Living Data is interactive authoring and visualising
that is true to science, clear in language, appealing to senses,
evolving and surprising (showing something new).
This website makes known interactions that happen between scientists and artists, and changes in understanding that happen through this process.
Programs associated with Living Data include:
Living Data builds on Antarctic Animationresearch (UNSW 2010) that identified gesture as an essential component of accurate communication.
Antarctic Animation research led to ongoing interactions that have resulted in some surprising and ground-breaking visualisations. 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 reflect the latest consensus scientific understandings.
Current work is developing the animated installation Oceanic Blissto contribute to the innovative Ku-ring-gai Ph art-science projectwhere ten scientists and ten artists collaborate in partnerships to expand understanding of the 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.