Living Data

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Living Data


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Living Data are responses of living things (including us) to our changing climate.

Living Data is an independent programme for making known
understandings that grow from interactions between scientists and artists.
Our purpose is to be true to science, clear in language, appealing to senses,
evolving and surprising (showing something new).

     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 Lisa Roberts


Living Data Contributorsinteract through Conversations, Presentationsand Research.
Interactions reflect individual efforts to better understand and respond to a changing environment.

Associated programmes include:

Sur PolarBuenos Aires
Cape FarewellLondon
Ku-ring-gai PhSydney


Living Data builds on Antarctic Animationresearch (UNSW 2010) that identified gesture as an essential component of accurate communication, and art as individual gestures of connection.

Antarctic Animation research led to ongoing interactions with scientists and other artists that validate the need for direct observation and expression of movement in order to identify with, as well as to understand, the natural world. Direct observations of movement patterns can result in surprising ground-breaking knowledge. For example the animation Krill sexreveals for the first time how, when and where Antarctic krill have sex. The animation inspires public interest in how the ocean sustains us and informs policy makers to ensure protection of breeding grounds for future generations. The Krill sex story is key to the animated installation Oceanic Living Datawhich, like a scientific model, evolves to combine the latest consensus scientific understandings, but with gestures of connection that add depths of meaning to the scientific data.

Current work is developing the animated installation Oceanic Bliss.This contributes to the innovative Ku-ring-gai Ph art-science projectwhere ten scientists and ten artists collaborate in partnerships to expand understanding of Australia's uniquely beautiful and ecologically important Ku-ring-gai National Park.

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 imaginative featof sustaining humanity in a changing natural world.


Dr Lisa Roberts 18 June 2016
Visual artist/interactive author/Living Data program leader
Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Science, University of Technology Sydney
Visiting Scientist (a.k.a. Artist), Krill Biology, Australian Antarctic Division.