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.




Niki Sperou

Niki Sperou is an artist with a longstanding interest in the nexus between art, science and identity. Since 2001 this has been the primary focus of her work.

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Jonathan Jones

A member of the Kamilaroi and Wiradjuri Nations, Jonathan currently lives in Bronte, Sydney. Jonathan is a practicing installation artist, working consistently within collaborations.

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Shelley Hannigan

My artwork stems from about ten years of painting. In recent years I have become more interested in exploring layers of pattern through whatever mediums are relevant to the subject matter or concept.

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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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cristina miranda de almeida

Cristina Miranda de Almeida holds a European PhD in Arts (UPV-EHU, thesis The Tree of Art.

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Brad Nunn

In 1993, at the age of 28, I suffered a brain haemorrhage which left me physically and neurologically ‘damaged’.

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Peter Ellerton

Currently Head of Science at the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology. Interested in Philosophy, creativity and science.

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james tapscott

My current body of work explores the link between matter and energy, a fusion of subjective and objective reality, and the effect our perception has on the world around us. My works are essentially non-objective, functioning more like a conduit between the observer and the environment.

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Dan Petrovic

Dan Petrovic studied design and earned a bachelor degree in mutimedia from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He serves as the Director/Owner of Dejan SEO and specializes in search engine optimisation, search engines, online marketing and link building.

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Lynette Wallworth

Lynette Wallworth is an Australian artist whose practice spans video installation, photography and film.

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Matthew Gardiner

Matthew Gardiner started work in 2011 as an artistic researcher at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, transforming his 2010 residency into a full time occupation. His role is in the Research and Innovation Group, led by Christopher Lindinger.

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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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gaye chapman

Over past decades my work has focused on the decomposition, death and rewriting of the natural world and it’s reinstatement as ‘the other’.

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Ragde N

Art and science research. Movement arts, visual arts, health (medicine and psychiatry)

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Ally Lankester

I am a social scientist that collaborates with artists in Townsville, Australia, on participatory action research projects that explore ideas and understandings of climate change.

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Margaret Benyon

Margaret Benyon is a pioneer in art and technology, having studied as a painter at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and then moving on to work with lasers and holography. She was awarded an MBE by the Queen for her contribution to the arts in the UK.

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Alyx Macfadyen

The Four-Factor Framework is a methodology developed in my PhD research to understand interaction and narrative as they unfold in and across digital and mixed media.

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Simon Lacey

A Quarter Of A Million Miles is a musical project with accompanying films inspired by "Carrying The Fire" written by Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins.

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Akos Maroy

I'm currently the Artist in Residence at The Arts & Genomics Center in Leiden, the Netherlands. I'm working on a project to create a dynamic display made of fluorescent bacteria.

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Maria Manuela Lopes

Maria Manuela Lopes is a visual artist and researcher based in Portugal and the uk. Her current practice is transdisciplinary and based on issues of memory and consciousness informed by life sciences and medical research and presented in the form of time based installations.

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