National Endowment for the Arts, Salzburg Global Seminar, and Embassy of Austria to present Transcending Borders: The Intersections of Arts, Science, Technology, and Society on a Global Stage

June 4, 2012 event to be live webcast at

Washington, DC -- It has become increasingly evident that artists, scientists, and technologists are eager to explore the creative possibilities that emerge from the convergences of their three fields increasingly describing them as "inter-disciplinary," "trans-disciplinary," or even "anti-disciplinary."

The National Endowment for the Arts, the Salzburg Global Seminar, and the Embassy of Austria will join the conversation with a panel discussion:Transcending Borders: The Intersections of Arts, Science, Technology, and Society on a Global Stage on Monday, June 4, 2012. Featuring artist-scientist teams, along with policy makers and curators, the participants will examine the impact that creativity and collaboration across sectors can have in shaping the world of today and tomorrow. The event takes place from 5:00 to 7:00 PM EST and will be webcast live at, and can be followed on Twitter with the hashtag #neaartsci.

"This event demonstrates the NEA's continuing commitment to expanding the creative possibilities for the arts, artists and audiences," said Chairman Landesman. "A program like this brings new voices into conversation with artists, and will serve as a valuable source for new ideas, resources, and leading practitioners. It is going to be a great evening."

"The intersection of art and science is arousing growing interest across the world as societies reach for needed inspiration and creativity," said Stephen Salyer, Salzburg Global Seminar president. "Joining with the NEA to link artists and scientists from Europe and the United States is an important step in encouraging international pursuit of this exciting exchange." Based in Salzburg, Austria, theSalzburg Global Seminar gathers young and established leaders from around the world for creative strategy-making and relationship building.

For those who wish to attend the event in person, you may RSVP here.

The evening begins with remarks from Dr. Hans Peter Manz, Ambassador of Austria to the United States, Stephen Salyer President and CEO, Salzburg Global Seminar, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, and panel moderator Amanda MacDonald Crowley. Crowley is an independent cultural worker, former executive director ofEyebeam Art + Technology Center, former director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology and currently curator for Our Haus, Austrian Cultural Forum New York. The three panels are:

Panel 1: Transcending Origins: An Artist/Scientist Cross-disciplinary Case Study

Panel 2: Transcending Policy: A Conversation between Federal and Non-governmental Agencies on Emerging Art/Science/Technology Practices and their Impact on Society

Panel 3: Transcending Limitations: Two of the World's Foremost Art/Science/Technology Curators Discuss Creativity at this Intersection and its Impact on our Future

Biographies of the panelists are available here .

The Salzburg Global Seminar established in 1947, convenes young and established leaders from across countries, cultures and ideologies to seek common ground. The SGS campus, Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, offers an inspiring retreat for creative strategy-building and forming global relationships. The SGS network – more than 20,000 participants in 150 countries – provides a deep talent pool through which Salzburg Fellows can share ideas, open doors, and test solutions. Included in the many issue areas that SGS addresses is culture and the arts; since 1992, this program has been generously supported by The Edward T. Cone Foundation.

The Austrian Cultural Forum Washington presents Austrian and European related cultural events at the Embassy of Austria.  The Forum has a particular emphasis on contemporary, innovative artistic and scientific achievements.  It presents over 50 events a year, including concerts, exhibits, theater performances, readings, lectures and film screenings, and symposia.  These activities highlight common ground between the U.S. and Austria, or offer new ideas that reflect today's culture in Austria and Europe.  For this event, the Forum is cooperating with the Embassy's Office of Science and Technology.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at

Transcending Borders is part of the EU-Delegation's EU Rendez-Vous Series, which aims to Strengthening the EU-US Partnership through Dialogue and Debate. The series features senior European and American leaders discussing the 21st century's most significant issues, from foreign policy and the global economy to energy security, human rights, and culture. Through candid and vibrant debates about the critical issues facing the transatlantic relationship today, EU Rendez-Vous events strengthen the enduring relationship between the United States, the European Union and the EU's Member States.


Liz Auclair

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