Prof. dr. Michael Punt

Professor in Art and Technology, Convenor Transtechnology Research
University of Plymouth
Portland Square B321, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA
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Michael Punt is Professor of Art and Technology at the University of Plymouth and convenor of Transtechnology Research. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Leonardo Reviews which publishes in excess of 200 reviews a year on art, science and technology. He completed his doctorate on the “Technological Imaginary and early cinema” at the University of Amsterdam in 2000. Between 1969 and1994 he had over one hundred exhibitions of his drawings and sculptures including … and has made 15 films. He has jointly produced two books on consciousness and audio-visual media. Since 1995 he has published over 80 articles on cinema history and digital technology. In the past five years he has given papers and keynotes in more than a dozen countries and is working on a two volume book project on technology 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 Eye Film Institute Netherlands and The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. This project, funded through ESF/HERA, focuses on the interactions between experimental film and advertising in Europe.


Research Interests: 

Technology and Culture

- art and technology

- science and 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



2010. Acidental Machines: The impact of Popular Participation on Computer Technology. IN:The Designed World: Images, Objects, Environments Victor Margolin (Author, Editor), Dennis Doordan (Author), Richard Buchanan (Author, Editor), Dennis P. Doordan (Editor). pp. 167-188

 2009. Technology and Metaphor. REAL Yearbook of Research in English and American

Literature. Ed. Herbert Grabes, Ansgar Nünning. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag.

2008. Love, Synchrony, and the Semi-Material Object. Technology, Imagination, Future: The

Journal of Transdisciplnary Knowledge Design. Yonsie University Press. pp.12-21.

2008. Play Orbit: jungando con la historia del juego, / Play Orbit a Play on the History of Play.

In: Dragona, D., (eds). Homo Ludens Ludens. Gijon: Laboral. pp. 134-149 and pp. 254-260

2008. Reflections in a Laser Disc. In: Kooijman, J., Pisters, P., Strauven, W., (eds.) Mind the

Screen: Media Concepts according to Thomas Elsaesser. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University

Press. pp. 267-276.

2006. and Pepperell, R. (eds). Screen Consciousness: cinema, mind and world. Amsterdam:


2006. Shaping Consciousness: New Media, Spirituality, and Identity. In: Punt, M., Pepperell, R.,

(eds). Screen Consciousness: Cinema, Mind and World. Amsterdam: Rodopi. pp. 60-73.

2006. with Blassnigg, M., Surman, D., From Mélièse to Galaxy Quest: the Dark Matter of Human

Imagination. Leonardo 39 (1) pp. 13-18 +p.30 illus.

2006. Another View from the Blender. In: Roy Ascott, Engineering Nature: Art and

Consciousness in The Post-biological Era. Intellect: Bristol. pp. 39-47.

2005. What Shall We Do With All Those Old Bytes? Saving the Cinematic Imagination in the

Postdigital Era. Design Issues. 21(2). pp. 48-62.

2005. Ars Electronica 2004 Timeshift – the world in twenty-five years. Convergence. London:

John Libby. pp. 12-15.

2004. Renaming the Future. (Editorial) Leonardo, 37 (1) p.3. ISNN 0024-094. pp.3-5.

2004. Ars Electronica: an Overview. I’ Journal. New Delhi: Habitat Center: India.

2004. A Postdigital Universe. Technoetic Arts. (1)3. pp. 191-200. ISSN: 1477965X

2003. The Martian in the Multiverse. Refractory. 3. ISNN 1447-4905. pp.1-19.

2002. A Taxi Ride to Late Capitalism: Hyper Capitalism, Imagination, and Artificial Intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence and Society. (16) 4 pp. 366-376. ISSN: 0951-5666

2002. New Media and Transdisciplinarity.

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2002. The Postdigital Analogue and Human Consciousness. Leonardo. 35 (2) pp. 119-120. ISNN



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