Living Data

Living Data
Responses to change

















Living Data


Disclaimers, Copyrights and Citations

Living Data is an independent programme for sharing
the similar and different ways we understand and respond
as scientists and as artists, to our changing natural world.

Living Data principles are to be:
true to science
clear in language,
appealing to senses,
evolving and surprising
(showing something new).

Contributorsto the program interact through Conversations, Presentationsand Research.

As our interactions deepen and expand, it is clear that many scientists are also artists,
and that our work attracts people from other fields including design, engineering, curatorial practice, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology, psychotherapy, art therapy, and education.

     About Living Data in 3 minutes Video by journalist Jen Ng
with Living Data collaborators at University of Technology Sydney:
Anthropologist Dr Jonathan Marshall,
Scientist Professor William Gladstone,
Artist Dr Lisa Roberts

Associated programmes include:

Sur PolarBuenos Aires
Cape FarewellLondon
Ku-ring-gai PhSydney
Manly Art Gallery & MuseumSydney


Living Data builds on Antarctic Animationresearch (UNSW 2010) that identifies gesture as an essential component of accurate communication.

Living Data reflects Indigenous, biological and mechanistic views of the natural world forming through relationships between parts, and our selves as part of that forming process. Although I may lead the story-telling of Living Data, the story does not belong to me or even to the association of contributors. Guided by Wilson (2008)I recognise the story as part of the relationships between us and the living world, and the iconography we share as primal forms of connection that are available to everyone.

Living Data contributes to the collective imaginative featof sustaining life as we know it in a changing natural world.


Dr Lisa Roberts 5 June 2017
Visual artist/interactive author/Living Data program leader
Associate of the Faculty of Science,University of Technology Sydney

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