When art collides with science and technology, magic happens. This cross-disciplinary, creative collision is at the heart of everything ANAT does, most notably in our flagship residency program, ANAT Synapse.

ANAT Synapse is a residency program that involves Australian research organisations hosting artists in residence to undertake a period of creative research and practice. The program brings artists and researchers together in partnerships that generate new knowledge, ideas and processes beneficial beyond both fields.

Since its genesis in 2004, ANAT Synapse has enabled research collaborations between more than 100 artists and scientists. We have facilitated crossovers between numerous artistic and scientific disciplines over the years – between sound design and ecology, new media and data science, poetry and astrophysics, and many, many others. All genres of practice and fields of study are welcome.

In 2024, ANAT is celebrating 20 years of the Synapse residency program by offering the ANAT Synapse Fellowship.

Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello, 2017, photographer Tina Fiveash. Photo courtesy Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello. Keith Armstrong with Rattus villosissimus (Native Long Haired Rat), Arabana Country, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, 2012 (Photo Courtesy of Australian Wildlife Conservancy)

2024 ANAT Synapse Residencies

1. JENNIFER KEMARRE MARTINIELLO + PROF SIMON HABERLE,
THE SCHOOL OF CULTURE, HISTORY AND LANGUAGES, ANU

The Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) is delighted to introduce Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello as one of the exceptional ANAT Synapse 2024 residents. Jennifer will embark on the explorative project titled The Stories Beneath My Ancestors’ Footprints.

“As an Aboriginal (Arrernte) artist, storytelling is the heart of my artistic practice. In 2014 I created my first series of hot blown glass cylindrical Voice Cores, inspired by a long held fascination with the capacity of scientific cores sunk into the earth to access a place’s deep time through the analysis of ecopaleological spores, pollen and sediments.” Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello

Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello, Ancestor’s Red Ochre Dreaming Place. Photo courtesy Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello.

This collaboration focuses on creative research and practice to discover the paleoecological substrata of Jennifer’s Aboriginal and Chinese ancestors’ lands. Mentored by Prof. Simon Haberle, the artist will delve into geo-culturally specific data, exploring the ancestral identity through pollens, diatoms, phytoliths, charcoal deposits, and spores. Her innovative approach blends art and science, resonating with the heart of her Aboriginal storytelling practice.

Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello OAM is a multi-award winning artist of Aboriginal (Lower Southern Arrernte), Chinese and Anglo-Celtic descent. Her works are held in multiple national and international public and private collections. In 2023 she was recognised as a Pacific Region Craft Master by the World Crafts Council.

Prof Simon Haberle, pollen count, Kerrie Brewer. Photo courtesy Simon Haberle.

Simon Haberle is currently Professor of Palaeoecology and Natural History in the School of Culture, History and Language. His research is currently focussed on our understanding of the impact of deep-time climate variability and human activity on terrestrial ecosystems of Australia and the region. He is also using his knowledge of Australian pollen to explore the impact of pollen and spores on respiratory health.

The ANAT Synapse residency program is supported by the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) and the School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.

2. KEITH ARMSTRONG + DR. DAVID TUCKER AND DR. GABRIELLE LEBBINCK (WORKING WITH MARCUS YATES), SAMFORD ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH FACILITY (SERF)
+ DR. ELEANOR VELASQUEZ, TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEM RESEARCH NETWORK (TERN) – AUSTRALIA’S LAND ECOSYSTEM OBSERVATORY

ANAT welcomes Keith Armstrong as a returning ANAT Synapse resident in 2024, presenting his multi-layered project, Forest Art Intelligence (FAI). With thirty years of experimental work focusing on social and ecological justice, Keith’s participative practices envision collective paths to sustainable futures.

“Our aim is to understand how to develop art forms capable of growing and evolving alongside a regenerating forest, whilst also actively benefiting that forest’s health. We envisage embedded artworks capable of slowly finding, and then occupying, their own intelligent ‘niches,’ within the forest’s ecology – a speculative form we call an ‘Art Intelligence.’” Keith Armstrong

Keith Armstrong, Common Thread (still from uncompressed video), 2022, Held in Collection of ‘.NewArt { foundation;}, Barcelona’, {Shown at ISEA 2022, Barcelona, Novtec 2022, Lima, Peru and V2 Lab for Unstable Media, Rotterdam, 2023}. (Image Keith Armstrong/Visual Data set recorded by Dr. Dmitry Bratanov and Gavin Broadbent, QUT Research Engineering Facility).

His project explores the integration of art and science in regenerating forests, aiming to develop “Art Intelligences” (AI) that grow symbiotically with the forest, actively benefiting its health. The Forest-Art Intelligence (FAI) project involves sustainably built, interconnected installations using “lively materials” and data sensors, contributing to the ecological system. Armstrong’s vision aligns with public engagement, ecological science, botany, data science, and sustainable media arts, presenting outcomes at ISEA 2024 in Brisbane and online.

Keith Armstrong (b. 1965) is an experimental artist profoundly motivated by issues of social and ecological justice. His engaged, participative practices provoke audiences to comprehend, envisage, and imagine collective pathways towards sustainable futures. His collaborative, experimental practices emphasise, site-specific electronic arts, networked interactive installations, art-science collaborations and socially and ecologically engaged practices.

From left 1. Dr. David Tucker: Photo courtesy of D.Tucker. 2. Dr. Gabrielle Lebbink: Photo courtesy of G. Lebbink.

