Mike Phillips is Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts, University of Plymouth, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Director of Research at i-DAT.org.
Design Area Research Lead, and Director of CODEX Postgraduate Research Network: Jiangnan University, Nanjing University of the Arts and Soochow Universities.
Mike Phillips 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 is co-editor of Ubiquity, The Journal of Pervasive Media.
He manages the Fulldome Immersive Vision Theatre, a transdisciplinary instrument for manifesting (im)material and imaginary worlds. The IVT supports interdisciplinary projects working with the Plymouth Dental and Medical Schools, Deep Physics and Astronomy groups, Earth Sciences, Psychology, Architecture and Environmental Building, as well as providing public screenings and supporting artists, musicians and performers through residencies and workshops. The IVT was instrumental in establishing IMERSA and the biennale Fulldome UK festival at the National Space Centre.
Phillips is an active member of an international transdisciplinary community that engages with immersive, interactive and performative technologies. He sits on the ISEA International Board (Secretary), the Arts Council England SW Digital Reference 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).