), NESTA, AHRC, EPSRC, British Council, EU (European Culture Programme, ESF, EU FP7), as well as funding through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (6), industrial sponsorship (Apple ARTS, IBM Smarter Planet, Macromedia/Adobe, Sony and BT).

His extensive PGR supervisory experience dates back to the early 1990’s, with 19 completions and currently 34 PhD students across i-DAT, the international framework of the Planetary Collegium (Plymouth, Milan, Kefalonia & Zurich), Artificial Intelligence/Robotics and Geology as well as students in two EU FP7 Marie Curie ITN projects.

Phillips is an active member of an international transdisciplinary community that engages with immersive, interactive and performative technologies. He sits on the ISEA International Advisory Committee, the AHRC Internet of Things Advisory Board, Arts Council England SW Digital Reference Group, the TSB Internet of Things Special Interest Group and is a founding Partner and Organiser of FullDome UK (www.fulldome.org.uk/).

Other transdisciplinary work includes Atomic Force Microscopy based projects: ‘Exposure’, exhibited at UCLA Art Sci Centre, California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), Los Angeles, USA; ‘spectre [ˈspɛktə/]’, Schauraum. MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz Wien, Austria; ‘A Mote it is…’ Art in the Age of Nano Technology, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA. Other digital projects include: ‘Constellation Columbia” a zero gravity work for Parabolic flight from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training. Centre, Russia. Courtesy of The Arts Catalyst: MIR Campaign 2003, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, Russia; SciArt funded (Wellcome Trust, ACE, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) ‘STI Project’ (Search of Terrestrial Intelligence) in collaboration with the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC).

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