Date: 23 July 2015
Speaker: Hunter Cole
Hunter Cole will give an overview of her past work in art and science with painting, digital art, installations and work with bio-luminescent bacteria. She will also discuss the project done at SymbioticA called Life with Endometriosis. The endometrium is the lining of the uterus. Endometriosis is a disease where endometrial tissue grows outside the womb in other parts of the body. Endometriosis can cause extreme pain and infertility. The Life with Endometriosis Project will integrate video of interviews of women with endometriosis with micrographs of growing and dying endometrial cells. Digital collages of women with endometriosis and micrographs of endometrial cells will be integrated with drawings and quotes from their interviews.
Both an internationally shown artist and also experienced geneticist, Hunter Cole reinterprets science as art through abstractions, digital art, installations and work with bio-luminescent bacteria. She holds a Ph.D. and Master's degree in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California-Berkeley. She teaches biology and art at Loyola University Chicago. She created a course, Biology Through Art, where students have the opportunity to create innovative artworks in a biology laboratory. Her latest project is Life with Endometriosis. Hunter Cole also has endometriosis.
Date: 10 July 2015
Speaker: J.J. Hastings
J.J. Hastings’ creative practice is focused upon the unique biological trace of our corporeal being through time—a material imprinting upon both the Earth as well as our bodies that is both temporal and spatial in character—that is both deliberately and instinctively driven through technological mediation. Her earlier research examined the material basis of our identity at varied scales, from the subatomic to the interstellar, representing an evolutionary metamorphosis of the cosmos into myriad biological forms.
Owing to her advanced training in both disciplines, J.J.’s work focuses upon the intersection and interplay of art and science—from philosophy to practice—merging scientific and artistic research. Throughout her residency at SymbioticA, she has experimented with an array of processes and biomaterials as well as explored the meteorite collection of the UWA’s Earth Museum. In this talk, she will present her diverse array of projects, and discuss their future direction.
As an alumna of New York University, Harvard University and the University of Oxford (New College) with advanced degrees in both Biology and Bioinformatics, respectively, Ms. Hastings’ career in research spans over a decade. In 2014, J.J. completed the MA (Fine Art) in Art & Science at Central Saint Martins in London, graduating with Distinction. She is a member of both the Lumen and London Alternative Photography Collectives.
As an independent scientific investigator and artist, J.J. continues to develop new ways to translate academic laboratory methods into outcomes that challenge the norms of both disciplines, moving them into new spaces for exploration.
Ms. Hastings' residency at SymbioticA was made possible through the generous support of the American Australian Association and the Oregon Arts Commission.
Date: 24 April 2015
Location: SymbioticA, Room 228A, School of Anatomy Physiology and Human Biology
Speaker: Dr Josh Harle
For the last few years, Josh Harle has been trying to make sense of the world: critically investigating contemporary forms of spatial representation from online maps to first-person shooters, and developing his own.
In this talk Harle will give an overview of his recent practice, demonstrating a variety of 3D virtual environments and 'rebel online maps' as background to an introduction to photogrammetry and his current residency project.
The Trafalgar St Tunnel is Harle's in-progress 3D reconstruction, using photogrammetry tools to generate geometry from 3500 images of a graffiti tunnel over two points in time. The focus of the project is to extend the use of photogrammetry from clinical, abstract “fly-through” visualisations, to something that acknowledges the scale, atmosphere, and context of the site itself. Harle's approach to composing the tunnel is anchored in Michel de Certeau's spatial theory of “space as practiced place”, read through a (lifelong) study of compelling fictional videogame environments.
Some key features of the reconstruction – ambient lighting and sounds, recorded tours, and a newly introduced time-lapse feature – will be demonstrated and discussed in a wider context of artificial life and modes of temporality in digital environments.
The tunnel is a precursor for extending the project to remote rock art sites.
Josh Harle is a multidisciplinary researcher and media artist, with a background in computer vision, philosophy, and fine arts. His research investigates the virtual spaces generated by emerging technologies, our encounters with the world through them, and their social consequences.
Harle’s practice explores the contemporary use of digital technologies to map and make sense of the world. His works take various established and emerging mapping technologies – laser scanning, photogrammetry, geolocation tracking – and re-appropriates them as expressive mediums, altering their outcomes to introduce an affective element which is normally absent.
Josh Harle is currently working with the advanced visualisation lab iVEC, and the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management supported by an Australia Council ECAP grant.