2018 :: SPECTRA
Art/science collaborations contribute to the creation of knowledge, ideas and processes beneficial across both disciplines. Artists and scientists approach creativity, exploration and research in different ways and from different perspectives; and when working together they open up new ways of seeing, experiencing and interpreting the world around us.
Originally instigated by artist, Mary Rosengren and CSIRO host partner, Cris Kennedy, following their 2011 ANAT Synapse art/science residency, Spectra 2012 was held at the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra, and brought together some of Australia’s leading artists and scientists discussing the use of images and data in the studio and the laboratory.
ANAT partnered with the University of South Australia and Experimenta Media Arts, with generous additional support provided by Arts South Australia, to present Spectra 2018 in Adelaide, SA. This new biennial art/science gathering was tasked with showcasing the best research and creative work being produced via collaborations between Australian and New Zealander artists and scientists.
Spectra 2018 explored the increasing convergence of art and science to consider how each area impacts the other and how, together, they shed light on who we are and where we’re heading. It comprised a three-day symposium presenting collaborative research, an exhibition showcasing research outcomes, and a public program of screenings, talks, performances and special events.
We were unsure how valuable our iteration of Spectra in 2018 would be to artists and scientists – but – we took a risk and with the support of our incredible community it paid off in spades. We’re thrilled to report that a whopping 100% of those surveyed said Spectra was helpful to them professionally and 97% support Spectra taking place biennially. We’re 100% committed to bringing on Spectra 2020! Stay tuned.Back