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ARC Linkage: Curating Third Space: The value of art-science collaboration

October 1, 2015

The Australia Council is an industry partner in arts-related projects funded by the Australia Research Council (ARC).


Curating Third Space: The value of art-science collaboration investigates the importance of art-science in the contemporary research landscape. The project focuses on the human impact of art-science collaboration through case-studies of major international art-science projects. These studies are an opportunity to understand new audiences for art, and are being considered in the context of emerging new interdisciplinary cultural organisations globally.

CASE STUDY 4 – Human non Human Exhibition 

For more information on Human non Human Exhibition at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences click here.

Art, science and speculation converge in Human non Human, an exhibition that asks the questions: What makes us human? How might humans adapt in the future? Addressing four fundamental aspects of human experience: Food, Work, Sex and Belief, Human non Human responds to the impact of accelerating technology, connectivity and a rapidly changing environment.

Featuring artists Lindsay Kelley, Liam Young, Maria Fernanda Cardoso and Ken Thaiday with Jason Christopher, these works combine many perspectives, including architecture, design, biotechnology, botany, chemistry, film and performance. This series of immersive installations offer space in which to consider the past, present and possible futures of human and non-human relationships.

Entanglement an experiment in interactive interpretation accompanying Human non Human based on reflection on data from the 3rd case study in Singapore, has been developed and launched in the museum and online. Click here for the Entanglement site.

The exhibition has been curated by Katie Dyer, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, and Dr Lizzie Muller, University of New South Wales.


The research is applying an innovative psychosocial method called the “visual matrix”, designed to enable responses in a group setting to an art object, process or event. Imaginative and emotional responses are stimulated with the matrix, which has been applied in various fields including art, health, social care and citizenship. The visual matrix is a tested methodology that allows a deeper understanding of the impact of art.

Project ID



In progress

Administering organisation

University of New South Wales

Partner organisations

University of Central Lancashire
Australia Council for the Arts


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for more information on ARC Linkage projects.

Case Study 1
Case Study 2
Case Study 3

Case Study 1

Lesions in the Landscape (4 Mar – 21 May 2016)

Shona Illingworth Lesions in the Landscape, 2015 Installation view, FACT Photograph: Jon Barraclough With thanks to the Scottish Screen Archive


Case Study 2

The Patient (3 Jun – 6 Aug 2016)

ORLAN, 4th Surgery-Performance Titled Successful Operation, 8th December, 1991, courtesy of the artist


Case Study 3

Human + (20 May to 15 Oct 2017)

Anouk Nitsche, 2015