About Synapse

About Synapse

Collaboration between the arts and sciences has the potential to create new knowledge, ideas and processes beneficial to both fields. Artists and scientists approach creativity, exploration and research in different ways and from different perspectives; when working together they open up new ways of seeing, experiencing and interpreting the world around us.

About ANAT

Since its inception in 1988, the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) has been a catalyst for experimentation and innovation across art, science 
and technology.

ANAT champions artistic excellence by supporting professional artists and
fostering a culture of creative risk-taking, secures the necessary resources 
to enable artists to pursue creative research and realise groundbreaking 
artworks, and communicates the importance of creative experimentation and
 expression within the arts and - increasingly - in broader society.




Pau Alsina

I am a theorician and historician on art and science collaborations, director of Artnodes space on art,science and technology at the Open University of Catalonia, based in Barcelona.


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Kate Lain

I am a film/video artist with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Science & Natural History Filmmaking.

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The League of Imaginary Scientists

The League of Imaginary Scientists is a group of artists and scientists who engineer hybrid art works in the cross-section of their worlds, in collaboration with local communities.

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Marta Menezes

The use of biology as an art medium is not a recent phenomenon. It is likely that ever since early humans have started domestication, animals and plants have been selected, and consequently modified, based on aesthetic values.

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Hugo Spiers

I am a neuroscientist at University College London. My research group uses fMRI and cellular recording to explore how we navigate space and remember the past.

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Julian Voss-Andreae

Julian Voss-Andreae is a German-born sculptor based in Portland (Oregon). Starting out as a painter he later changed course and studied physics at the universities of Berlin, Edinburgh and Vienna.

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Geoff Parr

A long-time resident of Tasmania, Geoff Parr was born in Earlwood, NSW, in 1933. A tertiary art teacher for 35 years, he is Professor Emeritus of Art and an Honorary Research Associate at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania.

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Terence Kohler

I am a neoclassical choregrapher interested in collaborations with the sciences.

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Pi-Wei LIM

The ROBERTSON DOCTOR is a general practice that also houses a contemporary art space GALLERY CHIRON. Our inaugural exhibition was called "when art meets science" and we will continue in this vein as time passes.

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Cameron Robbins

Cameron's work is based on interaction with natural forces and the elements. He has devised many ways of producing a kind of collaboration between artist and nature. This is evident in the series of Wind Drawing Machines.

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Fabienne Nicholas

Fabienne manages a portfolio of major public art commissions, corporate art collections and curatorial initiatives.

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Merle Hathaway

I resigned from the Public Galleries Association in early September and am currently enjoying a number of roles, including facilitation of a major touring exhibition of the work of George Baldessin.

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Keely Macarow

Dr Keely Macarow has worked as a producer, writer, artist and curator for exhibition, film, video, performance, screening and writing projects in Australia, England, the US and Europe.

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Adam Norton

Adam Norton’s work investigates the effects of technology on the human condition. He has made work about space travel, virtual warfare and nuclear weapons. He is not only interested in how technology has altered our physical landscape but also how those changes have impacted on human behavior.

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George Khut

George is a current Synapse 6 resident, his blog can be viewed at http://khut2011.anat.org.au.

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Sharon Gershoni

Artist-Scientist’s Statement

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Alyssa Weirman

Business Manager
Australian Plant Phenomics Facility

Plants Under The Microscope Artist in Residence

Erica Seccombe joined the High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre as the inaugural artist in residence in 2010.

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Michaela Nettell


Pattern Completion is an installation created by an artist, a sound designer and a neuroscientist exploring ways in which networks of brain cells recall memories.

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Joyce Hinterding

Joyce Hinterding produces works that explore physical and virtual dynamics. Her practice is based on investigations into energetic forces, through custom built field recording and monitoring technologies.

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Tracy Sarroff

My practice is cross-media. Ideas relating to ecology and overlapping concerns between art and science underlie the majority of my projects, whilst their form stems from basic structural compositions of living things, their growth and transformation.

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