Image: Chris Henschke, Accelerated Light, (still) UHD video loop, 2010 from Chris’ 2010 ANAT Synapse residency with the Australian Synchrotron (Melbourne, Australia)

ANAT Synapse in Conversation :: 20 Years of Art + Science Collaboration

29 June 2024, Sunshine Coast Field Trip, University of the Sunshine Coast, ISEA2024 Everywhen

When art collides with science and technology, magic happens. Old ideas, knowledge, philosophies and paradigms are transformed; and new ones are born. This cross-disciplinary, creative collision is at the heart of everything ANAT does, most notably in our flagship residency program, ANAT Synapse.

In 2024, ANAT celebrates the 20th Anniversary of ANAT Synapse.

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.

Images clockwise: ANAT Alumni Keith Armstrong with Rattus villosissimus (Native Long Haired Rat), Arabana Country, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, 2012 (Photo Courtesy of Australian Wildlife Conservancy). Dr Chris Henschke, 2010 ANAT Synapse and 2018 ANAT Synapse CSIRO residencies recipient, at the CERN CMS (2014). Dr Anna Tweeddale, research partner Ross Manning, ANAT Synapse Photograph by Michael Hoch. Dr Anna Madeleine Raupach, photograph Saul Stead AGSA. 2023.

ANAT Program, Jenn Brazier will lead an in-conversation style panel, discussing the journey and experience of these alumni with ANAT Synapse participants, Keith Armstrong, Chris Henschke, Anna Madeleine Raupach and Anna Tweeddale.

Location: Lecture Theatre 2, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, QLD 4556.
Date & Time: Saturday, 29 June 2024, 3-4 pm AEST

ANAT Synapse in Conversation :: 20 Years of Art + Science Collaboration, is a part of the Sunshine Coast Field Trip, ISEA2024 Everywhen, presented by ANAT and the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Echoes (2023), Chantel Bates.

Artwork Screening :: Echoes by Chantel Bates

Echoes draws on commonly shared experiences of Indigenous people in Australia and focuses on Chantel’s intrinsic relationship with land and Country. This knowledge then echoes. Their bloodlines echo. Their teachings echo. But do these echoes stick around? Or merely come and go with their spirits? Chantel’s contemporary video art explores these experiences and shares the histories of the landscapes that surround us. To deeply connect with Country as it lives and thrives through yesterday today and far into the future.

Chantel (Shonny) Bates is a proud Murri woman with connections to Wakka Wakka Country. She is an emerging mixed media artistinterdisciplinary designer and visual communicator currently located in Meanjin. Her contributions to the Indigenous community are formed organically through connections with mobshe is devoted to strengthening and promoting inclusion of First Nations voices in the development Indigenous art. Heavily inspired by communityshe takes pride in using her knowledge to create storylines that hold an impactful voice for herself and those around her. She holds a Bachelor of Design from Queensland University of Technology majoring in Visual communications. Chantel incorporates her ever growing knowledge of Country into teaching and takes pride in reclaiming this rich culture to implement an Indigenous voice into future learners.

Location: UniSC Art Gallery, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, QLD 4556.
Date & Time: Saturday, 29 June 2024, 6-7 pm AEST

The Echoes Artwork Screening is a part of the Sunshine Coast Field Trip, ISEA2024 Everywhen, presented by ANAT and the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Gubbi Gubbi Dance, Dawn Awakening on Kabi Kabi Country, Nic Morley, 2023

Field Trip to the Sunshine Coast

On Saturday, 29 June, the immersive Field Trip to the Sunshine Coast features a range of cultural and creative experiences on Kabi Kabi (Gubbi Gubbi) Country. Delegates will board a bus in Brisbane and will travel to the Sunshine Coast Biosphere Reserve for a Welcome to Country and performance over the Pacific Ocean with Kabi Kabi Elder Lyndon Davis, and listen to Tallo Billa (Humpback Whales) on their southern migration.

This will be followed by a rainforest expedition and cultural tour with Gubbi Gubbi Dance before arriving at the University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSC) for a full afternoon of activities and experiences. The day includes guided tours, performances, installations, outdoor projections, augmented reality, and exhibitions featuring juried works for ISEA2024.

The UniSC Art Gallery ISEA2024 exhibition Strange Weather brings together artworks that broadly consider how our contemporary understanding of the environment and our place within it is mediated by technology. Here, strange weather is a metaphor for ecological, geopolitical, technological, and economic fragmentation.

The night will close with live outdoor audio-visual performances from juried and guest artists, including a collaborative response to the Strange Weather exhibition, before delegates will board the Field Trip bus and return to Brisbane.



The ticket covers the bus, and all associated events and activities, including a Tallo Billa (Humpback Whale) augmented reality print by Kabi Kabi artist Lyndon Davis that will include the soundscapes and whale song from the Welcome to Country to remember the experience. The bus will depart from South Bank, near the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition centre.