Backscatter: the voyage of the Investigator

James Batchelor, Pete Harmsen, Annalise Rees

To be opened by Dr Tara Martin, CSIRO

5.30 Friday 11 August, 2017

IMAS Gallery

20 Castray Esplanade

Battery Point

11 Aug – 8 Sept

Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm

In early 2016, a media photo/videographer, choreographer and visual artist joined a scientific voyage to Heard and McDonald Islands in the Southern Ocean.  The purpose of this voyage, to one of the world’s most remote and uncharted regions was to investigate the role of iron, a critical nutrient in the food chain, and ultimately producing the air we breathe. This exhibition explores the influence of the image as a mode of documenting and knowledge gathering, to share information and ideas. Taken from multiple perspectives these works reflect a shared experience of sky, land, sea, vessel, body and space. Thinking about the many ways image-making plays a central role in conveying information about phenomena in the world, Backscatter reflects on the power of the image to enable us to see in an expanded sense.


Backscatter is presented by the UTAS Makers’ Space, Academy Gallery and IMAS.