The Australian Network for Art Technology's
first call for expressions of interest for:

deep immersion:scientific serendipity




The Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) is Australia's peak network and advocacy body for artists working with technology. The role of ANAT is to advocate, support and promote the field of art, science and technology nationally and internationally.

One of ANAT's primary aims is to facilitate situations whereby artists can spend concentrated periods of time researching new ideas, acquiring new skills, forming fruitful collaborations, playing with new media and developing new bodies of work.

In 1997 ANAT with support from the Australia Council, initiated a series of online residencies deep immersion: creative collaborations. This project was curated by ANAT's Director, Amanda McDonald Crowley. The pilot year of deep immersion: creative collaborations initiated a number of online residencies/research projects for Australian artists hosted by cultural internet organisations.

During 1998 ANAT's focus has been on the interaction between art and science. This focus, scientific serendipity has provided the framework under which a number of our key programs have been operating during the year, including the development of projects and commissions which directly engage with science, scientific visualisation techniques and technologies. In line with this focus on collaborations across the arts, technology and science sectors, the deep immersion program will continue in 1998 as deep immersion: scientific serendipity. The second year of deep immersion will initiate a number of residencies/research projects for Australian artists hosted by Australian scientific organisations. These residencies will investigate the discrete discourses surrounding sciences and media arts and will encourage the generation of unexpected and alchemic outcomes. The host organisation will provide a work space, some technical support and the critical context of a science research community.

The core objectives of deep immersion: scientific serendipity are:


Within this project ANAT will broker relationships between artists and scientific cultural contexts which are rich in technologies and expertise, culture and attitude. The outcomes of such brokerage will vary depending on the artists, their projects and the participating hosts. The overall intention is to facilitate relationships whereby artists can come together with scientists, technicians, researchers and science communicators to germinate and hothouse their ideas, test their hypotheses, develop new processes and create new works. It's a form of creative hydroponics whereby ideas are seeded, tested, mutated, replicated, realised and disseminated. ANAT's intention with this project is to develop science and technology focussed art projects which are not just about technical wizz-bangery, rather we intend to develop a project about the ideas artists are currently exploring in the space between art and science.

As one of our key projects for 1998/99 ANAT will provide an artists fee and some support towards technical requirements and possibly travel costs for artists participating in this program. This will also include costs associated with presenting the results of the research at the conclusion of the residency period.

ANAT will develop a web site which will act as an online 'catalogue' of the project and which will link to documentation of each of the residency projects. This site will include critical writing which also addresses the conceptual issues artists are engaging with in their projects. Artists may also be invited to tour to other centres to present their work and discuss the project.

Outline of the structure of the project:

Selected artists will work with an Australian science organisation or institution. Each residency will be based on the project described in the applicant's submission. It is expected that submissions will outline projects which directly deal with the nexus between art and science in the realisation of new kinds of creative and critical practices.

Each residency will be for a duration of 8 weeks full time (unless otherwise negotiated). Projects can either engage with pure research or have more direct applications for applied science research practices.

Projects which will be considered might include the exploration of:

The structure or form projects take might include:


The artists / group will receive an all-up artist's fee of $5000 and access to $1000 worth of training/skilling/technical resources appropriate to their project. This will be negotiated in liaison with ANAT.

Copyright of any work produced during the residency will remain with the artist, unless otherwise negotiated.


You may nominate a science organisation/ institution/ research centre as the host of your project. If you do not have a specific institution in mind, ANAT will work with you to identify an appropriate institution with whom we are in contact, which we think might be appropriate to your project and the overall objectives of the program.

Possible hosts might include:


Submissions should include:

Before making a submission, you should discuss your proposal with Amanda McDonald Crowley, Director of ANAT. Final decisions will be made by Amanda in consultation with host organisations. Selected artists will be required to write a report of the residency, which may be published in the ANAT newsletter, or other publications.

Artists should submit two copies of their proposal to be postmarked or emailed no later than 18 November.

Submissions sent by fax will not be accepted.

Contact details:
The Australian Network for Art and Technology
PO Box 8029, Station Arcade
Adelaide 5000 South Australia
phone: 08 - 8231 9037
fax: 08 - 8211 7323
email: [email protected]