Wired Up | Residency at Arbyte Gallery

28th March 2015 – We’ve seen some amazing projects come together at the residency held at Arebyte Gallery in Hackney Wick, rounding up this years project on the theme of ‘Wired Up’. We’ve been lucky enough to see the students develop ideas from the very beginning, experimenting together with disciplines they had never had a chance to explore previously.

During the residency, projects continued developing and on Friday everyone took part in a work review session, discussing their projects and taking suggestions from other students and staff to push projects even further. Tweaks were made and on Saturday the doors were thrown open to the public.

Work Review

Friday’s Work Review

For many of the students this was a first taste of public engagement, a chance to discuss their ideas and inspirations with people from many walks of life.IMG_2090

There was bio photography and glowing bioluminescent installations, infrared photography, an interactive slime mould installation, eye tracking visualisations, sensory experiments and an innovative musical instrument.


In 12 weeks students who had never before combined art and science have produced phenomenal results, showing that beautiful things can happen when, as one reviewer put it, “art and science climb into bed together.”

Mell and Danny, Broad Vision Teaching Assistants

Wired Up | Work in Progress

Projects are developing swiftly as we approach the end of the Arebyte Gallery residency, with students working in groups or collaborating in other ways, exploring bioluminescence, eye tracking and the nature of perception, physical representations of digital networks amongst other subjects.

– Danny Garside, Broad Vision Teaching Assistant

Project Development – Wired Up laboratory experiments

Work in progress… 6th March 2015


Projects are underway and starting to build up momentum for the residency at Arebyte at the end of the month. Today I was working in the lab and talked to a few students from the Living Wires group working with photo bacterium, Dinoflagellates and agar.

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Photo Credits: Riccardo Branca 


One student in particular Lucile Schardt (Contemporary Media Practice) was looking at the experiments she had done the day before, testing materials, linen and cotton in agar, photographs and pieces of camera film to see what reaction the plates would have.




The most impressive results were with the camera film as they made some interesting patterns. She is now going to experiment with already developed film to see what results will turn up. Lucile is also planning on working with 3Doodled structures in agar to see what sculptural techniques will develop.


This effect in particular was an interesting result and something Lucile is going to experiment with more.

More exciting insights to the projects to come next week.

– Mellissa Fisher, Broad Vision Teaching Assistant

Wired Up | This Years’ Project Begins

Broad Vision is in full flow once again, with this year’s cohort of students utilising the theme of Wired Up to inspire their exploratory research. Projects are running diverse routes, with students interested in themes related to social, neural and bacterial networks; the psychological impact of the internet; dynamic systems and sensory interactions, to name but a few…

The first few weeks of working involved students delivering taster sessions, in the laboratory or the studio, in order to share a little bit of what they do. Groups of students from each discipline planned, organised and delivered interactive sessions to the students from other disciplines, to enable others to gain some insight on each others’ working environments, materials and methods.

Students running a taster session in the labs

Bacterial taster session in the labs.

Students present taste stimuli at the illustration taster session

Students present taste stimuli at the illustration taster session.

We’ve all been participants in psychology experiments, discussed photography in the modern digitally interconnected world, and extracted the DNA from strawberries in the science labs.

A student taking part in a quick-fire photography exercise.

A student taking part in a quick-fire photography exercise.

Over at the Harrow campus, we’ve been shown Imaging Science tricks with colour, been exposed to Contemporary Media Practice’s variety of work and been introduced to a technique where we had to paint and draw, utilising four senses in the colourful illustration studios. These sessions allowed the students to explore new ways of thinking and communicating which helped stir the conversations of ‘What if we did this…?’ – all followed by a celebratory glass of wine.

Colour perception experiments in the Imaging Science taster session.

Colour perception experiments in the Imaging Science taster session.

Colour perception experiments in the Imaging Science taster session.

One really great thing about these taster sessions is that they are student led, allowing the students to become more aware of their current skills by teaching them to others in the group. This inspires students to envisage themselves as teachers, with desirable knowledge to pass on to others in the group.

