Living Data Evolving Conversations Exhibition Ultimo Science Festival Sydney 2014 – Curators: Lisa Roberts and Anita Marosszeky assisted by Jason Benedek and Andrew Purnell. Lisa Roberts writes:
From the Arctic to the Antarctic, from the East to the West, over 30 scientists and artists cross the globe in conversations about sustaining life and minimising harmful human impacts.
Although science is a universal global language it requires embodied languages of the arts to bring to life the observations, data and stories that are vital to understanding and stirring action. Through such programs as Cape Farewell, Sur Polar, Lynchpin and Living Data, a global community is evolving, of researchers sharing practices to visualise, understand and act in response to major forces of change.
Highlights of Sydney’s Living Data exhibition include video works inspired by expeditions to the poles: “Pregnant Walk” by David Buckland, of a gravid naked woman walking on ice towards an unknown future; “New Species” by Andrea Juan, envisaging future mutant giant algae; “Oceanic Living Data” by Lisa Roberts, combining key data of sea levels rising and underwater video with a motion captured Chinese calligraphic form for “Ocean”. Central to the exhibition is a UTS living laboratory of algae for developing sustainable biofuel. The exhibition also features drawings, photos, sculptures and sound art, as well as related science ‘kit’ and publications issuing from art-science collaborations.
Congratulations to everyone involved with this wonderful exhibition – and its powerful intent. Lynchpin’s strong connection with the Living Data Progam is much valued. Visit the Evolving Conversations site and become more than an onlooker – be part of the conversation.