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Michael Punt


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Professor Michael Punt - ()

  • Job title: Professor of Digital Art and Technology, School of Art and Media (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
  • Address: Room 321B, 22 Portland Square, Drake Circus,
    Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
  • Telephone: +441752586264
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Qualifications & background

Michael Punt BA, MA, PhD, ILT

Professor of Artand Technology, University of Plymouth

Editor-in-Chief, Leonardo Reviews

Director, Transtechnology Research

Michael Punt is a Professor of Art andTechnology at the University of Plymouth. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Leonardo Reviews which publishes inexcess of 200 reviews a year on art, science and technology. Between 1969 and1994 he had over one hundred exhibitions of his work including one-personshows, and has made 15 films. He gained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam(Early Cinema and the TechnologicalImaginary, 2000 and has jointlyproduced two books. He has published over 80 articles on cinema history anddigital technology in key journals includingThe Velvet Light Trap, Leonardo, Design Issues, TechnoeticArts and Convergence. Between1996 and 2000 he was a regular contributor to Skrien, the Dutch journal of record for film and televisioncriticism. During that period he wrote a monthly column on cinema, art and theInternet. In the past five years he has given papers and keynotes in more than a dozen countries and is currently working on a two volume book project ontechnology and imagination during the ‘long twentieth century’. He currently leads a large joint research project with the VU, University Amsterdam, the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, the  Netherlands Filmmuseum and The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. This project, funded through HERA, 'Technology, Exchange and Flow: Artistic Practices and Commercial Application' focuses on experimental film and advertising in Europe.

A full cv is at:


Roles on external bodies

2010. Metadesign Network, Kyung Hee University S. Korea
2009. TIF Forum, Yonsei University, Seoul.
2009. Technology-Imagination-Future: Journal for Transdisciplinary Knowledge Design.
2008. Academy Science and Arts of Finland. Reviewer.
2007. RCUK, Science in Society, Advisory group, RiR Scheme
2007. Board, Great Western Research
2007. Contributing Editor, Consciousness, Literature and the Arts.
2007. Reader, Rodopi Press.
2007. Trustee, Jago Eliot Foundation.
2007. Editorial Board, Journal of Writing and Creative Practice.
2006.  AHRC Postgraduates Awards Panel
2005.  AHRC Peer Review College
2003. Editorial Board, Refractory: a Journal of Entertainment Media.
2003. Academic referee. Intellect Books.
2001. Board. Leonardo Book Series, MIT Press.   
2001. Advisor, academic referee, MIT Press/Leonardo Book Series.
2000  Board, Leonardo/ISAST International Advisory Board.
1999. Academic referee, Convergence, Artificial Life and Society.
1998 Academic referee, Leonardo
1998  Editor in Chief, Leonardo Reviews.


2011. AHRC Standard Research Grants Panel
2010  Research Steering Committee. Humanities as a Source of Creativity (HERA)
2010. Steering Committee. ISEA 2011
2010.  European Science Foundation, Reviewer Pool2008.    Scientific Committee.  Less Remote. International Congress of Astronauts.
2007.    Advisory Board, Less Remote (International Astronauts Congress).
2007.    Scientific Advisor, Mutamorphosis, Prague.
2006.    Scientific Advisor CMSC
2005.    Scientific Committee SIGGRAPH
2004.    Scientific Committee, Art and Cognition, (University of Technology Sydney).
2004.    Scientific Committee, Consciousness Reframed, (Planetary     Collegium).
2003.     Editorial Board. iDat Data Browser, (University of Plymouth,).
2002.    Advisor to Len Massey, Director, Resonances. Prod. BBC. (Prog.     02/PTGL117F 2001).
2001.    Competition juror, "Image/video" competition, Transmediale 2, Podeville, Berlin.
2001.    Invited press corespondent, Ars Electronica 2001, Linz.
2001.    Editorial advising: Pentagram Design UK.
1999 – 2004. Director: B10c Charitable Trust (for education in art and technology).
1996 – 2001. Columnist, Skrien.


Teaching interests

Technology and Culture

- art and technology

- scienceand technology as a history of ideas

- popular interpretations of science in the late nineteenth century

Film Studies and Cinema History

- early cinema and technology

- early film form

- cinema history and theory

Technology and Historiography

- interpretations of nineteenth century ideas in science and technology


Research interests

Technology and Culture

- art and technology

- scienceand technology as a history of ideas

- popular interpretations of science in the late nineteenth century

Film Studies and Cinema History

- early cinema and technology

- early cinema film form

- cinema history and theory

Current projects:

The Technological Imaginary:Science, Technology and the Popular Imagination


UoP Research group membership

AZTEC (Art, Science, Technology Research Consortium) 
Centre for Media, Art & Design Research (MADr) 
i-DAT (Institute of Digital Art & Technology) 

Other research

early television
early cinema
telepathy and parapsychology in cinema


Grants & contracts
Research grants and contracts

2010. CAPES PhD Scholarship (x2)
2010. Leverhulme trust Visiting Fellow Grant ( Prof. Jahrmann)
2010. HERA -ESF EU Grant  (three year, 1m Euro).
2009. UoP Postgraduate Scholarship
2009. AHRC Postgraduate Scholarship
2008. Postgraduate Scholarship: Portuguese  Government
2007. AHRC Methods Network Knowledge Transfer in Immersive Environments, research grant.
2007. EPSRC Peer Review College
2006. 2010. AHRC Post Graduate Panel, Visual Art and Media
2006. Port Eliot, and AFoundation, research grant.
2006. AHRC Postgraduate Scholarship.
2005. EPSRC Postgraduate Scholarship
2005. Wellcome Trust/ Theatre Royal Plymouth, research grant.
1992. 1996. Assistente in Opleiding Film en televisiewetenschap, University of Amsterdam.


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