The University of Newcastle, Australia

Symposium explores how science emerges from art

Monday, 9 December 2013

Legendary performance artist Stelarc is one of several international experts participating in a University of Newcastle-hosted symposium this week that will challenge the idea that art and science exist at opposite ends of the spectrum.

Art and Science Symposium

The symposium begins on Monday 9 December with a Public "Disruptive" Lecture at the Newcastle Museum from 5.30pm featuring Dr Jill Scott from the Academy of Art and Design Zurich and science writer Margaret Wertheim.

The aim of the Symposium is to explore how science and technology can be integrated into artwork, and how art can generate new scientific insights.

"We see this as a relationship with many variations. We would like to focus on how artists can contribute to scientific research," said Symposium Organiser, Senior Lecturer Miranda Lawry, from the University of Newcastle.

The Symposium will continue at University House from 9am on Tuesday 10 December featuring the following speakers:

  • Prof Richard Vella – Head of the School of Creative Arts, The University of Newcastle
  • Prof Douglas Kahn – Professor of Media and Innovation, National Institute For Experimental Art UNSW
  • Natalie O'Connor Education and Training Manager, Winsor and Newton Australia
  • Dr Renée Beale -Community Awareness Programme Manager, ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology, University of Melbourne
  • Mr Oron Catts – Director of SymbioticA, School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, University of Western Australia
  • Stelarc - Performance Artist , Distinguished Research Fellow, School of Design & Art, Curtin University Perth, Chair In Performance Art, School of Arts, Brunel University London UK

Please contact Ms Kristy Atkins 49217915; Dr Angela Philp 49216763; or Dr Miranda Lawry 49216731 for further information.

  • Jessica Sullivan
  • Phone: +612 4985 4171

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