Three arts and science projects will test the boundaries
of their practices as part of a unique collaborative residency program.
The Synapse residencies are a joint
initiative between the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) and the
Australia Council for the Arts and have been awarded annually since 2004.
Australia Council Director Emerging and
Experimental Arts Dr David Sudmalis said the residencies enabled long-term
partnerships between artists and scientists in academic settings.
“The Australia Council supports creative
partnerships and development opportunities for artists and the Synapse
residencies enable them to work with scientists on an equal level,” Dr Sudmalis
“We have recognised that the methodologies of
the arts and sciences can be similar in their creativity and rigour.”
ANAT Director Vicki Sowry said: “Synapse
residencies support interdisciplinary partnerships to pursue research that is
both experimental and speculative, leading to unanticipated and exciting
outcomes. We have also been very
pleased to see past collaborations continuing well beyond the initial 16-week
This year’s residency recipients are:
Lee, in partnership with Body in Mind at the University of South Australia,
Neuroscience Research Australia and the University of Sydney.
- Dr John
McCormick, in partnership with Motion.Lab, and the Centre for Intelligent
Systems Research, Deakin University.
- Dr Trinh
Vu, in partnership with AMAERO Engineering and the Monash Centre for Additive
Manufacturing, Monash University.
Building on her 2014 Arts Access Australia
residency, Amplify Your Art, Eugenie Lee
will work with Dr Tasha Stanton and Prof Philip Poronnik to create simulations
of chronic pain within a virtual reality environment. The team will investigate how altering sensory perception
using virtual reality technologies could contribute to the development of a
therapeutic tool for chronic pain management. This builds on Lee’s work in investigating the complexities
of chronic pain in installations, sculptures and performance.
For the past decade, Dr John McCormick has
been researching movement tracking and simulation techniques for live
performance environments. He will
join Prof Kim Vincs and Assoc Prof Douglas Creighton to explore whether haptic and
robotic technologies can make dance performance more accessible to audiences
who are deaf-blind, blind or vision impaired.
Dr Trinh Vu will expand on her extensive work
in additive technologies through a project with Prof Xinhua Wu and her team to
test the constraints and potentials of 3D printing with metal powders. The investigation will focus on the
characteristics and conventions that result by bringing together digital
technology and scultptural form.
Independent artist, Dr Leah Barclay, was
awarded a residency in 2014 to work with researchers at the Australian Rivers
“Synapse has been a fantastic opportunity to
experiment and to develop a truly interdisciplinary foundation for a creative
idea that we hope will have a lasting impact,” Dr Barclay said.
ANAT has been at the forefront of the interdisciplinary
and experimental arts practice in Australia and internationally since
1988. Throughout its existence,
the organization has championed creative risk-taking and been a proactive
catalyst for experimentation and innovation across art, science and technology.
For more information on Synapse residencies,
go to: www.anat.org.au/synapse-art-science-residencies/
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