Synapse CSIRO Residencies

ANAT’s Synapse CSIRO Residencies were first offered in 2017. The residencies were hosted at the CSIRO’s Advanced Manufacturing hub in Melbourne, and supported by Creative Victoria.

You can read the CSIRO Communication Advisor Ali Green’s blog here.

The 2017 Synapse CSIRO Residency partnerships explored:

3D printed structures

Artist Anton Hasell worked with Daniel East and the research team in Lab 22 – 3D Printed Structures, testing new methods of bell production and analysing the frequency array of test castings and direct metal prints in order to create bell profiles that achieve predictable results.

CSIRO’s Lab 22 provided access to metal additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies that promise high efficiency and productivity gains. Watch this video explaining the creation of a 3D-printed sternum.

Read Anton’s Synapse CSIRO blog here:

Image: Anton Hasell casting a difference-tone bell into a 3D print mould. Photo courtesy the artist.

Metal organic framework materials

Artist Jiann Hughes worked with Xavier Mulet, JJ Richardson and the research team in Metal Organic Frameworksinvestigating how such frameworks might cohabit with us, and particularly inside us, influencing our understanding of what it is to be human.

Metal organic framework materials are an advanced structure that is extremely ordered, porous and customisable. They grow in a crystal form and are extremely flexible, especially when combined with nanoparticles for additional functionality or attributes.  CSIRO’s Matthew Hill explains MOFs in this video.

Read Jiann’s Synapse CSIRO blog here:

Image: Jiann Hughes, 2017, Oyster mushroom with Iron fumerate MOF. Photo courtesy the artist.

Polymer coatings for biomedical applications

Artist James Geurts worked with Richard Evans and his research team in Biomaterial Interface Chemistry examining connections between prebiotic polymers used in the lab environment and the origins of the primordial properties of the Murchison meteorite.

CSIRO has developed an innovative new coating that could be used to improve medical devices and implants, thanks to the ‘primordial goo’ that is thought to be have been home to the building blocks of life. 
Further information about the uses of polymer ‘primordial goo’ here:

Read James’ Synapse CSIRO blog here: 


James Geurts, 2017. Seismic Transect (detail),Site work, polaroid film, weather, dust, Murchison region
150cm x 160cm, Seismic Field exhibition, La Trobe Art Institute Bendigo 2017-18  Photo courtesy the artist.

The Synapse CSIRO Residencies are supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.


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