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Still from Jiann Hughes’ ANAT Synapse CSIRO Residency, 2017

Experimenta Social #19

Wed 18 Jul 2018, 6PM – 8:30PM

The 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.

In the lead up to October’s Spectra 2018 symposium and exhibition, Experimenta is partnering with the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) to showcase the diverse research being conducted as part of the CSIRO Synapse Artist-in-residence program. Pushing the boundaries of scientific traditions, Experimenta Social #19 speakers Jiann Hughes and Anton Hasell are delving into the precise frameworks of bio and physical structures in order to creatively influence advancements in their fields. The CSIRO Synapse program is running again in 2018, click here for more info.

About the Speakers


Jiann Hughes is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher, born in Belfast, who is now living in Melbourne. She produces speculative fabulations to challenge boundaries, particularly those used to define and constrain human bodies. Her artworks sometimes invite participation, often to toy with methods of influence and dynamics of power. She works across media, often using moving image, audio, and sensors, but has also been known to work with heartbeats, breath, earthworms, and pigs. An enduring theme in her work is the revealing of what comes to matter in our entanglements with technology. Her approach is collaborative, her work shaped by the material practices of many bodies, including those of discourse.

Anton Hasell is an artist living in Central Victoria exploring the use of both traditional and digital tools in the design of bells, interactive public-space installation, sculpture and printmaking.

Anton HasellDjadjawurung Country
Mia MIa, VIC, Australia

Anton Hasell is an artist living in Central Victoria exploring the use of both traditional and digital tools in the design of bells, interactive public-space installation, sculpture and printmaking. He is best known for the co-creation of the Federation Bells Carillon in Melbourne, and the design and casting of Longnow Foundation’s 10,000-year Clock bells.

His professional practice is a long-term research project into pathways that non-indigenous Australians might connect with Country, and tune into the resonant frequencies of the Australian landscape, through listening for its ambient sonorities. Hasell invents new forms, new sounds and participatory public space experiences in the conviction that a sustainable future requires us to connect with each other and share sublime connections to this ancient country.