deep immersion:scientific serendipity

Call for Expressions of Interest

The second phase of deep immersion, the residency program ANAT initiated last year, will be the development of residencies and collaborative projects which investigate the discourses surrounding sciences and media arts.

In line with ANAT's focus on collaboration across the arts, technology and science sectors, deep immersion: scientific serendipity will facilitate the development of residencies for artists in science institutions. As we have outlined in previous newsletters, in 1997 ANAT held a focus group in collaboration with ASTEN (Australian Science and Technology Exhibitors Network). To consummate the work of the focus group, a report addressing issues of art, technology and science collaborations is being produced. In addition to providing a resource identifying the key concerns for potential collaborations, the research will also flag a series of models or templates for science / art collaborative projects which ANAT will develop into the deep immersion: scientific serendipity residencies. Relevant host institutions will include ASTEN member organisations as well as other science research organisations such as CSIRO.

As one of our key projects for 1998, deep immersion: scientific serendipity is about developing collaborations between artists and scientists, opening up dialogue between these disciplines and encouraging the generation of unexpected and alchemic outcomes. During late 1998 and early 1999, four artist-in-residence programs will be established within major Australian science institutions. The artists in residence will undertake a specific project, aligning scientific and creative principals for the production of a commissioned artwork.

Through our networking with international organisations, ANAT have identified that collaboration across art and science is recognised as a valuable mechanism for the mutual education of both sectors' constituencies. deep immersion: scientific serendipity aims to address the fact there are no models for these kinds of collaborations in Australia, and to research methods by which these two areas could work together.

Both artists and scientists are engaged with research and development, critical to the development of innovative Australian industry. The innovation which occurs in these industries has meant that Australian practitioners are at the forefront of their practices internationally. Perhaps because of this, in Australia we are faced with the fact that many of our key scientists and our most highly acclaimed artists relocate overseas as limited opportunities are available to them at home. In order to highlight the importance of both these disciplines, deep immersion: scientific serendipity will allow practitioners from both art and science to interact and share their ideas, creating very real opportunities for the creation of new work and new research right here in Australia.

scientific serendipity will increase awareness of the importance of scientific endeavour across all sectors of Australian society, opening up both disciplines to new audiences, and facilitating critical dialogue about the importance of new technologies within a range of disciplines.

The intention of deep immersion: scientific serendipity is to take an innovative approach to raising awareness of science and technology amongst art audiences, emphasising the way that science and technology can contribute to the arts, and the way the creative art practices can contribute to science and technology.

The residencies will be realised with support of the New Media Arts Fund of the Australia Council and the Science and Technology Awareness program of the Federal Government's Department of Industry Science and Tourism.

Guidelines on submitting an expression of interest are now available.