spectra | symposium of art and science

The Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) is hosting the imaging symposium SPECTRA 2012 in Canberra, Australia, 2-6 October 2012.

Contemporary visualising and optical technologies and techniques for analysis, data management and imaging have radically changed the nature of art and science practices and the status of images in both fields.

The proliferation of such techniques has led to the disruption of assumptions about the veracity, meaning, value and purpose of visual material in scientific and artistic contexts, not to mention in broader culture. The commonplace application of imaging technologies across all fields of scientific enquiry is contributing to an exponentially expanding and increasingly complex body of visual data.

With their expertise in visual language, artists are well placed to explore the potential of contemporary imaging tools to create sensory, immersive and interactive experiences that test the distinctions between the observer and the observed, theory and experience, fact and fiction.