SCAN, Bournemouth University, UK
SCAN, Helen Sloan has been Director of SCAN, Digital and Interdisciplinary Arts Agency since its launch in 2003. SCAN is a networked organization and creative development agency working on arts projects and strategic initiatives in arts organisations, academic institutions and further aspects of the public realm. Helen's career spans over twenty years during which she has curated, commissioned and convened over 200 exhibitions, new works, and events. She has written and researched a number of key strands in digital arts including wearable technologies, the intersection between art and science, and arts policy. She has directed festivals such as Across Two Cultures in Newcastle 1996 (an early event on the overlapping practice of creative thinking in arts and science), Metapod, Birmingham 2001 - 2, and Public Domain, Bournemouth 2010. Current areas of interest digital arts and place; high-speed networks and online resources/spaces; models of practice and the creative economy; and data visualization.
Recent commissions include Congregation KMA for Shanghai Expo, Inside Out Festival Bournemouth and Tate Britain; Flow, a site specific audio visual installation for Bourne Stream and Large outdoor moving image screen, Bournemouth Lower Gardens, UK, 2010 and a new touring exhibition with David Cotterrell (starts John Hansard Gallery 2012).
Helen is currently working on an exhibition from the findings of a research group Shyness and Pervasive Media based at Dept of Informatics, University of Sussex and is part of a research team looking at advanced curatorial archive retrieval systems made up of partners University of Southampton, Dept of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Maine, University of Central Lancashire, IRI Pompidou Centre, MARCEL and SCAN.