scientific serendipity

ANAT are delighted to announce that in 1998 our core focus will be on the interaction between art and science.

scientific serendipity will provide the framework under which a number of our key programs will operate during the year, including the development of projects and commissions which directly engage with science, scientific visualisation techniques and technologies.

ANAT's concentration on science will take many forms. For example, where in 1997 most of our information dissemination accentuated events and opportunities of an online nature, this year ANAT will shift the focus to announcements which relate to creative scientific practice and correlations between science and art. Our newsletter and website will also reflect this information, so that those of you who prefer our newsletter or do not (yet) have email access, will continue to receive announcements via these channels.

Late in 1997, in preparation for scientific serendipity, ANAT held a focus group with the specific aim of exploring ideas and models to increase collaboration between artists and scientists. The project was developed as a joint initiative between the Australian Science and Technology Exhibitors Network (ASTEN) and ANAT. To consummate the work of the focus group, a report addressing issues of art, technology and science collaborations will be 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 over the coming year.

This research will inform the direction of the deep immersion program for 1998, ensuring ANAT's science focus is made more concrete. The second phase of the program, deep immersion: scientific serendipity will be a series of residencies and collaborative projects which investigate the discrete discourses surrounding sciences and media arts and will encourage the generation of unexpected and alchemic outcomes.

Our networking will also assume a science related focus this year, as ANAT acknowledge the cultural milestones of other like minded institutions. 1998 marks 30 years since the Institute for Contemporary Art in London held Cybernetic Serendipity, one the first international art and technology exhibitions. This confluence informs ANAT as we look back on ten years of our own history and contextualise this within a global historical framework. Furthermore, in this year of serendipities, the ANU's Centre for the Mind in Canberra celebrate their first birthday and the New York based Art & Science Collaborations Inc (ASCI), like ANAT, commemorate their tenth. ANAT will continue to exchange ideas and information with these groups, who share ANAT's interest in the nexus between science and art.

We are also in regular contact with Leonardo magazine, with whom we have had a long association, and will continue our long standing connection with the Great Australian Science Show, at which ANAT has staged exhibitions such as Artists Thinking About Science.