University of Newcastle:
Helen Pynor Lecture
Experimenta Life Forms artist Dr Helen Pynor is an Artist and Researcher whose practice explores the materiality of human and non-human bodies, and philosophically and experientially ambiguous zones in relation to the human body. She works across a range of media including sculpture, photography, installation, video, media art, performance, wet biology and microscopy.
In this online lecture, Pynor will discuss 3 in-depth research and exhibition projects: ‘The Body is a Big Place’ (2011-2014) exploring the intersubjective nature of organ transplantation, ‘The End is a Distant Memory’ (2016) exploring the life-death boundary; and ‘Habitation’ (2021) exploring the porosity of the animate-inanimate boundary in relation to prosthetics.
Helen Pynor’s artwork ‘Habitation’ is exhibiting as part of Experimenta Life Forms: International Triennial of Media Art, presenting at The Lock Up (Newcastle, NSW), 10 July – 22 August 2021 and touring nationally until 2024.
This event is presented by The University of Newcastle, The Lock Up and Experimenta.
About the Speakers:
Dr Helen Pynor is an Artist and Researcher whose practice explores philosophically and experientially ambiguous zones, such as the life-death boundary.
Helen PynorDarramurragal and Gadigal Country
Dr Helen Pynor is a Sydney and London-based Artist and Researcher whose practice explores philosophically and experientially ambiguous zones, such as the life-death boundary. Her work is informed by in-depth residencies in scientific institutions, most recently The Francis Crick Institute, London and The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden. Since 2011 Pynor’s work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally including at The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; FACT – Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool UK; and ISEA – International Symposium on Electronic Art. Pynor has received an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica for her collaborative work ‘The Body is a Big Place’ exploring organ transplantation (2012) and national awards in Australia.
Pynor holds a PhD, a Bachelor of Visual Arts, (both from Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney) and a Bachelor of Science (1st Class Hons) (Macquarie University).