The Perspective Research Centre (PRC) is a research and educational centre focused on the visual dimensions of Art, Science and Technology.
The PRC collects materials on the history, theory and applications of perspective, projection methods and spatial concepts. It uses electronic media to explore new approaches to knowledge and education.
In summary, PRC seeks grand unification of knowledge across art, science, and technology. QED.
Everything we do flows from the work of Professor Kim Veltman (1948-2020).
Kim H. Veltman was Scientific Director of VMMI (Virtual Maastricht McLuhan Institute); author and consultant on implications of new media for scholarship, culture and society. He taught at the universities of Gottingen, Rome, Carleton; was Director of the Perspective Unit, McLuhan Program, Toronto (1990-1996), and Director of the Maastricht McLuhan Institute (1998-2004). He worked as a consultant in new media for the CEO of Bell Media (1996-1998), and for the director of advanced technologies at Nortel Networks (1995-1998).
Kim Veltman was a colleague of the renowned new media scholar Professor Marshall McLuhan, Art historian Sir Earnst Gombrich; and Leonardo scholar Professor Kenneth Keele (keeper of the Leonardo da Vinci manuscripts for the Queen), plus Kim worked closely with human vision experts Professor(s) B.A.R Carter, A.C. Crombie plus R.A. Weale.
For over 40 years, Kim Veltman was the acknowledged world’s number one expert on Perspective, being a ‘historian of the future’; a scholar who fervently studied the past—so that we might all learn how to shape the future conscientiously for the benefit of humanity. He did so whilst being cognisant of the fact that there are —in reality—no isolated topics and/or unbreachable boundaries between things/processes or people/organisations; because everything is connected to everything else (one sense or another).
Accordingly, Kim sought holistic viewpoints and uniting world-views—and he emphasised the myriad of links between different cultures, religions, subjects, alphabets and languages. Kim was a universalist who endeavoured to identify, analyse and synthesise fundamental truths. Indeed, he amassed a vast collection of axiomatic facts and explanatory theories through exhaustive study of the occidental/oriental libraries held in major institutions such as the Vatican, the Warburg and Welcome Institutes, the Getty Center for the History of Art, and the Universities of London, Gottingen, York and Toronto.
Kim’s life-long quest—as an impassioned cartographer of knowledge—was to study general and particular Things in their broadest, deepest and most essential patterned relations; whilst disclosing the same in erudite publications to enable their auspicious application in a wide-range of circumstances.
Kim Veltman was a polymath who authored 4 published books, 3 major treatises; 12 electronic books; 82 articles in books; 24 articles in refereed journals; 5 articles; 79 electronic articles, 16 reviews and 10 vision statements. His important and monumental contributions cut right across traditional subject disciplines in the arts and sciences.
Kim’s work stands as a testament to the comprehensive approach of the generalist—someone who studies all subjects meticulously and expansively—and who follows penetrating causal chains wherever they may lead.
Kim Veltman CV (64 pages): Kim Veltman CV.pdf
An obituary on Kim appeared in Knowledge Organisation journal (47, 2020, No.6): Kim Veltman.pdf
Alan Radley is the Scientific Director of the Perspective Research Centre.
Alan holds a Ph.D. in Physics from University College London. He has worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Maastricht McLuhan Institute, Senior Scientist plus Lecturer at NASA/ESA, and University College London.
Alan holds one granted patent and has several others under development. He serves on a number of scientific committees for the International Association of Interactive Communication. Alan has been a member of 60 professional organisations, and has attended over 100 scientific / technology conferences and meetings worldwide (often as a keynoter).
Alan has been a co-author/co-editor of 6 handbooks on computing and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Blue Herons Computing Editions. Plus, he is a member of the scientific committee for the international Alaipo conferences in Italy and Spain and the CCGIDIS Communicability Symposia.
Alan is the author of several books including ‘Self As Computer’, ‘The Science of Cybersecurity’, and ‘The Science of Smart Things’. Forthcoming books include ‘The Universal Knowledge Machine’ and ‘Dimensions of Perspective’.
Alan holds a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
Alan’s CV is here: Alan Radley CV.pdf