This part of the project really starts to open up the minds of the students, setting in motion project ideas and questions to be explored.

The participating disciplines are biosciences, psychology, imaging science, contemporary media practice, photographic arts and illustration – students working together for 3 months on collaborative interdisciplinary projects. The results of their expirations will be shared at Arebyte Gallery on 28/29 March 2015.

–  Mell and Danny, Broad Vision Teaching Assistants

Brainstorming / Image Interpretation Session

Brainstorming / Image Interpretation Session

Broad Vision presents at RAISE Conference, 11 September

Manchester Metropolitan University: September 11 2014

Broad Vision will present a paper and run an interdisciplinary workshop at next week’s RAISE conference on Student Engagement at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Heather Barnett (Broad Vision Project Lead) will present a paper on ‘Interdisciplinary encounters and platforms for learning’ and Benjamin Palmer and Mell Fisher (Broad Vision Teaching Assistants) will run an interdisciplinary survival workshop entitled ‘I’m a student get me out of here! – Exploring immersive, student-led learning’.

More info about the conference

Review of recent Future Human Symposium in SciArt in America

Review of our recent Future Human Symposium at GV art gallery, by Liane Fredericks, in SciArt in America


To step into a program like Broad Vision, students have to accept that it might not be the most direct route to PhD funding. They need to be prepared to work within an emergent and “chaordic” learning process. In return, Broad Vision provides an unpatronizing mentored space for students to go beyond their disciplinary silos.”


sci-art in america Future Human Symposium


Free Future Human events programme: workshops, demos, talks

Join us this week and next at GV art gallery for a full and exciting events programme to complement the Future Human exhibition. See Events for full info.

Future Human plays with the possible, the probable and the implausible through an exhibition of interdisciplinary artworks, experiments and speculative designs, with an accompanying programme of workshops, demonstrations and talks.

Art/Science Afterschool Club
18-20 June, 3.30-5.30pm. Free workshops for 11-16 year olds.
Join the Broad Vision team to creatively explore the potential future of our seas, cities, and bodies. All materials provided.
Book HERE.

Future Bodies (Decellularisation)
Saturday 21 June, 1-5pm (adults and 11+)
Decellularisation is a process where organs are stripped back leaving only the structure, which could potentially be used as a scaffold for transplant organs. Join London DIY Biohack group ‘The Kitchen’, Dr Mark Clements and Broad Vision students, to learn how artists and scientists are using this new technique, observe a live decellularisation of a heart, and have a go at making artwork with strips of decellularised bacon, dyes and glitter. Let your imagination run wild with a totally new art medium and learn about this amazing biotechnology technique. Book HERE.

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch
An evening with Lewis Dartnell, Ele Carpenter & Carl Gombrich
19 June, 7-9pm (drinks from 6.30pm)
If the world as we know it ended and the survivors had to start again, how could we salvage, sustain and reboot civilisation? Lewis Dartnell, author of The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch, will take us on a journey of discovery: a chance for us to reconnect with the basic skills and knowledge that our lives and world depend upon.
Book HERE.

Future Human: Symposium
Thursday 26 June, 6-9pm
An evening of interdisciplinary speculations, presentations and discussions about what our futures might hold… brought to you by the Broad Vision team of artists and scientists, students and lecturers.
Book HERE.


Broad Vision ‘Future Human’ at GV art gallery, June 2014

The University of Westminster’s Broad Vision project presents an exhibition of imagined futures and possible human evolutions. Integrating art and science, Future Human plays with the possible, the probable and the implausible through a collection of interdisciplinary artworks, experiments and speculative designs – the result of what happens when a group of curious and questioning students ask ‘What if…?’

Broad Vision Future Human

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GLAD Conference 2014: Sheffield Hallam University


GLAD Conference 2014

Thursday 27 February 2014

Sheffield Hallam University

Broad Vision educational researcher, Dr Silke Lange and Broad Vision Imaging Science tutor, John Smith are leading a workshop about interdisciplinary learning spaces at a GLAD conference about the changing notion of ‘the studio’ as the space for learning and teaching.