Art Meets Science

It is National Science Week (13-21 August 2016) and a great time to venture behind the imposing brick walls of Boggo Road Goal in Dutton Park, Brisbane to discover the EcoSciences precinct. This precinct is a collaborative environment for more than 1000 scientists, dedicated to solving some of Australia’s biggest environmental challenges.

At the EcoSciences precinct artists have the opportunity to get involved with the Artists-in-Residence—Science (AIRS) program. AIRS provides the selected artists the opportunity to explore science first hand and the resulting exhibition, Art Meets Science is now on in the EcoScience’s building foyer.

Working in a variety of materials and techniques the complex discoveries of science are translated into a variety of media; 2D, 3D and audio works. Artists were given access to the scientists, research and processes and have expanded on this experience with an output that is relevant to their arts practice.

Artists Alinta Krauth, Kay Lawrence, Jeanette Stok and Donna Davis, took part in the 2016 AIRS program. The exhibition also shows works by other artists with a strong influence of science in their arts practices including; Leah Barclay, Svetlana Trefilova, Nicola Hooper, Anastasia Tyurina, Helen Wyatt, Jennifer Andrews, Tanya Scharaschkin, Sara Manser, Jennifer Andrews, Barry Fitzpatrick, Merri Randell, and Jennifer Wright (Summers).

Sventla, digital still from video, 2016.

Sventla Trefilova, Chromoplast and Stomata, digital shot from video (7.31m), 2016.

Digital artist Alinta Krauth presents several works, including the intriguing holographic vessels, Glas Blong Huriken (the glass that belongs to the hurricane), 2016.

Video: Alinta Krauth, Glas Blong Huriken (the glass that belongs to the hurricane), 2016.

These vessels Krauth conjures up an imagined ‘weather lab’, where different types of weather can be grown. Her interest in this area springing from the vital role that the climate plays in our lives and the unease around the science of weather modification such as cloud seeding. Krauth consulted scientist Ken Brookes and research at the EarthSciences precinct library. Krauth also includes a new media projection Skae Pluma (sky plumber), 2016, and digital video animation A Long, Wired Paddock in this exhibition.

Alinta Krauth, Glas Blong Huriken, 2016

Alinta Kruath, Glas Blong Huriken (the glass that belongs to the hurricane), 2016.

Donna Davis is a multi-disciplinary artists interested in the idea of connection and networks and focuses on natural and social ecologies. Davis AIRS residency continued her research into mycology, the study of fungi, which allowed her to collect soil samples at the Purga Nature reserves. Truncated I, 2016 is a media print portraying the many important ecological processes in the natural world, mycorrhizal associations, where the roots of plants and fungi. Collaborating with scientist Nigel Fechner, Senior Botanist at the Queensland Herbarium, Davis studies also aims to increase understanding plant connections and the role of these connections in the conservation of endangered flora species.

Donna Davis, Truncated I, 2016.

Donna Davis, Truncated I, pigment print on fine art rag, 2016.

Art Meets Science, is an opportunity to experience sound artist Leah Barclay’s, River Listening an interdisciplinary collaboration of bioacoustics – field recordings of river systems. (You can listen to the work by downloading the Recho App and following the listening points). Barclay’s ongoing work uses digital technology and creativity to help us better appreciate the sounds present in healthy river biodiversity.

Leah Barclay, River Listening app screen.

Leah Barclay, River Listening app screenshot.

While art and science may seem like unlikely bedfellows, these artists show that understanding of complex ideas can be enhanced by the collaborative process. They invite us to glimpse ‘inside the lab’ and make visible new connections.

  • When: 8 Aug – 2 Sept 2016.
  • Open: 7.30am-5.30pm, Monday–Friday (weekdays only)
  • Where: EcoSciences Precinct, 41 Boggo Road, Dutton Park, QLD
  • Cost: Free


Images: Images were captured in-situ at the Art Meets Science exhibition by Engage Arts.

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