Broad Vision

22 May 2013

Broad Vision is an art/science research and learning programme at the University of Westminster.

Broad Vision is an art/science research and learning programme engaging students and academics from diverse disciplines in collaborative exchange and experimentation. Through interdisciplinary exploration students become teachers, researchers and producers as they explore questions relating to biology and psychology, technology and creativity, art and science.

Since 2010, the project has produced exhibitions, books, presentations and papers. For full information, project details and galleries please visit the Broad Vision project website.

Participating courses to date include photographic arts, biotechnology, illustration, psychology, human and medical sciences, clinical photography, biological sciences, multimedia computing, interactive product design, animation, cognitive science, molecular biology and genetics, photography and digital imaging, physiology and pharmacology, and contemporary media practice.


Data, Truth & Beauty
24 – 29 May 2013

GV art gallery
London W1U 6LY

Data, Truth & Beauty: the integrity and aesthetics of information
The Broad Vision team presents an exhibition exploring the borders of microbiology, programming, sculpture and psychology. Artworks and artefacts range from data bending to bacterial portraiture, from self-illuminating sculpture to dream inducing installations.


Saturday 25 May 2013, 1-5pm 
Data, Truth & Beauty: BioArtTechHack @ GV art
An afternoon of molecular sculpture, data hide and seek, and playful programming.
Free – drop in, no booking necessary

Tuesday 28 May 2013, 6-9pm
Data, Truth & Beauty:  Symposium @ University of Westminster, Marylebone Road, 
London NW1 5LS
Free – booking essential

Book Online




Barnett, H., [ed] (2012) with contributions from student and staff researchers. Broad Vision: Inspired by… Images from Science. London, University of Westminster. Purchase for £16.95 from amazon.

Barnett, H. & Smith, J.R.A., [ed] (2011) with contributions from student and staff researchers. Broad Vision: The Art & Science of Looking. London, University of Westminster. Purchase for £16.99 on Amazon.

The book can also be purchased at these stockists:



Barnett, Heather and Smith, John R. A. (2013) "Broad Vision: the Art & Science of Looking," The STEAM Journal: Vol. 1: Iss. 1, Article 21.

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Dinsmore, Joshua (2013) "The Unstable Ground of Low Hierarchies," The STEAM Journal: Vol. 1: Iss. 1, Article 28. 
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Lange, S & Dinsmore, J. Collaborative discovery across disciplinary divides: promoting interdisciplinary learning via student-led extracurricular art/science research and practice. Networks Issue 18, University of Brighton. Available at:

Barnett, H. & Smith, J.R.A., Broad Vision: The Art & Science of Looking. In Focus, Royal Microscopical Society (Issue 24, Dec 2011)

Gardner, M., Broad Vision: developing professional skills through interdisciplinary practice. The HEA Psychology Network Newsletter (Issue 60, June 2011)

A full list of publications and presentations can be found at




A Broader View by Danny Garside for Imperica, 20 March 2013

Art students find inspiration in the lab by Will Coldwell for The Guardian, Tuesday 19 March 2013
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BROAD VISION: Inspired By…Images from Science by Annabel Huxley for Urban Times, 14 Mar 2013

Broad Vision book launch by The Arts of Science, 4 March 2013 



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