Michael Punt is a Professor of Art and Technology at the University of Plymouth. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Leonardo Reviews which publishes in excess of 200 reviews a year on art, science and technology. Between 1969 and1994 he had over one hundred exhibitions of his work including one-person shows, and has made 15 films. He gained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam (Early Cinema and the Technological Imaginary, 2000, available at http://dare.uva.nl/document/100064) and has jointly produced two books.
He has published over 80 articles on cinema history and digital technology in key journals including; The Velvet Light Trap, Leonardo, Design Issues, Technoetic Arts and Convergence. Between 1996 and 2000 he was a regular contributor to Skrien, the Dutch journal of record for film and television criticism. During that period he wrote a monthly column on cinema, art and the Internet. In the past five years he has given papers and keynotes in more than a dozen countries and is currently working on a two volume book project on technology and imagination during the ‘long twentieth century’.
He is currently leading a large joint research project with the VU, Amsterdam, the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, the Netherlands Filmmuseum and The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. This project, ‘Technology, Exchange and Flow: Artistic Practices and Commercial Application’, funded through HERA, focuses on experimental film and advertising in Europe and will conclude with a major exhibition in Vienna.