Dr David Tucker is a landscape ecologist with a research and working background in terrestrial ecological surrogacy, biodiversity monitoring, conservation management, and ecoacoustics. He is responsible for monitoring the flora and fauna at the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network Peri-urban SuperSite, located at QUT’s Samford Ecological Research Facility (SERF) on the outskirts of Brisbane, and the Mitchell Grass Rangeland SuperSite in Longreach. David’s current research is with the Sustainable Agroecosystems team at QUT with a focus on the measurement and monitoring of biodiversity in grazed systems using novel acoustic technologies.

Dr Gabrielle Lebbink is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Queensland University of Technology. She has focused her research on plant and invasion ecology and in particular trying to understand how disturbances such as fire and grazing influence plant community dynamics. Her research seeks to improve the monitoring, management, and protection of biodiversity values across Australia’s diverse habitats and land-use.

From left 1. Dr. Eleanor Velasquez: Photo courtesy of E. Velasquez. 2. Marcus Yates, at a reforestation QUT community planting activity along the floodplains of Samford Creek.

Dr Eleanor Velasquez is passionate about education as a transformational experience, scientific communication, research, and the use of storytelling to break down accessibility barriers to research and scientific understanding. Currently, Eleanor is the Education and Training Manager at TERN (Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network) at The University of Queensland, where she manages education and training programs in ecology, environmental sciences, and data sciences. In addition, she is an Adjunct Level A, Academic at Griffith University, where she continues to supervise PhD candidates and mentors early career researchers. Her research interests have spanned understanding and protection of critically endangered urban forests, recreational use of urban forests and national parks, forest response to wildfire, and processes that allow dispersal, connectivity and invasion within oceans.

Marcus Yates, Site Technician at SERF, oversees daily operations and development of the 51-hectare Samford Ecological Research Facility near QUT’s Gardens Point campus. This includes managing 38 hectares of Dry Sclerophyll Forest, 3 hectares of Gallery Rainforest, and 10 hectares of pasture. Marcus brings extensive experience, including a background in horticulture and environmental science. He previously worked with Mitchell’s Forest Farming Systems, focusing on timber plantations and land regeneration along the East Coast. Marcus, a long-time resident of Samford Valley, is committed to forest management and contributing to environmental research.

The ANAT Synapse residency program is supported by the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), Samford Ecological Research Facility (SERF) and the NCRIS-enabled Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN).

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2023 ANAT Synapse resident, Ross Manning’s research is extending into early 2024.

Ross Manning, Spiral Sequence, 2013. Photograph Alex Cuff.

ROSS MANNING + DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR LIDIA MORAWSKA DR ANNA TWEEDDALE,
QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (QUT)

READ Ross’s Creative Research Journal HERE

Aerosol will creatively explore how art might provoke new thinking about living in, and interacting with, buildings and their indoor atmospheres. Informed by state-of-the-art science and technologies for monitoring air quality, as well as ventilating/filtrating indoor environment, Aerosol will produce DIY experiments in kinetic, immersive, and interactive art.

Ross Manning’s work facilitates interactions of light, physics, and sound. Repurposing technologies Manning creates dynamic sculptures and atmospheric installations. Stemming from Manning’s experimental music background, he employs a distinct audio-visual language that uses rhythm and repetition to connect sound, light, colour, and movement.

Dr Anna Tweeddale, investigator at HBI, is a registered architect and researcher with extensive experience in practice-led research and collaborating with artists across many disciplines (photography, dance/choreography, experimental music, illustration/printmaking, installation, and visual arts). Her collaboratively creative works have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and she was a recipient of the BCC Lord Mayors Young and Emerging Arts Fellowship. Dr Tweeddale has also written extensively on art and architecture and given lectures and talks on art, architecture, and urban culture

Lidia Morawska is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia; the Director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (ILAQH) at QUT, a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Air Quality and Health; a Co-Director in Australia for the Australia – China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management (ACC- AQSM); an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Environmental and Climate Research (ECI), at the Jinan University, Guangzhou, China; and a Vice- Chancellor Fellow, Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE), University of Surrey, United Kingdom.

Ross Manning, Hyperbola (detail) 2019. Kyoto Arts Center, Japan. With the assistance from the Australia Council for the Arts International Residency Program. Photograph SongGi

 

For over thirty five years, from its home base, Tarndanya on Kaurna Country (Adelaide, South Australia), Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) continues to be the  national leader in the field of experimental arts and cross-disciplinary practice with science and technology partners. The not-for-profit organisation operates on a continuum with varying entry points, including residencies, workshops and triennial events. Engaging artists at every level of their creative research practice, sci-tech-art curious audiences and science and technology partners like universities and research facilities, ANAT believes in the essential role artists play across all areas of society.

ANAT Bespoke Residencies

In addition to the prestigious Synapse program, ANAT delivers bespoke artist’s residencies, with science, technology and research partners from the academic and private sector. As the name suggests, no two ANAT Bespoke Residencies are the same. Every iteration is customised to the project’s unique characteristics and is jointly supported by ANAT and the collaborator.

Previous Bespoke partners include: CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), AWRI (The Australian Wine Research Institute) and SAHMRI (The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute)

ANAT is a global leader in brokering opportunities for artists to work with science and technology partners. We do this because we believe artists are essential to how we imagine and shape our future. If your organisation is interested in investing in the transformational nature of interdisciplinary collaboration, please get in touch [email protected]

ANAT is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, the South Australian Government through Arts SA and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of Federal and State Governments.